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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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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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  • 266
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    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
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  • 4
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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
Very good restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New England
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118 reviews 118 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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Joinville, SC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

26% service/tax charge! The risotto was tiny and the chicken was average at best. Then came the famous cheese board which had no French cheeses just bland Spanish and Columbian cheeses. The only good things were the service and ambience but overall I would not recommend. So so so disappointed.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear WeeTravel..., Thank you to take your time to write a comment about your experience at the 1621. I am very surprised that you did not like the food. Our risotto is one of our star dishes in the restaurant, prepared with the best Italian rice. Is it the portion...? We offer the best quality and fresh product on our... More 

Lima, Peru
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

when arriving to Cartagena, I knew I wanted to have a delicious meal in the Center. Found a review about this place and inmediately knew that was the one. Location was great, staff very polite and food was delicious. I know this is not a cheap restaurant, but is worth every penny. If you want to endulge yourself, go for... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Yadilitta, It's very nice to read your comment and thank you for taking time to write about your experience with us at the 1621. I am really happy that you enjoyed the service, the food and our exclusive place in the courtyard full of history since 1621. It-s true that our courtyard is perfect for couples and for a... More 

New York, NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had a very enjoyable dinner here. Service was excellent and the food very good. The restaurant is inside the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel, formerly a convent built in the 17th century. We sat in the courtyard garden filled with tropical plants and trees, a few birds and chirpy things. It was a lovely experience.

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear buttercup..., 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 is part oh the Hotel Sofitel Legend santa Clara who used to be an ex couvent in 1621. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. As we strive... More 

Washington DC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I have been torn between Carmen and 1621 as the best restaurant, but given the magical garden experience at 1621, I have to go with it. Food was very good. My lady friend and I shared a few plates which we both really liked. Being a DC/Maryland native, I know a few things about crabs. I tell you, Baru crab... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear FoodieDC1..., 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...it's really one of our star dishes in the 1621. Our amazing and magical courtyard, originaly from the... More 

San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend who spent a good amount of time living in Cartagena...and it exceeded our wildest expectations. The restaurant is situated within the Santa Clara/Sofitel hotel and it is as beautiful as it is tasty. Service was impeccable...well trained as any fine dining establishment should be. Attentive servers with proper wine bottle presentation... More 

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SantaClaraCartagena, Gerente at Restaurante 1621, responded to this review

Dear Ejn0905, "Romantic and delicious"...it´s such a nice title and I apreciate your comment. I am very proud that you received the best service and the best meal during your trip in Cartagena. Our dishes are made with fresh and high quality product and every day we bring to our guest an unforgetable culinary experience. As we strive to provide... 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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