Wondering what are the best restaurants in Medellin? In this article, we cover what we believe are simply the best places to eat in the city of Eternal Spring. We’ve combined both Colombian and international restaurants to give you the ultimate list, making sure you won’t miss the culinary city highlights during your visit. In case you solely want to explore the Colombian gastronomy, have a look at our article about the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin instead. Or when you specifically looking for typical regional food, have a look at our article about what to eat in Medellin. With that being said, let’s jump to our recommendations.

 

The best restaurants in Medellin are:

 

1. Mamasita Medallo


Mamasita Medalla is one of our favourite restaurants in Medellin as it offers exciting Colombian food in a cool environment and the food they serve won’t break your bank. It has all the factors of being an amazing place for a proper, accessible dining experience. There are enough fancy places to be found in the city, but we like the slightly casual ones much more. Mamasita Medallo is the ideal place to enjoy Colombian food during the weekends with friends as most dishes are easy to share along with one of their tasty cocktails.

One of the highlights of the menu is the Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP), which is grilled Morcilla (blood sausage) accompanied with roasted potatoes and super tasty guacamole. The Morcilla is first cut in slices and then fried on both sides, giving it more texture and flavour. Another amazing dish is their Tazon Paisa (29,000 COP), which is some sort of Bandeja Paisa and as all parts of this dish are portioned in one-bite sizes, it can be easily shared with friends. Like all dishes served here, the Tazon Baby Beef (29,000 COP) looks stunning and beef-lovers should consider ordering this as the meat is succulent and well-flavoured. There are many other dishes to discover on their exciting menu but when you order one of these three dishes, you can’t go wrong. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mamasita Medallo
 
Restaurants Medellin - Mamasite Medallo
Tazon Paisa (29,000 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Mamasite Medallo
Tazon Baby Beef (29,000 COP)
 
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Picada de Morcilla (20,000 COP)
 
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2. Hacienda


Where the previous recommended restaurant Mamasita Medallo offers a wide variety of trendy and modern Colombian dishes, this restaurant keeps it more traditional and is perhaps the best restaurant in Medellin for those who are unfamiliar with Colombian gastronomy and wants tasty authentic, Colombian dishes. Hacienda is a successful eatery with several branches spread over the city and focuses solely on traditional Colombian dishes such as Bandeja Paisa, Sancocho and Chicharron-inspired platters. The staff wears traditional clothes and the restaurants are decorated in a colonial theme. The service is top-notch and during our visits, the food was served within ten minutes. All the ingredients for a true feast and when visiting, make sure to try one of the following recommended dishes. 
 
Best Restaurants Medellin - Hacienda
Tasty, typical Colombian food at Hacienda.


One of the highlights of our dinner was the Lentejas (22,900 COP), which is a typical Colombian soup with lentils, potatoes and meat. The richly filled, savoury soup is a complete meal and is served with fried banana, rice and avocado. Another speciality is the Sancocho (32,900 COP), perhaps the most popular Colombian soup in the country’s gastronomy. Again, this soup is a complete meal as it’s served with rice and avocado. 

We opted for two starters which were perfect to combine with the soups, namely the Trio Antioqueño (18,900 COP) which is a platter with chorizo, chicharron and morcilla along with arepas and fried potatoes. The other starter we recommend is the Crispetas de Chicharron (17,900 COP), which is a plate with battered and fried chicharron with roasted potatoes dressed in a creamy sauce. Both were excellent and are that savoury and crispy touch you want when eating a Colombian soup. After the meal, we were completely stuffed and when you go for both a starter and a main, you must be really hungry when visiting Hacienda. Flavour-wise it was as authentic as it can be while the ingredients were of excellent quality. In other words, a highly recommended restaurant in Medellin you as a tourist should visit.
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Hacienda
Lentejas (22,900 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Hacienda
Trio Antioqueño (18,900 COP)
 
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Crispetas de Chicharron (17,900 COP)
 
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3. Rocoto


Rocoto is a trendy restaurant in Poblado that serves exciting Peruvian food. The Peruvian gastronomy is known for its sourness with Ceviche as one of the stand-out dishes. Visiting Rocoto is a real treat for your taste palette and contrary to the Colombian gastronomy, the food is much lighter and therefore a great alternative. The menu of Rocoto is extensive and when you don't have the knowledge, it might be a bit challenging to find a dish that suits you. And honestly, the dishes displayed on the menu all look spectacular and tasty. Luckily, we have plenty of recommendations for you to try out. 
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Rocoto
Exciting Peruvian food at Rocoto.

