What was once the kidnapping capital of the world is now one of the fastest rising cities in the world. Medellin was named the Innovative city of the year in 2013, it's economy is on the rise, and with this so is its culinary scene. The good news is that most of the food (even at the most beautiful places with the best chefs) is ridiculously affordable. These are what I consider to be the best restaurants in Medellin Colombia - upscale, casual, and fast food...so that no matter what you're in the mood for, you can satisfy your cravings at any price.
Upscale Restaurants In Medellin
Bonuar is a creole restaurant in Ciudad del Rio. It's a perfect spot if you have just visited the Museum of Modern art in Medellin. The food is Afro-Colombian with a dash of French technique.
Bonuar is Located at: Cra. 44 #19a-100 +57 4 2353577
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 12–10PM, Sun 12–5PM
Carmen is a lovely restaurant in Poblado not too far from Parque Lleras. The restaurant is visually stunning. If possible, ask to be seated at the garden out back. This is a fantastic date spot. The restaurant offers a lovely tasting menu. Sorry for the crummy picture, had dinner outside at night.
Carmen is located at Cra. 36 #10a-27, Medellín +57 4 3119625
Hours of Operation: Monday: 7–10:30PM, Tue & Wed 12–3PM, 3:15–6PM, 7–10:30PM, Thur 12–3PM, 3:15–6PM, 7–11PM, Fri 12–3PM, 3:15–6PM, 7–11:30PM, Sat 7–10:30PM, Sun Closed
Etereo is not exactly where it needs to be food wise, but it is very close. The chef is experimenting with techniques and ingredients, and although it does not always work...it is a pleasure to dine here. The restaurant is incredibly difficult to find. There is a parking lot above the Peruvian restaurant in front of El Tesoro mall. Go into that parking lot, the restaurant is there.
Etereo is located at: #1a, Cra. 25 #2 Sur155 at Mall Platinum
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 12p-1p, 7-10:30p (closed on Sundays)
This is perhaps the prettiest restaurant in the city. It is located inside Medellin's Botanical Gardens. As you dine you will enjoy the view and little surprises like butterflies and iguanas walking right past you. The food celebrates Colombia's natural diversity, offers a decent wine list, and has great service. The restaurant also offers a picnic in the park, but you need to call ahead for this. I would say this is not a place to be missed.
In Situ is located at Cl. 73 #5114 +57 4 2332373
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun 12–10PM
This was my favorite place, and unfortunately, I found it towards the end of out trip. Also located in Poblado and is more hip and stylish. The chef here studied at Paul Bocuse's institute in Lyon (that says so much) and worked at various Michelin star restaurants.
Ocio is located at: Cra. 33 #721, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Hours of operation: Closed Sun- Mon, Tue-Sat 10:30AM–11PM
Casual Dining Restaurants in Medellin - coming soon
My favorite Colombian chain. It's a roasted chicken chain that has been around since I was a little girl. The chicken is juicy and flavorful, and as the chain grew, so have its offerings. Think of this as a Colombian Boston Market (but cheaper and better). One note, it is not considered polite to lick your fingers in Colombia, so you will be provided with plastic gloves to assist you with your Kokoriko experience. These are all over the place and they're pretty consistent, so when you see one - go in.
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