Looking for the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin? Look no further, because, in this article, we cover what we believe are the best local restaurants in Medellin. Keep in mind that we solely recommend restaurants that serve Colombian food in Medellin, as there are countless international restaurants to be found in the city as well. For that, we recommend you read our article about the best restaurants in Medellin. But when you want to discover the Colombian cuisine in this vibrant city, keep on reading. With that being said, let's jump to our results.

 

The best Colombian restaurants in Medellin are:

 

1. Mamasita Medallo


Mamasita Medallo is a modern Colombian restaurant in Medellin that, aside from its impressive ambience, offers a good variety of tasty Colombian foods. It’s an ideal place to enjoy good Colombian food and drinks with friends in a trendy place that does not necessarily break your wallet. Although the menu is not that extensive, the options offer a good variety of Colombian classics with a modern twist. Our favourite dish we tried is the Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP), which is a plate full of grilled morcilla (blood sausage) with roasted potatoes and heavenly guacamole. The Morcilla is sliced first and then grilled on all sides, which gives the sausage even more flavour. 

Another impressive dish is the Tazon Paisa (29,000 COP), which is a plate full of meats (minced beef, chicharron and chorizo) served with beans, arepas, baked bananas and crunchy fried onions. What makes this dish so delicious is the variety of textures along with the variety of saltiness and sweetness. Other recommended dishes are Tazon Baby Beef (29,000 COP), Garbanzo Consuelito (25,000 COP) and the Morrilla A La Brasa (41,000 COP). But honestly, everything we tried was impressive. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mamasita Medallo.
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Mamasita Medallo
Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP)
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Mamasita Medallo
Tazon Paisa (29,000 COP)
 

 

2. Hacienda


When you are looking for traditional Colombian food in Medellin, one of your best options is Hacienda. This popular Colombian restaurant has six branches in the city and solely focuses on typical Colombian dishes, such as Bandeja Paisa, a good variety of soups such as Ajiaco, Mondongo and Sancocho and Chicharron-inspired platters. Before jumping to the food recommendations, it is good to know that the service at Hacienda is flawless. The food is served quickly, and the staff, who wears traditional Colombian clothes, have a good eye for detail and make sure that you have an excellent dining experience. The menu of Hacienda is not that extensive but is really well-priced. In other words, all the ingredients for a great dinner.
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Best Colombian Restaurant In Medellin - Hacienda
One of the best traditional Colombian restaurants in Medellin!

Where the previously recommended Mamasita Medallo serves modern Colombian meals in a trendy setting, Hacienda is the exact opposite: traditional food in a stunning, traditional interior. During our visits, we went for their signature soups. Highly recommended are the Sancocho (32,900 COP) and the Lentejas (22,900 COP). Sancocho is a typical Colombian soup with potatoes, beef, pork and herbs while Lentejas is a lentil-based soup that reminds me of Dutch pea soup. Both are extremely tasty and are served with rice and avocado to make it a proper meal. 
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Hacienda
Lentejas (22,900 COP)


There are many tasty platters to choose from as a side dish that has the texture soups don't have. When visiting Hacienda as a couple or group, we recommend you try their starters or one of the Chicharron dishes. For a savoury punch, order their Trio Antioqueño (18,900 COP), which is a plate with chicharron, chorizo, morcilla and arepas that are accompanied by a variety of dipping sauces. Crispetas de Chicharron (17,900 COP) was surprisingly delicious as the Chicharron (fried pork belly) is coated with a layer of batter and then deep-fried for the ultimate crunchiness. The deep-fried Chicharron is served with roasted potatoes and covered in a tasty creamy sauce. Hacienda is one of the best typical Colombian restaurants in Medellin and for authentic, clean Colombian food, a must-visit. 
 
