Where to Eat in Barranquilla: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 17, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Vibrant Barranquilla is the epicenter of Carnival,a four-day festival of food, music, dance and beautiful party people. For the other 361 days of the year, the fourth-largest city in Colombia offers plenty of opportunities to pursue a balance of epic nightlife and historic sightseeing. The churches alone are their own festivals of architecture, and the impressive Museum of the Caribbean is a great source of political, cultural and social context.
Things to do in Barranquilla

1. Bar Restaurante La Cueva

Carrera 43 59 - 03 | La Cueva, donde comienza El Recreo, Barranquilla 080020, Colombia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Caribbean, Latin, Bar, South American, Colombian Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$149 +57 3409813
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Bar Restaurante La Cueva

Reviewed By Osdanuwati - Las Vegas, Nevada

Place is so quirky and different, I loved it. Live music, family atmosphere and nice food with good service. I would recommend going when there is live music as it enhances everything. Bar is pretty happening spot to hang with the locals who are worth meeting.

2. Varadero Pescados & Mariscos

Carrera 51b 79-97, Barranquilla 081007, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Cuban, South American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$785 +57 300 2510193
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Varadero Pescados & Mariscos

We are a flavor story that you have to live.

Reviewed By dutchblonde - dc

Everything we got was delicious. Lots of beautiful photos on the walls. Lots of expats. Didn’t care for the singing, too loud. Started around 9 pm. We had fish and ceviche and a pork knuckle. I really had trouble with the menu in Spanish. I...MoreHello! Thank you for sharing your valuable opinion with us and allowing us to enjoy a wonderful Varadero experience with you.

3. Mailia

Carrera 48 # 74-71, Barranquilla 083001, Colombia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Caribbean, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +57 5 3091463
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 390 reviews

Mailia

Mailia is a modern restaurant with a different and own culinary concept. Mailia is cuisine with signature dishes designed for its customers. Some of them define it as artistic taste excellent food. Artworks displayed on the walls and small wall where everyone can write are part of its decoration. Mailia which is the fusion of Maria Emilia the name of mother and daughter Maria Emilia Fadul Jattin and Maria Emilia Losada Fadul creators of this dream offers creative exclusive alternative and the exquisite flavor of your meals which together with the paintings and music complement a difficult environment to forget. Mailia is not just a place to eat good food if not an oasis a psychological refuge a place to rest mentally understood with friends replenish energies and return to the world of competition strengthened and renewed.

Reviewed By Ian J

We had an absolutely beautiful meal at this restaurant. Despite being in a big group we were served in good time and the food was fantastic. Grilled octopus starter was so tender and I followed this with a special steak which was tender and full of flavour. Everyone had something different and we all came away pleased that we had found this oasis in Barranquilla. If I ever return to this city I will visit this restaurant.

4. Steak House Chez Ernest

Carrera 54 No 70-69 | Local 101 - 102 Edificio Prado 54, Barranquilla 080002, Colombia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, International, European HK$157 - HK$353 +57 5 3607310
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Steak House Chez Ernest

Reviewed By Marco122 - Barranquilla, Colombia

This is the best restaurant in Barranquilla, in a very typical neighborhood. Although its very expensive its worth every penny.
Their steak is excellent, their fries, fiambre and fish of the day always good.
Desserts are top notch creme brulee.
Be prepared to pay big bucks here but end up very satisfied, trust me you'll be back.
They open mon-fri lunch only, and just now they started opening sat night.

5. Arabe Gourmet

Carrera. 49 C # 76-181 Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +573605930
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 310 reviews

Arabe Gourmet

Reviewed By Hugo S

Saying this is the best middle eastern restaurant in town is something, as Barranquilla has many restaurants and tradition due to a large migration, which has become intrinsic part of its culture.
I specially love here the special tahine, the fish with tahine and thr marmaon, but it is a very solid menu.
Personnel is attentive and is very well located, with parking in front of the restaurant.

6. Salvator's Pizza

Calle 84 # 47-60 | Cll 84 # 43b - 41, Cr53 # 96 186, CC. Portal del Prado, Barranquilla 080020, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$196 +57 5 3560999
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 481 reviews

Salvator's Pizza

Reviewed By WilliamTravelstyle - Dallas, Texas

You name it and I've had it there. The pizza. The lasagna period and my favorite the salad El Mar about 45 shrimp Calamar and octopus are the main dish covered by some of the freshest most beautiful vegetables. This salad is sure to make you turn your head right back to the restaurant again.

