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El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant

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$5 - $15
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French, Danish, European, Fusion, Scandinavian, International
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Reviewed May 18, 2022

The place itself is gorgeous with a very nice atmosphere. It would be great for events. - the food and the chef are amazing. We ordered traditional Danish food which was delicious. If you are not into Danish food, they have a range of different...foods on their menu. Moreover, the service was great.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2022

thank you for your nice review and we hope to see you again soon :-)

Reviewed March 24, 2022 via mobile

Danes like comfort and quality, and that is excatly what you will find at this Hotel in Periera. Homemade authentic lunch and dinner, and Jorn kitchen is the place to visit, smørrebrød for lunch will make every one smile, if you ever are in the...area dont miss to visit, El Lugar Nordico And the super pet friendly hotel made also mulle chill and enjoy.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2022

Dear lkentw Thank you so much for your nice review. You know where to find us. Best regards Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed October 15, 2021

What a lovely place! From the personalized hospitality afforded to us (particularly to me as a vegan) to the unique, delicious food, to the warmth of the owners, this is a wonderful restaurant to enjoy a family meal. The setting is beautiful, as it is...open to the outdoors. I highly recommend going off the beaten path (and not far) to arrive at El Lugar Nordco. Tak!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We will always be at service to make your stay comemorable. Kind regards Joern and Nohra

Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

For Father's day, we decided to make a reservation at lugar nordico for lunch, even though there were little to none customers, it took around 20 minutes to be seated, then after waiting for other 20 minutes we finally got the chance to speak to...a waitress for then to be informed that the kitchen was not working. Terrible expirence and a completely waste of time.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2021

Dear Angelilca we are so sorry you had this experience and we have taken your claim into consideration regarding our continued employment of the waiters of that day. We cordially invite you to revisit our restaurant and will offer you courtesy of the house on...More

Reviewed September 28, 2020

Absolutely no words!! everything was excellent, the service, the atmosphere, the food... this restaurant is one of the best restaurants I've been in...even better than a 1 star Michelin I went once in Spain. It is a bit pricy, yes, but I was very comfortable...paying for it.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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jornl356, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2020

Dear Alberto, Thank you for your nice review, we look forward to seeing you again. Respectfully Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed February 13, 2020

We are going regularly to this restaurant and it is on list of best restaurant. The kitchen has been improving over time (specialty and flavor). We do enjoy the food very much. Has a good wine list as well.The service is professional and very friendly....The open air dining room in a country setting is very enjoyable and relaxing. Definitely woth trying.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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jornl356, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Dear Philippe, Thank you very much for your positive review. We are happy you enjoy our place. Cordially Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 days and we were so lucky to have Jorn as our chef Many people will just come for the restaurant , our main reason was to use the place for staying . Once we met Jorn and tried his fancy...breakfast, we knew we were in a very special place . Jorn is a great chef and he will put together food for us when we came back from our tours . We had all breakfast there when we stayed and they were all fabulous The customers fro the restaurant who came from other places were regulars and the food looked delicious . As we were not in the hotel all day , we could not have a complete meal, beside breakfast but once we had the mussels with wine and next time a cheese tray paired with wine It was the best !!!!! I will definitely return here.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2020

Dear ChicaPeru Thank you for your nice comments. We are so happy you appreciated our efforts to give you a good stay and some nice culinary experiences. Next time you may have the chance to get into a more elaborate dining - and of course...More

Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

Food was good, but the service truly was amazing! Sandra was our server, and she gave us a top rated service

Date of visit: December 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2019

Dear Sebastian Thank you for the positive feedback, we are always very happy to provide good service. We will tell Sandra that her service was highly appreciated by you. Regards Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed November 25, 2019

We had a wonderful experience at Hotel El Lugar. From the first day we felt safe and in very good hands with the owners and the other staffmembers. We had our 6month old daughter with us. Throughout the stay we received an incredible amount of...help with food, sleeping times and other things that should fit in when you have a baby. The food was delicious and the hosts kept making sure we weren't missing anything. They also took care of the airport transfer and provided us a driver who daily took us on amazing trips in the area. We experienced local markets and learned how to cook Colombian food in their kitchen. An amazing experience that we can recommend to everyone!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2019

Dear Jakob D Thank you for your very nice feedback. We all enjoyed your visit and get to meet your family. If you ever come by please drop in. Best regards Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed November 8, 2019

