El Calafate’s La Lechuza Is Where Pasta, Pizza, and Steak Meet

La Lechuza is a very popular restaurant in El Calafate, Argentina. They serve good pasta, pizza, steak, and traditional Argentinian food in the Patagonia.

La Lechuza is in the middle of El Calafate.  The red brick restaurant sits on the corner among souvenir shops.  I found it via Google.  Well, not exactly.  I walked by then did a Google search on them.  The restaurant caters tourists visiting the Patagonia like the rest of El Calafate.  The old rustic decor gives it a comforting vibe and the extensive menu has something for everyone.  It reminds me of some of the Chicago restaurants.  Old school.La Lechuza El Calafate Argentina

After a long day in El Chaltén, La Lechuza was on my radar for my final dinner in the Patagonia.  At 10 PM, the little restaurant was decently occupied.  There were a few patrons scattered in the different dining room.  The old rustic decor fill with vintage knickknacks and Patagonia inspired pictures.  It’s how a restaurant in the Patagonia supposed to look.

La Lechuza’s menu is extensive.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat; but, I knew I wanted pasta and steak.  After hiking Mount Fitz Roy, I was starving and the high elevation was burning calories faster.  It was a positive thing since I haven’t worked out in months.

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I finally made up my mind.  I decided to go with an appetizer, pasta, and a steak.  Here are my thoughts:

  • Steak – The steak came out with seared marks.  It looks like it was cooked on an outdoor grill.  The beef’s juices were all over the steak.  The steak was tender, moist, and perfectly cooked.  It didn’t come with chimichurri sauce and there wasn’t a need for it.  It was perfect for a steak less than 20 USD. La Lechuza El Calafate
  • Spaghetti – The spaghetti came with thick fettuccine pasta.  The tomato based sauce was tangy, but it was a little running.  I really like my spaghetti sauce thick and not water down.  However, it was still tasty and the thick fettuccine pasta gave it a nice texture.  It definitely complemented the steak.La Lechuza
  • Empanada – The pastry of joy.   The flaky pastry gave way to a delicious filling.  The empanada was filled with beef and a hard-boiled egg; the creamy filling was rich and tasty.La Lechuza

Overall, La Lechuza is a good option for a late-night dinner.  They’re in the middle of El Calafate with a large menu.  The large menu provides options for anything you’re craving to eat. La Lechuza definitely satisfied my cravings for pasta and steak on my final dinner in the Patagonia.  Lastly, El Calafate is a perfect place to stay because you can take trips to Perito Moreno Glaciers and El Chalten.  Also, it’s filled with bars, pubs, and restaurants like La Tablita.  It definitely reminds of me of Mammoth Lakes in California.

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Summary

La Lechuza is a good option for a late-night dinner.  They’re in the middle of El Calafate with a large menu.  The large menu provides options for anything you’re craving to eat.  

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