Montesacro Restaurant

A Top Restaurant with a Privileged View and Live Music

Do not be fooled by the minimalist interiors, muted decoration and clean ambience—Montesacro's menu is not 'beige' in the slightest.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Classic dishes with a twist to keep your tastebuds on their toes
    • Cocktails that are as elaborate as the diverse food selection on offer
    • Fresh fish and seafood plucked from the sea onto your plate
    • Al fresco dining on the breezy balcony watching the hustle and bustle below
  • What You Need To Know

    • Montesacro is located on the second floor of a colonial building. There is normally a maitre d’ outside who will escort you upstairs
    • Weekends get busy and there is limited availability on the terrace, so book ahead to avoid disappointment
    • Montesacro 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: Colombian Classics

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sun: 10:00-01:00 ?

    Price Range: $$

    Address: Plaza Bolivar 33-20 (2nd Floor), Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Centro

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor

  • THE LOWDOWN

    Our Full Review

    First your eyes are hypnotised by the plate, then your mouth swirls in wonderment at the blossoming flavours. Finally, your vocal cords pop in applause. There's an outbreak of yummy noises around the table. Montesacro is a culinary triumph.

    Take the most 'typical' Cartagenero dish: fried fish, salad, coconut rice and fried plantain. Anyone who lives in the Caribbean has had it a thousand times, but here this traditional meal is somewhat more nuanced. The fish is battered to perfection, with an almost tempura-textured elegance. The coconut rice is on the good side of sweet, and the patacones are just as God intended—succulent and immensely satisfying.

    For dinner, start with something light. The Caprese salad is a great sun-quencher, a pleasing stack of buffalo mozzarella fluffy clouds on delicate slithers of tomatoes.

    The ceviches are mouth-watering as well, particularly the chef's special, Ceviche Cremoso, which acknowledges the Japanese influence on the dish with a delectable Asian mayonnaise.

    The mussels are another surprise. In a coastal city they are available on every corner, normally committed to the French-white-wine-and-garlic formula. Here however, they are submerged in a vibrant soup of coconut milk and seasonal vegetables cooked in black beer.

    Scoop the liquid with the spoon after you've devoured the mussels. There's no time to think about manners when the food is this good.

    Move onto a more satisfying meat and two veg combo. The beef fillet is a fabulous headliner to any evening. Savour the delightful myriad of textures in the beef and rub your potatoes in the heavenly Manchego cheese salsa.

    Aside from the food, Montesacro's winning location leaves all other restaurants in its wake. Perched on a large balcony overlooking Cartagena's Plaza Bolívar it is undoubtedly one of the city's only plaza restaurants where the food matches Cartagena's postcard perfection, especially when you have top-class live music serenading you throughout your meal.

    They've got stamina too. Open seven days a week, from 07:00-01:00, the restaurant offers brunch, a very reasonable menu del día and a happy hour (Mon-Fri: 17:00-20:00) alongside the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner cycle.

    The staff are attentive and do nice things like give you extra bread before you have to ask, sometimes it's the little things which make a meal memorable.

    Challenge anyone you've heard saying all restaurants on plazas are tourist traps, Montesacro's exquisite meals will have them eating their hat, or better yet, a few of Montesacro's excellent surf and turf specialities, in humble surrender.

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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