Restaurants

Top Choice Mediterranean in Santa Marta

Ouzo

Ouzo offers a stripped-back, classic Greek and Italian menu that includes superb pizza from a wood-fired oven and a good wine list. The octopus is slow-cooked for two hours in a garlicky broth, then slammed on the c…
in Santa Marta

Donde Chucho

Serving the best seafood on the coast, and sitting on prime real estate on the newly renovated Parque Santander. Start with the signature salad (shrimp, octopus, calamari and manta smoked in olive oil) and move on t…
Colombian in Santa Marta

Tierra Negra

You have to know about this gorgeous place, tucked away up an unassuming staircase on Santa Marta's main square. Inside you'll find a beautiful dining space, both indoor and out, and a sumptuously inventive menu tha…
Mexican in Santa Marta

Agave Azul

OK, so you're not in Mexico. But bite into a perfect tostada that totters with toppings including the town's most tender meat; the sweetest, most buttery avocados; and a tart, crispy salad; and you might be forgiven…
in Santa Marta

Delicentro Bavara

In a country where a good sandwich is scarce, this hole-in-the-wall counter serves up ones worth writing home about. The excellent toasted Cubans and chicken sandwiches are meticulously prepared (20 minutes) and are…
International in Santa Marta

El Bistró

A charming new venue just off Parque de los Novios, El Bistró has a fully translated menu that includes classics such as steak tatare, lamb shank, filet mignon and a delicious array of fish and seafood. The portions…
Seafood in Santa Marta

La Sartén Dorada

There are a lot of cheap restaurants around the budget hotels, particularly on Calles 11 and 12 near the waterfront, where you can get an unsophisticated set meal for at most around US$2. La Sartén Dorada is on…
Burgers in Santa Marta

Radio Burger

This curious little restaurant is actually the site of Santa Marta's first ever radio station, and it's now a burger-producing homage to the fact, crammed with antique radios. The burgers are delicious and there's a…
in Santa Marta

Burukuka

Perched on a cliffside high above El Rodadero, this chic spot specializing in steaks turns into an all-night party Thursday to Saturday. Plant yourself on the expansive outdoor patio for a sunset drink, or make a ni…
European in Santa Marta

Basilea

An intimate Med-French place with punchy air-con and massive artworks, offering brave twists on classic dishes like the fiery red pepper steak. If you can overlook the snooty atmosphere and service, the food makes i…