7. El Celler

Cra 54 No 75-119, Barranquilla, Colombia Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Gastropub, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 573692353
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

El Celler

Reviewed By mikeswe - Armenia, Colombia

Not impressed! As frequent "Cocina 33" visitors and fine dining customers in Barranquilla, we decided to try "El Celler" which also is there as the top ranked fine dining restaurants (on tripadvisor) in Barranquilla.
Below are my observations:
Staff/Service
Staff was very attentative and nice when we were ordering, and do raise my grade of the restaurant from complete disaster. This definitely feels more like a "I have to do this" attitude than in example Cocina 33, where staff is more kind by nature.
One exception was the "connoisseur" who had a very bad attitude and, seemed very uninterested in her work.

Food
We ordered the "Gambas al ajillo" as an appetizer, which were just ok. Reminded me of the spanish "gambas pil-pil" but without the red peppers (cooked in olive oil and garlic).
Then.. the sad part... The main courses..
My solomillo which was supposed to be medium, came out practically raw, with so much salt that i got stuck in a grinning look taking the first bite. The blue cheese sauce with caramelled onions, tasted salt, salt and salt..
I had to tell the waiter who immediately excused himself, went to the kitchen. The (new?) solomillo came out after exactly 7 minutes, and was not salty, but did not really have a good taste to it and lot of fat, very chewy and still practically raw (not medium).... the bluecheese sauce still was very salty..
Now when a good fine dining restaurant has made a first mistake, they often ask you "how was the food?" or "did this taste better" in order to improve themselves. There were absolutey no questions asked and the waiter instead seemed to ignore us. I satisfied my hunger with some bites of the meat but left a huge chunk of it as uneatable.
My girlfriend ordered the pasta with shrimps and mussels. The pasta was ok, but was very plain. Practically something we could have gotten from the street restaurant near to our home.
When ordering the bill in the name of my company, it took 20+ minutes until the waiter came back, saying there was a computer glitch and that they could not print a receipt, but would send me an e-mail next day with bill attached. Until this day (6 days later i did not see one).
I am surprised about the good reviews of the restaurant. In this price range I would choose any other fine dining restaurant in Barranquilla, ANY DAY of the week over this one.. An extremely weak experience of supposedly "one of the best" in Barranquilla. I am not likely to recommend to friends/colleagues nor return myself..

8. Restaurante Pepe Anca

Carrera 49e # 76-164, Barranquilla 080020, Colombia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner +57 5 3566289
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Restaurante Pepe Anca

Pepe Anca is considered the best steakhouse and grill in town. it offers to its customers a varied gastronomic choice , accompanied by excellent service and a friendly atmosphere.by visiting PEPE ANCA RESTAURANT you will enjoy an amazing experience, enjoy the best cut of meat in his right doneness and served with an excellent wine.

Reviewed By Andrew R - Valledupar, Colombia

It's hard to find people in Colombia who understand the importance of maturing meat. Cattle are usually grass fed here on beautiful pastures so the meat should be exceptional, but it's often disappointing. In Pepe Anca, they do their own maturing and you can tell. I made the mistake of ordering a dish with a cheese sauce - nothing wrong with the sauce but it detracts from the quality of the steak itself. This is a traditional sort of a place with service staff that have a lifetime of experience between them. Well worth a visit.

9. Cocina33

Carrera 52 76 - 188, Barranquilla 080020, Colombia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Colombian, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner 3688578
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

Cocina33

Reviewed By AnitaNewportBch - Orange County, California

We wanted to experience at least one authentic Colombian meal during our short visit to Barranquilla, and the reviews for Cucina 33 drew us. The restaurant did not disappoint although the menu was entirely in Spanish and no staff spoke English well, but we still managed and had a delicious meal. The dining room is quite romantic but dim, so our phone flashlights were needed especially since our server strangely took away the candle on the table. We enjoyed the meal and observing the Beautiful People of the city dining in this luxe restaurant.

10. Da Nico Lela

Carrera 52 76 - 66, Barranquilla 080020, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner 3683481
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Da Nico Lela

Reviewed By Pertuz - Barranquilla, Colombia

I'm glad that the family that runs Da Nico Lela have gone back to their roots. This new restaurant brings very good italian fare at very reasonable prices. The servers were very accomodating, We walked in with a party of 16 for lunch on a wednesday with no trouble. The service was adequate and our server John was very nice and patient.
The food... The food was wonderful. Nothing like home made pasta from scratch created with excellent ingredients. I stole tastes from several plates, the funghi risotto was to die for. I tried a pasta combination with two different sauces, both of which were rich and tasty. The wood oven pizza was very good too, the crust was thin and tasty and the toppings, top notch.
For dessert we shared a couple of plates, the crostata was good, the tiramisu was delicious (with a hint of irish cream) and the chocolate something-or-other was decadent.
I will definitely go back there to taste some more.

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