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 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…
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…
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 …
Colombian in San Gil

Piqueteadero Doña Eustaquia

Located in the village of Valle de San José on the way to the Juan Curi falls, this place is famous for its chorizo sausage cooked in guarapo (fermented sugarcane juice). It has another branch in the food court at t…
Vegetarian in Barichara

Shambalá

A tiny and extremely popular cafe doing tasty made-to-order, mostly vegetarian dishes. Pick from wraps, rices and pasta in Mediterranean, Indian or Thai styles (you can add chicken or shrimp) and chase it with excel…
Pizza in Barichara

7 Tigres

A good traveler staple for gourmet thin-crust pizzas. The 'Argentina,' with beef fillet, salami and pesto, is best in show.