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“Nice ambiance, disappointing food”
Review of Cafe Melba

Cafe Melba
Ranked #811 of 4,828 Restaurants in Santiago
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Las Condes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We visited Cafe Melba for Sunday brunch, based on its good reviews from various sources. Melba is a nicely appointd restaurant with excellent sidewalk seating and generally nice ambiance. Service was average. The food was, hoever, a disappointment. Both of our breakfasts were cold upon arrival,the eggs were runny despite our requests for firmness and fried rather than poached, and the home fries were apparently frozen shortly before cooking. Brunch seems to be a rarity in Santiago--there are relatively few options--but Melba for us at least wasn't worth the bother.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Café Melba is an excellent place to have breakfast Sunday mornings. It is open early and the menu items is like having breakfast at home. Nice setting and very good staff. Prices are not cheap, but there are not many options this early in the morning and the food quality worth every penny!

Thank Guisum
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

We went for late lunch 1:30pm+ and the place is still full during late September.
So we sit outside and waiting for the waitress to inform when there are seats inside.
Menu in Spanish only, no English. Again with translation from local friends, ordered the fish.
Food is alright, but not the unexpected outdoor seating, when all of us did not bring jackets.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is my first trip advisor review. I was so blown away by my past couple of experiences here that I had to write something. I could write a page's worth of advice for these restaurant owners, but it was obvious that they could care less about their quality of service. So I will keep it short and sweet for you future gringos thinking of going to this place that is known for it's great gringo-style breakfasts.

The first time I went I ate a delicious brunch. I have since brought friends back multiple times and it appears they have new management. The service and food was TERRIBLE. We were ignored, then waited over an hour for food, when we checked on it they brought us scrambled eggs and cold toast (which of course was not the dish we ordered, but it was food - so "what are we complaining about"). There was never an apology and they still charged us full price. Seriously incredibly terrible service.

Save yourself the hassle and go somewhere enjoyable.

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1  Thank ErinIsabel
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great breakfast. The breakfast was just like eating back home. Probably best eggs and bacon breakfast Santiago. The weekends are always really crowded, but if you can go for a breakfast during the week, that would be well worth your while. And the bowl of coffee is a good kick starter...

Thank Ben H
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