Jorn insists on preparing food to a very high standard blending his experience of Nordic and European cuisine with local influences. He went to the trouble of asking me about my preferences and then produced dishes that both met and challenged my palate. On the...first night his thinly sliced cold beef was a revelation and the breast of duck the following night simply superb. The whole experience was greatly enhanced by being able to sit in the spacious, open-air (but covered) dining area. On my last evening Jorn and his wife joined me, my guide for two days and his wife for a lovely evening that floated gently on the excellent wines from his cellar. If you stay in the hotel El Lugar eating you also get to enjoy a good breakfast and it's much easier to stay for dinner at the end of a day's sightseeing as I don't think this restaurant can be beaten for quality or value in the area. In fact, even if you don't stay here you should eat here whenever you can.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2019

Dear Tom Thank you for this extremely nice review. We always strive to do the best for our customers and understand what it will take to enhance their experiences during their stay. It was a great pleasure to meet you and we hope you may...More

Reviewed November 4, 2019

Only a few kilometers away from the center of Pereira, quiet, surprising, amazing choice of flavor with a Scandivavian influence, friendly staff and hosts, a chef loving to share what he is cooking and offering.

Date of visit: October 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2019

Dear mjhvanop Thank you for the kind review. We hope to see you again next time your travels lead you in this direction. Cordially Jorn and Nohra

Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

A gem! On the way to Cerritos, you need to know the place, hidden boutique resto and hotel, places in a quiet and nice environment, good Swedish and Northern Europe dishes! Good service near paradise! Will certainly return!

Date of visit: August 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2019

Dear Beate Thank you for your nice comment. We look forward to seeing you again. Cordially Jorn

Reviewed August 26, 2019

The El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant and Hotel is situated just outside of Pereira the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. As you travel down a small track you come to this truly magical place set in beautiful gardens, and so very tranquil....The menu offers a wide variety of mouth-watering starters, main courses, and deserts. Jorn and his wife serve some of the best food I have ever tasted. My wife and I went there for our wedding anniversary and ate what we can honestly say, the best Duck I have ever had. It was so good we went back the following day for lunch. It is so so very good to meet someone like Jorn who emanates such passion for his cuisine. Just talking to Jorn you become very aware of his dedication to providing his clients with the very best of food. As I work overseas but live in Pereira we will most defiantly return as soon as I get back. My ability with words is not good enough to describe El Lugar Nordico. There are too many superlatives I don’t know where to start or finish, but to say this in closing. If you want some of the best food and surroundings in Pereira, with owners who have a true passion for the food they serve then this is the place to go. And if you are concerned about getting there just give Jorn a call or message him and he can arrange a taxi for you, or why not book a room and stay the night.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2019

Dear Colin Thank you for your very fine review. We enjoyed meeting you both, and have to say that we also appreciate highly people who like to eat and experiment a little with the food. We look forward to meeting you again next time your...More

Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

El Lugar spans from danish classics like højtbelagt smørrebrød to more elegant french cuisine, while always carrying Jørn’s personal touch. It is truly a pleasure to meet someone as passionate as Jørn, who succeeds in creating a restaurant with high standards, which truly puts the...guest and his/hers wish as a top priority. We had three dinners at El Lugar and each one was a new experience. One day we had a romantic candlelit 4-course meal with lobster, shrimps, caviar, blueberry pie to mention a few all of course prepared to perfection. This meal is one of the greatest I have ever had. Another day we had a danish dish called ‘bøfsandwich’, which in jørn’s hands was transformed from a very greasy fast food burger to a perfectly balanced and tasteful dish. My favourite thing about Jørn and his team is, when they will ask for your likings and suggest or prepares something accordingly. All I can say is thank you for dinner and this is by far my favourite restaurant in all of Colombia!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2019

Dear Mette, Thank you for your elaborate and very nice comments. As stated during your visit it is a great pleasure to cook and present meals for people who really enjoy and appreciate the food. Also the element of freedom to be creative is granting...More

Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

Finally found an excellent restaurant with drinkable wine in Pereira. Such a variety of options to enjoy, many with French influence. Desserts were very good also, and the owners are very acommodating. If you want something special, Jorn can probably make it for you. Sorry,...no arepas, empanadas, or bandeja paisa, but if your looking for a gastronomic experience, this is the place.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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jorn l, General Manager at El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2019

Dear Richard Thank you for the nice review. We really enjoyed meeting you and of course you can always ask for something off the menu if you like to go travelling in flavors :-) We hope to see you again one day Cordially Jorn and...More

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El Lugar Nordico Gourmet Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5