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Carrera 3 No. 8 -108, Cartagena, Colombia
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grilled shellfish delicious. Paella very tasty. Large portions: we ordered too much. Sangria yummy. Attentive service. Will return.

Thank PhillyFriend2011
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I am a paella lover and I was expecting to share a nice one with some colleagues, however it was not that good as expected according to the good will of this restaurant. The paella is too much grease and with too few sea food in it. Segovian Lamb and lamb chops more o less saved the night. There are... More 

Thank Nando G
Lecheria, Venezuela
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We were 3 and ordered about 6 imported (Peroni) beers. The most greasy, unhealthy and delicious "Callos a la Madrilena" and a Paella "Chef Julian" (this one has seafood, chicken and sausages) all for approx $85. The waiter was both professional and efficient. Cannot complain about a single thing in this restaurant. Do recommend and will return. It beats most... More 

Thank pelorrucho38
Barranquilla, Colombia
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Local people go to this place. Its a classic. Kind of old. But food its really good except the paella. Octupuss great tortilla etc...not touristic which is good because they mantain quality and out of the old city in Bocagrande

Thank Jose J
Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

I went on the recommendation of my hotel owner. The decor is traditional and the tables are nicely set with white table clothes (a little fancier than most restaurants I visited) The server was very friendly and helpful. I had not budgeted enough (put enough cash in my wallet) to afford the paella, so he recommended a good chicken dish.... More 

Thank MeEncantaTravel445
Cartagena, Colombia
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134 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

After struggling with getting a taxi, we walked the 5 minutes to Chef Julian and weren't disappointed! We hadn't been there in almost a year, it was as good if not better as we had remembered it. The mixed salad with tuna is absolutely lovely, we shared paella Chef Julian, which combines seafood, fish, chicken and pork. Absolutely delicious! We... More 

Thank BMCinCTG
Caxias Do Sul, RS
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Very traditional restaurant, great service, very friendly and efficient waiter! We ordered a spanish rice for one, the rice though serves 2, a chicken with sausage and bacon sauce, spanish tortillas for starter and sangria. Great flavours, very generous portions. Cozy environment!

Thank Graziellagca
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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160 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Chef Julian is a gastronomic experience in Bocagrande. The paella is totally to be experienced! Julian has a decent wine list that features mostly Argentine reds and Chilean whites that are very good.

Thank Mark F
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

Definitely the best paella in town. Rich taste, rice is cooked to perfection, with a thin burnt crust at the bottom which just gives your palate the full taste of a Valencian Paella. The staff in the other hand doesn't know its Spanish traditions as it should. Not ever would they offer Chilean wine or any other denomination rather than... More 

Thank monterros0
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

After reading the many good reviews on this site about Chef Julian's, we decided to pay a visit for dinner one evening. Starting off with the table setting, it is clear that it is in desperate need of attention: the plates, which bear the restaurant logo, are old and worn-out. The cutlery is also old and slightly bent out of... More 

Thank Yll Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrera 3 No. 8 -108, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: 6655389
It has another branch in Bogota on Av. 19

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?