We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

La Despensa de Rafael

#110 of 1,965 Restaurants in Bogota
Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
00-571-2358891
Website
Today
12:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 12:30 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 49: English reviews
Bogota, Colombia
Level Contributor
131 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Although I like the informal atmosphere at la Despensa, I would recommend a visitor go make reservations at the main Rafael restaurant a few blocks east. The prices are only slightly higher, but the quality of dishes and preparation are much better.

Helpful?
Thank polka party
Petropolis, RJ
Level Contributor
191 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is an excelent restaurant to enjoy Peruvian cuisine in a quiet, attractive setting. The variety of the offer makes you want to try all dishes, so it might be a good idea to share, at least, starters and desserts. Everything I tried was great. Maybe the perfect Pisco Sours influenced my judgement, though! I have been there twice and... More 

Helpful?
Thank DFM66
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Food was incredible, a show. Definitely recommend the pulpo and the salmon. You should get lots of "appetizers" cause they're not that; they're heaven. About the wine, we had this Argentinian wine from Mendoza. Worth the price. A Malbec paradise. Lamb was also great. Our waiter was Alexander, a very nice guy. I hope I come back to this place.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jose Crlos H
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This place came highly recommended by friend and did not disappoint. It is a casual restaurant, but the food is first class!

Helpful?
Thank oli23148
Bogota, Colombia
Level Contributor
122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

It has a very romantic and cozy place! The service is excellent, the portions a adequate, the mixture of flavours and techniques are ideal.

Helpful?
Thank Maria V
Rome, Italy
Level Contributor
15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I had been there last December and loved it. I went againg a couple of Sundays ago and what a change! The service was simply bad. The food was bland and has lost the spark of the Peruvian food. The selections of wine by the glass was poor. Very disaponting, particularly for me being Peruvian and knowing the other restaurants... More 

Helpful?
Thank carlossantistevan
Miami Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
211 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

We went to La Despensa a couple of times in one week, I guess was because of the dessert! The last time we went it was raining cats and dogs in Bogota but we sat outside, the waiters had a hard time keeping the floor almost dry! I like the octopus they serve! Its really tasty, not chewy. We were... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ramen163
Bogota, Colombia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

If you want to taste de coisine of Rafael Osterling one of The best chefs in Perú and you don't want to pay a lot go to La Despensa. The food, the Pico Sour and the service are really good.

Helpful?
1 Thank Ligia Lucia T
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

We were a party of 5 and sat on the covered patio area, not inside. The lay-out and vibe was great and the service was excellent. Everyone had different dishes, and each one was very, very good. The pisco sours were average (better in the sister restaurant Rafael). Will definitely return.

Helpful?
Thank scubakjr
Toronto ON CAN
Level Contributor
75 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

This wasn't the restaurant my friend intended to go to, (it was supposed to the one 4 blocks down) there was some confusion as she didn't know there was more than one in the area by the same owner/chef, but we settled in and enjoyed our orders nonetheless. It was apparently cheaper than the correct one we were to go... More 

Helpful?
Thank herroyalmelness

Travellers who viewed La Despensa de Rafael also viewed

Bogota, Colombia
 
Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
 

Been to La Despensa de Rafael? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
Cuisine
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 16:00
Monday
12:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:30 - 23:00
Thursday
12:30 - 23:00
Friday
12:30 - 23:00
Saturday
12:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bogota
  • Phone Number: 00-571-2358891

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Despensa de Rafael staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?