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0.7 miles from Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great vibe, and top service in this authentic restaurant. My starter (seafood mix) was good. My main (pasta with crab) was average, mainly because the pasta was over-coocked and not al dente, and the creamy sauce was tasteless. White wine (by the glass) was OK...but nothing sensational. I would have expected better for the price paid.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want a genuine Centolla experience, this is a go to place. Worth the queue outside the restaurant (which does not take reservations)

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a very popular restaurant as it is near the main port on the main street. The line is always long before its 7pm opening in the evening. The staff was very nice and they allowed us to wait inside the restaurant 15 minutes...earlier before 7PM, as it was quite cold and windy in December. The food is very reasonably priced and service is quick and effective.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The 45 minute waiting in line to eat here was definitely not worth it or we just ordered the wrong dish. After our disastrous Paella a couple of nights ago we checked out this restaurants photos and saw a real Paella and both got very...excited. We saw other customers crabs coming out and nearly changed our minds - we should of done!! Our Paella resembled a stew, the mussels still had their beards attached and I found bits of mussel shell in the bowl. There was plenty of seafood in the dish but it was tasteless. I added tons of pepper in the hope of making it taste a little better but ended up just not eating it. The wine was delicious and we got great service but yet another disappointing night eating out in Ushuaia.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 1, 2023 via mobile

Pretty mediocre restaurant, definitely not worth the 1 hr wait in the cold outside, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone (even without a wait). The crab/centolla was fine, if that’s what you’re there to try, but the seafood paella had very little flavor and was...disappointing. The restaurant looks dirty and crowded.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 21, 2022 via mobile

Great place to eat, if you can wait, as there is always a queue! Loads on the menu, but many people come here for the crab! They do have crab for one on the menu but didn't have any either of the times I asked....Had seafood pasta first time and seafood casserole the second, both copious and delicious but also good value. Nice touch is that the waiter remembered me from 12 days previously. The cheaper of the 3 seafood restaurants on this stretch of roadMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 13, 2022 via mobile

Just like the rest of the reviews….GO! If you love crabs, this place is IT! Fresh crabs, friendly service from the owner himself. Roll up your sleeves and just dive in. No frills restaurant with fresh crabs and great service. Went early for lunch on...a Saturday and didn’t have to wait in a long line.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 5, 2022 via mobile

Well worth the wait. You cannot book a table in advance. You just turn up and wait your turn to get a table. Once in (and very cold in my case) the choice on the menu is limited but mainly fish dishes. However we chose...a mixture dish of fish that was delicious. We followed up with a main of fish with crab in a pink sauce. This too was tasty and the waiter recommended only one between us as it was very filling. He was right as we were both full after the two dishes. We will definitely go again as the food is excellent and great value for money. Top tip: go early if you want long crab else there'll be none leftMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 29, 2022 via mobile

After waiting outside for 30 minutes, looking at SIX empty tables, they finally let people in. Once in, we ordered the most expensive thing on the menu and asked to please have some kind of potato instead of rice as a side because rice makes...me very sick. (I cant afford to get sick right before leaving for a 10 day trip to Antarctica!) This simple request was a no go, despite the cost of the all sides is exactly the same. If we’d had time to go elsewhere before our ship boarded, ee would have. Instead we stayed. Our crab was cold, bland tasting, and mushy. I left hungry, didnt even finish the crab bc yuck. A real shame since I didnt even have a side to fill up on. A wasted $34usd.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 9, 2022

We went there twice and it was awesome. The prices are good value, the wine is rather cheap for a bottle. We wanted to try whole centolla and we managed to order it on the second visit, so you must go rather early for this....Otherwise you can go at 9 pm and there is almost no quie.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 19, 2022 via mobile

King crab in all its forms and sizes, blake hake aswell, delicious food, good service at reasonable prices, wine by the glass recomended!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed January 22, 2022 via mobile

The food was simple, fresh and cheap compared to my dinner the night before. The location is right in the downtown section of Ushuaia. I came in when the restaurant wasn’t really busy so I got a table right away. Good service. I would recommend...to check this place out.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 6, 2022

This is THE place to get king crab, and the line out the door proves that. We waited about 30 minutes in line, it moves fast. Shared the whole king crab, more for the experience than anything. We also got the addition of mussels, octopus,...squid and clams to start, which was ok, but we can't complain for the additional $4.00. The king crab here also seems to be least expensive in town.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 23, 2021

I ate here twice while in Ushuaia, once for dinner with friends and once for lunch as a solo female. Both times I was received with charm and warmth and both meals were excellent. If you come for dinner, you will face a line -...they open at 7 and if you're okay with eating so early by Ush standards, you'll probably get in more quickly. The weekday lunch was much easier. If you can, share the entire centolla (king crab) with a friend - it's the best option and was the best crab I had in Ushuaia. The sautéed crab meat and shrimp was also excellent, and the paella, which I ordered twice, was once amazing and once just very good. You can wash it all down with some very well-priced wines or a Beagle or Andes beer. Of the traditional seafood places we visited in Ushuaia this was the best, better crab and nicer service than Volver.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 17, 2021 via mobile

We arrived within 5 minutes of it opening and a number of tables had already gone. One cannot book a table. We sat near the window but moved because one of the other tables was occupied by a family who plonked their child down with...an iPad and a programme at seemingly full volume. We moved to the back of the room and that was fine. We chose king crab with rice and salad. And a bottle of wine. It arrived fairly quickly and after a quick lesson on how to use scissors we were away and eating. The crab is very prickly. Far more so,than any I have experienced before. But the meat was excellent, and with some mayonnaise and rice it was lovely. The bread was very good too. Wine was fine. We also,enjoyed a little bit of banter with the woman folding the paper napkins. Packet after packet. And some of the waiters too. All in all an enjoyable experience. And I would go,back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Response from guilherme m | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was there in February as a tourist, so I can’t answer you , sorry. It’s one of the best seafood restaurant I ever know, and modest prices and services as well.
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They do take reservations. I do not know if they handle email. They speak only Castellano (their version of Spanish).
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