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“Maybe show was good, but impossible to see”

Pena Boliche Balderrama
Ranked #35 of 334 Restaurants in Salta
Cuisines: Argentinian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 2 January 2015

I hate to make bad reviews, but it is important to warn other travelers.

We went for Christmas night, with a reservation made by the hotel. Table was by the door (and it was cold!) almost in the street, almost behind the stage - so we could not see anything. OK, it was a full house night. But it is better to say there is no place than make us spend Christmas in such a terrible table. All we could see: plenty of videos, photos and slides of the founder and family. Food/wine average (did no expect more). And the bill... prices much higher than written in the menu. After showing the waitress, she came back (half an hour later) with another wrong bill. Two more rounds, we ended with the correct value after using the cell phone calculator with the waitress. Any apologies? Of course, not.

The little we could see (had to stand up in the middle of the restaurant), it was a show prepared for tourists. Maybe it is nice for somebody, was not authentic to us. Anyway, as we could not see it...

In short, I will not come back and strongly advice against it.

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Reviewed 10 October 2014

Very expensive place with very poor meals and not authentic show . The place is a worship to the late owner Mr. Balderrama and the show is all around him but the music is performed by moderns instruments , nothing to do with the folklore that you expect to enjoy in a place like this or as you were promised . The food very expensive and poor . This place used to be legend but nothing left of it besides a legend of the legend

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We were drawn to Balderrama by the glowing reviews above but had a vastly different experience. The issue about paying for the show because we were only having some light bites was poorly explained. The show went from being not quite as good as that at Estacion Viejo and others on Balcarce to rather mediocre with far too much audience participation with the vocals. The service was slow and off-hand. The food was poor - our super puddings were no more than a scoop of soft ice cream over tinned fruit which cost 30 pesos. We arrived at 9.30 and didn´t get back to our hostel until 1.30, 4 hours for one starter, 2 puddings and a bottle of wine.

At the end of the meal we were given a bill for 263 pesos, only 128 of which was for the food. I explained in shaky spanish that we were not prepared to pay this much. The response was polite but firm and completely lacking in any understanding. We were told that the police would be called if we would not pay. Being 3 young British women with insufficient spanish to hope being listened to in preference to the waitress we regretfully paid and left.

We would recommend that Balderrama is avoided and that visitors head for Av. Balcarce or Casa de los Molinos which are far superior. We have heard other unfavorable comments about this restaurant from local Argentines including mention that the staff are not treated well. We managed to comfort ourselves with a bar of Coffler Block and the thought that otherwise our experience of Argentine restaurants has been very good, but we would have rather not gone at all!

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Thank Hannah P
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

The food was very poor value, the show lack lustre, the service very slow and unfriendly, poor communication from the management when we complained about the above issues. Over-priced with too much mala onda. I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody. Go to Balcarce instead (we have been to 2 other penas which were much better).

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