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“Sad tourist trap”

Los Hornitos de Curacavi
Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Curacavi
Cuisines: Chilean
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sad tourist trap”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

This place used to be good and have reasonable prices. Nowadays it is bloated with tourist buses, waiters have lost patience, prices are ridiculously high. Definitely not recommendable.

2 Thank Agustin F
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Vina del Mar, Chile
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“traditional Chilean food”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This restaurant is been there since the 70's people from all around Santiago will go there to have lunch or around 6 pm for a tea and pastries,is a fun place nice decoration good services, is outside Santiago so is nice to go there for a break of the crazy weeks of work, very family oriented even are children play ground!!

Visited March 2013
Thank fernanda1963
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great break in our journey”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stopped here on the way from Santiago Chile to Valparaiso. We were only having a coffee and toilet stop but it turned out to be a very pleasant break. When we arrived we were each given a glass of the local alcoholic drink, chichi which was very pleasant . We loved the rustic look to the place with its chunky pine furniture and dirt floors.The fire pits were very welcome as it was actually coming in to their winter months and was quite cool.The staff were all dressed as Chilean gauchos in smart Spanish looking gear.They were friendly and very attentive.

the toilets were basic but clean and all in all it was a lovely break for us. You can eat here and they offer Chilean specialities but it was a bit early for a meal for us.


  • Visited June 2013
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Thank catsholiday
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Bristol, England
Level 6 Contributor
543 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 603 helpful votes
“An interesting country restaurant”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We stopped at this restaurant for lunch on the way from Valparaiso to Santiago.
In a rural setting, the restaurant has a wide selection of typically Chilean dishes including some local specialities.

We sat under a shaded area outside - the restaurant was busy but we had no problem getting a table - and the atmosphere was delightful.

I chose a local speciality Pastel de Choclo (Corn pie with chicken, eggs, olives, raisins) which was good but not outstanding and my wife had Costillar Pobre (Special Pork Ribs) which was excellent. We did not have time for a dessert.

The website has pictures of many of the dishes on the menu.

The waiter recommended an inexpensive bottle of local Sauvignon Blanc which washed the food down beautifully.

The total bill, including wine, and the usual bread and diops to start came to 22790 Chilean pesos

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Chris H
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Alpena, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
261 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Authentic Chilean Dishes in a Unique Restaurant Setting”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

We were on a day excursion from Valparaiso (where our cruise ship had docked) to Santiago (to catch our flight back to the US.) Our guide, “The Van Man”, Christian Roy had suggested two stops enroute…one at the Emiliana winery—known worldwide for their skill in their totally organic approach to wine making…and the second at a local Chilean style restaurant named Los Hornitos de Curacavi. We learned a great deal about organic wine making at Emiliana—and got to sample some terrific wines as well.
Of course...since we had paid so much attention to the wines...we had to devote equal time to the foods. So...we stopped nearby at a very authentic small village style restaurant called Los Hornitos de Curacavi, that specializes in local Chilean dishes—two of the most notable were "pastel de choclo" and "costillar". It is a gross oversimplification to say that the pastel de choclo is similar to scalloped corn casserole--and that costillar is a type of barbequed (in an earthen oven) style of pork ribs or chop. Pastel de Choclo is a favorite Chilean dish. The bottom layer of the casserole is a meat mixture called pino, which is ground beef, onions, hard-boiled eggs, raisins and olives. Sometimes a bit of chicken (in our case—a leg of chicken) is included. The top layer is ground corn, best if fresh, sprinkled with sugar to brown as it bakes.
Our timing was perfect, as we watched the cooks pull the pastel de choclo, costillar, and several other meat dishes from the large earthen oven that look like oversized beehives. The dishes had been cooking for several hours in the wood fired ovens.
Of course, we had to try a little of everything...so...we had the full meat platter (with brisket, and sausage, in addition to the costillar) AND a pastel de choclo. All this for the three of us. But...we are good soldiers and kept to our task...and managed to pretty well demolish everything. The tastes were indescribable...like nothing that we have in the US...but yet similar in many ways. THIS is how you really learn about a country and a people...by how they prepare their food, and what foods they eat and enjoy the most. We would highly recommend this stop to any travelers between Valparaiso and Santiago.

  • Visited January 2012
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