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“Unique & enjoyable dining experience”

Rancho Espantapajaros
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed May 26, 2013

German flare in the cuisine is unique and well executed and the ham and wild boar offering delicious. Will definitely be back!

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I discovered this restaurant through friends. With amazing views of the lake and volcano, traditional and rustic building, this is a popular local restaurant in the Chilean Lake District, distinctive with the influences that date from the German settlement of this area in the late 1800's.

Table bookings are not necessary but at busy times of the week/year it is well worth making a booking in advance if you can.

The "all you can eat" buffet is especially good value with a great choice of recipes inspired by traditional Chilean and German cuisine. There is the option of a salad bar, along with various 'cold dishes', while the main meat dishes use meats cooked over the burning coals that can be seen cooking along one wall behind the main serving counter. The meats are mostly from the organically farmed animals from the farm itself, and the wild boar is amazing. Many of the vegetables are also grown on the farm, or sourced from local providers. To finish there are a selection of desserts incorporating seasonally available fruits, as well as regular dishes of chocolate mousses, caramels and rice pudding. Alternatively (or as well) fresh fruit can be had, along with home baked bread. Tea, coffee and soft drinks included (don't know about the wine and beer). Good value buffet at 14,000 Chilean pesos (around $25US) per person, cheaper for children.

Family friendly but if you also want to stay late they will stay with you.

Apart from Spanish, German and English are also usually spoken here.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

I found this restaurant following a recommendation from a local in Puerto Octay. It’s 7 kilometres west of Puerto Octay. It will soon be easy to locate due to the octagonal building close to the road. From the outside it doesn’t look anything special at this moment, but inside it’s 100% wood similar to a ski lodge. The outlook to the back towards the lake is delightful and there are activities for children to do in the garden - and farm animals to look at. Lunch was buffet style, eat as much as you like – food was fresh, hot food was hot and there was a lot of variety. There are two main dining areas inside and if the weather is good an outdoor seating option. There is also a cafe / lounge area upstairs. My only criticism is that the men's toilets need a complete thorough clean. Service was good and including a soft drink the bill per person was 15,500 Chilean pesos including tip. (circa UK£21)

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I went there because a good friend said the place was a "must go" if you are around. He did not exaggerated. Under normal circumstances I would stay away from an "all you can it" buffet but this place was surprisingly good. The wild boar was awesome. I cannot give 5 points because the desserts were just ok.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The area is beautiful. The restaurant itself is quite charming in a rustic style. Unfortunately the food is not always great because since it is an "all you can eat" buffet sometimes things are overcooked or cold by the time you get to them. Worth a visit but get there early to have fresh food.

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