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Posted by Saul Suarez on 06/17/2013
My family and I were amazed when we came first to this wonderful place. Delicious food (you cannot find it in any other place around). Excellent attention from owner to waitress and for sure you and your family will be indulged with the variety of the menu. Pabellon is great, natural juices are incredibly tasteful and exquisite, arepas with anything you want in it are to die for!! Don't forget the Reina Pepiada and Tequeñones....it's awesome. Also, we had a lot of fun dancing and singing there. Highly recommended!!!
Posted by ricardo on 05/13/2013
I went to this restaurant in mother's day with my wife (from Venezuela) and my daugther and I have to say that I am really disappointed in this place because of few reasons: - food portions are very small compared with their prices: As an example, they charge $18.00 for a small dish called :"Pabellon Complete". This is not just an expensive dish which price shouldn't exceed $11.00, it is a simple combination of rice, beans, plantains and a very small portion of frayed meat. Also, Tequenones portion is $9.00 (for just 3 of them "very small"), and a "Reina Pepeada Arepa for $8.00. Remember! they only serve very small portions, not average or regular portions. - I am in total disagreement with a concept they call "Open Grat," (disguised tip) which is an estimated and imposition of 15% of your total consumption over your bill; and they don't tell you anything about that, they just put it into your bill. This is very disrespectful! since only customers have the right to decide the amount of tip. If you dont' pay attention to this "disguised tip," you may end paying much more than the fair price. If I had not paid attention to my bill, I would have ended paying an extra 15% to the waiter. Which is what I usually leave as a tip.I really disappointed to this restaurant and I would never go back again!
Posted by Charlestongirl on 05/25/2009
Armed with reviews, we went to what we expected, based on its location, to be a dive. If La Caraquena is a dive, I'll be eating at dives for a long time! I can't rave enough. Right up the street from me is this little treasure. The true South American food is fabulous - some of the best I have had. The attempts to please the U.S. palate are good, but not world-class (strip steak with mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes is OK, but not glorious). However, another beef dish, shredded beef with black beans and rice and fabulous fried plantains is glorious. It appears that the regulars have already picked out their traditional dishes, as we watch them parade out of the kitchen. I will try some appetizers and sandwiches next time. They are obviously very popular. The owner/chef is gracious, always ensuring that our great meals are accompanied by friendly service - even offering a complimentary wine taste to the wine drinker in my party on our first visit. This restaurant deserves more business - but don't tell too many people. I don't want to wait in line!
Posted by BCL on 09/23/2008
This is a small (10 booth) restaurant in a motel, but is decorated very nicely with an attentive waiter. I had intended to get carry out, but the restaurant was so inviting, I stayed to eat. I ordered the Arepas Peluda (Venezuelan cornbread with chicken and avocado) that was absolutely delicious. They have 9 other fillings (combinations of meat, cheese, veges, eggs) that I am looking forward to trying, not to mention the rest of the menu.