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“An Eclectic Scene Full of Surprises”

Antigua Contemporanea Cafe
Ranked #5 of 841 Restaurants in Cali
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 11, 2014

I went there for the first time last month and chose an outdoorsy type of table, and were pleasingly surprised by the service and the quality of the food. Unfortunately, we did not have any drinks, but the bar was enticing enough - and so is the boutique with items and trinkets from all over the world, particularly Asian.

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Thank marx-engels
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Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

The food is good but the value is poor youll have to bring 50 dollars person to have a good time. The style and deco are great but is not a place tou can visit even once in a month.

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Thank utilos
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We ate twice here in Calì - the decor, the ambience, the food, the service (especially from Lucho!) were all absolutely outstanding. The plates are large - two can easily share - we had the shrimp...and the Lomo Contemporaneo. Wine was also excellent.

Thank AMHOxford_OH
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Went there with three friends, they looked at us from head to toe and decided they didn't have space for us. It is the perfect expression of the kind of classism/racism that only Colombians are capable of.

8  Thank ms2345
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Antigua Contemporanea is located in the San Antonio neighborhood, a slice of the "old Cali" located very conveniently near downtown and the city's Norte neighborhoods, where you can go and walk around (sans watch and iPhone, etc., as there is street crime), to see the local hipsters mix it up with artists. Many small restaurants have opened here, taking advantage of the space and aura afforded by the old houses they locate in. This restaurant has one of the best locations in San Antonio, and the place is eclectically decorated with rustic and even asian touches.
Our reservation was honored and we were immediately seated. I requested a wine list, and was brought a menu with their very limited list of wines in the back. Our waitresses disappeared for a while, but we eventually ordered a very good Malbec from Argentina. We had to request three other menus for the rest of our party, as this detail was one of many that escaped our wait staff. As an appetizer we shared some cononut encrusted shrimp, wrapped in bacon and served with a very small helping of a tamarind sauce; they were slightly burned, but good. All of us ordered beef in various sauces for dinner, two of us ordered it rare ("azul", they call it here), one of us medium and one well-done. Our rare cuts were cooked medium-well (!), which detracted from their flavor. The food was ok, nothing out of this world. What failed was the service - water glasses were filled once and remained empty, the visits from the waitresses were few and far between, no dessert was offered, the food took quite long to arrive, and when we ordered the check, it took so long that we collectively stood up and paid at the restaurant's exit.
Should the restaurant's owners read this, the main take-away is: you are close to having a world-class restaurant here - invest in service. Train your staff better. Valet parking would help, too, as finding spots to park nearby can be very hard. This was an average experience in a very nice location, but all of us agreed that we probably would not return here.

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4  Thank DAAFY
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