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Restaurante 1621

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$$$
European, South American, Colombian, French, Contemporary
As featured in Best Food in Cartagena
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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: Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Special occasions
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, 2014 and 2015. 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
The only thing better than the food was the service!

My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday dinner while in Colombia. The setting is beautiful, whether inside or out, and every person went out of their way to help us. They were very patient with our elementary Spanish, and were eager to explain their specialities. The crab salad with avocado... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Megan S
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday dinner while in Colombia. The setting is beautiful, whether inside or out, and every person went out of their way to help us. They were very patient with our elementary Spanish, and were eager to explain their specialities. The crab salad with avocado was divine, and the potatoes au gratin were... More 

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Maplewood, NJ
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I planned this evening perfectly - I wanted Restaurant 1621 to be our last night's dinner in Cartagena. We made reservations two weeks In advance and glad we did because our table was in the lovely courtyard of this historic building/now Hotel Santa Clara. The setting is absolutely magical - a courtyard filled with 30 foot palm trees of this... More 

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Thank mvpnj
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear mvpnj, Thank you for such beautiful review! I am very happy to know that you experience exceeded your expectations. All dishes you are referring are created by our chef using his own techniques to involve one simple dish in something very special. Thank you for highlighting our wonderful courtyard it is truly inspired by many years of tradition here... More 

Clearwater, Florida
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything from the service to the food was fantastic. The staff took their time to explain the items on the menu in great detail making sure to get exactly what you want. Thank you for a beautiful time in Cartagena.

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Thank kartel41
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear kartel41, Thank you for your comment regarding restaurant 1621. It is a real pleasure for us to know that you enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere here at 1621. I am very proud to know that my ambassadors took their time to explain and suggest to you our menu with great detail and knowledge. Thank you again and hope... More 

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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The setting within the renovated Santa Clara convent is delightful, and the service is good - this is quite a fancy spot, good for a special occasion. The food was fine. An early booking, we ordered lamb to be then told there wasn't any - that should have been advised with the specials. Duck and fish of the day were... More 

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Thank David H
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear David H, Thank you for your review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dinner at 1621. Chef Daniel Pardo acquires the best possible ingredients, using the most traditional and modern techniques to create a fusion cuisine to delight you palate. I am very glad you enjoyed the duck and the fish of the day, but... More 

Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat on the outside patio by the fountain, the ambience can't be beat. The service was very good. I had the steak and it was tough and cold. The Ceviche prepared table side is outstanding. If you only speak English request a staff member that understands you.

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Thank traveloften32655
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear traveloften32655, Thank you for your review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed the beautiful courtyard at the hotel Santa Clara. Executive Chef Daniel Pardo acquires the best possible ingredients, using the most traditional and modern techniques to create a fusion cuisine to delight you palate, being the “ceviche" one of them. Absolutely, we are more than... More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The customer service at 1621 Restaurant was excellent! The presentation and creative cuisine dish selection was very good. A good wine selection to choice and a bar located adjacent to the dinning area had a lively band that provided a good feeling of enjoying a night out in the old city of Cartagena.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Ernesto Z, Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed food and coctails (mojitos) from our lovely restaurant and bar el Coro. We look forward to welcoming you back and allowing us to treat you to a Legendary Experience. Sincerely, Camilo Cardenas Restaurant Manager More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For me it was the best in Cartagena! For sure they have a Chef du Cuisine. I ate crab salad, the fish of the day with minimal vegetables and a pie with red fruits. And the macchiato cafe was perfect. The ambient is very up, antique and formal.

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Thank DrAstrocyte
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear DrAstrocyte, Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed dinner in our beautiful restaurant 1621. Guest satisfaction is the reason of our business and the most important factor for me and my team. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service and product served, reading... More 

London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want outstanding food in a beautiful setting then look no further in Cartagena. Situated inside the fabulous Santa Clara Hotel you chose to sit either inside the beautiful dining room or 'outside' in the fabulous courtyard - but beware the humidity. An extensive range of dishes for all tastes (and hunger levels) - stunning desserts. It's a place... More 

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Thank Spartak55
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Spartak55, Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed dinner in our beutiful courtyard here at restaurant 1621. Guest satisfaction is the reason of our business and the most important factor for me and my team. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service and... More 

Tavernier, Florida
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

five of us had dinner here, first they bring you drinks then some amazing fresh baked bread. Then we ordered our appetizers and entrees and they brought us a little surprise bite of a one bite piece of duck wrapped in a pastry served in an asian spoon with a sweet chili sauce that was awesome! We had poached sea... More 

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Thank Keystime42
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Keystime42, Thank you very much for reviewing restaurant 1621. At 1621 we strive to provide a superior service for every guest as we strive to create memorable and special experiences. All our team will be pleased to learn that you had an unfogettable dinner and that you enjoyed our team´s warmth and our maginificent atmosphere. Thank you very much... More 

Washington DC
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were staying in the hotel and celebrated my wife's birthday with dinner at Restaurante 1621. The dishes were very good---the ceviche and octopus carpaccio, especially. This is a solid restaurant--classic dishes---not super creative/contemporary like Carmen or some of the other restaurants be visited.

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Thank asingh99
SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear asingh99, Thank you for your comment about restaurant 1621. It is a real pleasure for us to know that you enjoyed diner at 1621. Thanks again, and hope to see you again in the near future. Kind regards, Camilo Cardenas Restaurant Manager 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: European, South American, Colombian, French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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, 2014 and 2015. 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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