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“I enjoyed the ambience and the food”
Review of La Chistorra

La Chistorra
Ranked #12 of 140 Restaurants in Merida
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 12 August 2015

It is very difficult to pronounce on cost in Venezuela these days. With 70% inflation and a variable black market rate, it really depends on what exchange rate you got. So I will judge this restaurant by its food and atmosphere.

We ate here on two nights. It seemed to be a little way from the city centre, but I have no real idea if it was walkable as we were dropped of by car.

I liked the atmosphere, I liked the food and I liked the staff, so that added up to a good evening.

In particular I enjoyed the large prawns. As with most food in Venezuela, the portions were large. We shared a number of dishes amongst ourselves, and that worked well.

I would recommend this restaurant, and would certainly eat here again if I was back in Merida

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Thank moraira
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Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile

The atmosphere is great and the chistorras are the best. I had steak with cheese and it was very tasteful. Great place to watch soccer games.

Thank carlosrA9276SO
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Having been told that this was one of the best restaurants in Merida, I was excited to try this place out and see for myself.

The restaurant is situated a stones throw from the city centre and is well set up in terms of the layout of tables, with a long bar extending through part of the eating area (pretty typical of restaurant/bars in Spain).

The restaurant is clean but the decor is pretty uninspiring (Lots of Spanish La Liga team flags dotted around the walls).
The waiting staff are well presented and the clientèle appear to be a mix of tourists and richer folk from the city.

On reviewing the menu, there was a good selection of tapas, soups, salads and Spanish cuisine, but all priced well above the norm compared to other restaurants I have visited in Merida.

It must be noted that the prices were not an issue, but naturally raised my expectations of the quality of food!

I ordered a crab salad to start and "chicken of the coast" for the main.

Given it was a very hot day I opted for a cold beer over wine but was disappointed to learn they had only one option of beer available.

Further to this we had to wait roughly 10-15 minutes for the beers to arrive at the table, with lots of waiting staff available and not being particularly busy, this was somewhat of an annoyance but something I'm becoming used to in Venezuela!

The crab salad was well presented on arrival and looked very appetising with some nice mixed fresh leaves intertwined with crab strips to make a sort of nest salad,all held together with some generous helpings of halondayaise sauce.

It was pretty tasty to be fair albeit a litlle heavy for a starter. My main gripe however was that the crab was clearly the tinned processed kind rather than fresh crab meat or even a good quality frozen option.

And this is where I feel "La Chistorra" fails to impress...

Given the prices the restaurant is charging, one would expect a much higher quality product when compared to other eateries around Merida.

The opinion around our table of those who ordered seafood/fish, was that it was frozen or the cheap processed kind.

Given the distance from Merida to the coast, one would expect logistical issues in providing fresh seafood/fish daily but given the prices being charged in "LA Chistorra" (by Venezuelan standards!!!) I truly expected more from this restaurant, the food and service is pretty average but the bill is well above the norm when compared with other restaurants in this city!

Tip - If cash is of no concern to you and you don't mind paying over the odds for average food - give this place a shot if you must...

However, if on a budget or you are frugal with your money, then try somewhere else as your not going to miss much by avoiding this place.

Thank GW1981
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Reviewed 13 September 2018
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