Cartagena Restaurants

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    Cafe del Mar: Mojito at sunset

    by xaver Written Mar 26, 2014

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    A friend (call_me_rhia) reccomended to me to come at this cafe at sunset and enjoy a mojito. When she told me the mojito costed 8€, I thought she was crazy as it would be expensive even for Italy. Anyway, I wanted to trust her and I must say all the 8 euros are deserved. IT is practically a huge balcon on the sea and they actually did a good mojito. Anyway you can come also if you don't want to buy anything as the bar does not occupy all the room so you can sit on the wall and enjoy the sunset for free if you want to.

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    Cevicheria: Great seafood in carebean style

    by xaver Written Mar 26, 2014

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    This place was reccomended to me by the receptionist of the hotel when I asked for a good place where to eat pescado. It is a small restaurant and very busy, at 7 pm I hardly found a table. Food is really good and you have the chance to eat fish on caribean style, not just grilled or boiled as we use at home.
    It's not cheap about 100000 pesos drinking water.

    Favorite Dish: Lobster salad was incredibly tasty.

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    Restaurante Rancheria: Taste of Cartagena

    by Skibbe Written Jan 18, 2014

    They recommended this place at my hotel and it was terrific. I had something called seafood soup and it was really good. I went back later and had another fish dish (can't remember what I ordered) and it was also delicious. Good selection of drinks, also. It is right at the beach in Bocagrande and dinner here is the perfect way to end the day.

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    Cafe del Santisimo: Buen Gusto

    by URBANNO45 Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Cambio de sede, esta ahora cerca del Hotel Santa Clara; sigue ofreciendo un menu inigualable. buen servicio. buena comida, buena musica, buena cava.

    Favorite Dish: Tienen un menu que incluye entrada, plato fuerte y postre por un precio fijo; recomendado:
    Entrada: Los pañuelos de la monja, cuadrados de queso camenbert, envueltos en miel y ajonjoli con una salsa de uchuvas ; platos fuerte una variedad de langostinos presentados en hojas de platano.

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    Crepes & Waffles: Good variety

    by JessieLang Written Mar 31, 2012

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    Good food and very reasonable prices. The menu is more varied than the name implies, and there are a number of vegetarian options, including salads.

    They have an extensive selection of ice cream flavors, which is what got me in the door in the first place.

    Favorite Dish: I liked the guanabana ice cream.

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    Tabetai: Sushi, Temaki and Ceviche

    by mircaskirca Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    After eating traditional Colombian food day by day (I found it delicious so I'm not complaining), it was a great surprise to find Tabetai sushi bar in the heart of Cartagena. This extravagant South American getaway opened its doors in July 2009 so it was rather new when I visited. It's a small place with only 5 tables for 4 and a small bar. The owner is extremely nice, suggesting dishes, and the staff are very friendly and make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk through the door.

    If you like sushi you will not be disappointed but there is more than that. Tabetai offers exotic Oriental/South American fusion dishes and regional plates with a new touch and Colombian spice, such as sushi, temaki (a form of hand rolled sushi, created in a cone) and ceviche.

    Have a look at the video.

    Favorite Dish: I had mixed sushi selection Alaska so I could try several of their rolls. Tabetai blends flavours from the Caribbean with traditional Japanese sushi which give the food a very unique taste. It was served on traditional wooden board with pickled ginger and wasabi. Had a glass of fresh pineapple juice to accompany my meal.

    The bill came to 20.500 COP (16.500 COP for the sushi and 4.000 COP for the juice) - January 2010. I was satisfied with the food, the atmosphere and the service, and will gladly have another meal here when I visit Cartagena again.

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    Girasoles: Restaurante Vegetariano

    by mircaskirca Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    Tasty, budget vegetarian meals are served at Restaurante Vegetariano Girasoles. After having spent the morning exploring the old city of Cartagena, I found it by accident. Girasoles is a restaurant and health food shop, very popular for lunch. As it was around lunch time I decided to give it a try. The restaurant serves only the set menu which usually includes a soup, main dish and juice. There is a new set menu every day.

