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Palo Santo

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Centro Historico, Calle de las Damas #3-13, Cartagena, Colombia
12:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Enjoyed a lovely lunch in a quiet, cool restaurant with very tasty food and good service. I had the fish of the day, which was a deep-fried whole sea bass and my partner had the sea bass fillet Cartagena-style. Both were superb. With 3 drinks, the total was USD 60 or so. Will definitely go back when another chance arise.

Thank Springjade
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This was our 1st restaurant we went to during our stay in Cartagena. We were not impressed. My hubby and I ordered 2 paella dishes and mine was bland and his was great (maybe it was because it was with coconut rice). Anyway, we were bummed and kind of traumatized because we thought our entire trip will be us having... More 

Thank Obianuju M
San Francisco, California
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65 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

There are many restaurants to choose from in the walled city. This was one that was recommended by hotel. It is a small restaurant and only three tables were taken. The food is good. The wine is good. Compared to US pricing, it is reasonably priced. And they have a guitar player / singer. He was very good. Loud enough... More 

Thank BBSF12345
Salt Lake City, Utah
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

We visited this based on a local recommendation. We arrived in Cartagena very late, and got to the restaurant only 20 minutes from closing. Nevertheless, the staff was more than accommodating, and even the musician there continued playing for us, even when we were the only patrons. The food was excellent: the red snapper was cooked perfectly, as were the... More 

Thank Han K
Berkeley, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Based on a recommendation by our hotel down the street, we stopped by this restaurant for lunch. The food was very good — especially the local-style seafood paella. However, the service was extremely slow, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. There were more staff members than customers, yet, it took a very long time for our drinks to be... More 

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Laguna Beach, CA
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175 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Lunch was suggested by my guide, and I was not disappointed. Well-prepared and flavorful fish, wonderful veggies, and great ice cream for dessert. One of the nicest meals I had while in Cartagena. Excellent service and a very charming restaurant.

Thank TravelsWithStephen
PaloSantoCartagena, Gerente at Palo Santo, responded to this review

thank you so much for your opinion. your satisfaction is our mission and we met her. a hug and we expect another next opportunity. More 

Valinhos, SP, Brazil
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Centoias tasty and wines at reasonable prices. Air condicioning and tables with enough space around.

Thank Laderlei_Marangoni
PaloSantoCartagena, Gerente at Palo Santo, responded to this review

thank you so much for your opinion. the quality of our products and service will always be our first goal for his personal satisfaction. a warm hug and we expect another next opportunity. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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304 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

There are many choices for fine dining in historic Cartegena and by comparison Palo Santo does not fare that well. It is a charming location and one of the few that has not caved in to the trendy bare tables. They indeed have table cloths. The garlic mushrooms being whole did not absorb enough of the otherwise garlicky essence and... More 

Thank martinezcm
PaloSantoCartagena, Gerente at Palo Santo, responded to this review

thank you for your comment. we hope to improve based on their criticism. again thank you very much and I apologize for your bad experience. More 

Cartagena, Colombia
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Great place for especial occasions .The food was very fresh and tasteful . and the service excellent

Thank Zoe233
PaloSantoCartagena, Gerente at Palo Santo, responded to this review

thank you very much. We love to hear your total satisfaction. a warm hug. More 

San Mateo, California
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is unfortunately very average. We had the ceviche (unfortunately the fish had a fishy taste - meaning it wasn't that fresh). The presentation was nice. We also had a pasta which was ok and a paella like dish. The pictures in the menu make the dishes look really good but the taste was average. Service was just ok.... More 

Thank supmike
PaloSantoCartagena, Gerente at Palo Santo, responded to this review

thank you for your comment. We continue to work with the mood better and give the best of us. hopefully in the very near future, we can give you and your guests a better service. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Seafood, Colombian, Caribbean, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Historico, Calle de las Damas #3-13, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: 6649658

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