Restaurants

Top Choice American in San Gil

Gringo Mike's

What isn't good? In a moody, candlelit courtyard, you'll find this US-UK operation thrilling homesick travelers with a surplus of American-portioned gourmet burgers, bacon-heavy sandwiches, breakfast burritos and Fr…
Top Choice Colombian in Villa de Leyva

Mercado Municipal

This chef-driven outdoor restaurant around the gardens of a 1740 colonial house has resurrected ancient techniques of cooking meats in a 1m-deep underground wood-burning barbacoa (barbecue) on its way to becoming Bo…
Top Choice International in Bucaramanga

Penelope Casa Gastronómica

A diverse selection of gourmet plates from lands afar awaits at this small but seriously hip restaurant run by talented young chefs. Among the options are naan bread topped with lamb and baked vegetables, causa lime…
Top Choice Steak in Bucaramanga

Mercagán

Often touted as the best steak in the whole of Colombia, this traditional parrilla run by a team of brothers is all it's cracked up to be. Perfect slabs of meat from the brothers' own farm come in 200g, 300g or 400g…
Top Choice Colombian in San Gil

El Maná

This popular, word-of-mouth favorite is the best Colombian restaurant in town. You can taste the extra love in the fantastic set meals – seven or so to choose from daily – featuring traditional dishes like chicken i…
Italian in Barichara

Ristorante Al Cuoco

This fairly elegant one-man Italian show is run out of the home of an amicable Roman chef. Though the menu is limited (some raviolis, cannelloni, gnocchi, risotto, a couple of mains and some desserts), the house-mad…
Italian in Pamplona

Piero's

Who knows how an actual Italian ended up here, but he did, and now there is good Italian food to show for it. Oddly, though, the classics are missing (where is the pizza margarita?), but what's here, somewhat curbed…
Colombian in Barichara

El Compa

The best local restaurant – unpretentious, not touristy and not particularly service-oriented – it does 15 or so workhouse Colombian meals. Tasty cabrito (baby goat) as well as sobrebarriga (flank steak), trout, chi…
Vegetarian in Villa de Leyva

Restaurante Savia

The delightful Savia specializes in inventive vegetarian, vegan and organic fare and local eco-artisanal products of the same ilk. Carnivores aren't left behind, though – there's fresh seafood and poultry dishes (bu…
Spanish in Barichara

Carambolo

Barichara's finest dining option is an elegant open-air affair with phenomenal views over the canyon of Río Suárez. The gregarious Spanish owner prepares a variety of Mediterranean-influenced dishes, and prices are …