Coco Restaurant

A Fine-Dining Experience that Blends French Flair with a Latino Soul

Unlike many Cartagena restaurants that have hopped on the ‘fusion’ bandwagon, mashing as opposed to blending flavours, CoCo’s Gallic-infused menu has been carved to Francophile perfection.

  • This Is What We Love

    • The scrumptious meats that dazzle in flavour thanks to slow, patient cooking and complimentary side dishes
    • The bar cabinet is straight out a Fitzgerald novel, put your glad rags on and order one of their infused gin and tonics before your meal
    • The restaurant has two floors. The grand lower floor seats 36 people and has a bar
    • CoCo’s brunch is a winner. Tasty treats with never ending Mimosas to cure any hangover
    • The upstairs salon that seats 10 is great for secretive group gatherings
  • What You Need To Know

    • CoCo is open all week for lunch and dinner, except Mondays. The weekends get busy, so it’s best to reserve a table. On Sundays they open from 10:00 until 17:00 for a delicious brunch
    • CoCo’s philosophy of food made for sharing means it’s great for groups and families who like to pick at each others plates
    • CoCo is available for events such as weddings and birthdays. Send us an email if you would like to host an event here: tables@ticartagena.com
  • The Details

    Type of Food: French Fusion

    Hours and Days: Tue-Sat: 12:00-15:00 & 18:30-23:00 | Sun: 10:00-17:00 | Mon: Closed ?

    Price Range: $$$

    Address: Calle Gastelbondo 2-124, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Centro

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor

  • THE LOWDOWN

    Our Full Review

    Owner Karen Loewy’s love for French gastronomy runs deeper than a languid penchant for French bread, wine and cheese. Here is someone who has stalked every corner of the globe, hunting out every blue, white and red morsel out there and separated the ‘tres bon’ from the ‘tout mauvais’ with Parisienne flair as she went along.

    Amazing food begins with high-quality ingredients, and CoCo’s kitchen is heaving with goodies. The menu is crammed with succulent dates, aromatic cheeses, the smokiest of bacon shavings, rich meats and lip-smacking marinades. You’ll go to bed fantasizing about raiding their kitchen just like we did.

    The traditionally Colombian dishes is where the fusion element comes in to full force. There’s a carefully selected and well-thought out array of homely options, like the steaming bean stew given a fresh kick cooked in white wine, or Colombia’s flagship soup, Mote de Queso, given a French-flip with a topping of caramelized onions.

    If the food is taken seriously, the fun can be had with the cocktails, which are as inventive as they are delicious. CoCo’s witty menu match-makes all their signature cocktails with a historical icon.

    So if you’ve ever wondered Simone De Beauvoir or Édouard Manet would be if they were bottled, now you can find out (Absolut Vanilla and fresh orange juice and a classic Martini respectfully).

    Their infused gins, particularly the Jamaican flower and orange mix is another smash, and goes particularly well with one of the house salads.

    Dining at CoCo serves as a reminder that the French do slow cooked meats so well. Try the pork belly, cooked for 24 hours, served in silky sweet nuggets with a side of creamy apple mash for a food orgasm like no other, or the duck with sliced potatoes and caramelized onions for a real soirée in your mouth.

    The expertly executed desserts mean any sweet tooth is in for a treat. You’ve got your all-time French classics, such as fluffy profiteroles and a gloriously golden tarte tartan, but it’s the corn tart served with a crystallized net of caramel that’s the standout stunner of them all. It’s almost too pretty to eat - almost.

    Speaking of beauty, it would be almost rude not to mention CoCo’s charming interiors when critiquing this place. It might sound like a cliché, but walking through their solid colonial doors is like stepping into a fairytale. The flower draped birdcage lampshades, Lois XIV chairs, twig napkin holders and furniture steeped in history (the bar cabinet belonged to her grandmother) set you up for the stellar culinary experience you’re about to tuck into.

    And before you can say et voila, you find yourself falling head over heels with CoCo.

LOCATION & MAP

  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century. 

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.


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