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“Great environment, delicious food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Varela

Varela
Ranked #1,218 of 3,449 Restaurants in Mexico City
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Polanco
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great environment, delicious food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The place is hard to spot just walking around Antara Mall in Mexico City. Yet, once you enter it's private elevator, your enter an entirely different world, away from the noise of the stores just below.

The place is fantastic, cozy with beautiful wood walls and nice, sturdy tables. Great selection of wines, and of course, meat cuts are the house specialty. I usually order as salad grilled vegetables and then a good vacío. Desserts are incredibly appetizing.

Overall a great experience and something not to miss if you visit Polanco in Mexico City.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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New York, NY
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Mexico City - Feb 2013”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Randomly found this place for drinks after shopping in the Antara mall. Sat at the bar drinking tequila, while watching the open kitchen grill various pieces of meat. Beautiful dining room. Would certainly go back and try the food next time we're in Mexico City!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One of the best argentinian places for lunch and dinner!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere is great, the food is just delicious.

Try the tuna fish carpaccio and the Bife de chorizo...

Service is world class. The owner and the maitre stopped 2 by our table.

I would just recommend a significant improvement in the wine list. It is simply disappointing as related to such restaurant.

I'll come back many times, anyway... With my own wines...! :)

    • 5 of 5 stars
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Steak lovers must try.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Porter House is not that common in Mexico City, therefore it was quite a nice surprise to find it on the menu, and nicer when we tasted it, just as the best ones I've tried in the US... facilities, service, ambiance also great!!! This restaurant is located inside a mall and that makes it very comfortable in regards of parking, accessibility, space and so on, but still Varela is a quiet, intimate and relaxing restaurant.... not cheap, but price is worthy!!!! This is not just a steak house, so there are many other great things to try rather than steak....

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Eddel
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Singapore, Singapore
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196 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Best beef in Mexico!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We stumbled upon this restaurant after walking around Antara mall. The menu looks pretty decent so we decided to try. We had calamari as appetizer, and it is one of the better ones in the city by far. For main, we shared the porterhouse special steak, which turned out to be a great idea since it was quite a large serving. The meat was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and it was fun watching the chef cooking it on the grill as we were seated near it. Just when we thought we didn't have space for dessert, we sneaked in a warm chocolate cake and a banana ice cream. Both were excellent. Moreover, the service was great and timely. Probably the best option in Antara!

Visited December 2012
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