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Restaurante 1621

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French, Contemporary, South American, Colombian
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Carrera 7 | Calle Del Curato - Barrio San Diego, Historic Center - In Front of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's House, Cartagena 13000, Colombia
+57 5 6504741
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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Description: In the heart of Cartagena's historic center, this ancient clarist dining...
In the heart of Cartagena's historic center, this ancient clarist dining room, located at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, is home to the award-winning restaurant, 1621. Executive chef, Daniel Padro, prepares a Contemporary Gastronomic Cuisine by combining French culinary techniques with the freshest ingredients of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Creative and exquisite gourmet offer, a wide range of the best wines, specialty cocktails and a personalized service, harmonized in a charming ambiance, makes 1621 a must visit restaurant in Cartagena. Wine Spectator Award 2012, 2013 and 2014. Open for private and semi-private lunches and dinners. Ideal for groups. Street access available on Calle del Curato or through the main entrance of the hotel.
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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Amazing food in a historic location

Last year we had attempted to take a look around the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara since the former Santa Clara convent was the setting for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel "Of Love and Other Demons". We were unfortunately denied access because we were neither guests of the hotel nor did we have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Guilderland, New York
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Guilderland, New York
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Last year we had attempted to take a look around the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara since the former Santa Clara convent was the setting for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel "Of Love and Other Demons". We were unfortunately denied access because we were neither guests of the hotel nor did we have dinner reservations. Since we were lucky enough to... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Manager at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear mjpastore, Thank you for such a beautiful and extraordinary review. First, Let me tell you that is a shame that we could not have you on your previous visit to Cartagena, however I am very glad to know that you came back and we were fortunately enough to serve you. Restaurant 1621, as you said is a “special place”... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is in the sofitel and in an monastery. Great spot, beautiful garden area. The service was very friendly and attentive. Its probably on the expensive side for Cartegna around $120 for two. Good Martini's but the food is what lets it down. It sort of tries to be very high end but falls short on quality (trying to be... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Ross, I am very glad you enjoyed service and décor in our restaurant 1621, as you said it is an old monastery with a beautiful garden and salon set up in the now renovated Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. As being part of the best restaurant in Cartagena, we constantly work on improving service techniques as well as food menu... More 

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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

One of the best restaurants in Cartagena without a doubt. It's expensive but you are paying for the experience as much as the food. If you have the option make sure you book a table in the outside area in the courtyard - it is far nicer than eating inside in the air con. The staff are friendly and speak... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Globaltraveller201, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. It´s so nice to read that you spent a lovely time, and that you apreciate the service, the food and of course the ambience in our former couvent from 1621. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service and product served, reading comments like yours allow us to... More 

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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had such a fabulous meal here , we were lucky to be sat in their beautiful courtyard , it was magical . The food was excellent , waiters attentive , and not ridiculous prices , we will return again soon .

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Alexandrajenkins, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. Restaurant 1621 Garden, is a lovely place where you can enjoy an amazing meal full of magic, history and romanticism,as you said. Thank you for coming to 1621, as we strive to provide the highest quality of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Our visit was perfect. Made a reservation on a special table near the garden. The food was really good, it is definitely a five star service. The restaurant is inside one of the best Hotel in town. Main plates are based on Steak or Fish (seafood).

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Guest, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621, I am happy to know that you had a great here. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service and product served, reading comments like yours... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Beautiful decorated in an upscale Hotel in the wall city the 1621 is a "fancy" restaurant to be visited during your Cartagena trip, we reserved in advance for 8 people and we're sitting in a nice centre table beautifully prepared with nice silverware and China, offered a great wine recommendation from the restaurant "sommelier" wish we had two bottles, the... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear LogicA-Trip, Thank you for taking the time and sharing your comments with us. It made me very please to hear about you previous experience in 1621, and to know that you and your party had a great time here with us. Restaurant 1621, is a magic place located in the Hotel Legend Santa Clara, as you said “Beautiful decorated... More 

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75 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

excellent location. I was staying sofitel and just realised that hotel restaurant is one of the best in the city. I love the atmosphere and staffs were really good and friendly. food was great. I was sad we did not go there last time we stayed there. Also it is quite reasonably priced considering they are 5 stars hotel.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Churachura, Thank you for taking the time, and sharing your comments with us. Our guests satisfaction is an important part of what we try to archived here at 1621. Thereford, it is a real pleasure to read comments like yours and to know that our service and food is going in the right diretion. Thank you again, and hope... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great food, good service, majestic environment, definitely a great experience. Although it is informed as a French restaurant in reality it is a mixed of French and Mediterranean cousin. In my opinion it is a place to be visited in Cartagena.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Estevam H, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. I am very proud that you received the best service during your trip in Cartagena. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service and product... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The restaurant is inside the most upscale hotel in Cartagena's walled city, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara and it is amazing, the restaurant itself is decorated amazingly to fit the style and epoch of the hotel building superb service, food was incredible, worth every penny.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Manager at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Javier A, Thank you for sharing your experience at 1621. 1621 is a magical place full of history that combines history, magic, and romanticism. Plus is a restaurant where you can fine excellent service and food. I am so proud that you enjoyed your dinner and that you received a lovely experience. Thank you again for sharing your experience,... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Creative dishes, well prepared, fresh ingredients, professional service. This can get lost in the gastronomic hotbed of Cartagena but it's definitely up there with the best - the ambiance sets it apart.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Manager at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear LesterRamoutar, I am very happy to receive your comment. Thank you for taking time to comment your lovely evening with us at the 1621. We have an amazing team in an amazing with a lot of history since 1621. At 1621, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer. Thank you again for sharing your experience,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carrera 7 | Calle Del Curato - Barrio San Diego, Historic Center - In Front of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's House, Cartagena 13000, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6504741

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, South American, Colombian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions

Description

In the heart of Cartagena's historic center, this ancient clarist dining room, located at the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, is home to the award-winning restaurant, 1621. Executive chef, Daniel Padro, prepares a Contemporary Gastronomic Cuisine by combining French culinary techniques with the freshest ingredients of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Creative and exquisite gourmet offer, a wide range of the best wines, specialty cocktails and a personalized service, harmonized in a charming ambiance, makes 1621 a must visit restaurant in Cartagena. Wine Spectator Award 2012, 2013 and 2014. Open for private and semi-private lunches and dinners. Ideal for groups. Street access available on Calle del Curato or through the main entrance of the hotel.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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