Looking for the best restaurants in Envigado? This area, which is often overlooked by tourists, is home to some amazing local eateries as well as proper dining options with branches from some of the best restaurants in the city. Also, Envigado is a much cheaper nightlife alternative compared to Poblado and Laureles, which makes it a great area to spend your evenings. With that being said, let’s jump to what we believe are the best restaurants in Envigado.

 

The best restaurants in Envigado are:

 

1. La Gloria de Gloria


Ask a local where to eat in Envigado and most of them point you towards La Gloria de Gloria. This local restaurant in Envigado has quite the status as it serves “the best Chicharron in the city”. During the weekends, people wait in line for at least an hour to get a table at this old eatery, just to eat the Chicharron. What makes the Chicharron so special? The crispy-fried pork belly is enormous and one of the crispiest we’ve tasted. It’s obviously listed in our article about the best Chicharron in Medellin, but it has more to offer than only Chicharron. 

First of all, you can order a Bandeja Paisa (is called Almuerzo Completo (48,000 COP) at this restaurant) that includes the famous Chicharron. Portions here are huge and the Bandeja Paisa is easily shareable for at least two persons. The Almuerzo Completo is listed in our article about the best Bandeja Paisa in Medellin. Another best-seller is their Mondongo, another typical food from Medellin. The soup is made with beef tripe, an ingredient, not every foreigner is fond of, but a quick look at other tables and you’ll notice that the majority of the Colombians order a bowl of Mondongo soup (a smaller portion costs 24,000 COP) as well. More information about this legendary restaurant in Envigado, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Gloria de Gloria

Tip: La Gloria De Gloria is a restaurant that is always busy. Most local people visit this place during the weekend with their family (four persons and up). If you visit this place as a couple, you have a good chance to skip the line when there is a table for two available. 
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - La Gloria de Gloria Bandeja Paisa
Almuerzo Completo (48,000 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - La Gloria de Gloria Mondongo
Mondongo (24,000 COP)
 
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2. Buena Mar


The Colombian gastronomy is a heavy cuisine. Dishes are large, there is an abundance of potatoes and arepas and meat is never scarce. Every once in a while, you crave something light. The coastal regions of the Colombian gastronomy are much lighter and there are a handful of coastal Caribbean restaurants in Medellin to be found. One of them is Buena Mar, a local restaurant right above a fish merchant. You won’t find many tourists here. The menu of Buena Mar is limited but does 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.

Make sure to start with the Ceviche De Camarones (17,000 COP), which is one of the bestsellers. The prawns are covered in a tomato-based ceviche and are served with crackers, something that is common in Colombia. The Patacones Con Suero (6,000 COP) are extremely tasty too and goes perfectly together with the ceviche. 

But the main attraction is one of the seafood casseroles, such as the Cazuela De Mariscos (29,000 COP). This coconut-based seafood stew tastes exactly how you expect a Caribbean dish should taste. If a seafood stew is not your thing, go for the Pescado Frito, another classic Colombian dish. More information about this seafood restaurant in Envigado, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Buena Mar.
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Buena Mar Ceviche
Ceviche De Camarones (17,000 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Buena Mar Patacones
Patacones Con Suero (6,000 COP)
 
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Cazuela De Mariscos (29,000 COP)
 
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3. Empanadas La Catedral - Envigado branch


Empanadas are tremendously popular among Colombians and one of the better Empanadas shops can be found in Envigado. The name of the shop is Empanadas La Catedral and we listed them in our article about the best Empanadas in Medellin. There are four different types of empanadas available, namely Tradicional (1,800 COP), Desmechada (2,600 COP), Pollo (2,300 COP) and the Gaseosa (2,000 COP). The size of the Empanadas is huge and one Empanada is more than enough to kill the hunger. The good thing about Empanadas La Catedral is that you can choose between different sauces and that the aji (dip) is nicely spicy. The Empanadas are richly filled and my personal favourite is the Desmechada. Although not really a restaurant, the shop offers cheap, tasty food and is perfect for those who are looking for street food in Envigado. More information about this Empanada shop in Envigado, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Empanadas La Catedral Envigado.
 
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Empanadas
 
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4. Olivia Pizzeria - Envigado branch


Olivia Pizzeria is a popular Italian restaurant with many branches in the city and is one of our favourite pizza places in Medellin. But it’s not only pizza that they serve. Almost every classic Italian dish is available on the menu. Before we sum up our recommendations, it is good to know you can choose the pizza bottom and one of the choices is a keto pizza bottom, which is a nice touch for those on a strict diet. 

For pizza, we highly recommend you their Burratta & Tomates Confitados (39,900 COP), which has a Napolitana tomato sauce along with buffalo mozzarella topping, which was the highlight of our visits. Another amazing dish is the Lasagna Mix with Pesto Bread (25,900 COP). There are two different lasagnas to choose from, but it’s also possible to mix both lasagnas, which is seriously tasty. For those with a large appetite, finish your meal with their Galetta Macadamia (13,900 COP). More information about this Italian restaurant in Envigado, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Olivia Pizzeria Envigado.
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Olivia Pizza
Burratta & Tomates Confitados (39,900 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Lasagna
Lasagna Mix with Pesto Bread (25,900 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Dessert
Galetta Macadamia (13,900 COP)
 
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5. Submarino Express - Envigado branch


Submarino Express is a unique seafood (fast)food restaurant in Envigado and Laureles. As the name already suggests, it offers fast seafood dishes. The menu is pretty straightforward: there is a handful of different seafood to choose from and within each seafood, there are just a few different dishes to choose from. The Crangburger, which is a crab meat burger, comes in two sizes (26,500 COP - 37,500 COP), which is a popular choice. The best dish you can taste here is their The Langostino (38,000 COP - 70,000 COP), which is a langoustine meat sandwich. It’s served on a sweet bun and covered in a nice cream sauce topped with herbs. For both dishes, go for the larger version as you will simply get extra seafood. What we love about Submarino Express is that you can eat special seafood for a decent price and this concept attracts many customers. We listed the Crangburger in our article about the best burgers in Medellin. More information about this fast seafood restaurant in Envigado, such as the opening times, menu, location and other recommended dishes, can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Submarino Express - Envigado.
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Submarino Express Crab Burger
Crangburger (26,500 COP - 37,500 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Submarino Express Seafood Sandwich
The Langostino (38,000 COP - 70,000 COP)
 
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6. La Rivera Manjares


Arroz Con Leche is a typical Colombian dessert and it’s basically Colombian rice pudding. Right before you head into the mountains from Envigado, where you can find a lot of nice restaurants with spectacular views, there is a local shop that sells Arroz Con Leche from their door. I have friends who often visit this shop as they claim it is the best Arroz Con Leche in the city and we are happy to share their secret with you. A cup of rice pudding only costs you 7,000 COP but you probably will buy more than one and keep them in your refrigerator for later. You can find more information about this shop such as the location and opening hours on the TopTravelFoods review page of La Rivera Manjares
 
Best Restaurants Envigado - Arroz con Leche
Arroz Con Leche (7,000 COP)
 
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This article will be updated in the upcoming weeks and many more of the best restaurants in Envigado 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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