RESTAURANTS IN CARTAGENA
Don Juan embraces Spanish heritage and modern culinary arts, but with an exquisite touch of local flavors and elegance. Well trained in San Sebastian -where modern Spanish cuisine was invented- Juan Felipe Camacho has secured a top-level reputation in Cartagena’s culinary circles.
Due to its massive popularity with celebrities and Colombian politicians, Cartagena Resorts recommends a reservation as the house quickly fills with demanding gourmands shortly after the doors are open. With delicacies such as the best grilled octopus and ceviche in town, or an exclusive grilled shrimp prepared with an exotic passion fruit sauce and an exceptional “Pico de Gallo” topping, your appetite will surely be mesmerized with unforgettable flavors and impeccable cooking techniques. Remember to leave room for a perfect chocolate fondant or an unforgettable red fruit crumble dessert. Don Juan definitely provides a top-notch dinning experience you should not miss.
- * Phones: +57 (317) 501 14 15 / +57 (5) 664 38 57 / +57 (5) 664 36 78
* Address: Calle del Colegio # 34-60 Local 1, Cartagena de Indias
* District: Historical District
Marea by Rausch
Rated as a Michelin starred restaurant, Cartagena Resorts views Marea by Rausch as the city’s best waterfront dining option. With a romantic view of Cartagena’s historical district, and elegant hand-painted ocean-fresh interiors, the ambience owns you as soon as you cross the door.
Applying fine-dining French cuisine techniques to countless local flavours, the restaurant is mastered by Colombia’s most famous culinary double-act; Jorge and Mark Rausch. The menu comes with a fabulous selection of soups like the Mediterranean bouillabaisse, or amazing seafood platters such as the shrimp in coconut and saffron sauce. It also includes a top-notch variety of skillfully prepared meat dishes that will tame the most voracious carnivore, like the unmatchable beef tenderloin in a red wine reduction sauce. Amongst other sweet delicacies, dessert options include coconut crème caramel, vanilla crème brulee, chocolate mousse and key lime cheesecake pie.
- * Phones: +57 (313) 559 7703 +57 (5) 654 4205 +57 (5) 654 4107
* Address: Centro de Convenciones, Calle 24 # 8A – 344, Cartagena, Colombia.
Federico Vega’s culinary institution claims almost two decades as one of Cartagena’s leading culinary destinations where French trained chefs cook classic Colombian dishes in a unique “je ne sais quoi” manner. Its saintly character ascends from a fusion of glitzy French styles blended with Caribbean flavours.
The restaurant lives in a former convent, therefore the icons, angels and statues of hooded monks lingering throughout the dining rooms ensuring you are served nothing but the best food. A tempting menu boasts entrées like Sacred Beef, The Holy Trinity, The Missionary’s Request, The Annunciation, The Pagan Rebellion, and some quite seductive desserts named after the seven deadly sins. Cartagena Resorts recommends the San Martin Pescador; a coconut flavored fish fillet in a calamari and shrimp sauce, as well as La Santisima Trinidad; minced fish with tomato, onions and garlic, prawns, black bean rice, plantains and green salad.
- * Phones: Reservations: (57) 5 660 1531 Mobile number: (57) 314 541 2117
* Address: Calle del Torno # 39 – 62, Cartagena, Colombia.
Nestled in the heart of the city’s historical district, Carmen Cartagena is inspired on local flavors and ingredients. The gastronomic proposal is diverse, innovative and delicious, with an obvious passion for seafood while offering a variety of contemporary and modern styled dishes. The menu includes salads, ceviche, sushi, crab croquettes, risotto, beef, pork, and many other delicacies, including mouth watering desserts and an exciting selection of wines and drinks. The elegant yet serene ambience, along with a superb and personalized service, plus the first-class quality of the food, guarantee a great culinary experience highly recommended by Cartagena Resorts.
- * Phone: +57 5 664-5116
* Address: Calle 38 # 8-19, Calle Del Santísimo, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
* Hours: Monday to Sunday; 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10:30pm
Through his culinary experience and talent, renown Chef Herberto Eljach honours local traditional cuisine and heritage. His plates are carefully prepared to represent the cultural values and flavors of Colombia’s Caribbean.
Cartagena Resorts recognizes Alma as a magical glimpse into the past, where exotic local flavors are the main characters and where exceptional ingredients like coconut and passion fruits dance together to the rhythm and elegance of the city. It’s a site where you can indulge on exquisite seafood casseroles, duck magrete, mature meats in a variety of cuts, tropical ceviches, stylish hamburgers, and mouth watering lobster tails. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with a minted crème brulee on fruits, or an exotic lemon scented coconut pie. Certainly, it’s an eatery you must visit when you crave an elegant and uniquely authentic dining experience. Alma is housed in the prestigious Casa San Agustin Hotel, a 17th century colonial mansion located in the historical district of old Cartagena. It has been updated with modern amenities, an open-air courtyard and a stunning poolside lounge.
- * Phones: + (57 5) 681 0000 US Toll Free: 855 272 1122
* Address: Centro, Calle de la Universidad No. 36 – 44, Caragena – Colombia