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“Shocking food and experience”
Review of Bendito Desierto

Bendito Desierto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$45
Cuisines: Chilean
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Initially the waitress forgot our order then when the meal came it was Inedible!!! The meat COULD NOT BE CUT nor EATEN so we sent the meal back to the kitchen. The waiter was indifferent to the return of the meal and still billed us the full amount. (note: NOT A BITE WAS EATEN!)

The aggressive chef refused to accept that the meat was of bad quality and refused to remove it from the bill, so we told them we would not pay for something of such poor quality that we didn't eat so ..... they CALLED THE POLICE!!!! surprisingly the police (in van with flashing light) arrived in minutes and we were forced BY LAW to pay for a terrible meal we didn't eat!

Some diners came to our defence but this didn't help either. Bendito Desierto is a tourist trap AVOID, AVIOD AVIOD!!!!

For context we are world travellers and have NEVER been treated so poorly/rudely in any establishment anywhere!

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1  Thank EmmaPartridge2014
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Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

We had a great meal at bendito desierto! Every thing we ordered was delicious and well served. Because it was cold they put up fire near us, very friendly service. We had the llamo and the salmon, both we recomend!

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Thank Natalie A
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

After a long day of tours and before our 4.30am start for geysers, we decided to try out Bendito for a light meal. We were bitterly disappointed. It was a total tourist trap (I know it's San Pedro). We arrived to a very arrogant waiter who told us that half of the restaurant was closed (the inside part) however what he meant was that it was closed to us but not to other large tourist groups. So we had to sit out in the cold. The venue has live music but it is very much for the gringos. The place basically smelt of a tacky tourist joint with staff that looked down at you. Needless to say we didn't even bother staying for the food and were then meant to feel very awkward for taking a moment to look at the overpriced menu and then chip off. In short there are many other, nicer restaurants in the area that are reasonably priced and have great service.

Thank vicg2001
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

With an outdoor fireplace going and a mostly solo musician entertaining guest, dining at Bendito can be a fun and enjoyable experience.

I order the all inclusive dinner special that comes with your choice of soup or salad, meat or fish and desert for $7000.00 pesos. A bottle of beer which turns out to be more expensive than excepted adds a nice compliment to my meal.

For my main course I chose the pork with potatoes and I wished the pork was a little more tender although the curry seasoning was nice. The bread and salsa served with the meal was so delicious I ordered seconds.

The “Helado” for desert had an interesting texture, light and not so cold but maybe that is the way ice cream is done here. I hope I enjoy finding out.

With a friendly staff, a great atmosphere and fun entertainment, Bendito is definitely worth being considered for a culinary option in San Pedro de Atacama.

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Thank DMBTraveler
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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Absolutely terrible.
The band they had playing instraments were so loud it hurt my ears, there were speakers everywhere so unable to avoid.
The entrada and main were terrible, desert was a safe amd simple serve of ice cream that took about 40 minutes to come out. Couldnt get out quick enough

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Thank jasmike
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