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Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena Dining

The gastronomy of Cartagena is simply superb. And the city is home to over 200 restaurants with more opening every month. This means you’ll have no trouble finding something tasty to eat on your visit.
 
Elegant
Club de Pesca is among the most elegant restaurants for dining in Cartagena. It sits on the waterfront across from the ritzy yacht club. The specialties of the house include sublime seafood. Of the favorite entrees, lobster tops the list. The wine cellar is not to be missed.
 
A jewel of the dining in Cartagena scene is the famed El Santisimo Restaurant. Romantics can choose a table in the flower filled courtyard. It’s housed in a large cave offering an intimate ambience.   Cod, lobster or calamari are excellent entrees.
 
El Refectorio is the epitome of class. A large crystal chandelier compliments the comfortable large satin and brocade chairs. The restaurant’s fame rests on the excellent French style gastronomy it serves. 
 
Another option for fine dining in Cartagena has all the critics talking. And they’re all saying that Porton de Santo Domingo is it when it comes to excellence. This restaurant has been around for the past 100 years serving outstanding seafood and amazing desserts. Choose the opulent cave or the main dining room. They’re both elegant and chic. Lobster stuffed with crab meat is among the entrees that will make your mouth water.
 
And if you’re in a mood for the tropical and spicy flavors of the Caribbean, La Cocina del Socorro is not to be missed. The décor is as fancy as the chef’s creations. Try the shrimp stew, the lobster au gratin or the seafood platter. You won’t be disappointed.
 
Casual
Café del Santisimo is an unusual eatery but offers great dining in Cartagena. The décor is religious in nature with statues of saints throughout the salon. The chef is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu Culinary School so you can imagine the quality of the food. The wine cellar is set up much like the confessionary of a church. The selection of fine vintages is superb. Don’t miss the parishioner’s stew. 
 
If you see a crowd standing in the middle of Plaza Fernandez, it’s because they’re waiting to be seated at Tamarindo. This eatery is known for the incredibly long list of tapas and great selection of beers. Outdoor seating is available. The prices are reasonable and after you try the food, you’ll understand why the lines to get in are always that long.
 
Visitors usually want to try a little bit of everything when sampling new gastronomy. At Pelicanos, you get the chance to do so. A daily buffet boasts a wide selection of local and regional specialties. 
 
Tip: Don’t miss the Friday night buffet which includes entrees from all parts of the Country. Leave room for dessert and a cup of world-renowned Colombian coffee.
 
La Olla Cartagenera is an icon for dining in Cartagena. The décor resembles an old fishing village with shells and nets hanging from the walls. Crab cakes and lobster are among the chef’s signature plates. 
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