Just outside of Bogotá in the town of Chía, there’s a great place to go have an enjoyable dinner – the famous Colombian steakhouse Andrés Carne de Res. With odd decorations on every inch of the walls and ceilings, an enthusiastic and fun staff, and loud music and dancing, this place is a spectacle in itself.
The food is a bit expensive and slightly above average but you’re guaranteed a good time. The menu is 62 pages long and has seemingly endless choices, but the most popular are the meats. I had a decent ribeye steak. The flavor was there but it was a bit tough. I also asked for it rare and it came out medium-well. A dinner for two including drinks and tip cost us COP$150,000.
To get to Chía from Bogotá, take the Transmilenio to Portal del Norte and jump on a bus labeled for either town. To and from Chía, it’s just under a half hour and costs COP$2,400.
It’s also possible to visit the restaurant on a day trip from Zipaquirá. From Zipa to Chía, the ride is COP$3,200 and takes about 30 minutes. If eating at Andrés Carne de Res, the bus can drop you off right in front of the restaurant if you ask.
Keep note that the last bus from Chía to Bogotá leaves at 9:30pm, otherwise its an expensive taxi ride back to the city. Ask the parking attendant to call you a taxi to the bus stop – the walk isn’t very safe.
Branch in Bogotá
There’s also an Andrés Carne de Res in Bogotá. We didn’t visit. We were told the original in Chía was the best one to eat at.