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“We ate there twice in two days!!”
Review of El Bistro

El Bistro
Ranked #63 of 698 Restaurants in Cartagena
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“We ate there twice in two days!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

El Bistro was recommended by the guide we were reading while in Cartagena and they were soo right! We came in the first time for lunch. Luckilw they were still serving food at 4pm. The juices of Lulo and Maracuja were delicious! we ordered them twice for my boyfriend and myself. Counting the 4 juices, 2 soups, 1 salad and 2 meals for 55000 pesos (22 euros!!). The food was nicely presented and very tasty! The menu changes every day so it seems. It is important to note that the decoration of the place seems very europpean. You find there german books :-). The next day, we came back for dinner with our friends. The prices, à la carte, were a bit higher, but still very good value for money in Cartagena. What can we say more? we loved the place!!! Great food, cosy atmosphere, funny waitresses. For us, the best in Cartagena!

  • Visited September 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, great atmosphere”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We visited El Bistro twice in a five-day visit to Cartagena because the menu offers loads of options, the food is good, the staff are friendly, the (German) owner runs things well and was flexible with providing dishes for our two small kids, and the restaurant has a genuine, friendly atmosphere. There is also a good-value happy hour between 5 and 7pm!

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Nicholas W
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NYC
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Be aware!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We visited this restaurant on a whim and we were greeted by a door person that seemed friendly and helpful. I asked the door person how much a large beer was (beers are excellent here and on draft, very rare in Cartagena) and stated they were 6000. Once we were done with our meal, we got the check and we were charged 10,000 per beer. They were kind enough to credit us the difference, but what we didn't know was that the door person's commission was lowered due to this mistake. We were confronted by the door guy who was yelling and threatening us in English and Spanish (his name is Alex and is a local). The Staff and manager were unable to help us and stated that this person doesn't actually work for the restaurant, so they had no control. What a shame. We reported this place to the police as soon as we could due to the threatening nature of the door person....triple verify everything here and proceed at your own risk

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank SimieMom
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We came back to El Bistro after our first dinner because it was that tasty. I had shrimp and calamari, my boyfriend had steak; both were excellent. The next day we shared the paella, and it was also delicious. Our waitress was attentive and very friendly. We actually stayed until closing--it's a really nice environment. We had great food and a lot of fun, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Gabriele B
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Olympia, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
167 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Good Enough TO Personally Thank The Cooks”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Great for lunch or dinner. Prices are moderate. Order off the daily calk board menu for some delightful creations. The atmosphere is casual and they have a good central location. All pork dishes hit the mark. The restaurant was full of local diners having a good time-that is a very good indication on what your dinning experience will be.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank savvy2olympia
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