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“Pleasant but Disappointing”

El Fogon Del Gaucho
Ranked #1,066 of 5,433 Restaurants in Santiago
Cuisines: Chilean
Dining options: After-hours, Buffet, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We went to El Fogon twice during our stay in la Reina, once as a group of five, once as a group of three. The restaurant is popular and very pleasant, the staff are helpful. You can choose to eat indoors or outside near the pavement.

For our first meal. We all chose steaks, with a starter salad from the salad bar, accompanied by a nice Chilean red wine. We all wanted Papas Fritas (Fries) but the deep fat fryer was out of order. The baked potatoes were a poor substitute. The fillet steaks were tender but some of us chose other, tastier cuts, Bife de Lomo. These were nicely cooked, al Punto, but a couple were rather tough which was an added disappointment. None of us had dessert.

Before we ate a second time, we checked that Papas Fritas were available. Goods news! Again, the three of us ordered steaks, medium rare, having assumed the tough steaks were a one-off. Unfortunately, two of the three were tough. The Papas Fritas were a bit mediocre too. Salad was nice, Desserts were nice. The wine was nice. The service was good.

I guess we should have learned from our first visit but the place is popular with locals, it was close to where we were staying and our Chilean friends were a little surprised about the poor steaks first time around although none had been to the restaurant for some time. The Alto Sax CD got a bit wearing after an hour or so too!

If you're going to El Fogon, go for the fillet steaks.

Date of visit: February 2014
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

What I liked about this place is that the meats are perfectly cooked, fantastic portions, and all dishes come with access to a decent salad bar (included in the price of the dish). Try the baby beef cut and the grilled chicken... the best I've tried in Santiago so far! Prices are reasonable -not cheap. The quality of service is great, the ambiance perfect for groups of people or even couples on romantic evenings.

The menu is simple and all you need to have a really nice meal with friends and family.

Date of visit: December 2012
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

The place, food and people qere jst outstanding. Have the lomo vetao! Fantastic!!

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Reviewed 9 February 2012

We have eaten here for the past 3 years and enjoyed it each time. The Filet is excellent and the service was very good. We sit outside and enjoy the sun. The only negative would be the street dogs that some times wander through the restaurant...but that is Chile. Not cheap but once in a while we go there.

Date of visit: February 2012
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