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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 January 2022 via mobile

A superb restaurant in a simple decor within the colonial town of Maldonado. The host, Franco, was there to greet us and was exceptionally efficient and pleasant. While we waited for our table we sat at the bar and were treated like kings by Belen...and Hernan. My wife had a drink created by Belen which was outstanding. I had the best grapefruit juice I had in my entire life. The fish was excellent and so was the pasta. In short, a delightful evening in a superb yet understated place. Shall return!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 21 November 2021 via mobile

Very popular place for no apparent reason. Uninteresting and overpriced menu...especially the wine list. Famous for tasteless empanadas salteñas. They get one star for cooking a bad steak well, but the ingredients of a gruel-like squash puré that came with it may remain unknown forever....Best part of the evening was the chain smokers at the next table. Do avoid this place.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021

Fair enough in terms of pricing and quality. Tasty and service even with a big birthday on the place, was quick.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 28 November 2020

The only thing you can eat for about 700 pesos Uy is a milanesa and quite normal quality. Burnt food, extremely expensive for was it is in quality and gastronomic proposal. Really basic dishes. Nothing more than an “ojo de bife” for about 900 pesos...Uy. do not recommendMore

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 28 June 2020

This restaurant in Maldonado is so dedicated to wood-fired cooking that there are *two* wood-fired ovens plus a wood-fired stove (!!!). There are always specials on the chalkboard, a great wine selection, outdoor seating in the summer, and a highly attentive staff.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

We come to Punta annually in the summer, and every year we go 1-2 times there. Always very good. But the quality has declined a lot. We ordered the traditional “Milanesa Napolitana”, as usual. But this time the meat was very hard, fibrous, and the...thickness of the meat was very thin. A lot of flour covering, and very little meat. The photo shows the very thin red layer of meat. We complained to two attendants, but no one gave even an explanation or justification. Not even offering a dessert or coffee to compensate. We probably won't go back there.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020

Meal, atmosphere, service ok. We were there many many times, yesterday probably the last one. The danger lies in the way out, since 100% of the customers arrive by car and park them on the street, there is no private parking or whatsoever, a lonely...dark street facing a bad illuminated plaza. A couple of very intimidating and aggressive tippers are fully alert as you leave the place, screaming ironically and demanding a tip, most probably half drunk or starting a drug trip through the night. It immediately transforms a peaceful dinner out into a real nightmare. I told this problem to the owners of the restaurant, the answer was “the is nothing nothing we can do about it”. Do not go to La Cantina del Vigía unless you believe you can deal with it. I left the car around the corner last night, to no avail, these junks followed me demanding my attention in a very loud voice. No place is worth this nightmareMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 10 February 2020

La mesa de 9 personas comimos de primera el servicio de la moza Camila fue para no volver más este fue el primera vez en 4 años que tuvimos una mala experiencia de está forma Camila tendrá que aprender a tratar a la gente con...o sin experiencia una verdadera maleducada The table of 9 people Excellent food the service of the girl Camila was to return no more this was the first time in 4 years that we had a bad experience in this way Camila will have to learn How to serve people A real rude.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 January 2020

Very nice place, great ambience in the old city of Maldonado. We had a superb provoleta, followed by a huge, i mean huge Milanesa Napolitana. Very good!!!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 20 January 2020

It's another MUST GO!. Once you are in Punta del Este, you should go, AT LEAST, once! Atmosphere, food, service, excellent !

Date of visit: January 2020
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Cantina del Vigia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4