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Restaurante 1621

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French, Contemporary, 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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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
  • 26
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  • 14
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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
Food was great, the atmospher even better

Yes the food was great, service was good, but the best part is the beautiful courtyard and the beautiful trees surrounding it ! You can relax on the sofas and have a drink before or after your meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Tooshka
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Toronto
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Yes the food was great, service was good, but the best part is the beautiful courtyard and the beautiful trees surrounding it ! You can relax on the sofas and have a drink before or after your meal.

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florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Excellent fine cuisine, beautiful old rich world setting. Friendly, professional staff, but $$$$ Try the crab salad and the cazuela de mariscos all came in an impressive presentation

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Tourist4ever Thank you for your comment and to take the time to send a such nice review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us at the 1621. Thank you to share the flavour of our Baru crab salad and Seafood soup "Cazuela de Mariscos"...it's really two of our star dishes in the 1621. It is... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

I loved the service and the food. Combination of sweet savory and great Champaige ... Ladies can we complain at all???

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Aya F, It's a nice pleasure to read your comment. I am very happy that you spent a lovely dinner with us and I know that you enjoyed the octopus carpaccio served with a nice glass of Champagne. I hope tou will have a chance to come back at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara and we are waiting for... More 

washington, dc
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Sofitel courtyard is a perfect place for a fine meal, but the meal was not very well-prepared and the service was unprofessional. Only go if you set your expectations low.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Manager at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear eveonleave, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your comments regarding your experience with us at restaurant 1621. I am sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. I am very surprised to read about the meal and service not being great. At restaurant 1621 we thrive in offering great cuisine prepared by... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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217 reviews 217 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was our second visit to Cartagena and we were so looking forward to eating another amazing meal in this wonderful city. We booked this restaurant based on recommendations and some very positive reviews on this forum. The service started out as very professional and quite friendly. The wine steward took the time to talk about the extensive wine list... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Executive Chef at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear CDNtravel, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your dinning experience at restaurant 1621. As per our email communication, I am very sorry to hear about your experience. As explained and as you can read in many of the guest reviews of our restaurant, providing stellar service while serving a great cuisine, prepared using the finest... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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689 reviews 689 reviews
489 restaurant reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The pictures do not do 1621 justice. It is one of the most exquisite settings for a special meal in my lifetime. 1621 refers to the date the original convent was built. The restaurant is a converted convent dining room in essence, all part of the modern Sofitel hotel complex in the heart of the historic district of Cartagena. Four... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Mark w, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment and I am very impresed by a such nice detailled review. It´s so nice to read that you spent a lovely time, and that you apreciate the service, the food and our magical courtyard.. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As we strive to... More 

Boston, MA
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

1621 is located in the courtayrd of the Sofitel Hotel. We sat by the courtyard, so we looked at the gorgeous plants, which was lovely. First up was an amuse bouche of quinoa. This made me giggle - quinoa for an amuse bouche?! A little funny! We had the sea bass tartare prepared at the table, and I loved it.... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear abh123456, It ´s a great pleasure to receive your comment about your experience in the 1621. Thank you very much for dining with us. I am surprised that our risotto was dry and I don't understand why you did not tell us during your dinner. I will have change your plate or offer a different dish. Every day we... More 

Tampere
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The atmosphere is very nice. The service is good. And the food tries to be different... But it fails to be excellent. The ceviche was not spicey enough, the main dish was really good but it could have been tastier. But it's definitely worth it. ~110k COP per person a three course meal without wine.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Mozarfin..., It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. I am very surprised that the food did not reach your expectation. As you know, we always provide the high quality and the best fresh ingredients. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As we strive... More 

New England
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124 reviews 124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We wanted a special night to end a visit to Cartagena and selected Restaurant 1621. It was good. The food was very good, but not the very best. Service was also good, but not the best we encountered. Yes, it is a good restaurant. But we did not find it the very best in the city. You will read that... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear 124C41New..., It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. I am so happy that you enjoyed your dinner, but I am desapointed that the dinner did not reach your expectation. For the food, I have to say,like it's writen in Tripadvisor, that we are not 100 % french. We are more a french colombian contemporary cuisine. We try to... More 

Joinville, SC
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We wanted to celebrate our anniversary and out of 4 options we decided for this one as it is located in a former convent, converted to a Sofitel. It was said to be a very nice ambience We arrived early and so we went to the bar lounge to wait. Great choice - there is a crypt inside and we... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear RodHara, It's a great pleasure and ann honor to receive a comment like this one. An amazing description of the 1621 show that you know perfectly our restaurant. Really I try everyday to bring with my team the best experience to our guest and I have an eye on each finger to be sure that everyting is going perfectly.... 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 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Colombian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

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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