Where to Eat in Riohacha: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 2, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

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.
Things to do in Riohacha

1. Restaurante La Casa del Marisco

Calle 1 No. 4 - 43 Av. La Marina, Riohacha, Colombia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery Seafood, International, Soups, Colombian Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +57 300 3480122
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 176 reviews

Restaurante La Casa del Marisco

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.

Reviewed By Pedro C - Bogota, Colombia

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.

2. Lima

Calle 13 11 33, Riohacha 440001, Colombia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, Colombian, Latin, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +57 5 7281313
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Lima

Reviewed By Sam S - Peoria, Illinois, United States

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!

3. Al Arz Delicias Arabes

Calle 7 No. 10-115 | Corner Calle Ancha, Riohacha 440002, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +57 5 7283760
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Al Arz Delicias Arabes

Reviewed By L479TRninak - Basel, Switzerland

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. Restaurante Yotojoro

Calle 7 | No. 15-81, Riohacha, Colombia Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Caribbean, Seafood, South American, Colombian, International Lunch, Dinner +57 315 7540176
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Restaurante Yotojoro

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

Reviewed By underfish - London, United Kingdom

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.

5. La Morena

Carrera 1 8-75 Piso 2, Riohacha 440001, Colombia
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

La Morena

Reviewed By Jose G

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.

6. La Tinaja

Calle 1 | 4 - 59 Avenida La Primera, Riohacha 47007, Colombia 7273929
Excellent
26%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 23 reviews

La Tinaja

Reviewed By rwr1226 - Mobile, AL

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.

7. Restaurante La Cascada

Calle 2 2 No. 9-93, Riohacha 440001, Colombia Seafood, Wine Bar 7274446
Excellent
16%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Restaurante La Cascada

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.

Reviewed By Mauricio B - Bucaramanga, Colombia

Restaurante muy acogedor y tranquilo, la atención es muy cálida y rápida, la carta es variada, pero lo mejor es el friché guisado.

8. Restaurante Knoa

Calle 1a 1 21, Riohacha 440001, Colombia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Bar, Seafood, Fusion, Gastropub Late Night, Drinks, Dinner +57 301 3368993
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Restaurante Knoa

Reviewed By la_viajera_constanta - Brussels, Belgium

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!

9. La Fermata Pizza Bistro

Calle 14h 17 - 08 | Edificio Yosu Local 01, Riohacha 440001, Colombia Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Italian, Pizza Dinner HK$31 - HK$71 +(57)7275189
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

La Fermata Pizza Bistro

Reviewed By nomadstraveller - Galway, Ireland

The restaurant has a nice menu of pizzas... with few option for vegetarian as well. The service is good and they also have Delivery (for 3.000 pesos).

10. La Trece Bistro

Calle 13 11 19, Riohacha 440001, Colombia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Caribbean, Pub, Gastropub Dinner +57 301 5703029
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

La Trece Bistro

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.

Reviewed By Thomas L

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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