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Solar Villaseca

S of Town Center, Vicuna, Chile
(051) 412 189
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“goat” (3 reviews)
“tour group” (2 reviews)
“elqui valley” (2 reviews)
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Chilean, South American
$$ - $$$
S of Town Center, Vicuna, Chile
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We stopped in at Solar Villaseca to have a traditional Chilean empanada as part of our tour of the Elqui valley. Our tour group of about 14 people stopped in for a bite to eat and were pleasantly greeted and seated at a large pre-arranged...More

Thank diane_notes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

My meal was fine though not particularly interesting nor outstanding in any way. I got there at about 4:30 and there was no evidence of actual solar cooking going on then. Maybe my food had been cooked earlier. The server seemed depressed. They closed up...More

Thank Lawrence W
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We enjoyed our visit here. Quantities of food served are immense. Our daughter cooked, using a home made solar oven when she was at school.

Thank Gabriel11
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

There was no evidence of solar cooking when we went, the ovens and barbeques on display outside looked shiny and clean as if they hadn't been used in ages. Reading the other reviews here, maybe we were unlucky. It was very busy, looked like two...More

Thank jmbruk78wsp
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We went here as part of a shore excursion from Coquimbo Chile. This restaurant uses solar heat to cook their food. They showed us their ovens before we sat down for lunch and told us how they worked. I had the goat which was good...More

Thank 2torontotraveller
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Cool concept to be eating food cooked from the sun, However do not expect it to be the best meal you can have in town. Worth the drive up the mountain to see the view in a relaxing setting. They also have neighbors that like...More

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

Whilst we didn't expect a fast meal we never thought of no service. We were seated at our table for 25 minutes without getting any service at all! So we left without a meal all together as we felt we had to beg for our...More

Thank diana r
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Loved the location, the solar cooking and the more conventionally baked empanadas. Strongly recommend visiting this place.

1  Thank Beatrice B
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Our tour group had lunch here and it was a very interesting, novel experience. Everything is cooked using solar power. I had the goat, which is the local specialty. Friendly service.

1  Thank jump78
Reviewed 25 March 2014

The novelty here is that all the food (including bread, casseroles and cakes) is cooked and the water boiled by direct heat from the sun - the rays are reflected and focussed using aluminium foil. The menu includes some typical Chilean dishes, but the goat...More

1  Thank Kenneth S
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Chilean, South American
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Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: S of Town Center, Vicuna, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Coquimbo Region  >  Vicuna
  • Phone Number: (051) 412 189
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