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“Great food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Gran Chef Marino

El Gran Chef Marino
Anillo vial 200 metros antes del hotel las america, Cartagena, Colombia
6568323-6568535
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Ranked #250 of 350 Restaurants in Cartagena
Cuisines: Seafood
Description: I have been to this restaurant several times while in Cartagena. Understand...i'm from Ft Lauderdale and in the tour biz, so i know what is good, what is REALLY good...and what a tourist trap is. This place is fantastic. In the morning, the fisherman drop off the fish, shrimp, octopus...all completely still gasping for air. Everything is made from scratch. Casuela de Mariscos has immeasurable levels of flavor. The coconut rice and the shrimp rice are always perfect. did i mention it's right on the beach? if you dont want to eat in the open air restaurant....go by the water for a covered table & the waiter/waitress will run your food to you. i have been to many MANY places...but this is unique & i miss it almost every time i have sea food in the states. plz feel free to email me anytime & thank you for your time.
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Description: I have been to this restaurant several times while in Cartagena. Understand...i'm from Ft Lauderdale and in the tour biz, so i know what is good, what is REALLY good...and what a tourist trap is. This place is fantastic. In the morning, the fisherman drop off the fish, shrimp, octopus...all completely still gasping for air. Everything is made from scratch. Casuela de Mariscos has immeasurable levels of flavor. The coconut rice and the shrimp rice are always perfect. did i mention it's right on the beach? if you dont want to eat in the open air restaurant....go by the water for a covered table & the waiter/waitress will run your food to you. i have been to many MANY places...but this is unique & i miss it almost every time i have sea food in the states. plz feel free to email me anytime & thank you for your time.
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“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We went here with a group of 12 our first night in Cartagena. The service, although slow due to our group size, was great. The waitress was very kind and accomodation. The paella is amazing and the typical fish is great also.

Visited November 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Cartagena, Colombia
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Rancid food - Worse service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We (my wife and I) went to lunch on the beach (La Boquilla) to a restaurant next to the Las Americas Hotel and were very disappointed by the service and quality of the food

Ordered to start off cold beers which arrived luke warm since the server informed us that the electricity had been off all day. That alone should have red lighted us about the quality of the fish.

We ordered snook (Robalo) with seafood sauce (Marinera) and the plate arrived about an hour later completely cold and the sauce had ONE (01) small shrimp and TWO small calamar rings.
The fish itself was mushy and tasted like cardboard. We each took 2 small bites before deciding not to eat any more (Good thing since we both got the trots that night)

We requested that the cook taste the food and give us his opinion but the waitress disappeared and we had to go to the cashier in order to have someone take the plate to the kitchen where after 10 more minutes they informed us that the fish was OK and they then proceeded to charge us US$20 for the plate ($35000 Colombian pesos) The owner Jorge Villarreal while present, did not even bother to talk to us and in fact avoided the scene leaving the waitress to take care of our complaint

A complete rip off and NOT to be recommended. There are cheaper and much better seafood places (Try la Casa del Socorro (Getsemani) or San Pedro (Centro) - both cheaper and a MUCH better dining experience. However if you want beach seafood try El Bony in front of the Hotel Caribe. (BocaGrande)

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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