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“Great atmosphere, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sanalejo Cafe Restaurante

Sanalejo Cafe Restaurante
Avenida Jimenez N.3-73 | La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia
3346171 - 2719045
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Ranked #139 of 1,013 Restaurants in Bogota
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Colombian, International, Creperie
Good for: Romance
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Good for: Romance
Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Great atmosphere, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Cozy, neighborhood feel...warm fire on a cold, rainy evening...great, Tolkein-like paintings on the hand-finished walls. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals...prices were reasonable...service was attentive.

Visited January 2012
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A great, friendly authentic Colombian experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011 via mobile

Friendly helpful staff, cosy warm dining area... Authentic Colombian food, great value for money

Try the ajiaco... Colombian chicken soup with potatoes, corn, avocado and rice

Great fresh juices... Feijoa was our favourite. Portions are very big and filling... Great for lunch when you are on your feet all day.

Free wifi and visa card was accepted no problem. We are English and there was a group of French people too however it is also full of locals to help give you the authentic Colombian experience.

Give this place a try!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding Place to Eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

Many of cafes in the Candelaria area of Bogotá are true mom and pop shops with a very limited menus. Most don’t take Credit Cards and definitely don’t speak English.
The Sanaleojo is an exception to this rule. Set in an intimate setting the dining area is decorated as forest cottage. Two large paintings on the walls dominate the atmosphere. The tables are lit with candles held in old time candle holders. The overall look is quite rustic but clean. You feel like you stepped of the forest path into a cottage in the woods.

The service is outstanding. Quick to seat you and very attentive. The table is cleared and cleaned after each setting but all in a laid back style you would expect in the southern hemisphere. The wait staff understand some basic English and were very patient with our limited Spanish.

The homemade Italian specialties were superb. We had the salad for two which was quite surprising for the number of ingredients it contained. This was not your lettuce and tomato covered in a drop of dressing salad. For entrees we had Lasagna which was made fresh and the salmon. Both were delicious! With two drinks each, the salad, entrees and tip totaled $45.00 US. You can probably find cheaper in the area but not with the quality of food, outstanding service and great atmosphere.

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