    The restaurant seemed popular with local people and the occasional tourist. It was rather crowded when I visited so I shared the table with two middle-aged Colombian ladies. In only a few minutes the food arrived. The service was polite. A few days later I came back with my Canadian friend Kathy and it was a similar atmosphere.

    The health food shop offers natural and homeopathic remedies, natural cosmetics, essential oils used in aromatherapy, soya milk and tofu, bakery products for diabetics, empanadas (pastries filled with vegetables or cheese), salads and fruit juices.

    Favorite Dish: The meal consisted of soup, brown rice, soya burger (curried veggies in the second occasion), salad and juice. The meal was filling and tasty. It was 6.000 COP (January 2010) which is very inexpensive for Cartagena.

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    BrianZola: Italian Ice Cream in Exotic Colombian Flavours

    by mircaskirca Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    Attached to Juan Valdez Café you find gelateria BrianZola. If you have a sweet tooth, the fifteen unique flavours of rich ice cream should do the trick. This is the spot to cool off with Italian gelato in an overabundance of exotic Colombian flavours, such as arequipe (thick and creamy milk caramel), chocolate, pistachio, coconut, mango, guanabana (soursop), mora (blackberry) and many more. The ice cream at BrianZola is not cheap for Colombian standards but it's worth the money spent.

    I walked pass BrianZola many times of my comings and goings to hotel Porvenir and often made a stop for the icy treat, whether to cool off in the heat of the day or at night as the delicious refreshing desert after dinner.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite flavour? I can't choose only one as all I tried them were nicely creamy and most delicious. I especially enjoyed arequipe, mango and guanabana. Oh, pure delight! :)

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  • Vera: Don't waste money ! Poor execution, and ordinary.

    by nyminute Updated Apr 21, 2011

    Vera is an over-price Italian restaurant. Colombians pay big money for food we NYers think is ordinary and pay little for. I'm Italian and this is bad Italian food. And certainly nothing like what you would find in Italy. The sauces in particular will disappoint. The food was cold and the execution on ordinary standards was simply bad. I am not sure who is running the kitchen here but they were not trained well. Cafe bench seating provides for little intimacy as well.

    Save your money. There are other choices your palate will appreciate far more. Sylvia, find yourself some better chefs and su-chefs

    Favorite Dish: Of the group if six, none found their meal worth mentioning compared to restaurants like LaVitrola or Club de Pesca.

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    La Bruschetta: excellent italian food

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    La Bruschetta is a delicious restaurant with an italian name and an Argentinian owner, but the food is authentic - don't ask me, how, tough. It has three rooms, one large main room inside and two smaller ones outside, the terrace and the viewpoint (which was closed). We went twice to this restaurant and always ate in the terrace, since in the main room the air-con is set to sub-siberan temperatures.

    Favorite Dish: The first time we had yummy Ravioli Neri (black ravioli), which were filled with lobster in sauce of scallop and red of calamary. The second time Fileto alla Rucula (if you're italian you'll appreciate the bad spelling - twice in two words), which is beef beef covered in fine herbs and rocket salad. Great too, and could come with mash popatoes, side-salad or vile french fries.

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    Restataurante cafe San Pedro: coffee and views!

    by elsadran Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Restaurant-Cafe San Pedro is just in front of San Pedro church in the beautiful square. This is on the ground floor but it also has a bar-restaurant on the top with amazing views of the city called Mirador.
    It is an elegant and pricey restaurant in a beautiful colonial building. Its high class decoration and its roof terrace is what makes it worthy of a visit for a nice cup of coffee at least.

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    La Creperie: Coffee break at middle down town

    by panderita Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place sits right in front the Parque de Bolivar and its perfect for taking a coffee break when your vising the sites or having crepes at night.

