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El Bistro

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Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Colombian, Spanish
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Centro Historico Calle 4 - 46, Cartagena 130010, Colombia
+57 5 6602065
09:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Hampshire, UK
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380 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is not large and was very busy between 12 & 13.30 on the day we visited - it was much quieter after that. The main course price also included an excellent soup, which seems to be quite common in more traditional style places in Cartagena. We really enjoyed our fish, called "cherne" locally, served with an excellent salad.... More 

Thank grafran
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up there because a storm was threatening. Kids had respectively the worst cheesecake and the tasteless chocolate cake ever. The waitress did not smile, nor paid attention to us, and the music was a loud and cheesy compilation of the worst of the 90's. A quick look around shows a tasteless decoration and in the back the messy... More 

Thank Clmt C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place accidentally, and I'm very happy we did! Best service in town and the food is perfectly plated and the taste is just perfect. Great value for money!

Thank Gea P
United Kingdom
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I are travelling long term so when we arrived in Cartegena and saw the prices at many restaurants, we quite literally walked out. If we were not travelling long term, it would be different but we needed somewhere that would provide excellent value for money. We are both foodies and love good restaurants but I really cannot... More 

Thank LottieWemyss
Key West, Florida
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This was our favorite hangout in Cartagena. The happy hour is great, with some tasty tapas options. The place has a great vibe, coffee, food and service. A must visit!

Thank Zuzana K
Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I passed by on my first day in Cartagena and enjoyed a terrific late lunch. I ended up eating here three more times during my stay in Cartagena, the quality of the food was always good and the set menu at lunch, which includes a choice of soup and a salad, was excellent value for money. The service can become... More 

Thank Stradwick
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Really great value happy hour - 7,000 cocktails - including gin and tonics - and they were very good! Happy hour also includes some draft beer and tapas for 4,000 - a couple of bites and very tasty! A great stop for a drink and bite as you're walking around the city

Thank Aliz C
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I had dinner here with my friend on our last night in Cartagena. We had passed by it many times while exploring the Old City and we're so glad we ate here! Our Airbnb host recommended it to us. I had one of the specials for the night--a Jamaican goat dish with rice and peas, and my friend had the... More 

Thank sdavidson18
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I was at this restaurant and the food was awesome. This has been my best experience with italian food. The service was not the best (8/10), but I'm aware that it was a crazy day for the waitress. The atmosphere was great and the prices are not expensive (the plate I ordered was 10 usd). I would recommend this place!.

Thank Eduardo C
New York, New York
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Had the paella. Was very good, served in a hot iron skillet. My date had the chorizo which she liked. The drinks and service were friendly and efficient. Glad we stumbled on this place for dinner.

Thank simontnyc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Colombian, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Historico Calle 4 - 46, Cartagena 130010, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6602065

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