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“Good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Vitrola

La Vitrola
Ranked #84 of 661 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $50
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Colombian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

It is a good all round experience. The waiters/waitresses were friendly with everyone, not fussy at all as it said in some reviews. You do have to wear trousers if you are a guy. I found this out when I went to book wearing shorts and they told be about it. This is fair enough, its a smart place with good music. The food is OK, a good standard for Colombia but not out of this world. They use for some reason a very poor brand of pasta which is common in Colombia, very heavy and starchy. In general the food lacked a little bit of lightness. Tasty enough though...

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Pretty and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Service was good; dishes were authentic (including a seafood stew with coconut milk that was excellent); not expensive. Feels like old Cuba with a lovely dining room and fresh flowers. We had a reservation and the place was full.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Panama City, Panama
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51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A TRADITION IN CARTAGENA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

La Vitrola is something of a landmark among restaurants in Cartagena: it's usually on any visitor's short list. Food and service are very good. The atmosphere is a throwback to Havana circa 1955, with old paste floor tiles, overhead fans and indoor palm-like plants. Even the small band playing boleros in the corner was composed of aging musicians. Overall a nice experience, especially for those who cherish nostalgia.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raul J
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Santiago, Chile
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Loved it and went back many times.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

I visited Cartagena four times in the years 2008-2009. Went to this place, recommended by friends. Great food and drinks. It was great to have mojitos with friends at the bar and then eat prawns or other seafood. Such a cozy, beautiful and at the same time low key place. Service, as usual in Cartagena, was very friendly and professional.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheMacaroniPenguin
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Bogota, Colombia
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A must see in Cartagena”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

One of the most traditional places in the old city. Typical and international food prepared in the old way. Great wine selection. Get a reservation.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ximena C
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