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El Arsenal: The Rum Box

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner
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About
Craft cocktails using the freshest seasonal ingredients.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Colombian, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice sample of rum and excellent mojitos. The roasted peppers given comp were great. We had the nut crusted salmon, meatballs and a few additional apps. All were great, and the service was quick and friendly. The owner stopped at our table to check on...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ChristineS983
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Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

This is one of those rare occasions where you don’t want to write a review because you don’t want everyone else knowing how great a place is and you don’t want to risk not being able to get in next time you’re in town because...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank pat0515
Reviewed 3 days ago

This restaurant was located about 100 meters from our hotel and we were offered "free hugs" while walking by several times before we actually decided to try it. The cocktails were very creative and delicious (reasonably priced too ~15k - 33k) and the food was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank ColinA7311
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So good you came here twice. We felt honored to have you and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with the world through this platform. If you are ever back in the continent the third time is the charm. Abe

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went here for a dinner with a very large group, the place is tiny but the food is phenomenal. They mainly serve seafood, the quality, the flavors, and the presentation is worlds apart from what you typically find in Cartagena. Service is also good, the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank salehb2015
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are happy that we could accommodate such a large group just as yours. How wonderful to hear that you had a pleasant experience with us and we hope to have you back again for more new in exciting dishes. Abe with the low phone...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

You'll probably get a hug before you even get in the door. Smiles all around. A popular well known place for a reason. The foods very good and they have some unique drinks to try. If in Cartagena, this should be one of your stops.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Fourdow
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Well what better welcome than a hug, some say it’s our version of a cover charge 😂 Thank you for recomenig us as one of the many great stops here in beautiful sunny Cartagena. Hopefully our paths will meet again. Cheers, Abe with the positive...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed this spot and the staff was great! My group had a great time. I didn’t care for meatballs but everyone in my group including myself enjoyed the other dishes.More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank ashleio2016
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Ash. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Thank you for the heads up on the meatballs, I didn’t find anything wrong when I tried them but I’ll have them a few more times to ensure consistency. Happy travels Abe The meatball...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Close to a 5- We went expecting to be blown away by the drinks and food, and because this restaurant is close to our hotel and based upon glowing reviews, were hoping to return on our last of eight nights in Cartagena. Drinks we ordered...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Yokeko
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Oh dear we are just tipping those scales between the 4 and 5 bubble reviews. Being #1 currently on trip advisor sets a very high bar for people and we really do our best to try to meet those expectations. I guess in your case...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Dinner was delicious. After being seated we were given a small tasting of rum with chocolate. It was a nice touch. We were then brought salted peppers, which were tasty. Drinks were excellent as well. As entrees, we ordered the ceviche and fish steak. Both...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank CGin23
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So happy to hear that a rum bar like us got a 5 bubble review from someone that has the word GIN on their user name. We appreciate you sharing your experience with the world and more than anything we hope that we have managed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice rum bar turned restaurant. To start with they brought out a small glass of rum, with a piece of chocolate which was a nice touch. Cocktails were good. Food was great. Ordered the tuna to start and it was cooked to perfection. Next...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank R8536OXjackn
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It’s fun to play in between the line of a bar with killer food or a restaurant with amazing drinks. The kitchen crew will be happy to hear that all our guests are enjoying the food we are putting out as they work very hard...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drinks were great. The best drink I had on my trip. The staff is very friendly and speaks english. You are greeted with a heart felt hug. You get a free shot of rum with chocolate and the best roasted peppers.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Rsimm78
ElArsenalTheRumBox, Owner at El Arsenal: The Rum Box, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Please note that it’s only the best drink that you’ve had on your trip so far because we plan on making you an even better one tomorrow. Happy travels! Abe with the good drinks

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sallyrg305
February 17, 2019|
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Response from ElArsenalTheRumBox | Property representative |
Hi Sally, We are very well known for our Colombian Rum and chocolate tastings. If you would like to book a tasting email us at with your available dates and we will send you our availability and all other details.
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splinter694
February 1, 2019|
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Response from dodgersnty | Reviewed this property |
Everyone I interacted with at this restaurant spoke fluent Spanish and English and were incredibly friendly. In Cartagena this is probably one of the better places to try if you have specific food allergies.
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412wendyd
December 18, 2018|
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Response from FLYINGPOOH | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have Vegetarian options. My wife is a Vegetarian and when we were there she was able to eat very well.
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