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Calle Estanco del Tabaco No. 30-35, Cartagena 130001, Colombia
+57 6685291
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Caribbean, Colombian, Latin, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Calle Estanco del Tabaco No. 30-35, Cartagena 130001, Colombia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really loved this place!! Best typical food from Cartagena. Food was excellent. I recommend making a reservation, since it is always full and maybe you will have to wait more than half and hour to be sit.

Thank Alex1426
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Upscale typical food, excellently prepared with a great staff. It’s a culinary experience, really. We tried the seafood, of course. The ceviche in half a coconut looked great. The fried fish “la negra” style is awesome. We tried a robalo and a corvina, la latter...More

Thank Romex-Romex
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

i had higher hopes for a local dinner but the ambiance and food was boring... there is other places in Cartagena nicers like Cuzco, Cervicheria... I wouldn ‘t recommend this placeMore

Thank Dragos P
Jose L, General Manager at Cande, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. Cuzco and La Cevichería are great restaurants, but not local food ones. We have a great atmosphere and fresh local food. Perhaps you enjoy other types of gastronomies. Hopefully you can give it a second chance and try other dishes....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had higher hopes for our first dinner in Cartagena. But Cande was underwhelming. The mixed appetizer was fine but nothing particularly stood out. I had a seafood stew which was a large portion but uninspiring. There are dancers every hour or so which was...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our meal at Cande was delicious and we also enjoyed the entertainment from the dancers throughout the night.

Thank Emitom H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Super service, tasty and highly varied different local dishes. Very pretty place with calm environment in heart of quality shopping district .

Thank Stephen H B
Reviewed 21 April 2018

My husband and I wen to Cartagena for our honeymoon. What I liked most about this restaurant was the performance. I think it started around 7:30pm? All the servers dress in local/traditional clothing. The food was good but the same as the other top restaurants...More

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 5 April 2018

A friend recommended me this place for its environment. When I entered the first thing I notice was a cultural performance from what the criollo culture related to the kind of food is. The service was great, although the attention was a bit low. I...More

Thank Dharen B
Reviewed 1 April 2018

if you are looking for a fancy place this is not it. It was suggested to us by our guide as his favorite place in old city. The place didn't look nice inside, not clean at all, but the food that we got was very...More

Thank VladTod
Jose L, General Manager at Cande, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for commenting on TripAdvisor. You may be confused with another restaurant, we don't have a daily special on our menu and the restaurant is very clean, perhaps not the fanciest, but a bit fancy over all. Decorated with traditional china and furniture from the...More

Reviewed 25 March 2018

I rarely write a negative review. Considering they have set start times, the service was slow, but charming. It took 45 minutes to get a bowl of soup out. The dancing seemed totally artificial, as well as the Caribbean outfits of the staff. We had...More

1  Thank WJFHants
Jose L, General Manager at Cande, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It's unfortunate to know you didn't have a great time in Candé. The dances are just a showcase of local folklore, people actually love it. The food in our restaurant is incredibly tasty, to say something is...More

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21 May 2018|
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Response from LMBaez | Reviewed this property |
Hello, This is a restaurant located at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. the walled city. The food is 100% Colombian and they take special attention in preparing it the traditional way with only local ingredients. The... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 70
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:45 am - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:00 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:30 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:30 pm
11:45 am - 3:00 pm
6:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Estanco del Tabaco No. 30-35, Cartagena 130001, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 6685291
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The essence and flavors of a city can be captured through the colors, aroma,magic, land, citizens and numerous sensations associated with a close-knit community. With its live dancing and authentic menu, Cande is a restaurant that offers culture, music and tradition - night after night - through cuisine, colonial architecture and warm service, offering a new way to see (an feel) the city through your five senses. Cande lives and breathes Cartagena.
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