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El Bistro

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Centro Historico Calle 4 - 46, Cartagena 130010, Colombia
+57 5 6602065
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited El Bistro during their happy hour for a few cocktails and again later in the evening for food. The happy hour drinks were delicious and such a great price. Try the passion fruit mojitos. When we returned later in the evening we had margaritas that we're great and we shared the paella for two. The paella was pretty... More 

Thank jjjdlts93
Hamburg, Germany
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88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i went to this restaurant with my grandma to show her a bit of german gastronomy and maybe good baked! but they even didnt had the tipical beers, the food quality, i mean the taste was really good, but really small, so small portion and the service is not really good, the personal is not smiling and not really on... More 

Thank TheHinduFace
Papeete, French Polynesia
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115 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given the laudative comments in many a tourist guide, you would expect that place to live up to your expectations. Either the day was not auspicious or the general level of that restaurant has dramatically decreased... for the worse ! We went there for dinner around 9 pm. Service was excruciatingly slow, surly and unprofessional . We had to wait... More 

Thank vaikeaiti
Cartagena, Colombia
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104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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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142 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 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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166 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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
1 review
Reviewed 27 February 2017

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
Reviewed 22 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

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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
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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?