Riohacha (Spanish pronunciation: [rjoˈa.tʃa]), Rio Hacha or Rio de la Hacha (English: River of the Axe or Axeshore - Wayuu: Süchiimma, "Süchii" means river, and "mma" means land, Riverland), is a city in the Riohacha Municipality in the northern Caribbean Region of Colombia by the mouth of the Ranchería River and the Caribbean sea, capital city of the La Guajira Department. Founded by conquistador Nikolaus Federmann in 1535, Riohacha was named after a local legend "The legend of the Axe". Owing to the powerful rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the area is mostly desertic and inhabited by Amerindians, predominantly by members of the Wayuu ethnic group. During colonial times Riohacha was a very important port due to the discovery of vast numbers of pearls. In the second half of the 20th Century, the city became one of Colombia's medium important, maritime commercial ports as well as a multicultural center for La Guajira Department. The city is mentioned several times in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, novels written by Gabriel García Márquez.
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4 based on 176 reviews
Restaurante fundado en 1997 ofrece un menú elaborado con frutos del mar y de la tierra cuidadosamente conservados y preparados con un bouquet exclusivo adquirido por una tradición familiar en el arte culinario de más de 60 años.
I think is little expensive specially because their close to the sea, the sea food should be cheaper, never the less delicious and moreover fresh.
4.5 based on 83 reviews
I could not believe I found this gem in a Riohacha. This is a restaurant you would expect to find in a big city. The food is spectacular and they have a wide range of entrees and appetizers. I would reccomend the ensalada de camarones with one of their signature limonadas!
4.5 based on 119 reviews
We went there for diner on recommendation and really liked the food: al arz platter with a variety of things, shawarma and home made lemonade. The prices were definitelly ok for what you get, not cheap but also not expensive. The staff is nice,works quick...MoreWe appreciate your comments. His words motivate us to continue to offer excellent service. We hope to come back soon and hope to solve the air conditioning
4.5 based on 69 reviews
Our service star. In Your Restaurant yotojoro we characterized by delight our guests with dishes from the Caribbean region giving the proper touch of home. Our facilities accommodate 84 stalls serving tablecloths distributed in different areas of the restaurant, including area have air-conditioned, VIP area, outdoor area and bar-balcony; all waiting to provide friendly service and quality Following the premise of providing response to market needs gastronomic offer for you catering service, both at corporate level and particular. This is a service of food and drinks outside the restaurant
We ordered a seafood casserole that came with one mussel, two clamps, a shrimp and some octopus and calamari, tastewise was so so.
We also ordered "calamares rebosados" that were cold, we told the waiter, then he retired the calamari, fried them again and put them in the same dish. When the waiter brought the calamari back we asked him if that were the same calamari and he answered "yes, we have fried them again so now they are hot". After hearing this we put them apart and didn't touch them and after a few minutes the waiter came again asking if we still didn't like the calamari, we had to explain to him that we weren't expecting double fried oily calamari for such a high price and then he retired the calamari again and told us that we didn't need to pay for the calamari. This place looks like a wannabe fine dinning place but not worthy the try.
4.5 based on 12 reviews
es un lugar para cuando se quiere tener una atención especial con una persona, aunque no tiene mucho espacio pero la música variada e interesantes cócteles lo hacen un lugar para visitar por negocios o placer al estar en Riohacha.
3.5 based on 23 reviews
We both had lobster and I they were very small and even tougher than is normal for warm water lobster. I will say that the service given by our waiter (Luis) was excellent. The restaurant was clean and nicely decorated and a pleasant place to dine.
4 based on 6 reviews
El restaurante La Cascada, esta organizado en dos comedores: El comedor General, con cabida para 100 comensales, nos ofrece posada al abrigo de su gran cascada. El comedor VIP esta pensado para albergar pequenas celebraciones o comidas de empresa, con una capacidad de hasta 40 personas. Ademas dispone de WIFI, El restaurante La Cascada inaugurado en 1983, ofrece cocina tradicional con toques de modernidad. El restaurante aprovecha los productos de la zona ( excelentes carnes, pulpo, productos de la huerta, pescados de la cercania) combinandolos con nuevos sabores y texturas.
4.5 based on 50 reviews
Found this place thanks to TripAdvisor. This is a modern and bright place on the seafront. I really liked the good-sized Terrace out front which is something that many of the other top-rated restaurants in Riohacha don't have. I was there early on a Friday evening but it quite quickly got busy so I think it would be a lively place later.
Service was excellent from start to finish. And the menu is great- ceviches, cazuela, inovative arroz dishes, seafood and much more. Ceviches and starters are around 17 000 - 20 000 COP and mains from about 22 000 COP for an arroz or pasta but more for a fish or seafood dish of course. Beer is probably on the expensive side for Riohacha- 5 700 COP for a Club Colombia. But there are cocktails starting from around 10 000 and a bottle of wine starts at 60 000.
I had a difficult time choosing! I would have loved to have a ceviche to start and then a main course. But unfortunately I had eaten a big lunch so I finally settled on the Arroz de Playa y Mar (28 000 COP) - and it was huge! It was bursting with seafood - and the caramelised coconut was excellent!
Only small gripe would be that there was no white wine available by the glass - but aparently this was an exception so I won't let it stop me giving 5 stars based on my experience on the night. I only wish I had another night in Riohacha so I could eat here again!
4.5 based on 37 reviews
5 based on 65 reviews
Bar restaurant that has a wide alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails menu, national and imported beer. Also we have a wide and interesting food menu which offers american food as burguer, hot dogs and chicken wings, pasta, some thai traditional dish. All of them are cooked with a local food touch. We also offer some local food. The restaurant has 2 styles, the lobby and the Terrace.
As a foreigner often visiting Riohacha, I have finally found my favorite burger place. La Trece Bistro is a great place with a cool atmosphere and amazing burgers. I have tried "La Preferida De Mi Mamá" (Mum's favorite) and it was delicious. I cannot wait...MoreThank you so much for taking your time to write about your experience with us. We hope you can come soon.
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