Restaurants

Top Choice Caribbean in Cartagena

Gastrolab Sur

This gem of a place is easy to miss if you don't know it's there. In the beautifully lit pebbly back-garden of the Ciudad Móvil cultural center, the humming heart of the revivified Getsemaní community, it serves up …
Top Choice Colombian in Cartagena

El Santísimo

A charming and refined atmosphere greets you inside one of Cartagena's most innovative restaurants. The menu here is a trip through Colombian cuisine, combining ingredients and reinventing classics as it goes. Eveni…
Top Choice Crêpes in Cartagena

Crepe Xpress

This charmimg little place serves up crepes that are the perfect combination of crispy outside and moist in the middle. You're free to design your own, though we're not sure you can actually top their spinach, chees…
Top Choice Seafood in Cartagena

La Cevicheria

This place is tiny and hidden, but its ceviche is the best this side of heaven, and its chili sauce would scare Lucifer. Each dish is prepared with panache and elegance: the octopus in peanut sauce is incredible, as…
Bakery in Cartagena

Pastelería Mila

Cartagena's fanciest patisserie serves up breakfasts and lunches at this fashionable spot in the heart of the old town. The distressed walls and wooden beams create a contemporary vibe, while the leather banquettes …
Seafood in Cartagena

La Vitrola

Perfectly lit and comfortably furnished, this 400-year-old colonial home converted to a seafood restaurant is famous – and deservedly so. The mero (grouper) Don Román, with a tamarind, nam pla (fish sauce) and chili…
Colombian in Cartagena

Sopa y Seco

By day this casual but nicely designed Colombian place serves up delicious, simple lunches (try the filete de pescado al ajillo, fish filet in garlic, or the house specialty if you have room: pargo rojo, whole red s…
Steak in Cartagena

La Guacha

Sometimes you just need a large, rare steak and a glass of decent Malbec. When that call comes, answer it here. The breezy, elegant room is all high ceilings and exposed brick, and the meat is superlative (especiall…
Colombian in Cartagena

Espíritu Santo

There's no telling from the outside, but this fiercely popular Centro lunch spot stretches back cavernously, and usually it feels as if half the city is in here for simple and damn tasty comida corriente each luncht…
Colombian in Cartagena

La Mulata

Stylish comida corriente lunch option that's both outstanding and cheap. A daily set menu offers a handful of excellent choices and fresh juices in an atmosphere entirely too hip for the price. The place has grown a…