Best Colombian Restaurants Medellin - Hacienda
Trio Antioqueño (18,900 COP)
 
Colombian Restaurants Medellin - Hacienda
 Crispetas de Chicharron (17,900 COP)


For more information about each branch, such as the opening times, location, TopTravelFoods users' reviews and the menu, check out one of the following links:

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Junin branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Ciudad del Rio branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Central branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - De Moda branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - Manila branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Hacienda - La Strada branch
 
 
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3. Mondongo's


Perhaps the most popular Colombian restaurant in Medellin is Mondongo's. This restaurant has quite the allure. When international celebrities like Guns & Roses and dozens of Colombian celebrities are your regular customers, you know that this restaurant does something incredibly well. Mondongo's is specialized in a few dishes with the Mondongo soup as their most famous dish. Mondongo's has two restaurants in Medellin (in Laureles and in El Poblado), as well as one branch in Miami. It's not a fancy restaurant, no. It's a proper Colombian restaurant that serves amazing typical Colombian dishes. Before jumping to the recommended dishes, this restaurant deserves a huge compliment for having an incredibly trained team that makes sure that you don't have to wait long for a table or the food, despite it being so insanely busy every day. 

As the name of the restaurant already suggests, people visit Mondongo's for ... Mondongo (36,000 COP), a typical soup from Antioquia (the region from Medellin) that is made with typical Colombian spices as well as a slightly unusual ingredient for many Western tourists: beef tripe. Although this might not seem that delicious, this soup at Mondongo's is seriously tasty and properly prepared. But personally, I believe the Ajiaco (29,500 COP) is even tastier. This soup is actually a complete meal as it has shredded chicken and potatoes in it. You can even add cream, capers and cilantro to it to make it even tastier (and more filling). The last dish we recommend, and that's also what Mondongo's is known for, is their Tipico Antioqueño (39,500 COP), which is a Bandeja Paisa, a typical platter from Medellin. The dishes from Mondongo's are also listed in our articles about the best Mondongo in Medellin and the best Bandeja Paisa in Medellin.

Tip: The bowls of soup are pretty big and filling. It is possible to order the Mondongo in a junior-sized bowl. This way you can try more dishes if you have a large appetite.  For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mondongo.
 
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Typical Colombian food in Medellin at Mondongo's!
 
Colombian Restaurant Medellin - Mondongo's
Famous Mongongo's - Must-try food in Medellin
 
Colombian Food Medellin - Mondongo's
Delicious Ajiacos - my personal favourite!
 
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4. Maru Rico


Maru Rico is a hugely popular Colombian restaurant in Medellin that does a few things so well, that the restaurant is always completely packed with hungry locals during lunchtime. First of all, Maru Rico serves impressive Colombian comfort food, mostly heavy meat dishes. Highlights such as their Típico Frijoles (35,000 COP), which is a large plate with chicharron (pork belly), chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage), fried egg, rice and beans are served to one of the many tables as quickly as possible. That brings me to the second thing they do very well, namely the hard-working staff sprinting from one table to the other while the chefs prepare the food as quick as possible. It’s simply impressive how fast food gets to your table. Other specialities are their soups and Picadas (a dish we will explain further in this article). Maru Rico is not a fancy place, but a perfect place to try typical Colombian comfort food. Make sure you come with an empty stomach as the portions are huge. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Maru Rico
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Maru Rico
Típico Frijoles (35,000 COP)
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Maru Rico
Cazuela Paisa (30,000 COP)

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5. Mi Arepa


Thinking of Colombian food, one must always think of arepas. Each region in Colombia has their own type of arepa and arepas are served with all sorts of typical Colombian dishes. You can find arepa restaurants that bring this corn flour “bun” to the next level by making it a sort of pita bread completely filled with all sorts of deliciousnesses. Mi Arepa is one of these restaurants and boy do they do a good job. Mi Arepa is yet another hugely popular restaurant in Medellin and if you’re craving a fast-food-style arepa, you must visit this place.

