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Ohlala Bistrot

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$$ - $$$
French, Seafood, European, Colombian
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Calle Larga Callejon Vargas | esquina - Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 6644321
08:00 - 21:00
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All hours
Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are staying inside the old city wall, it is worth a 5 minute walk into Getsemani to have an incredible meal. The restaurant has a bit of French/ Caribbean feel. Very charming atmosphere. I had an incredible seafood stew, that was a sublime mixture of seafood, broth and spices. I believe it was called cazuela de mar. I... More 

Thank DCDon
Somerset, New Jersey
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually didn't realize until we left, that we went to the wrong restaurant. But what a great mistake. The food was excellent. I had the traditional fried snapper, tostones and coconut rice which was wonderful, but my wife had the vegetarian quinoa dish which was great....and I do not like quinoa. But the added experience was the phenomenal conversation... More 

Thank Kirreck
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a restaurant review per se but a review of the cooking class we took there. Our host Carolina, Chef Gilles, and our helper Maria were equally kind, funny, and patient as we followed their instructions and made a wonderful meal and an even better memory. Muchas Gracias y Merci Beaucoup!!

Thank Stacia H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a cooking class in September from Chef Gil at Ooh La La in Getsemaní. He and his staff were so much fun and I learned so much while preparing ceviche, Posta Cartagenera, and white chocolate, coconut milk and passion fruit soup. . I only recently arrived home and found Chef Gil's handwritten menu, notes, and drawings which I will... More 

Thank Deborah J
New York
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We stumbled into this restaurant just after flying into the city, where we were welcomed warmly, had the menu explained, and were served coconut water by the warm & charming proprietress. She explained a bit about their food philosophy, and helped us pick a perfect lunch from their interesting menu. I'm a vegetarian and didn't understand how challenging that would... More 

Thank smarcy
Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We LOVED this place. Of the 5 days we stayed in Cartagena, we ate here at least 4 times. An extensive vegetarian menu (in a place dominated by meat and fish), the staff was super friendly and accommodating. They also had many vegan options and were very willing to make dishes not on the menu. Every meal we had was... More 

Thank Melissa B
olalaCartagena, Owner at Ohlala Bistrot, responded to this review

Dear Melissa B, What a lovely review, thank you so much. It was a pleasure to serve you. We really enjoy preparing new vegetarian dishes and are happy to welcome new suggestions always. Coming from a Vegetarian family and having travelled extensively, I always appreciate restaurants, which can give me options and can cater for my needs. Thank you so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

This place is honestly a must! You can see, smell, feel and taste the effort that goes into every bite you eat. The chef/owner is fantastic and makes you leave satisfied but wanting more! The ribs are to die for and even the salad makes you feel like you are somewhere else with the incredibly fresh cheese.

Thank Daniel T
olalaCartagena, Community Manager at Ohlala Bistrot, responded to this review
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Gracias por tu opinion, esperamos que vuelvas pronto Saludos!!!! More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Thanks so much for such a great Atencion and delicious food. This place is amazing. Definitely will be back always. Ensalada griega and Ceviche de pescado are the best.

Thank Erika M
olalaCartagena, Community Manager at Ohlala Bistrot, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por tu opinion, nos complace mucho, esperamos que vuelvas pronto Saludos More 

Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Pretty creative and nice meal. Cool building. Lunch had small portions with nice sauces. Fish of the day was well prepared and tasty though didn't stand out.

Thank Jonathan K
olalaCartagena, Community Manager at Ohlala Bistrot, responded to this review
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Esperamos que vuelvas pronto, un gusto atenderlos, Saludos More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I stumbled upon this cafe while staying in Getsamani! Delicious breakfast, fast wifi, AC, friendly staff, and great prices. The interior design is very beautiful. I highly recommend this place for any meal of the day. It is a great work environment as well!

Thank Linh H
olalaCartagena, Community Manager at Ohlala Bistrot, responded to this review
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Gracias por tus comentarios , nos llenan mucho , esperamos que vuelvan pronto, un placer atenderlos Saludos!!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
French, Seafood, European, Colombian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Larga Callejon Vargas | esquina - Getsemani, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 6644321
Oh la la Restaurant offers a range of local dishes interpreted by a French Chef and its local Colombian team. Its technique and savoir faire is essentially French with a definite Costeño twist. In a corner of the famous and trendy Getsemani neighbourhood, the restaurant is located in an old colonial house of the Vargas family. The walls and decoration tell about their story. We offer a menu a la Carte as well as daily specials in accordance with seasonal products available from street sellers and local markets. Some of you will be delighted to hear that it is really important to offer some vegetarian alternative. Our gnocchi de yuca with blue cheese are delicious. We are transferring our savoir-faire through some cooking lessons for individuals and for groups for up to 15 people. Atelier de cuisine are also available for children party. Oh la la is located in the heart of trendy Getsemani, on the famous Calle Larga and esquina Vargas.

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