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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, Dinner, 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
  • 28
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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
Worth a visit for the bread alone

I managed to get a table in the garden which was particularly beautiful. I was pleased I didn't order a starter given the selection of bread offered which I ended up asking for extra of as it was so good. Particularly, the blue cheese bread, the onion bread and the olive bread are worth a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Yvonne C
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We had very high expectations for Restaurante 1621, in the beautiful Sofitel hotel in Cartagena's old town. The first impressions did not disappoint: a beautiful, tastefully decorated dining room, with outdoor dining options in the hotel's courtyard as well, friendly, professional wait staff, an a great pisco sour to get us going. Unfortunately, the food, while good, did not match... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I managed to get a table in the garden which was particularly beautiful. I was pleased I didn't order a starter given the selection of bread offered which I ended up asking for extra of as it was so good. Particularly, the blue cheese bread, the onion bread and the olive bread are worth a mention. The steak was cooked... More 

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36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is in the Sofitel Hotel Santa Clara and is visually stunning. Reservations are suggested and you can specify the inside or the garden. Pick the garden! It is beautifully lit with fountains and palm trees. Service is excellent and each dish was wonderful. My crab salad in a mango sauce was scrumptious as were the prawns served on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

While we are mostly budget and street food people, we wanted to splurge on one nice dinner during our time here and 1621 did not disappoint. We had ther ceviche mixto and crab salad for appetizer and the prawn and lobster and seafood stew. Everything was excellent and we were really full at the end with the complimentary handmade breads,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I came here with a group of colleagues when we were attending a conference at one of the resort hotels out of town and wanted an evening in "old Cartagena". Restaurante 1621 is in the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, a really beautiful building in the centre of the old town, with a lovely courtyard where you can eat, although we... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Top Travel..., Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621. I am very sorry thay your experience did not match with your expectation. As considered as one of the best restaurant in Cartagena, we always required reservation and it's why the hostess asked you if you have one. We have 2 seating, one in the main... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

When you make a reservation, ask for a table in the courtyard. With palm trees silhouetted against a dark sky, and the sound of splashing water, it is a very romantic setting. The service is impeccable, and the food is very good. The wine list is wonderful--and even the lower priced wines are excellent. For an elegant, yet relaxed evening,... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Theresa W, It's a great pleasure to receive your comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed our historical courtyard ful of history. Like you said the 1621 entrance is just in front of Gabriel Garcia Marquez House. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As we strive to provide the highest quality of service... More 

Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We splurged on one or two nice meals in Cartagena, and we were so happy with 1621. The food was decadent without being obnoxious, the vibe was incredible - think Cuba in the 50s. It was a super dreamy setting, outside, but with fans so you don't get overheated, and the twinkle lights and lush greenery enveloped you, making you... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Lindsay 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. Our chocolate dessert is really for chocolate lover. We truly appreciate you taking the time... More 

Brasilia, DF
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Really beatyful restaurant, everything you see on pictures is true. The food was awesome, the service was excellent and the desert was simple the best that I have ever eaten.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Vinicius M..., It's a great pleasure and a honor to receive a comment like this one. 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. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As... More 

Colombia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It is a must in Cartagena! It is located inside the most beautiful Hotel in The wall city: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara .the atmosphere outdoors in the middle of the old cloister of the Santa Clara's nuns.Service is fantastic,we had the sea food cazuela,it was delicious! It was a great celebration!

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Beltan S, We very much appreciate you take the time to share your previous experience at our Restaurant 1621. Thank you to share you lovely dinner in our amazing seting who used to be the ex couvent in 1621. This a magical place, full of history who combin with an exelent service and food. At 1621, we strive to... More 

Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Tooshka, It ´s a great pleasure to receive your comment about your experience in the 1621. Thank you very much for dining with us at restaurant 1621 and I am very happy that you enjoyed our food and service. Every day we try to offer the best service with a exelent food from our Chef and our magical place,... More 

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Additional Information about Restaurante 1621

Address: Carrera 7 | Calle Del Curato - Barrio San Diego, Historic Center - In Front of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's House, Cartagena 13000, Colombia
Phone Number: +57 5 6504741
Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Colombian

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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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