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El Fuerte

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Cra 1 Cl 12, 163 Cerca a la Iglesia Santa Barbara | Bolivar, Mompos, Colombia
+57 5 6856762
18:30 - 22:30
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Wed - Mon 18:30 - 23:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was a bit sceptic at first of eating Italian in a small Colombian town, but boy did it pay off! Over two nights, together we tried the pizza, homemade pasta with Bolognese sauce, the gazpacho and salad. The gazpacho was mind blowing, served with the most perfectly cooked piece of focaccia bread. My mouth waters at the thought of... More 

Thank Freny L
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely the place to eat in Mompox - the best pizzas in this charming restaurant by the river. Doesn't look much from the outside but really nice gardens with fans to keep you cool. Perfect.

Thank Jim C
Portland, Oregon
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85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Austrian owner and chef has created a little oasis in Mompos. Across the street along the Magdalena River, outdoor drink sellers are competing to see who can turn up the music volume the loudest. Within La Fuerte, customers relax to classical music in a landscaped courtyard. The varied menu offers interesting choices based on the chef's interpretation of standard... More 

Thank Chip G
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Dear Chip, thanks so much for your visit and your kind words. It's encouraging to know our job is being appreciated. Have a great journey. Cheerio, Walter More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We went there Saturday evening 8:30p.m. and were told by the waitress to come back at 9 p.m. to get a table then. Returning at 9 p.m. we found the door locked. After some knocking the waitress returned only to tell us there were no tables available. SAD !!!

Thank Gonese
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

I full heartedly agree ! Failed, not have an even bigger space with unlimited capacity. Failed, not to have been personally at the door to explain in your own language - in the heat of the night I was preparing pizzas. Failed, to make you grasp that we hate to turn guests away, but the restaurant was packed to the... More 

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255 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is by very far the nicest and best restaurant in Mompox. They have two rooms and a patio. Decoration is very nice. Food quality is high. Service is great. Now the downsides: it is quite expensive for Colombia (20000 $ for pasta for example) but still reasonable compared to European standards. The menu does not offer meat except the... More 

Thank Mikeworld
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Dear Mikeworld. Merci beaucoup for your review. The Fuerte San Anselmo's concept is based on the need of many visitors for an alternative to local specialities. We do offer meat, sure we do. For instance, our scewer with filets and home made italian style sausages is a success since it is grilled in the wood oven to ones liking. Just... More 

Vienna, Austria
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The best plate is the caprese salad (by far). Prices are the same as any excellent Bogotá or Cartagena restaurant but far from their quality of products and seasoning. Ambience and service are very good.

Thank mrg412
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Dear friend from Austria. According to your comment you managed to try all what's on our menu. Impressive. Viewing your other reviews on Mompox one gets the impression that you believe, prices on our remote island should be inferior to cities where one obtains provision around the corner. Note: Everything has to be brought here at a cost, and imported... More 

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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I was astonished by this restaurant. It is in a small backwater of a town and yet the food produced by Walter Gurth is spectacular. From the moment that you arrive, you know that you are in good hands.Walter suggests a cocktail....the Mulo Mompesino, which is his take on a Moscow Mule......made with his own home made fiery ginger beer.... More 

Thank Ivoh
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Thanks so much, dear friends, for your amazing review, your stay at my humble establishment and the enjoyable memories I have of you. I sincerely hope the cough has vanished, and that we meet again - one never knows. Cheers, and if you want the recipe for my version of ginger beer let me know. All the best ... More 

Santa Monica, California
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87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

First I want to start by saying that the pizza was one of the BEST pizzas I have ever had ANYWHERE in the world. It was kind of strange really that in this remote village that is really difficult to access and does not have paved streets you would find a world class dining like this and in such a... More 

1 Thank airbrush1212
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

If it was a highlight for you to discover my restaurant, so it was for me to get to know you, dear Audrey. Being an artist yourself it is awesome to receive your acclaim for the job we do. My staff and I thank you for your visits. Hope you continue enjoying travelling this marvellous country. All the best. Cheers,... More 

New York City, New York
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Mompos is a charming place but difficult to get to and once you're there, you wonder if it was worth the extremely long, uncomfortable ride. El Fuerte has pizza and pasta beyond your wildest dreams in a beautiful environment full of gorgeous contemporary wooden furniture, crafted with love by the Austrian owner, Walter. We ate there twice and both meals... More 

Thank Taosharon
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Dear Sharon, running a restaurant in this remote place can be tricky at times. Receiving guests like you makes all the effort worth while, approval such as yours gives enormous boost and adds to the fun doing the job. Thanks so much for your visits and your kind words. All the best. Walter More 

Vienna, Wien, Austria
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127 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Austrian food in the tropical beauty of Mompox, the best pizzas you can imagine, because the owner used to work in Italy as well, next to many other places. But also langostinos on tomatoes and cellery, for example, to pay tribute to the context. Walter, the magician, knows a lot, is prepared to share it with you, and if you... More 

Thank LORIT123
elvelerista2000, Propietario at El Fuerte, responded to this review

Dear Friends, thank you so much for your visit, your kind words and the interesting conversation. Sorry if I puzzled you with my outlook on some topics rarely familiar to most people. Sometimes we tend to deny facts because they are too obnoxious to accept. Time will tell, and I only hope you are right. I grasp you are enthusiastic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cra 1 Cl 12, 163 Cerca a la Iglesia Santa Barbara | Bolivar, Mompos, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Mompos
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6856762

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