Personal favourites are the Arepa Ranchera, which is filled with all sorts of meats including chicharron and chorizo, as well as the Aerpa De La Casa, which has all the typical Colombian ingredients you can imagine, including beans, avocado, chicharron and chorizo. The arepas are finished with a homemade sauce. There are other dishes available as well, such as patacones and quesadillas, but the main attraction is the arepas. Mi Arepa is listed in our article about the best arepas in Medellin where you can find other amazing arepa restaurants. For more information about Mi Arepa itself, such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mi Arepa.
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Mi Arepa
Arepa Ranchera (14,500 COP)
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Mi Arepa
Arepa de la Casa (16,500 COP)
 
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6. Piketeadoro


Piketeadoro is a popular restaurant in Medellin for those who are craving for Picada. One of the absolute must-eats in Colombia is a dish named Picada, which is a plate full of roasted meats, sausages, potatoes, corn and many other ingredients. Although Picada has Argentinian origins, the dish is so integrated into Colombian culture, that you can find restaurants serving Picada everywhere. A plate of this deliciousness is usually eaten with a group where you just pick it from the plate, although there are restaurants that serve one-person-Picada-plates. 

Piketeadoro is a family-friendly restaurant with a spacious outside area where kids can play football, ride horses and have a wonderful afternoon while the rest of the family enjoys Picada with an ice-cold beer or some of the other recommended dishes on the menu. Picada plates start from two persons (Pikete Para 2 costs 64,900 COP) and go up to plate for four persons (114,900 COP). It’s good to know that they also serve vegetarian versions of Picada. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Piketeadoro.
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Piketeadoro
A plate of Picada for Two costs you 64,900 COP.
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Piketeadoro
A plate full of Colombian deliciousnesses!
 
 

7. Aijacos & Mondongos


When the walls inside the restaurant are completely full of thank you notes from famous Colombian people and pictures and awards hanging on the wall, you know you’re about to eat something extraordinary. The name of the restaurant already suggests what the speciality is, namely Ajico and Mondongo, although they serve one other dish aside from their starters on their little menu as well, which is the typical Medellin plate called Cazuela De Frijoles. It's these kinds of restaurants that I always love: a small local restaurant that is not too fancy that serves a handful of dishes that they perfected over the years, often thanks to a family-secret recipe. For this restaurant, both Ajiaco and Mondongo as by far the best dishes you can try. All three main dishes come in two sizes, either 22,500 COP or 26,700 COP.

Mondongo is a typical soup from Medellin which has a distinctive, savoury flavour that tastes really good. The only downside that Mondongo has is that it’s filled with beef tripe, which is an ingredient, not all foreigners like to eat. Luckily there is an even more tasty alternative, namely Ajiaco. This soup with shredded chicken and potato, which originates from Bogota, is excellent for the Western taste palate and our favourite dish we tried at this restaurant. Before eating, you can add the cream and capers, which are served separately, to your soup. We were blown away after our first sip, you really have to try this deliciousness. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Aijaco & Mondongo.
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Mondongo
The three tasty dishes available at Aijaco & Mondongo
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Aijaco
Our favourite dish here: Aijaco. 



 

8. Alambique


Alambique is a trendy eatery that serves some of the most creative Colombian food in Medellin. It's a restaurant that you visit on a special occasion as it's a bit pricy compared to regular Colombian restaurants in the city. A reservation is basically mandatory unless you visit the restaurant at the less popular times. The menu is ideal for larger groups as most dishes are sharing-platters and come in huge portions, although there are some dishes available that suit the smaller groups. What makes Alambique so unique is aside from the creative food, the restaurant has an amazing atmosphere with a combination of vintage items surrounded by (indoor) nature. 

When it comes to food, there are a few hugely popular dishes that regular customers always opt for. Alambique is known for its Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP), which is an 800-grams, deep-fried pork belly covered in sourness of the ceviche. Another best-seller is the Brisket (58,000 COP), which is a 10-hour slow-cooked beef brisket, finished over charcoal. The ideal sharing platter for two is the Cazuela de Sobrebarriga (55,000 COP), which is a bowl of pulled pork that you can eat with homemade nachos. All these three dishes are mouth-watering good. There are plenty of other dishes to discover on the menu but it's no secret that these three specialities are the hottest items on the menu and during one of our visits, the Ceviche de Chicharron was sold out!. More information about one of the most popular restaurants in Medellin can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Alambique.
 
