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Best Food in Santa Marta

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This guide is for food fanatics! If you want to explore the Colombian-Caribbean through its delicious cuisine then this is your guide. Here you will find restaurants that may vary in budget, but all have one important thing in common: great food!

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

La Canoa Cafe Cultural

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El Gran Manuel

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Radio Burger

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Tierra Negra

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Basilea Gourmet

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Donde Chucho

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Josefina

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DI VINO

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Pudines Machy The Place

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Restaurante El Banano

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solodiana's City Tips

  • It's good to know some basic Spanish phrases, as locals who don't work directly in the tourist industry, often don't speak English. Carry a phrasebook with you, or download an app onto your smartphone.
  • The geographic location of Santa Marta makes it a good base to explore the Colombian-Caribbean region, as you can easily get to the other principal cities and famous beaches.
  • Be sure to include at least one local experience in your trip, like having a picnic at Bahia Concha.
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    La Canoa Cafe Cultural
    Restaurants (French, Mediterranean, Cafe, Fusion)
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    solodiana Says:

    This place is a fantastic fusion between French recipes and Caribbean ingredients. The atmosphere of this restaurant is magical, and they offer cultural activities, exhibitions, live music, as well as tourist information. It is located in a historic house which is wonderfully decorated, and includes a patio courtyard as well as an indoor space.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for French loin in passion fruit sauce.
    • The baked goods are homemade and delicious.
    • If you're just here for a coffee, sit up at the bar - it's made from a canoe!
    • Free WiFi is available here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • They cook with love! 28/12/2017
    • Great Place, delicious food at low prices 29/11/2017
    • La Canoa Cafe Cultural
    Address:
    Cl 18 3-75
    Centro Histórico
    Santa Marta
    Colombia
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 18
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    El Gran Manuel
    Restaurants (Seafood, Colombian)
    solodiana Says:

    This is a classic Santa Marta restaurant: a simple place with great food. Among the dishes on their varied menu is its specialty, seafood - definitely the highlight here, and what makes El Gran Manuel a must-visit while you're in Santa Marta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • All of the casseroles are great, ask for one with coconut milk.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food doesn't have good vibe 16/01/2017
    • Popular, But- 03/04/2016
    • El Gran Manuel
    Address:
    Carrera 1A #28 Esquina
    Santa Marta
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4315258
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Radio Burger
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse, Bar, Healthy, Latin, Spanish)
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    solodiana Says:

    Here you will find the best burgers of the city. The atmosphere is great - with 50s-style diner decor - the meat is of the best quality, and the bread is homemade. They also provide some good vegetarians options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are veggie, ask for the quinoa burger; it's just awesome!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    • Bad Service and tasteless Burger 12/01/2018
    • Bellow average. 05/01/2018
    • Radio Burger
    Address:
    Carrera 3 No. 18-52
    Parque De Los Novios
    Santa Marta 470001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 314 5161123
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 11
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Tierra Negra
    Restaurants (Seafood, American, Caribbean, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    This is the most representative restaurant of the new wave of gastronomy in Santa Marta. With a privileged location, offering a great view of the bay and Simon Bolivar Park, and high quality, uniquely-flavored food made using local ingredients, it's definitely one of the city's best restaurants.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The best dish is "Posta Tierra Negra." You won't regret ordering this!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Good and nice 03/06/2016
    • Ok. Not Great. 06/04/2016
    • Tierra Negra
    Address:
    Calle 15 #1C-40.
    Parque Bolivar
    Santa Marta 0000
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4228421
    Price range:
    USD 4 - USD 23
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 04:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Basilea Gourmet
    Restaurants (French, Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    solodiana Says:

    This eatery, like other restaurants in Santa Marta, showcases an interesting mix between international and local food. The owners are a Colombian-Swiss couple, so the dishes represent this fusion. It's a small, cozy place, located in the historical center, which makes it one of the most famous in Santa Marta.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The wine menu is varied and extensive.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    • Excellent food 27/12/2017
    • Good one 07/11/2017
    • Basilea Gourmet
    Address:
    Carrera 16 No. 2-58
    Centro historico
    Santa Marta 470005
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4314138
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Donde Chucho
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Soups, South American, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    If you don't visit this place, you haven't really been to Santa Marta! The owner started up 20 years ago with a food stall selling shrimp ceviche in El Rodadero. People loved his ceviche so much that he decided to open a little restaurant, and he is now one of the most famous people in the city, and his food is known all over the world. The service is awesome and the food is simply delicious — real Caribbean food at its best.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They always offer a little portion of ceviche to start along with a homemade beer.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Horrible service 20/01/2018
    • Good Food 16/01/2018
    • Donde Chucho
    Address:
    Calle 19 No. 2 - 17
    Santa Marta
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4210861
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Josefina
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Latin, South American, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    Owners Manuel y Adrina have lovingly rescued local culinary traditions, and revived several family recipes at this restaurant, and you can even see their handwritten cookbook - a collation of traditional recipes from mom, grandmother, and friends - after you dine. Get ready to be delighted by Yayi, Rosa, and Rosmary, as they serve up dishes such as Arroz Apastelado and Posta costeña, among many others. Located in a traditional area, and providing amazing service, this is definitely a must in Santa Marta for foodies.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for the Prune Souffle.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    • Outstanding!! 22/12/2015
    • Felt like @ grandma's 22/08/2014
    • Josefina
    Address:
    Calle 22 Con Carrera 17A Esquina
    Santa Marta 00000
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4209132
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    DI VINO
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Gastropub)
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    solodiana Says:

    Divino (La Bodeguilla) is as famous for its good wine by glass, as it is for its delicious homemade products, such as artisinal pizza, pasta, and bread. Start your meal with a complimentary sangria and a snack, while you make up your mind what to order next. The wine list is huge and varied, and the service is great, all housed within a cozy environment with a friendly atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The appetizers are the best!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Expensive, bad and long 13/01/2018
    • Not as good as we expected 09/01/2018
    • DI VINO
    Address:
    Calle 6 No 1-26
    Rodadero
    Santa Marta 470001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4213735
    Price range:
    USD 12 - USD 37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Pudines Machy The Place
    Restaurants (Cafe, South American, Colombian)
    solodiana Says:

    The best cakes in town - if you want a good dessert to go alongside a great coffee, this is your place. The perfect combination of traditional baking methods with trendy decor, the service here is really good, and its central location means there's no excuse not to stop by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The flan is quite famous!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    • Café! 19/01/2018
    • Tortas deliciosas 31/08/2016
    • Pudines Machy The Place
    Address:
    Calle 20 #11-75
    C.C. Acuarium
    Santa Marta 00000
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 4217171
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
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    Restaurante El Banano
    Restaurants (Barbecue, South American, Colombian)
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    solodiana Says:

    Aptly named - as Santa Marta and its surrounding region is home to many banana crops - this is where the locals come to eat. It's not your typical tourist place, but you will experience great local food, with hospitable service in a good location. The meals are all based on meat and plantain — simple, really traditional, and truly delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for plantain with cheese and sour cream.
    • They also serve traditional food from Antioquia, another region of Colombia, famous for its food.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 247 restaurants in Santa Marta
    • I got food borne illness 05/01/2016
    • Not Bad 31/03/2013
    • Restaurante El Banano
    Address:
    Carrera 2a 7 - 38
    Rodadero
    Santa Marta 470001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4220631
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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