When it comes to dining, our list of the best restaurants in Cartagena was carefully selected. With Cartagena’s diverse culture and landscape, you can expect some of the best tasting cuisine of anywhere in the world. We’ll promise you that. Cartagena’s tropical climate and Caribbean coastline provide some of the freshest ingredients found anywhere in the world.
La Cocina De Pepina
This family owned, world famous restaurant, serves authentic Cartagena and Caribbean cuisine with flavors which are sure to blow you away. La Cocina De Pepina is a must during your stay. The character of their dining room and smells from the kitchen will have you feeling like you were invited over to a Colombian’s home to have dinner with their family.
Di Silvio Trattoria
Di Silvio Trattoria has some of the best Italian cuisine we’ve ever had. Yes, Italian in Cartagena. Their dishes range from traditional Italian to some locally inspired dishes including many seafood dishes. Their restaurant in Getsamani is absolutely beautiful and full of life. They most certainly make you feel like family here. They have recently added a new location in Bocagrande as well.
One name, Anthony Bourdain. Made famous by Anthony Bourdain on his show ‘No Reservations’, La Cevicheria is known for its fresh and flavorful Colombian ceviche. It’s definitely a stop you have to make.
Carmen is, undoubtedly, one of our most recommended restaurants for dinner. Located in a stunning courtyard inside a colonial house, Carmen focuses on contemporary cuisine using local Caribbean ingredients. Their craft cocktails made by world-class mixologists are to die for. With stunning presentations from the cuisine to the cocktails at the bar, don’t miss starting a night here.
Located just next door to Carmen, Moshi’s concept of pan-Asian cuisine with a Colombian spin from locally sourced ingredients will be sure to take you around the world. With influences from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan, it’s hard to compare this restaurant to anything else in Cartagena.
Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop
For the best rooftop restaurant in Cartagena, this is the spot. Known for their “shareable” bites. This is a great place to catch the sunset in a more lively atmosphere. Their signature cocktails aren’t to be missed either.
Zaitun is another restaurant in the old city with an absolutely beautiful and warm dining room and experience. Thier concept was created by Chef Álex Quessep to highlight both his Colombian and Lebanese roots. Note: Their steaks were some of the best we’ve had in town.
Created by Juan Felipe Camacho and Alejandro Ramírez, DonJuan is known for their Caribbean influenced take on fresh seafood and Colombian meats. DonJuan is notoriously known as a spot where Colombian politicians and alike prefer to frequent. Note: Don’t skip on the desert here.
This stunning restaurant in el centro is the product of chef Alejandro Ramírez. Chef Alejandro Ramirez is known for consistently using locally sourced fresh fish caught daily from fishermen in nearby villages. This is, undoubtedly, some of the best seafood you will have in Cartagena.
If Spanish tapas with Colombian flavors sounds good, this place is a must. Originally from Colombia, Chef Maria Delgado called Spain her home for 10 years. Returning to Colombia, Chef Delgado opened Caffe Lunatico combining Spanish and Colombian flavors for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Located inside the beautiful Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, this is easily one of our favorite restaurants. A product of French born Chef Robinson Herrera, 1621 offers a unique culinary experience of dishes created using local ingredients and French techniques. No other restaurant in Cartagena takes their wine as seriously as 1621. From their passionate sommeliers, to their extensive wine cellar, you won’t find a more complete pairing experience in Cartagena. 1621 has both inside and courtyard seating areas for your choosing. 1621 is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in Cartagena. With a lush courtyard filled with beautiful and exotic plants and fountains, you can literally dine under the stars in one of the most stunning settings anywhere in the world. Oh, make sure you don’t skip dessert here! Being one of the more expensive restaurants in Cartagena, the price tag is still refreshing when comparing it to any other restaurant of that caliber anywhere else in the world.
Cartagena’s restaurant scene is most definitely up there with the best cities in the world. For additional recommendations or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.