In this article, we cover the best Colombian Caribbean restaurants in Medellin. Although not too common, with a bit of search, you can find a few amazing coastal restaurants in Medellin that serve that typical Caribbean-influenced (sea)food. And the good thing about Colombian coastal food is that it’s not as heavy and greasy as other Colombian food (Bandeja Paisa and Cazuela de Frijoles are calorie bombs), which is a good variation to Medellin’s food scene. Northern Colombian food - or Colombian coastal food - is much lighter, often served with seafood and obviously with that famous coconut rice. And if you do crave Colombian Coastal food, head over to one of the following recommended restaurants for a real feast.

The best Colombian coastal restaurants in Medellin are:

Buena Mar

Buena Mar is a popular Colombian Caribbean restaurant in Medellin that mainly attracts Colombians as it’s not located in the more popular areas of Medellin. Nonetheless, it’s well worth the visit if you’re looking for Northern Colombian seafood. The restaurant is located above the seafood shop and after taking a narrow stairs, you end up in what seems to be a seafood hut with all sorts of decorations that reminds you of the Caribbean. The menu of Buena Mar is limited but do offer the classic Colombian coastal dishes you’d expect. It’s good to know that dishes can be ordered in smaller portions, which is ideal for those who want to try different dishes or those who have a smaller stomach.

One of the most popular dishes at Buena Mar is the Ceviche De Camarones (17,000 COP for a smaller portion), a Colombian version of prawn ceviche (with tomato of course) accompanied with crackers. Many Colombian visitors will order this starter while waiting for their main dish(es). Another recommended item on the menu is their Patacones Con Suero (6,000 COP), another typical so-called Costeño dish. The patacones are topped with cream, ideal as a starter and very tasty together with the ceviche.
Caribbean Food Medellin - Buena Mar
Ceviche De Camarones (17,000 COP) & Patacones Con Suero (6,000 COP)

Highlights for mains are the Cazuela De Mariscos (29,000 COP for a smaller portion), which is a creamy seafood soup with prawns, patacones and coconut rice. The combination of coconut, seafood and sweetness almost takes your mind to the Caribbean itself. Other recommendations are Arroz Con Camarones (43,000 COP) and Mixtura De Mariscos (42,000 COP). More information about this coastal restaurant, such as the opening times, the location, the menu and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Buena Mar
Caribbean Restaurants Medellin - Buena Mar
Cazuela De Mariscos (29,000 COP)
Northern Colombian Restaurants Medellin - Buena Mar
Mixtura De Mariscos (42,000 COP)

This article will be updated in the upcoming weeks and many more of the best Colombian Caribbean restaurants in Medellin will be added soon. 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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