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“50/50 disappointed ”

Cartagena Culinary Tours
Ranked #5 of 14 Food & Drink in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our food tours in Cartagena are about tasting exquisite cuisine around the city's historic Center prepared by award winning chefs and restaurants Nuestro tour culinario lo hare conocer y probar la mas exquisita comida cartagenera preparada por los mejores chefs y restaurantes del centro historico
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

First the positives:
We toured with 4 people who turned to be the main reason we had a great night.
They took us to 4 restaurants (3 restaurants and a gastro bar) I don't know if they always use the same:
The first one is located in a Relais&châteaux maison, Casa Pestagua. Lovely setting and service, good wine. We had ceviche (not the best I've ever had but very good) and a Sauv Blanc which was a good pair. According to many this is one of the best in town.
The second restaurant offered an Italian array of starters: burrata with cranberries sauce, asparagus with prosciutto and another cheese with pesto; all very good! Paired with a fusion drink made of vodka, very refreshing.
So far so good... the tour took a very disappointing turn when we we led to Tuc Tuc, the third restaurant. Temperature in the dining room was just warm, despite the A/C and fans; we were served octopus carinañola a fried fish bits with fried plantain, all finger (junk) food, very heavy and completely inadequate for a culinary tour, not to mention the service was completely off. We finally got off this street food place on to what was an even more disappointing place: the gastro bar. Sinko is just a bar that happens to offer food; this is where we were served something that nobody could identify as pork belly which was dry, overcooked and just plain awful, nobody ate it; paired with a very bad argentinian malbec. Dessert was also served at this place, either creme brûlée or a passion fruit pie; the creme brûlée was inedible, as in it seemed to have gone bad from the texture and consistency; the pie was so sweet, again nobody ate it. This choice was so off, the bar had live music and we had to scream to each other in order to have some conversation.

Our view is that at 110$ per person you are not getting your money's worth. For that money you can have a very good dinner at any of the finest restaurants in Cartagena. The first two restaurants (Amadeus and Vera) are among the finest, the other two there's no reason to include them in any culinary tour.

I feel deceived as well by Ivonne and Patricia, because I talked to them on the phone and in person and clearly stated my expectations to have a tour of fine dining, and they assured me that all restaurants were among the best. Also they stated there would be no local food and that they knew the chefs and all about the places we were touring. All of this turned out to be not completely true, for half of the tour was as expected, the other half they could have scrapped completely. Also they do require full payment upfront, only take cash and do not apologize for the disappointment. I did complain to them when they asked about the experience and all Ivonne said was their were doing their best.

Ivonne and Patricia are lovely and they do are trying to provide something interesting for tourists, but they need to either lower their prices or upgrade their partners; Tuc Tuc and Sinko are not acceptable choices for that kind of money, neither are worthy after such great places like Amadeus and Vera.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Gabriel B
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

We had a wonderful time exploring some of Cartagena's finer restaurants with Ivonne and Patricia. They are some of the nicest and most knowledgable people about Colombia so you definitely get more than just a culinary tour! Super friendly, low stress, and full of good food and drinks. Lots of fun!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Angela C
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Reviewed June 9, 2017

While staying in beautiful Cartagena de Indias my boyfriend and I wanted to learn something about the local food and to try something different. And I have to say it was sooo good!! The restaurants were all beautiful and in the old town of Cartagena, the service was great and Ivonne, our guide, is a local and knows what she is talking about. She was super friendly, competent and taught us a lot about the history and the customs of the Colombians. She speaks perfect English and it was a real pleasure! All plates were great and we really had the feeling that we had learned and experienced something authentic from beautiful Colombia! Thank you Ivonne and Cartagena Culinary Tours, we had a great day!

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank MariaBoe
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

Had such an amazing time! I'm usually a picky eater but the restaurants that they took us to were so beautiful and the food looked amazing that I ate practically everything.
The ladies are super nice and made us feel right at home. I definitely recommend this culinary tour!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank adac616
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

Even though this is considered a walking tour, the walks between stops were very short. Our guide, Ivonne, was wonderful. She was very knowledge about Cartagena’s history and current information about the best events and places to visit in Cartagena. We had many stops at top gourmet restaurants, located in beautiful mansions, hard to get for the recently arrived tourist. The group was limited and a table waiting at the most exclusive places in the best places in the Historic Center. Everything we tasted was exquisite. We had a full meal in many different restaurants, that included a best coffee I ever had. This is a tour worth taking and an extremely good value for the cost.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Patricia I
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