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“Fabuloso!”

El Artesano Wine and Cheese Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Panajachel, Guatemala
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fabuloso!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We dined today with a freguent visitor and friend of Dietrich. Ted, quided us with careful choices from the menue. We started with the cheese plate and a lovely Chilean cabernet. We followed with the three of us selecting the tuna plate, the salmon plate and the anchoy, artichoke, roasted peppers, olives, capers fondue as it comes warming over a candle. I could not finish that, my meal of choice, and thought to take it home and pour it over pasta. Voila! Truly a Tuscan treat. Sensational! Dietrich, please consider adding pasta to compliment your imaginative creations. A dining treat you will not believe available in Lago Atitlan area.

  • Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfection in rural Guatemala...”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The sweetest family, the best cheese, good wine, incredibly reasonable prices, (90quetzales/$13 for a giant platter for two, stuffed with 20 different cheeses, delicious honey, fig marmalade, an assortment of nuts, etc) - this place really is a delightful surprise.

Bookings recommended, and when full, (and that can mean just around 15 people), service may be a bit slow, but relax, enjoy the garden, and be grateful you've found this gem of a restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
2 reviews
“My most favorite eating experience time and time again”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

This family truly are artists of food. Nothing is over looked and it really shows. I have only been here 10 or 11 times as its hard to get to from canada hehe. Their hours are monday to friday 12-5, making a resevervation by phone is a good idea.Each time though its like walking into a cheese and wine fairytale. They only have 6 or 7 intimate tables and i love that, it really is a special affair, they want to take the time to really give the guests a memorable, mouth and sometimes eye watering experience. Classical music, antique treasures, a beautiful kitty, great books, AMAZING food, get the cheese platter, with the smoked salmon and some red wine. Give yourself the afternoon to nibble and sip on their art. By the time you have your first bite you can close your eyes and imagine you are in the italian country side, feeling similar to eat, pray, love.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Loveartist
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hubbards
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth the trip to Guatemala”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

The care and attention to detail in this outdoor cafe is rare anywhere in the world, but especially in Guatemala. Our host, Terge, is an artist with food and combining flavours. The famous Cheese Tray is delivered to the table by Terge himself with a complete explanation of the 25 different cheeses on the tray. Make no mistake, they are arranged cafefully, in order of age, and served with nuts, olives, fresh honey, hot marmelade and delicious breads. The Antipasta and Smoked Salmon are to die for. You must make a reservation (he is very particular about how his food is prepared and served and will not serve anything unless it is perfect, ergo, he likes to be prepared) and then, be prepared to eat and drink wine for at least 3 hours. You will not be sorry.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank wrwrwr
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Valencia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“Who would have thought ...”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

All I can say is that if you are ANYWHERE near here, you really should experience it! There is truly only 4 tables, so a reservation is highly recommended. The wine & sangria were excellent. The tuna pate plate was to die for as was the sundried tomato and brie cheese plate. Two of us also shared the small cheese sampler (for two). All this food was AMAZING and plenty! We are planning at least one reture trip, and if we can squeeze it in then two! All this was for 300q (including tip). Roughly $40. With half a litre of sangria and two glasses of wine and more food than we could eat - so incredible!! The garden sitting area is beautiful as well, as well as the couple that runs/owns it. If you like cheese, olives, capers, wine - you must try, you won't regret it!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SHossy
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