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“Very nice, welcoming, tastefully decorated”

El Balcon Eat Drink Love
Ranked #140 of 729 Restaurants in Cartagena
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Colombian, International, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Ambient cafe/restaurant/bar set in the buzzy and historic Plaza San Diego. Delicious food at great prices. Famous for their authentic thai green curry, nachos, ceviche, hummous, and the best mojitos in town!
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is a very well done little joint. It is family owned and operated and very friendly. It is a great place to have drink and enjoy the ambiance of a square in Old Town Cartagena. The food is also really good, in particular I recommend the beef dish that is typical of Cartagena. I can't remember what it was called but it was fantastic.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

2nd floor, perfect to get away for a while from vendors. and if you dont want to miss what happens on the street, you can sit on the balcony with a beautiful view of th square. ordered a yumm humus to start and a very well-made cocktails with good alcohol :). also ate seafood casserole and crispy plantain with seafood by recommendation. and it was exactly what we were lookin since we got in town: delicious food, great drinks, and amazin staff speaking good english! Gracias!

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Well situated, with a balcony overlooking the Plaza de San Diego. Staff speaks good English, which is unusual in Cartagena. Food was just slightly above average (our choices included gazpacho, nachos, and the Cartagena platter), but drinks were pretty darn good. Good place to nurse a drink during a hot afternoon.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

The staff are lovely, the food is good, the view for people watching is excellent and the drinks are mixed well.

Went there only once, but the hummous that we had as a starter was sublime, not to mention the awesome curry (made by one of the owners each morning), and the drinks during happy hour weren't watered down or with only a splash of alcohol! If you want a relaxed time, just come here!

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant our last night in Cartagena. The prices were what initially attracted us - very reasonable and the menu sounded appealing. The inside of the restaurant was very comfortable with a nice bar but we opted to sit outside on the balcony. The balcony overlooks the San Diego Plaza - one of the busiest in Cartagena which provides for some great people watching. The food was great (I had the shrimp and rice with Caribbean spices), the price was right, and the owners spoke fluent English. Additionally, when dining on the street in Cartagena you are constantly approached by someone selling hats/paintings/jewelry/any number of things you don't need but the balcony makes you completely inaccessible to the vendors - a big plus!

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