    If you si here you'll watch the parks fountains and a lot of interesting people who go by... the old men playing dominoes and chess, the shoe shinners and a lot of photographers haunt this place everyday while music plays and dancers move to it.

    Favorite Dish: Big cappuccino.
    Any sweet or salty crepe.

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    Street Food of Cartagena: It Comes Handy When Exploring the City

    by mircaskirca Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    After walking all around the old city for a few hours I usually stopped for some street food. Not only that it is very cheap, but it is also very delicious and can be found around every corner. With so many people and not enough jobs, some decided to sell food on the street. Ladies and men come through the streets every morning shouting what fresh fruit and vegetables they have in their cart. You can see men with tricycles pedalling barrows of hot food (usually rice and chicken or soup) along the streets and ceviche men offering most delicious seafood cocktail.

    Ladies set up stalls selling fried goodies such as arepas con huevo, typical dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia (delicious corn cakes fried in oil, then split and filled with an egg and fried again until the egg is cooked) and empanadas (pastries filled with seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables or fruit) with several home made sauces to smother them in. You can get everything from butifarras (typical smoked meat balls only sold on the street), grilled chorizo, fresh potato chips and various sweets.

    Also worth sampling is peto, a drink made of maize, sweetened with panela (unrefined whole cane sugar) and served hot. This too is only sold by street vendors. And don’t forget to try hot drinks sold by the numerous tinteros wandering the streets selling small cups of tinto (black coffee) and tea dispensed from thermo bottles. The list is endless. Whatever you want you can get within very short time.

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    Typical Local Eating Places: Comida Corriente - Set Menu

    by mircaskirca Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    Cartagena has always been great food destination. Its cuisine is typically a great blend of African, European and indigenous gastronomic traditions. Seafood is plentiful and assortment of ingredients used includes exotic fruits, spices and vegetables, some of which you have never heard of before. Traditionally the main meal is lunch.

    If you are looking for somewhere to eat cheap in Cartagena, try one of the typical local eating places. Usually they are centrally located and well signposted. At lunchtime on weekdays they can often get crowed with locals so you can be sure that the food is good. Ask for comida corriente or set menu, which usually consists of a bowl of soup and a typical local dish of fried fish (or meat), coconut rice, salad and patacones (green plantain which is mashed into a sort of small pancake and then fried).

    Favorite Dish: During my two visits of Cartagena I had comida corriente several times, always with fish (with sauce or grilled). I tried different eateries scattered around Parque Fernandez de Madrid. The food was quite good and well worth the money (8.000 COP - 12.000 COP - January 2010).

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    Fruit and Juice Stands: Don't Miss Delicious & Refreshing Tropical Fruits

    by mircaskirca Updated Nov 14, 2010

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    Colombia is home to dozens of unique tropical fruits that are rarely seen elsewhere. You can find several varieties of bananas, coconut, mango, papaya, pineapple, guanábana, curuba, lulo, maracuyá, granadilla, guayába, pitaya, tomate de árbol, feijoa, tamarindo, mangosteen, níspero and a great variety of citrus. Having a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice has become part of my morning ritual. During the day I opted for some different flavours, with lulo and guanábana being my favourites. There are endless possible mixes of fruits and it would take months to try them all. The pulp is mixed with either water or milk and generous amounts of sugar (though you can always ask 'sin azucar'). The juice is served in huge glasses and it's a meal in itself.

    As is typical in Sout American cities, fruit and juice stands can be found throughout Cartagena. Along the narrow streets, fruit sellers wheel carts and stands are heavily loaded with pyramides of mangos, avocados and a variety of other exotic fruits. Cut up fruits, such as pineapple, mango, papaya, melon and watermelon are offered to passers-by, as well young coconut water served straight from its green shell. Try a Mango Biche, peeled strips of unripe mango served with salt and dried chilli, which is a popular snack.

    Fruits and juices are delicious and refreshing, they are natural and inexpensive.

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