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El Bistro

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Centro Historico Calle 4 - 46, Cartagena 130010, Colombia
+57 5 6602065
09:00 - 23:00
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Cartagena, Colombia
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good German bread, get it to take. Freshly squeezed fruit juices made of a large number of local fruits, great to lower your temperature during the day, or just a beer. And also great to have an all included lunch at a good price, they offer daily menus with different options usually appealing and at a very goof price.

Thank happyjaveller
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140 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Haven't eaten here although the food on the menu sounds appetizing. I was in El Bistro for three consecutive evenings enjoying coctails. There is a happy hour from 5pm to 7pm. Great caipirinhas, mojitos (try maracuja/passionfruit one) and other coctails for 8000 pesos each! They know how to do them right!

Thank vanelic
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at the late side of the lunch hour so room was essentially empty. You would have imagined we asked for a favor the way the wait staff treated us. I ordered a medallion de sierra. The section was over-cooked and dry. The beef dish almost ended up in my dining partner's lap because it was slung over his... More 

Thank Ckrenzel
New York City, New York
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161 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a European flair in the setting and atmosphere. Very cozy and friendly, with a bar section and the restaurant serving local and some international food, such as steak and pasta. The service is very kind but tropical. We had a menu set with a good soup, a salad and the usual fried fish. Bang for the bucks.

Thank RedSkirrel
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

That’s a nice place to have a kind of “European or Continental type” meal. Everybody should find what he needs. Plates are well done, service is quite fast. Price quality ratio is good. Choice goes from pasta to fish, meats to vegetarian, soups, etc. Wine is good too. The have nice beers from tap. Quite noisy ...

Thank LucL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here was fantastic. Fresh, healthy ingredients, genuinely tasty, great presentation, and with a latin flare. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very chill. Interestingly, the artwork was also top notch--very diverse and unique.

Thank Tristan B
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

After a long day swimming and visiting castles we went to old town Cartagena for a meal, bypassing El Baron and Peru Fusion as neither seemed to have food that would appeal to our children. However the ribs n mash in El Bistro was an attractive option. So we went in, sat down, ordered food (kids fish sticks, ribs, beef... More 

Thank AdMiZaSa
Innisfil, Canada
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

We stayed in Cartagena the week of Feb 10 o 17 2017 In a tourist city that everything seems overpriced El Bristro was a great find I love good food, am I a foodie, perhaps but I appreciate good food weather it be cheap eats or fine dining El Bistro has good pricing and an awesome happy hour daily from... More 

Thank chrisincabo65
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We take an annual trip to Cartagena, and El Bistro is a must for lunch or dinner. The food is fresh and flavorful. Fish is seasoned exactly right, and the sides perfectly compliment the meal. The fruit juices are prepared fresh at the bar, and include all of the local and Colombian options. Pricing is very reasonable, and we have... More 

Thank Mike J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We discovered the most delicious cocktail, the lulada, during our trip for a great price during happy hour (16.00-19.00) but man what is the service bad, forgot or tapas order several time, and brought the Food and not even appologized the lady had a serious attitude. So I would say Dont mind the service here come for a cocktail of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Colombian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Historico Calle 4 - 46, Cartagena 130010, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6602065

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