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“My new favorite place in Bogota”
Review of El Bandido Bistro

El Bandido Bistro
Ranked #22 of 2,607 Restaurants in Bogota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This place surprised me. It has a 20's French bistro theme. The cocktails are the best I have had in Colombia (and I currently live in Colombia). The ambiance is great, live music, indoor and outdoor spaces, nice theme decor. We sat at the bar and the bar food was great. The bartenders, were mixologists with charisma. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The place has tremendous energy and is one of the places to go in Bogota. The ambiance is great and the bar has lots of seating for having a cocktail with a friend. The food is good, but not great but I certainly recommend dropping by for a drink and maybe a bit to eat at lunch.

4  Thank BBtraveler57
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Amazing! Bandido is one of those restaurants that just make you feel so good upon entering the porch. Its effortless, light-hearted air spells friendliness, in stark contrast to those big brother French institutes that make you think about your every single move while eating. Nor is it trying to be one of those modern set-ups that shout Michelin stars in your face. It’s great simply because of the cheery and buzzing people who are there enjoying the moment. The relaxing and joyful patio that is filled with leafy greens and white iron outdoor furniture gives you a warm, homely feel and takes you away from all the worries that Bogotá likes very much to impose on you. You wouldn’t believe that you’re right under the Septima (one of the main roads in the city)!

The interior is a fashionable medley of mismatched chairs and tables.. Retro leather sofas next to Laura Ashley florals sit around coffee tables just like some London pub arrangements. Fleur-de-lis plates with royal reminiscence are served under retro lamps; flowery ceramics contrast sharply with a bulky radio from the 60’s. All of these together with a blown-up black and white print of Boucher reclining nude set Bandido right in the middle of French idiosyncrasies!

Food was solidly French. The all-day friendly menu reassuringly offers heavy-duty main courses as well as lighter plates such as sandwiches, tapas, salads and soups. My party had pork chop on lentils, boeuf frites with béarnaise sauce and calamari baguette sandwich. Mine was a rabbit terrine topped with truffle and a red wine pear cooked (who would have expected such delicacy in the Southern Hemisphere?). Croque-monsieur turns ‘gourmet’ with a dose of truffle (don’t worry – not everything is ‘trufflised’). The meal finished off with a chocolate volcano with vanilla ice-cream (which was really a choc fondant) and a red fruit tart. Everyone was in love with the volcano but the tart stood out of the crowd. The fresh cream custard underneath the red fruits made it unforgettable, a kind of freshness that takes you all the way to a provincial village set deeply in South West England.. Wow..

An added dose of French bistro comes on Tuesday to Saturday nights with a live DJ that plays solid sixties classics like The Temptations and Elvis, and a band of a cellist, a guitarist and a song bird who does deep tenor as well as girly tweets.

Bandido shows us the fine art of a restaurateur – that a good restaurant of a particular cuisine needs to wrap up its food with the whole package of ambience and style!

taken from onechineseincolombia.com

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2  Thank Jessica w
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I was in Bogota recently..and lots of friends kept telling to go to "El Bandido Bistro"... I did.. in all I went three times ...and I was in Bogota three weeks..so I think that in itself tells of how much I enjoyed the place. YOU HAVE TO MAKE A RESERVATION if you want to get a table, otherwise you'll be waiting for a while to sit down. The tapas are nice I enjoyed the Octupus, Mussels and the Camambert. The atmosphere and music are both great. I will do it again soon just to have more fun.

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4  Thank kein
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Every time I visit Bogotá I get a nice surprise, and this, El Bandido bistro is one of these wonderful surprises is this city that has a lot to offer in terms of gastronomy. Great place - kind of small and crowded - and an amazing atmosphere, nice simple decoration and beautiful people having fun, with nice music. Service was good, and the food was great! I loved the Pulpo (octopus) a la parrilla and an incredible kind-of sweet and warm canembert...just delicious. My main dish was a sort of Fillet that wasn't the best...perhaps lacking a bit of softness, but wasn't bad at all. They have a short, but decently good wine list, and if you enjoy a good fresh tropical fruit juice, you have nice options here. I personally don't miss the opportunity every time that visit Colombia to try the wonderful and only breath-taking lulo juice or a refreshing Maracuya juice. El Bandido is a place to go if you are in Bogota and want to have fun and eat well.

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1  Thank Mauricio M
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