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“Lovely, romantic place - tasty food and great cocktails”

El Balcon Eat Drink Love
Ranked #113 of 669 Restaurants in Cartagena
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Colombian, International, Fusion
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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!
Hamburg, Germany
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“Lovely, romantic place - tasty food and great cocktails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We went to el balcon yesterday evening, and it's a nice little restaurant overlooking plaza san diego in Cartagena. We had four drinks, including exotic fruit mojitos, cocodka and the house special drink, balconazzo or something. All very nice and plenty of alcohol. Happy hour from 6-9 pm which made the drinks cheap as well as tasty. We had a starter of "sexviche" (yes, that's correct), which was a tasty little, spicy shrimp cocktail with salsa and avocado. For mains we had the green curry and seafood with plantanes. Curry was excellent and spicy, the seafood was lacking salt, otherwise fine. Lovely and kind service from both owners and staff who all speak English as well as Spanish.
Reasonable prices. We paid Cop 100.000 including service for the above.
Would definitely return to el balcón if ever back in wonderful Cartagena.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Great food and cocktails!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Me and my husband loved this place. I had the hummus followed by the thai curry and he had the ceviche with the steak. All the dishes were beautifully presented and tasted incredible! This place has some of the best food and cocktails in Cartagena and on top of that friendly English speaking staff!

  • Visited September 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Cartagena!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

After spending 3 months traveling in Colombia we found this little place in Cartagena.
Amazing family ran little restaurant with great music, perfect cocktails and even better food! The service is so good we fell in love with the place and went back 4 times in our week in Cartagena. A must go whilst in Cartagena!

  • Visited August 2013
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Gatineau, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Great for people watching...Average food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Ok, maybe the view is great but the food was about average. I think they rely on the location as a distraction for the food. The food was presented well but its nothing fantastic. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor so we decided to try it....nothing impressive. Even my Colombian friend was unimpressed....that should say a lot. I'm not saying that you shouldn't go there...but if you do, don't have high expectations.

  • Visited October 2013
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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“Great atmosphere, great location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

The hummus here is the best I've ever eaten! We were getting a little tired of bland stodgy arepas and found this place on Trip Advisor. Not open Sunday night, but we went back twice to eat hummus and drink beer on their balcony. Also HIGHLY recommend their mint lemonade. Yum!

  • Visited October 2013
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