Tumbamuertos Burger Bar

Cartagena's Most Cultured Burger Joint

Whilst other places may have a sole ‘house burger’ option hidden amongst their other fare, Tumbamuertos packs a whole lot more punch with an elaborate offering of more than a dozen combinations.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Burgers made with real meat, local produce and lots of love
    • A burger bar with a nice array of vegetarian options for non-meat eaters is always a winner!
    • All the burgers are served with hand cut chips, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They blush with paprika dust. So simple. So delicious
    • Happy hour on Caipirinhas, Mojitos and Cubre Libres every day from 15:00-18:00
    • Getting lost in antique photos of Cartagena on the walls
    • Asking Catalina Vela, the owner, about the neighbourhood she knows like the back of her hand
  • What You Need To Know

    • The kitchen is open from 12.00-15.00 and again from 18.00-23.00, but drinks are served all day
    • Tumbamuertos is closed on Mondays
  • The Details

    Type of Food: Gourmet Burgers

    Hours and Days: Tues-Sun: 12:00-23:00 ?

    Price Range: $$

    Address: Plaza de San Diego 8-34, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: San Diego

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    Every gourmet requirement is ticked off with a gold-star flourish. Customers feast on high-quality beef and the freshest local ingredients, all served on a delightful carb crown, with none of those annoying sesame seeds that get stuck in your teeth.

    The signature Tumbamuertos burger deserves a special mention. You’ve got Caribbean smorgasbord of ingredients such as plantain, costeño cheese and spicy suero (sour cream) with the meat—perfectly ground and served on the good side of medium—and bun combo we all know and love. 

    The Romero Burger is another fave, all slow-cooked goodness with caramelised onions, roasted tomatoes, smoked bacon and a homemade alioli.

    You know a burger is goody when it comes with a cocktail stick holding it together, slabs of cheese, avocado and posh salad bits dwelling in the middle.

    And before you ask, there is a veggie option. So your non-meat eating friends needn’t feel left in the shade. It’s a seriously ‘meaty’ contender too, made of lentils and chickpeas.

    Burgers are king, but there is a stunning array of support acts well worth the glance. Sold as snacks, although many would consider them meals, especially the Camerón Pisao, which consists of four huge patacones loaded with shrimps and guacamole.

    The plantain croquettes sprinkled with pork rind shavings are the business. Indulgent creamy balls served with a tomato based sauce that goes down almost too well with a michelada beer.  While the quinoa and shrimp salad is an angelic option for those watching their waistlines.

    Juices, cocktails and hot drinks are served around the clock, a particularly inviting offer given the restaurant’s terrace.

    We strongly recommend interrupting sightseeing plans with a thirst-quenching juice or cocktail on the tables outside (there’s a happy hour from 15:00-18:00).

    Named after the chic calle it sits on, Tumbamuertos bar is very much invested in the barrio. The owner, Catalina Vela, adorned her walls with black and white photos of the old Cartagena she knows and has worked in for years. Her personal attachment in San Diego is an admirable one, and a dying breed at that, considering the zone’s breakneck speed gentrification.

    If you’re lucky enough to meet her when you visit, she’ll be sure to fill your Cartagena diary with local tips you simply must do before you board the plane home.

    That’s if you have the stamina to walk after wolfing down all those handsome burgers.


  • San Diego

    A healthy mix of sub-cultures makes San Diego one of the most interesting and varied districts in the city, something reflected in its diverse gastronomic offering.

    San Diego is formed by 16 blocks north of Calle de la Universidad de Cartagena and west of Calle San Agustin and Calle de la Moneda and stretches to the Baluarte de Santa Catalina and the walls that protect the city to the north. 

    Architecturally the houses are smaller and were built principally for the military, artisans and clergy. There are fewer of the two-or three-storey holiday homes for the ultra-rich that characterize the centre and you will still find traditional families living in some of the more modest houses in this part of town. 

    After Cartagena's moneyed classes swapped the claustrophobic centre for expansive mansions in Manga and later Bocagrande and Castillogrande in the mid-19th century it took the renovation of the former Santa Clara Monastery, converted for the hotel chain Sofitel into the city's pre-eminent hotel in 1995, to put this barrio back on the map. 

    Colombia's farandula, or celebrity set, has since colonized San Diego including John Leguizamo who bought a place here after filming Mike Nichols' Love in the Time of Cholera.

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