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La Cocina de Carmela

San Diego Calle del 2o Badillo | Cerca del Parque Fernandez de Madrid, Cartagena, Colombia
(57) (5) 6648298
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Ranked #63 of 326 restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a great restaurant, we went twice for dinner and ended up getting the same thing both times - the fish in coconut sauce, coconut rice, and a small salad. The mojito was excellent. The menu is pretty small, but a very decent price - probably the best you can get for the good value. The main dishes were... More

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Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We ate here twice while in cartagena, once for lunch where we had a very nice chicken with some unique sides. Most of the other places served only cocunut rice and patacones but here there wsas more variety. We also had a lovely pasta dinner. Carmela spent some time in italy and makes excellent sauces. Finally, the prices were reasonable... More

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Ko Tao, Thailand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The food here is pretty delicious and at a decent price. It's by no means the best food you're going to try in Colombia (or Cartagena) for that matter but it's at a good price - especially for dinner.

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La Grange, IL
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191 reviews 191 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Our starters were calamari and eggplant parmesan - fantastic. Our mains were the fish of the day, bass, in a vegetable sauce, with coco rice. Simple and very tasty. We enjoyed one bottle of house wine, all for about 63,000 COP. A great value. Menu is limited, which is good, as they only prepare a few items a day, and... More

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New York City, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This restaurant exudes the warmth of Carmela and her husband. They are anxious to please and take tremendous price in what they do. It is a casual place where you often find Carmela, her husband and their daughter sitting in the restaurant with friends.

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San Francisco, CA
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

We've gone back a few times and intend to return for our last lunch! This place offers very tasty home cooking which for its value and quality makes it the best choice we've found!

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Restaurant looks great really cozy and I wish to food would match that but unfortunately it is not the case. Again cannot complain as prices are really affordable but overall food quality is not that great.

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New York, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

First, this is NOT a "five star" place. It is great for what it is. Also, the one we went to is located at Calle Segunda de Badillo, near Plaza Fernandez de Madrid. I assume it's the same place, but the address above doesn't look correct... It is a very simple restaurant - fans, not A/Cs, etc. But the bathroom... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We visited Cocina de Carmela several times during our visit to Cartagena. There is a different option every day and we tasted quite a few different dishes from the buffet style menu. The lasagne was delicious, as was the meat pasta and the rather odd looking, but very tasty, chicken souflet. For 8,000 COP you can't go wrong. Also you... More

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Cartagena, Colombia
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

You can pick and choose what you want from a buffet-style menu. Veg friendly and the owners are wonderful!

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