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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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  • 276
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
World Class Food, Ambiance, & Service for Reasonable Price

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Mark W
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Boca Raton, Florida
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
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washington, dc
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
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196 reviews 196 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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626 reviews 626 reviews
454 restaurant reviews
286 helpful votes 286 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
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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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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
84 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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We were staying at the Sofitel Santa Clara and decided to check out the restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. My only complaint is that they repeatedly refilled our water, without asking us, which is great, but then charged more than $4 for each 500cc bottle. If they are going to charge that much, they shouldn't... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear David K, I apreciate your comment and I trully understand your concern. Our national water is 11 000 pesos for each bottle. It's an exelent quality mineral water. I am very surprised that the server o Captain did not asked you for the refill and I apologise for this mistake. Really, thank you for this comment, because everyday we... More 

Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

the food was great! a bit overprice but I guess the price is right for the location. The breakfast buffet is really great and the staff was very helpful.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Mario P, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. Concerning the breakfast, I think you went to the other restaurant El Claustro who is opened breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great buffet every morning...!!! The Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara has 2 restaurants, 1621 and Claustro. We truly... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Wonderful ambiance in the evening, this is a convent converted to a hotel. The restaurant is named after the year the convent was established. We loved the decor and would recommend walking around the hotel before or after your dinner. Service was also prompt and non-intrusive.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear djock, Great ambiance and wonderful food, it´s what we like to read and to hear every day from our Restaurant....!!! Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. I am very proud that you received the best service as usual in the 1621. The most important for me and my team is to mantain a high... 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: Outdoor seating, 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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