Best restaurants in Caracas

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    La Guayaba Verde

    This wonderful comida venezolana hotspot got an upgrade both in space and location, moving from the edgier center to the safe confines of Santa Eduvigis. Here you’ll find Chef Eduardo Castañeda’s healthy-ish takes on his country’s dynamic cuisine, from a Trinidad- and Tobago-influenced curried shrimp wrapped in roti to upscale tequeños, a local staple of bread dough stuffed with white cheese.

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    Nobu

    It’s not everyday that sushi this good comes this cheap, nor is it usually paired with Thai food, but you’ll cure the Asian cravin’ here, at any rate. Nobu is one of a string of modish restaurants with terrace seating at a ‘gastronomic shopping mall’ in a quiet corner of the Los Palos Grandes district. There is no affiliation with world-renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa – in fact, he should probably sue.

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    La Cocina de Francy

    Instead of Spanish fare, this tasca-style restaurant specializes in delicious Venezuelan cuisine rooted in ancestral recipes. Check out the pelao guayanés, a soulful chicken stew laced with herbs and olive oil, or the pabellón criollo, Venezuela’s national dish of rice, black beans, fried plantains and shredded beef. The burlap tablecloths and funky art are a nice touch.

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    El Caserio

    This charming, Spanish-owned tasca features low, wood-beamed ceilings extending out from an atmospheric central bar, the whole surroundings of which are packed on weekends and for important soccer matches. The seafood and steaks are both excellent, as are the waiters decked out in traditional bufanda bandanas around their necks. There’s a guard out front, so safety is a priority.

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    El Méson de Caracas

    A dash of formality marks this all-but-hidden place as an oasis of old-world calm amid the chaos of downtown. Tuxedo-sporting waiters and a classic rectangular wooden bar add to the sense of the surviving spirit of old Caracas. Seafood, fish and ceviche (marinated raw seafood) are the house specialties, but there's also a fast-food menu and plenty of meat on offer.

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    Alto

    Caraqueños bowed down to Chef Carlos Garcia’s bold cuisine and decor from the moment the doors opened in 2007: Alto became an instant culinary icon. Local ingredients built around a vanguard Euro-Catalonian framework make dishes like cordero al café (rack of lamb in coffee sauce) worth shelling out the big bolívares. Reservations essential.

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    La Casa Bistro

    Few places stand out in run down Caracas as much as this gleaming temple of sophistication, where you may have to wait for a table at breakfast or lunch due to its fearsome neighborhood popularity. The international menu includes excellent salads, big burgers, grilled meats and a delicious pastrami sandwich, while the service is friendly, professional and fast.

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    Arábica Coffee Bar

    The incredible range of house-roasted beans at this friendly and immensely popular cafe is discernible up and down the block. The Moorish-accented interior and shady terrace are a delightful place to sample made-to-order empanadas, excellent pastries or a full meal. Products served here are all sourced locally and the coffee is perhaps the best in the city.

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    Hajillo’s

    A block west and half a block north of the plaza, this small chef-managed restaurant offers some adventurous culinary hybrids of Venezuelan and Asian fare, with assuredly aphrodisiacal ingredients. Try the mango rice for a true experience: curried chicken and rice comes along with a cornucopia of flavor enhancers to mix in. Perfection!

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    Aprile

    Much of Caracas’ high society has left the country or disappeared under the radar during the Chávez era – this is one of the spots you’ll find them. The marble bar attracts a beautiful, mature drinking crowd, while the limited Italian menu serves up excellent ceviches (try the salmon martini!), carpaccios and risottos.

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    Gran Horizonte

    This wildly popular all-hours arepera (restaurant selling arepas – small, thick corn pancakes) near the Centro San Ignacio is a perfect spot for your first arepa – try the mixto con pernil and douse each bite in its house salsas (go easy on the red one). Sandwiches, soups and salads are also served.

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    Café Olé

    This chain has caught on like a California wildfire in Caracas, but here lies its beginnings. Sophisticated wraps, burgers, sandwiches and salads are served in an artistic cafe atmosphere and on a lovely candlelit patio. There’s enough hotness here to sink a Cold War battleship. Additional locations include Centro San Ignacio.

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    Mi Linda Llanura

    For a taste of Los Llanos in the capital, this rooftop party terrace has breezy views over the Asemblea Nacional and serious llanero cuisine, such as carne en vara (beef on a stick), all set to a country-fried soundtrack of joropo. The top floor dining room is rowdier than the other one floor below.

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    Catar

    One of several restaurants in the culinary mall known as the Cuadra Gastronómica, Catar has aggressively eclectic food, with a funky, mismatched decor to match. The emphasis is on fresh, natural ingredients, which show up in artistically presented sandwiches, carpaccios and lovely artisanal pizzas. Don’t miss it.

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    Chirú

    Next door to Nobu, this popular spot with terrace seating does eclectic Chinese-Peruvian, or Chirú cuisine, and a damn fine job at that. The degustación de ceviche ( raw fish or seafood marinated in lime juice and spices) is outstanding, as is the chupe de camerones, an Incan-style shrimp chowder.

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    Delicatesses Rey David

    This deli has an amazing array of products, luxury goods, chocolates and much more on sale to anyone who can afford the prices, which are high by local standards. There's also a busy restaurant on-site where you can have anything from smoked salmon and eggs in a croissant for breakfast, to kosher hot dogs.

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    Come a Casa

    An instantly likable Sicilian restaurant in the heart of Los Palos Grandes, Come a Casa serves up daily specials, stellar salads, interesting appetizers and a full pasta and risotto list. There's even excellent Venezuelan craft beer on sale, which should seal the deal for anyone sick of Polar Light.

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    Mokambo

    Expertly fusing Mediterranean and Caribbean elements in a upscale, jungly setting, Mokambo offer scrumptious and surprising dishes, such as duck risotto in orange-sesame reduction; or the local cheese plate, made in the suburbs by an ex-Argentine guerrilla, current Opositión cheesemonger.

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    El Vegetariano de la Florida

    After 50 years of successfully pulling in the customers, they must be doing something right. This is a venerated vegetarian spot, renowned for its filling quality menú del día. Look for a house under a magnificent mango tree, and buy your ticket before 1pm – the food runs out fast.

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    Bistro del Libertador

    Sparkling air-conditioned premises with a chessboard floor and lots of light set this new cafe apart from the crowd. Given its central location around many of the city's main sights, it's a good place for a light lunch or afternoon coffee and cake. The menu includes sandwiches and salads.