Colombian Food In Medellin - Alambique
Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP)
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Alambique
Cazuela de Sobrebarriga (55,000 COP)
 
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9. La Gloria De Gloria


Does size matter? According to this restaurant it does. Simply put it this way, La Gloria De Gloria serves some of the largest chicharron in the city and the huge platters of typical Colombian food is what attracts many “paisa” to come to have a meal here with their family. But one must be warned as this insanely popular restaurant have limited seatings and therefore there is basically always a queue in front of the restaurant. Here is a tip: most people visit this restaurant, which is located in Envigado, with their family or at least with four people. If you come with two people in total, you have a big chance to skip the line and dine at one of the few tables for two people. 

Highlights of the menu are the Almuerzo Complete (48,000 COP), Morcilla (25,000 COP) and the Sancocho (42,000 COP). It’s good to know that some dishes come in smaller portions as the regular dishes are humongous. When you order their speciality, the Almuerzo Complete, you will also receive a smaller portion of the Morcilla. In other words, when visiting with two, a plate of Almuerzo Complete is more than enough where you can enjoy their specialities: chicharron and morcilla. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of La Gloria De Gloria.
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Gloria de Gloria
Highlight of this hugely popular Colombian restaurant: Almuerzo Complete (48,000 COP)
 
La Gloria de Gloria
The main reason why people visit this place: huge chicharron!

 
 

10. Lenos y Carbon


Leños y Carbón is a successful restaurant chain in Colombia with restaurants in Medellin, Bogota and many more. If you want to explore Colombian comfort food in a clean and well-organized environment, Leños y Carbón is a highly recommended place to go. Comforting dishes include Colombian soups, Morillo (Colombian blood sausage) and one of our favourites: Celentado Paisa (25,900 COP), which is a rice dish with beans, and chicharron (pork belly) and baked banana served with a fried egg, arepas and avocado. We also highly recommend you try their Morcillas Leños (10,900 COP). This delicacy might sound too adventurous to some as it’s made with blood, but it’s seriously tasty and one of the highlights of Colombian cuisine. 

Aside from these classic Colombian dishes, Leños y Carbón is specialized in beef as well and steak-lovers will leave the restaurants satisfied. Even the Sándwich de Lomo de Res a la Paprika Combo, which is a steak sandwich with fries, is really tasty thanks to the high quality of the beef (it melts in your mouth). Leños y Carbón is ideal for people who want to explore Colombian cuisine with good service, tasty and clean food in a well-organized environment. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Leños y Carbón.
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Lenos Y Carbon
Celentado Paisa (25,900 COP)
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Lenos Y Carbon
Morcillas Leños (10,900 COP)
 
Colombian Food In Medellin - Lenos Y Carbon
Lomito Parrilla (50,900 COP)
 
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11. Pollos a la Brasa Mario La América


Pollos a la Brasa Mario La América is a type of Colombian restaurant in Medellin that I simply love and look for in every city I visit. What kind of type of restaurant am I talking about? This restaurant is in business since 1968, specializing in grilled Asado chicken. They do one thing and that one thing they do, they do it really good. Those kinds of restaurants I’m talking about. Therefore, it’s fair to say that Pollos a la Brasa Mario La América serves the best grilled chicken in Medellin thanks to their amazing sauce in which the chicken is marinated. 

The menu is straightforward, with several sizes of grilled chicken with or without side dishes such as arepas and potatoes. Personally, the potatoes were tastier than the arepas, but both go well with this heavenly, juicy chicken. No cutlery is given when the chicken is served. No, you receive plastic gloves to you can devour that chicken cave-style: with your hands! The interior of the restaurant is exactly what you can expect from a local eatery like this, it’s not a place for fancy dining but stuff yourself with comfort food. Aside from grilled chicken, they do serve a typical Colombian soup called Consomé de Menudencias, but the main attraction is the grilled chicken. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Pollos a la Brasa Mario La América.
 
Best Colombian Restaurants In Medellin - Grilled Chicken
Half a chicken incl. potatoes and arepas cost you 18,300 COP.
 
Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Grilled Chicken
People from Medellin are waiting in line to get grilled chicken and soup here!

