I’ve heard the same from many Colombian friends: eating in San Andrés is expensive and the food isn’t that great. It IS expensive by Colombian standards, and in our experience, the food WASN’T that great. Of course, we only tried three different restaurants on this trip, so we hope next time the results will be different (and our choices will be better).
The first restaurant we tried, Tamara, was recommended by our hotel. It’s located at Rocky Cay Bay just a short walk from the beach.
They have a simple menu with soup as a starter and a choice of chicken or fish. I had the chicken and Marisol had the fish. For both of us, the meal was so-so, although neither of us was happy with the coconut rice. The biggest positive was the price, which was a reasonable COP$50,000 for the two dishes. That’s a good price on San Andrés.
Margherita e Carbonara
For dinner, we ate at Margherita e Carbonara, an Italian restaurant located just steps from the pedestrian promenade in the main town.
For our group of seven, not one was satisfied with the quality of the food. The meats were too greasy and the pastas were overcooked. To top it off, the sauces were a bit watery and the seafood wasn’t fresh. For the prices we paid, it was a complete disappointment.
On our tour to Acuario, we walked over to Haynes Cay and had lunch at Bibi’s Place. The setting may have been magical, but it was another terribly overpriced disappointment.
I had lobster, which was actually decent, but was shocked when they brought the bill. COP$83,000 was their market price, which is ridiculous considering the small size of the lobster and that I have never paid over COP$60,000 for a lobster in Colombia. That’s not a bad price if you’re coming from abroad, but if you live in Colombia it’s a total ripoff.
The rest of our group had either chicken or fish. The chicken was dry and flavorless, while Marisol received just the head of a large fish. It cost COP$30,000 and she was told it would cost another COP$30,000 for the rest of the body. Drinks were COP$5,000, which is reasonable.