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“Overpriced, Overrated”
Review of Islamorada

Islamorada
Ranked #4 of 21 Restaurants in Sopo
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were served at different times, taking too long from one plate to the other, without any explanation until we complained about it. Some plates were not well cooked. It doesn't worth the trip to that place just for a nice view, which is the only good thing about it. It's just decoration and fame, but poor food quality and costumer service.
PD: The waitress was very helpful and she tried to make things a little better. It's not her fault that the kitchen and administrative teams don't care about the costumers.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went to Islamorada on a friends recommendation while we were in Bogota. We were really glad we did! We loved the location, it is absolutely beautiful, with a view overlooking the Sopo valley. The whole restaurant overlooks the valley with huge floor to ceiling windows and even a long pier that goes out to a great little Tiki Bar.

The food and the drinks were spectacular, with a large menu that could satisfy anyone's needs. For appetizers we had the Popcorn Shrimp and the Deditos de Pollo al Platano, they were both delicious. We ordered the special drinks of the day, which were the Pina Coloda Special (which came served in whole pineapple that had been carved out in the middle), it was absolutely delicious (and beautiful!), and the Corona Margarita Special, which is a tasty margarita but with the addition of a corona beer turned upside down into the glass on the side. It was awesome!

For lunch we had the Boliche and the Lomo a la Pimienta, both were great.

Overall, we highly recommend Islamorada, the setting is the best, the staff are super friendly, and the food is fantastic. If you are in or around Bogota, definitely give it a try.

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Thank Patty D
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Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We went to islamorada having been recommended the restaurant by a friend. It is located about an hours drive outside of Bogotá and is set on a mountainside sporting spectacular views. The restaurant is Co-owned by the singer Cepeda, who as it turns out should have paid more attention to the restaurant rather than just thinking of the place as a music venue.
We had a mixture of starters including fried chicken, pork cubed and patacones with hogao. All the starters were average at best with little flavour, and the pork and chicken both being overcooked. The mains were substantially worse, with prawns smothered in a raw garlic sauce, rather bland dish of pork stuffed with chorizo and the least appetising being a dish of pulled pork which lacked any flavour.
The mains were accompanied by overcooked patacones and a very bland coconut rice.
We ordered a couple of deserts. Only one turned up which was a saving grace as the one that did turn up was inedible.
Service throughout was patchy with orders turning up at different times forcing members of our party to wait.
I'm afraid even Mr Cepeda 's charisma and signing are not enough to save this shambles of a restaurant. Needless to say we won't be going back.

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1  Thank Rich1574
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The restaurant has an excellent view and ok entrataiment for kids. The ladies at the childerns entratiment seemed to lack of know how to work with small kids. My son is 6 years old and they were very serious and not very welcome with him. I had high expectations but it was far behind of what I was expecting. They seemed to have a lot of personell working at the restaurant but the service was Terrible. It took them 30 minutes to bring our drinks. The food was not cooked (I read another review that they received the food frosed in the middle) all the way trough and we had to send it back. They live music was bad as well. The price seemed higher for the bad service and quality of the food. They need to train better their servers to be more polite and attentive, we had to ask several times for "water, drinsk and napkins". The place was not very crowded but when we left there was a lot of people waiting to be sitted. They don't seem to be ready to manage large groups. I regeret changing our initial plans (Andres Carne de Res) to Islamorada. This place has a lot of potential if the ownership could invest more time in training their staff and have better

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Thank Monica A
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

So after living in Bogota for a little over a year, I decided to check this place out considering my wife absolutely loves Mr. Cepeda's music. We went on a Sunday afternoon - the place was winding down from the lunch crowd. As other have mentioned, it is a bit far outside the city (maybe 30-45 minutes), If you take the Via Calera towards Sopo, you really can't miss it - I don't know why so many do - there is a large sign on the ground to guide you.

The food is no more spectacular that going to an Outback Steakhouse or Fridays. It has quite a mix of different foods and attempts to hit on Caribbean-Colombian fusion specialties. There were plenty of patacon dishes, ropa vieja, with a mix of muchacho relleno and coconut battered shrimp - I have had better at Red Lobster.

The restaurant is set up like a spacious TGI Fridays with an array hodge podge of Hawaiin, Caribbean and Colombian decor. Really, it seems like it is searching for a bit of identity. As with most restaurants in Colombia, the service was terrible, and the place was only half full.I waited 25 minutes to get a second drink, and then 30 minutes after the meal for them to remove the plates and see if we wanted dessert. I was not impressed.

While it has a nice view from the "dry dock" (basically a big long pier-like contraption built on a hill that overlooks the rolling hills that surround the area), the service and food may have you yearning for more. Then again, if Andres actually shows up and jams a bit while you eat, it could be worth it.

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