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Donde el Gordito

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$$ - $$$
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San Bernardo 560, Puerto Varas, Chile
+56(0)65 233 425
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Grand Isle VT
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One has a comfortable feeling of eating with the locals in this restaurant even though most guests are tourists. The staff is very friendly and incredibly efficient, seating quite a large number of people in a small space. Orders are taken quickly and food is served just as promptly. We had excellent fish--conger--but the rest of the meal was quite... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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133 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Went here for dinner and left stuffed! This is a family run restaurant which is definitely worth going to if you are in town. The staff were very friendly and were clearly proud of their restaurant. The seafood was unreal - both my husband and I loved our dishes and were very full at the end but had to finish... More 

Thank AlbertaBound0
Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Came in with high hopes based on past reviews. The food was fine. Salmon in garlic sauce was the worst. Never had salmon that tasted so fishy. The steak was good, and the trout, too. Between 3 people, 3 plates was too much food

Thank shonagirl99
Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Surprised by the mixed reviews, this is a great small, local, character filled place for a well priced meal in Puerto Varas. Not fine dining sure, but you want delicious cooked with love, you'll get it here. Pisco sours to start, calamares with garlic and chilli to start, ensalada mixta, Spanish style - peas and tomatoes based chorizo and patas... More 

Thank KarYntravels
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Loved the character in this place. All too often restaurants have a really 'clean' or 'hip' look - nothing wrong with this, but I appreciate restaurants that are unique. This place is certainly that - a lot of people have written notes on napkins/serviettes and hung them on the wall. Aside from this, the seafood is really great - a... More 

Thank asparagii
San Francisco
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415 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

It felt like a traditional Portuguese restaurant with lots of comments hanging on the wall from the visitors. When we were there, the small restaurant was full of locals and only a couple of tourists. Pisco Sour was good. The Calamari appetizer was simply bad and the main course we split was grilled fish which was average. Price tag was... More 

Thank Purobi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Tasted a bit reheated. It wasn't expensive, but it wasn't great. We had high hopes, but were a bit let down. The seafood soup was not fresh and the cuts of meat were tough.

Thank Jason A
Chicago, IL
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

A tour guide took us to this restaurant after a day of sightseeing in Puerto Varas and the food was outstanding. Abalones, octopus, shrimp, fish....every dish was better than the last! We tried Pisco Sours throughout Chile and this restaurant had the best ones. What a feast!

Thank TallGirl41
San Jose, Costa Rica
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

This is the kind of restaurant that stays in your memory not only for the food but for the experience. It's a family run small restaurant (really small actually) were you are even served by "el gordito" himself, we had some pisco sours which he made and they were delicious. The other staff members are reall nice as well. The... More 

Thank Melissa B
Puerto Varas, Chile
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Another lovely meal. I've been several times and this time I tried the caldillo de congrio. It was very tasty. I especially appreciated the burst of fresh flavor from the parsley.

Thank Alisha J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Soups, Chilean, South American, Seafood
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Bernardo 560, Puerto Varas, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Los Lagos Region  >  Puerto Varas
  • Phone Number: +56(0)65 233 425

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?