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Calle de Sargento Mayor #6-21, Cartagena, Colombia
575 664 4445
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Ranked #48 of 330 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Chef Daniel Castaño of Bogota’s Emilia Romagna restaurant brings his authentic Italian coastal cuisine to VERA, a 50-seat restaurant and lounge set within The Tcherassi Hotel’s historic colonial mansion and interior lush garden. Indoors, the restored, original 250 year old stone wall stretches from the imported Australian floor up to the distinuished wood ceiling and beams made from rescued Colombian Guayacan and Ceiba. Modern mirrors adorn the backlit wall in a unique contrast that reflects the activity throughout the space and brings the outside in with vivid reflections of the lush garden waiting outside. A long white banquette runs along the entirety of the indoor/outdoor space providing guests a front row seat to Cartagena’s best new restaurant. As the mansion’s stone wall extends outwards, dramatic archways provide diners a perfect framwork to sit and enjoy the flowing water features and vertical garden consisting of over 3000 local plants that forms the mansion’s interior gardenChef Castaño indulges guests with dishes such as Risotto Pescatore (Arborio rice, cooked with a compound butter of shallots, roasted garlic, and basil served with clams, mussels, shrimp, and squid) and Pollo al Peppe (brined and seared breast of chicken crusted with black pepper, served with confit thighs, and a date, water cress, and macadamia salad), among other house specialties.
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English first
Delray Beach, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was one of our best meals while in Cartagena! The restaurant is not large so be sure to make a reservation. I don't think we had anything that wasn't delicious and believe me we sampled many dishes. The asparagus appetizer, wonderful, a mushroom appetizer divine, the pasta yummy. We definitely would go back and frankly I can't wait to... More

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This place is a perfect example how top-notch, fresh ingredients make a meal. We ordered the tuna carpaccio and an antipasto and were blown away. Inventive touches like fried capers on the carpaccio were an example of how one bring a dish from "very good" to "perfect in every way". Our main courses (seafood risotto and pork belly) were equally... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A must do Italian restaurant . You should try the tuna carpaccio is amazing, and pasta melanzanne was also incredible

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Irapuato, Mexico
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food was great! We loved everything we tried, the carpaccios are especially delightful, with crisp and light flavours. The pasta was great, service was excellent too. Would definitely recommend.

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NYC, ny
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

last night my husband and I ate at vera. this restaurant rivals any five star/ michelin rated restaurant we have dined at. the food, service and ambience were wonderful.

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Bogota, Colombia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

brilliant ambiance, location and the food was superb. It is pricey but worth it. The pork belly is a must

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New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I came here when I literally could no longer bear walking around in the oppressive Cartagena heat, and in I came, a sweaty mess for an early lunch, and the waiters were incredibly patient and kind, even bringing a bucket of ice for my water I'd brought. I had the scallop salad (amazing), and wish I'd had room for dessert.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Our hotel was not advised of the dress code at the time of reservation, so one person in our party had to go back and change which made things a bit awkward to start. My daughter loved her freshly made pasta bolognese, but my ravioli had a very odd tasting sauce that ended up making me sick that night. Overall... More

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Hotelmyhome, Manager at Vera, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Sorry for the miscommunication regarding the dress code. We will be sure to remind all of the area hotels of our policy so they can appropriately alert their guests in the future. At VERA we aim to "wow" each guest throughout the whole experience from the magical setting of the... More

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

There was nothing to dislike about this restaurant. Make a booking and bask in the deliciousness of their meals and the very friendly service. I will definitely aim to go here again if I ever return to Cartagena.

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you love Italian food, this is the place to go in Cartagena. We loved the everything we order, appetizer, pasta, lobster etc. and the service and the atmosphere were excellent!

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