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0.7 miles from Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego
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Reviewed April 16, 2020

It is a quarter to seven in the twilight of summer in Tierra del Fuego and I am almost last in the queue for the tiny restaurant serving the best king crabs in town. Inside on a shared table for five I introduce myself to...the others and we all look at the menu and shriek four king crabs (they serve one between two) and a cheese and king crab cazuela (common name for any stew baked in a shallow bowl). Outside the Flightless Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres) is a comic little bird that paddles patiently between the tourist and fishing boats along the waterfront. The beauty of the Beagle Channel is humbling this is truly travelling even to the Uttermost Part of the Earth. The day had been full of wildlife - elegant Chilean swans with black necks and white bodies near the lagoons at the end of the highway through south america called Route 3, and beaver dams visible on a trail off this route, wild horses galloping beside the puffing steam train Fin del Mundo, and an island colony of nesting magellan penguins reached in a special expedition from Estancia Haberton - where there is also a wonderful museum and research station. I visited in summer 2018 (the web site only allows me to say 2020)More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 26, 2020

Four us ate at the El Viejo for dinner. All four enjoyed their meals. with wine and bottled water - the cost was under $50.00 USD. I had the ceviche (maybe the best if have every that) and a white fish – wonderful. The table...next to our table ordered crab and the waiter brought out a live crab to be certain that it was acceptable. The only issue we had is the language and it was our issue not the El Viejo. None of us spoke Spanish. There was only one waiter that understood English which caused the dinner to take longer, but again that is our problem.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 22, 2020

This is the place for great seafood in Ushuaia. We had the "Merluza Negra" an it was delicious. Go early as this place is small and they don't make reservations, it's first come first served.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

If you want fresh King Crab , this is the place to go. No reservations so first come first serve. They opened at 7 pm and were full by 7:30 but the tables turn quickly. Staff is friendly and efficient. You get to pick your...own crab from the tank and it is so fresh, so sweet. And the ice cream dessert is good too. I couldn’t ask for more!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

We waited for an hour to get a table for two on this local restaurant with great reviews and recommendations. That was the downside. However, food quality was lovey and its a haven for seafood. King crabs are highly recommended

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

The Food was fabulous and very reasonably priced and we noticed on the two times that we went that Id you didn’t get there early you would need to queue.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

It's mandatory for those who love King Crabs, but there are always a lot of clients - you should calculate some waiting time.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 4, 2020

We had to queue for about 25 mins to get a table but it was well worth the wait. Amazing, fresh King Crab was our reward in a really nice, genuine and unfussy setting. If you want to sample excellent King Crab then this is...the place in Ushuaia to visit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

If you looking for excellent, simple, straightforward King Crab, this is the place for you! Very best we've ever had. Be sure to get there early though because there will be a line to get in! They are skilled at serving and moving things along...so hang in there for a real treat!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 27, 2020

After the tour to national park, we arrived at this restaurant around 14:00. And i found that tables were fully occupied and had to wait in front of the restaurant about 15 minutes. (Luckily it was not rainy, not chilly.) We (my wife and myself)...ordered one whole king crab ( small green salad and rice included). For us it was enough. the crab was so fresh and i enjoyed much. However, according to my experience, Taste of crab becomes best in winter time. so i want to come back here 4-6 months later once again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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April 27, 2019|
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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.
December 30, 2017|
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Response from Larryv501 | Reviewed this property |
They do take reservations. I do not know if they handle email. They speak only Castellano (their version of Spanish).
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4