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La Vitrola

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Colombian
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Centro Cll 33 #2-01 Calle Baloco, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6600711
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

La Vitrola is one of the classic ones in old town Cartagena. Fancy, kind of vintage, and full of "la socialite cartagenera". What we order was between good and delicious. The entrance, yellow fin tuna carpaccio, was quite fishy; instead the sea fruit pasta was outstanding. Make sure you have a reservation.

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Thank Pedro M
Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Contrary to some of the negative comments I read, our lunch at Vitrola today was superb! The restaurant is beautiful in that old style. The service was done with smiles and attention, and the meal was excellent. Stay with the items on the menu with "Vitrola" in the name. We did and all was wonderful

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Thank Jared F
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing meal, I had the red snapper diablo and the coconut cake to finish it off. We also enjoyed the calamari and the La Vitrola salad. The service and meal were superb, oh don't forget to try a mojito. All in all one of the best meals in Cartagena.

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Thank James T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice looking restaurant and the service is just about O.K. if a little slow. However the food is very poor quality and the fish over cooked by a long way (my grouper by about 10 minutes). The starters were average my wife's prawns better than my Empanadas Vietnamitas which lacked seasoning, in fact everything lacked seasoning. As previously mentioned my... More 

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Thank gastronaut2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting a very good food for the price and reputation but It wasn't like that, the food good but nothing superb.

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Thank Adriana H
Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 5 ate at La Vitrola on our first night in Cartagena. The atmosphere was very nice. We loved the Cuban band, and the staff was incredibly nice. Our only negative is that it took a very long time for our food to arrive. Other than that, it's a nice place to eat.

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Thank AlliBalli
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Why we even insisted on entering after a rented security agent was deciding whether we deserved to enter. We finally had to push our way into this beautiful restaurant that has obviously hit it's peak awhile back! For the attitude and price better off at Harry's at the hotel Sta Teresa.

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Thank Jake D
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Spectacular from beginning to end. One of the very best restaurants in Cartagena. Service, food, value... just incredible and highly recommended.

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Thank Delatorrellc
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Nice location in old town. The dinner was very good. Service was average. Staff did not speak very much English.

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Thank johnjflan
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We really enjoyed this special place: the Cubano music, the beautiful people and the mojitos! The food was great too! Reservations are a must. The wine list is fine we even found a good French Champagne at a reasonable price. Good for small parties for sure!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 50
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Colombian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro Cll 33 #2-01 Calle Baloco, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6600711

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?