Category: Restaurants

Reviews of Restaurants in & around Bogotá

El Pórtico Restaurant Near Bogotá is a Must for Visitors

July 2016 Michael: El Pórtico has it all, ambiance, great Colombian style food, a playground for the kids, a coffee shop and a church. All these features contributes to a dual personality. Depending upon the time of day it can be a restaurant for the family or a romantic dinner. But this Bogotá area establishment […]

Colombian Picada at a No-Name Restaurant

By Michael March 2016 The above photo is the lunch my wife and I had on Sunday. Here in Colombia they call it a picada. Basically a little bit of everything and everyone picks what they want to eat. The dish shown contains platano, papa criolla (special potato grown only in Colombia), arepa, chicharrón, longaniza […]

Colombian Papa Rellena – A meal in your hand & a recipe worth trying

March 2016 Michael: Calle 53 just East of the Avenida Caracas is a part of Bogotá I always enjoy wandering, looking and tasting. This is the area where Bogotanos go for art and craft supplies as well as lessons. My wife and her sister shop the many craft stores which line both sides of the […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Where Bogotanos Experience Italian Cuisine

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

**Michael: “What I love is it is in a neighborhood no one would expect to find it,” said the person who invited us. I then asked Georgio how he found the place. “I like to look for these places that have a speakeasy feel to them.” The restaurant seems out of place in an area dominated […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia Revisited – Spectacular or not?

January 2016 Graciela: “Spectacular,” the woman said. The answer came to our question of her thoughts about the new Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia, Colombia. On weekends, especially during the Christmas season, the place attracts large crowds. Michael: My wife and I showed up on opening day of the mall in October 2015. We based […]

Chimichurri vs Steak Sauce

December 2015 Michael: Now that I live in South America you can forget the steak sauce. Just pass me the chimichurri. And don’t try to serve me any American beef. I can understand why residents of the USA and some other countries slather a piece of beef with a sauce loaded with strong tasting elements […]

Mi Gran Parrilla Boyacense – Where the Locals Dine for Lunch

October 2015 Michael: There are two things about Mi Gran Parrilla Boyacense I can say for certain. In my ten years of frequenting there I have never received a bad meal or bad service. The second is that in all that time I have never seen another gringo face. The name has three locations throughout […]

Our Recent Trip From Colombia to the USA Revealed Much About the Two Countries

September 2015 Michael: Attitude shifts, coffee differences, diet changes and more came to light. It has been a few years since we visited The United States. After our ten days of experiences and talking with relatives, friends and people everywhere my wife and I discussed the changes we noticed. Colombia is seen differently now Graciela: […]

El Inglés Gastro Pub- English Restaurant in Bogotá has humour

July 2015 Michael: A sign on the wall exposes the English type chuckles the moment you walk in the door. There were seven of us filing in with my wife in front. I anchored the line snaking single file between he tables and chairs of the narrow rooms. Up front I heard my wife say, “Good, […]

Cocina de Colombia – Friendly with great tasting Colombian food and more

Michael: We discovered this restaurant by accident. The decision was made on a warm sunny day to get out of the city. On such a day the traffic going North to escape the concrete jungle would be almost a traffic jam. We took a different route towards the town of La Calera. The hungries hit […]

Restaurante Tomaselly flourishes among much competition

Leer en español Michael: There is a reason why a restaurant surrounded by many others flourishes. Tomaselly, located near the corner of Avenida 19 and Calle 136, has about eight other eating establishments within a two block radius. But this restaurant offers things that the others do not. This restaurant should not be confused with […]

Frambuesa -Restaurant Review

One of our top three favorite places for lunch in Bogotá. Michael: “Frambuesa.” Very frequently when my wife asks me where I would like to go for lunch I choose that restaurant. The company has a couple locations in the city, but my choice always goes to the one at Cra 13A No. 93 – […]

Muu – Restaurant Review

This restaurant has much to moo about. Graciela: We really enjoy this restaurant on a warm sunny day. After discovering it from a friend we have returned three times in as many months. Unlike many restaurants on the outskirts of Bogotá, Muu’s charming atmosphere is not revealed from the road. You must enter the grounds […]

Chigüire 53 – Restaurant Review

leer en español A must eat at restaurant for anyone visiting Bogotá Michael:  Sure there are restaurants offering food from around Colombia. But when it comes to Chigüiro no one does it better than Chigüire 53.  There are other reasons to eat there besides the food. The area around is interesting, the restaurant has a […]

Asadero las Varas – Restaurant Review

Nothing fancy just great food and service Michael:  We stood at the opening of a metal fence covered with plastic sheeting. Wooden poles extending from the house roof to the top of the fence and covered with hard plastic sheets keeps the rain off the well scrubbed raw wood tables and benches.From the other side […]

Carbon de Palo – Restaurant Review

Leer en Español Attention to detail makes Carbon de Palo a memorable dining experience. Michael:  We are talking about the restaurant located at Avenida 19 No. 106-12. The company has some express locations but with those, while the great taste in food can be found, you miss the pleasurable ambiance that can make a meal […]

Felinos – Restaurant Review

Leer en Español Michael:  In the Usaquen barrio of Bogotá many restaurants surround Felinos. However it is the one place my wife and I eat at most often when we are in the neighborhood. And yes, we sometimes make a special trip there to enjoy the food. Graciela:  It is a lunch place. You get […]

The Wingz Bar Experience

Leer en Español The first ever bar for a Wingz restaurant is a place one must experience. Michael:  Our friend ducked into an opening behind the drink serving area on the first floor. We followed. He placed a small plastic piece against a colorful door at the end of the short hallway. “Access granted” it […]

La Juguetería – Restaurant Review

Michael:  There are theme restaurants in Bogotá that receive more press than La Juguetería, but not one of them  overall is as good. Well, that is unless you enjoy paying inflated prices in a place so loud that you yell to have a table conversation. The owners are not new to the business. They are […]

Pesquera Jaramillo – An Exception to the Rule

Michael:  There are two reasons why I generally avoid restaurants in the gringolandia areas of Bogotá.  The first is I believe that when in Colombia one should partake of the delicious national cuisine. Most of the areas where over cautious visitors feel safe contain restaurants that you can find in the U.S.A. like TGI Friday, […]