Red Knife

A Restaurant that Steaks its Reputation on Serving the City's Top Cuts

Every day's a Red Letter Day at Red Knife, a designer pardise for fine diners craving superior cuts of meat and a tantalizing selection of seafood starters.

  • This Is What We Love

    • The succulent rib eye steak will set you up for a monumental evening
    • Starters that look too good to be eaten
    • The prawn ceviche's lulo-flavoured tiger milk is amazing
    • A Tuna Tataki that redefines tender
    • Watching the sun set while waiting for a table with a Love Cucumber cocktail by Allure Chocolat Hotel's rooftop pool
    • Extended opening hours for visitors that want to eat whenever they feel like it
    • Red Knife has a great selection of wines to accompany your tender cuts
    • Being close to Cartagena's hippest nightlife hangouts for the after party
  • What You Need To Know

    • It's not cheap but there are three very affordable lunch menus available with open bar on offer every day between 12:00-14:30
    • The restaurant has live music every Friday and Saturday night
    • The restaurant is found on ground level at Karisma Hotels' Allure Chocolat Hotel, close to the Convention Centre
  • The Details

    Type of Food: Steak & Seafood , Seafood

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sun: 12:00-22:30 ?

    Price Range: $$$

    Address: Allure Chocolat Hotel, Calle Arsenal 8b-108, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Getsemaní

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    Executive chef, Andres Cano, earned his stripes in Medellin before perfecting his grill skills in gourmet schools in Argentina and one of Colombia's handful of Certified Angus Beef Ambassadors.

    If you're a business traveler that signs off on your own expense accounts treat yourself to Cartagena's most costly platter—Red Knife's Kobe beef steak—and wash the tender cut of wagyu down with a couple of bottles of Don Melchor or Opus One. If that doesn't close the deal then we don't know what will.

    Diners that might struggle to explain away a couple of USD$80 steaks on currency conversion confusion, can take full advantage of a winning lunch menu that won't leave a dent in your wallet.

    Choose from a selection of Red Knife's best ceviches, tiraditos and tatakis with top grilled cuts and to-die-for dessert and an open bar-all for as little as USD$15 per person.

    In the evening, the lights get turned down on Isabel Parra's stylish interiors, made for mingling with Cartagena's moneyed locals.

    Slip into one of the hottest seats in town on Parra's bespoke, eight-seat, white Chesterfield sofa backing snugly onto the teak, wood-paneled walls or take centre stage at the 22-seat table, perfect for an evening lording it with friends or getting to know new acquaintances.

    Let conversation flow with a well-worked cocktail menu that includes a smooth Mezcal mix with cucumber, lemon and a touch of rose-based syrup or a cool blue Margarita.

    Finish on a high with a luxurious nightcap by Allure Chocolat's splendid rooftop pool with panoramic views of the old town.


  • Getsemaní

    Cartagena's second historic walled city has gone from no-go to must-go in less than five years thanks to some of the city's hippest new bars and restaurants. 

    If Centro is Manhattan, Getsemani is more Brooklyn – an up-and-coming hipster hangout trying desperately to cling to its roots. 

    A little rougher around the edges than the already gentrified districts of Centro and San Diego and the lofty ambitions of the beach districts, Getsemaní offers a glimpse into the more unruly historic centre of the past. 

    A fiercely traditional barrio offering a heady mix of bars, dancing, affordable diners, hostels and hotels for backpackers and bohemian colonists looking to mix it up with the carefree locals. 

    Historically populated by merchants, smugglers and freed slaves thriving from activity in the port and main marketplace, Getsemaní has always been more raucous than the hoity centre with all its regal airs and graces. 

    Much of the district's newest bars, follow in the city's loudest traditions. 

    While much of the area's carefree population are direct descendants of the hell-raisers of yesteryear it is no longer the terrifying place that rich Cartageneros used to scare their children into staying at home. 

    Backpackers, never averse to roughing it for a cheap place to stay have braved the bogeyman with few problems for decades and a growing number of boutique hotels and hostels have followed their lead setting up shop in some of the bigger properties on Calle Guerrero and Calle del Carretero. 

    Uber-hotel chains, Viceroy and the Four Seasons have plans to kick the barrio into the stratosphere with stellar openings in 2017 / 2018.

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