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12. Chipstation


Every now and then you want to have something fast and tasty and it doesn't matter that it's far from healthy. Chipstation has several branches spread over the city and serves a variety of Salchipapas: fries with all sorts of toppings. While Salchipapa actually is topped with Salchicha (a type of sausage), there are many variations to be found and at Chipstations, the toppings are quite interesting. Two of our favourites are the Colombiano (15,900 COP) and the Mexicano (15,900 COP). The Colombiano has a topping with Chicharron, frijoles, guacamole and pico de gallo while the Mexicano is topped with pulled pork, guacamole and pico de gallo. Chipstation can be found in several shopping malls. More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Chipstation.

Tip: We recommend you avoid this eatery during the weekends around dinner time as you have to wait quite some time and the fries are not always that fresh as it is extremely busy. In other words: avoid peak hours. 
 
Best Colombian Restaurant In Medellin - Chipstation
Tasty fries with Mexicano and Colombiano toppings!


 

13. La Rivera Manjares


Arguably the best Arroz Con Leche in Medellin can be found at La Rivera Manjares, which is more of a house than a restaurant and is located a bit outside the city centre. Arroz Con Leche is a Colombian version of rice pudding, but the Colombian version has bits of cheese in it. A bowl of Arroz Con Leche costs you 7,000 COP and the ride to La Rivera Manjares alone is already worth the trip. If you follow the road, which leads up the mountain, you can find several cool places to have a drink with a spectacular view of Medellin. For more information such as the opening times, location, recommended dishes and more, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of La Rivera Manjares.

In case you don't want to take the ride all the way to La Rivera Manjares, there is another Arroz con Leche specialist in the city. The shop is located in Envigado and they also have a van, where the driver sells delicious Arroz con Leche on the street. The name is of this shop is Arroz Con Leche La Vacapeca and you can combine a visit to the van in Los Bernal with a visit to the next recommended Colombian restaurant. 
 
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Arroz Con Leche (7,000 COP).
 
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14. Cayito San Andresano

 

One of the popular lunches in Colombia is Menu del Dia. The menu of the day consists of a soup, a main course and a drink. As the food is made in bulk, the Menu del Dia is always a pretty good deal. The restaurant that's located in the food court of La Plaza Comercial in Los Bernal, serves tasty Caribbean Coastal menus for a bargain and is since its opening one of the most popular eateries in this area. During the weekdays, there is a different menu every day with approximately six options to choose from. During the weekends, there is an a-la-carte menu available. In the early morning, the cooks, who are all older women with a true passion for cooking, prepare all the food so that the first meals are served as early as 6:30 a.m. One Menu del Dia only costs you 17,000 COP and after several visits, we can only say this: they serve super tasty coastal food for a bargain. You can find more information about this Colombian restaurant on the TopTravelFoods review page of Cayito San Andresano

When visiting in the afternoon, you can combine your visit with Arroz Con Leche La Vacapeca, which is located 100 metres from Cayito San Andresano and for only 7,500 COP, you have an amazing dessert as well. 
 

Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Coastal
Menu del Dia - Tilapia Frita (17,000 COP)

Best Colombian Food In Medellin - Menu del Dia
Menu del Dia - Bistec a Caballo (17,000 COP)
 
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​Do you want to know more about the Colombian gastronomy? Check out our article about what to eat in Colombia, which is an extensive article that covers the basics of the Colombian cuisine as well as many dishes you should try in each culinary region of Colombia. Ideal for those who are planning to travel around in this beautiful country as well as update your basic knowledge about this diverse gastronomy. 

If you want to know more about the food scene in Medellin, have a look at our article about the best restaurants in Medellin, which covers all sorts of exciting gastronomies the city has to offer!
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This article will be updated in the upcoming weeks and many more of the best restaurants in Medellin will be added. In the meantime, check out our free food recommendation app that helps you find the best restaurants in Medellin as well as in Bogota. The app is completely free and helps you decide what to eat by recommending the best dishes and other specialities of (local) restaurants. Especially when you have no (or not enough) knowledge of the local cuisine, the app is a handy tool. 
 

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