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Top 5 Restaurants in Cartagena

Top 5 Restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia

In a city like Cartagena, you can expect to find some of the finest restaurants in the world. Providing you with amazing service, sensational food, premium beverages, and unbelievable and unique views. These four factors will help create dining experiences and memories that you will cherish for a lifetime! 

With so many restaurants to choose from this has been one of our hardest top 5 lists to create. But after much debate, the following are our choice of the best 5 restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia. 

  1. Club de Pesca
Club de Pesca terrace seating, Source: Facebook
Club de Pesca dance floor, Source: Facebook

Located atop part of a colonial-era fort and next to the marina, Club de Pesca offers as about a good of an experience for where to have a nice dinner in Cartagena as you could ask for.  The outdoor patio style seating right on the water gives you a wonderful view of the bay.

Given the name, it’s no surprise the seafood shines here.  If you head there a bit earlier, you can also enjoy the sunset over the bay, and you’ll definitely want to save some room for the awesome coconut pie for dessert.  The nice outdoor atmosphere and frequent live music combine with the great food to make this top this list of the top restaurants in Cartagena.

  1. Alma
Alma restaurante bar, Source: Alma

Located in a beautiful colonial mansion and adjoining the Casa San Agustín, one of the city’s finest hotels, Alma has a pretty décor to go along with some of the best-regarded fine dining in Cartagena.

Alma fine dining, Source: Alma

The seafood also shines here.  The lobster empanadas make a great starter, and the traditional seafood stew known as cazuela de mariscos is one of the best in town.  However, there’s a great steak on offer as well.  For those looking to treat themselves to a higher-end dining experience, Alma has to be on your list of top Cartagena restaurants to try.

  1. Buena Vida Marisquería y Rooftop
Buena Vida Marisquería y Rooftop, Source: Facebook

Buena Vida is one of the newer top restaurants in Cartagena.  The brightly colored interior offers up a variety of seafood with a mix of traditional dishes like fried fish and creative spins like fish tacos and crabmeat burgers.

There’s also a great cocktail menu, and the rooftop bar offers a neat ambiance and a smaller, appetizer menu with tasty options

Buena Vida Marisquería y Rooftop, Source: Facebook

like crab and shrimp nachos.  So whether you’re just looking for drinks and starters or want a full meal, Buena Vida makes for another option to include on your list of best Cartagena restaurants to try.

*If you’re looking for more places to enjoy drinks, be sure to check out our post on the top 5 bars in Cartagena.

  1. Candé
Candé fine dining restaurant, Source: Facebook

Candé is next on this list of the best restaurants in Cartagena.  Also set in a former colonial mansion, it has a beautiful courtyard and frequently features a live band and a dance show.

Candé live music, Source: Facebook
Candé fine dining restaurant, Source: Facebook

It has a neat atmosphere blending nostalgia and trendiness and is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or for the whole family.  The savory and flavorful food is also inspired by local traditions making for a style that is like comfort food with a gourmet touch.

 

  1. La Mulata
La Mulata, Source: Facebook

For those looking for a more budget-friendly option among the best restaurants in Cartagena, try La Mulata.  They serve traditional, local dishes with a rotating menu for different days of the week. Keeping with that local flair, all of their main

La Mulata, Source: Facebook

dishes come with a fish soup starter, and the food is fresh and well presented.  In particular, this makes for one of the best places to have lunch in Cartagena, and it is a great spot to stop and refuel while exploring the Walled City where you can cool off with some fresh homemade fruit juice or their coconut lemonade, one of the best in town, to go along with your meal.

*In addition to trying all the great food at these top Cartagena restaurants, you’ll also have to sample some great coffee during your time in Cartagena.  Learn where to do so at our post on the top 5 cafes in Cartagena.

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