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“Diverse and great!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Cocina de Carmela

La Cocina de Carmela
San Diego Calle del 2o Badillo | Cerca del Parque Fernandez de Madrid, Cartagena, Colombia
(57) (5) 6648298
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Ranked #63 of 326 restaurants in Cartagena
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Cartagena, Colombia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Diverse and great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

You can pick and choose what you want from a buffet-style menu. Veg friendly and the owners are wonderful!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Self service, cafeteria style, one-visit buffet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This is a simple, complete meal, down-to-earth self service / cafeteria style, one visit to the buffet restaurant. You pay 8,000 Colombian Pesos (about US$ 5) and walk to the buffet. A waitress will ask you what you like and fill your plate accordingly. You have a typical choice of fish, beef, chicken or pork, side dishes like coconut rice, potatoes and a salad. Along comes also a delicious soup of the day, a piece of desert as well as a drink. It's a complete meal, tasty and reasonably priced. You can sit wherever you want and enjoy your meal. If you go late, some of the popular choices might be gone, this is not a buffet restaurant where they will refill as soon as dishes are gone.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cartagena, Colombia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“BBB (Bueno, Bonito y Barato) / Good, Nice and Inexpensive; great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Very few places in the Old Town gives such a good value like La Cocina de Carmela, huge comfortable place, well located, good atmosphere and great inexpensive food. This restaurant offers delicious options at a great price; gourmet menu for USD 6 for lunch and USD 7 for dinner.

Taste: Good.
Presentation: Ok.
Service: Good.
Value: Great
Atmosphere and décor: Great.

My recommendations: Mojitos, Gratin Eggplants, Fish in coconut sauce.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Very nice, high quality local food, very inexpensive; worth checking out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012 via mobile

After all the high end expensive place this was a breath of fresh air. No pretentions, just good food. The place is buffet style which may put some people off, but the food is fresh, high quality and there is a quick turn around so the food has not been out for long. Very friendly service.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food in an extremely cousy restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

I went eating with my friends. The food is amazing, the prices are very good, so we HAVE to repeat the experience once more before going back home after a trip to Colombia, so i went more than once.
The service is very good, Carmela sits in the table to explain you every menu she has, with a passion that is worth to hear every thing she has to offer !

Visited January 2012
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