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El Barco

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Carrera 48 # 85-198 | Itagui, Medellin 00000, Colombia
+57 4 2851090
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
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Medellin, Colombia
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Took two tries to find this place, but worth the effort. Best to take a taxi. Lobster tails, shrimp, fish and chowders. Has solved my husband's need for a lobster fix. Fun nautical Carribbean motif. Tricky tiny spiral staircase up into restaurant from fish shop below adds to the delight of finding a secret hideaway. Have been twice already.

Thank Janet O
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Absolutely amazing restaurant. High quality seafood and like nothing else I have found in Colombia much less the States. The prices are extremely reasonable, and by US standards an unbelievable bargain. Add that to the service and a cool atmosphere and you have no reason to miss this place next time you are in Medellin. It is located in an... More 

1 Thank Andrew D
healdsburg, ca
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

This is as authentic as you can get! To get there, get off at the Ayura metro station, and catch an easy $2 taxi ride to the address. It takes about 3 minutes. Look for a sign that read Buen y Mar. Mostly locals come from all over the valley to taste the best seafood in Medellin.. The cazuela is... More 

2 Thank soarman
Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

After reading about this place in Medellin Living and here on TripAdvisor, my husband and I decided to make the trip to Itagui to check it out. We had a taxi drop us off at the Plaza Mayorista and got a little lost walking down a couple of questionable streets so just make sure you take the right street there!... More 

Thank ckhorvath
Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Food is crazy good, home made plates from very fresh fish and seafood. You have to try la cazuela de mariscos, terrific taste. Interior design is very interesting too. We feel well. Warm staff and the owners are very welcoming. A MUST in town. Johan From France.

Thank Johan L
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Went with my girlfriend Angie and my best friend Jonathan and his family to this resturant. It by all means does not look like a resturant or the area. There is a seafood market in the bottom and stairs going up to the resturant. Once up, you see and smell the delicious aroma. Warning, they do tell you that the... More 

1 Thank Mike L
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

Food is great, place and service are good but they take so much time, even if the place is not full.

Thank carvilla
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

A little difficult to find..and only open a few hours, call before you go...but well worth the trip...Fresh seafood in the middle of industrial area, next to meat market...Awesome food, great experience...The owner Juan Carlos Uribe Restrepo, sat with us and showed some pictures of his guided fishing tours, that look like a great adventure. We will definitely return, and... More 

Thank Johnny9283
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2015

i am from Toronto, Ontario and i was recently there a few years ago. Best sea food I've had hands down. The customer service was phenomenal, and the upstairs dining area is absolutely beautiful. We had an incredible dining experience, and would definitely recommend it to everyone who visits Medellin.

3 Thank juantattoo
Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

I am from the U.S. and had the pleasure of being on vacation in Medellin, Colombia and a friend took me to this restaurant.....Great choice.....the food was fabulous and the service was outstanding....I highly recommend it......

Thank Lucila L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$37
Seafood, Colombian, Caribbean, South American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrera 48 # 85-198 | Itagui, Medellin 00000, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Antioquia Department  >  Medellin
  • Phone Number: +57 4 2851090

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