One of the best dishes they serve at Rocoto - in our opinion - is in fact a starter, namely the Tiradito Furikaka (21,500 COP). Slices of fresh fish are covered in homemade citrus mayonnaise and - this is the best part - topped with crispy salmon skin. Like many dishes at Rocoto, this starter is high in sourness, but the mayonnaise does a great job balancing it. 
 
Peruvian Restaurants In Medellin - Rocoto
Tiradito Furikaka (21,500 COP) with cocktails

There are several types of Ceviche available, and one of the bestsellers is the Tradicional de Maricsos (38,900 COP). Chunks of fresh fish, squid and prawns are bathed in sourness and accompanied by mango, onion and avocado. To give it some crunch, some crispy calamari is added to it as well. Simply flawless. If you want to try something completely different when it comes to Ceviche, we recommend you to try the Ceviche Saltado (41,900 COP). A plate with chunks of white fish, calamari and mussels served in a creamy sauce accompanied by yucca, avocado and Peviuvian creole sauce. This is a much heartier Ceviche than what we're used to. Again, the sauce is high in sourness but seriously tasty. 
 
Ceviche Medellin - Rocoto
Ceviche Saltado (41,900 COP)
 
Best Restaurants Medellin - Rocoto
Ceviche Tradicional de Maricsos (38,900 COP)

If you're more into savoury and don't appreciate the sourness that much, the Arroz Norteño (35,900+ COP) is a tasty option. A plate full of sauteed rice, veggies and coriander sauce. You can choose between prawns and chicken. It's a very comforting dish that has some similarities with Paella. Make sure to leave some room for dessert.

The Spring Rolls (18,000 COP) are tasty and is a dessert that everyone loves (the spring rolls are filled with chocolate). For a lighter, exciting dessert, go for the Supriro Rocoto (14,500 COP), which is a cream that's based on Arequipe accompanied with meringues and strawberries. There is also a cocktail available Chicha Morada (14,000 COP), which is a typical, non-alcohol Peruvian drink made with a certain type of corn that's imported from Peru. Rocoto is the only restaurant in Medellin that serve it with Peruvian corn. The stunning-looking dishes, the quality of the ingredients and the fact that the food is not crazy expensive makes it one of our favourite restaurants in Medellin. For more information about this exciting restaurant, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Rocoto
 
Restaurants Medellin - Rocoto
Arroz Norteño (35,900+ COP)
 
Rocoto Dessert
Spring Rolls (18,000 COP)
 
Rocoto Restaurant Medellin Dessert
Supriro Rocoto (14,500 COP)

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4. Relato


Relato is a trendy restaurant that offers an exciting fusion menu that combined Mediterranean, Asian and Latin cuisine. This slightly upscale restaurant attracts a certain type of customer who likes to enjoy life to the fullest and get their stomach filled with tasty food before heading to one of the many nightlife venues close by in Provenza. The EDM music coming out of the speakers on a Saturday night proves this, although it's still a fine place for dinner. And most importantly, the food is impressively tasty.

Our dinner started with two entrees, the Picada Tacos (29,900 COP) and the Arancinis Relato (19,900 COP). These small, but tasty bites were perfect to stop our first hunger. Especially the Italian Arancini balls, which are filled with rice and Mozerralla, are highly recommended thanks to the texture, flavour and satisfaction. For mains, we opted the Relato Ribs (49,900 COP) and the Lomo Trufado (55,900 COP). Those with a weakness for ribs should definitely go for it as the ribs literally fall straight off the bone. Without a doubt the tastiest ribs I've had in Medellin. The beef from the Lomo Trufado is of excellent quality, but the risotto is even better. There are many other impressive creations to discover at Relato including their Picana Pacha, Entraña and their dessert Dulce Relato. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Relato
 
Best Restaurants Medellin - Relato
Lomo Trufado (55,900 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Relato
Exciting seafood to discover on their menu as well!
 
Restaurants Medellin - Relato
 Relato Ribs (49,900 COP)
 
Relato Dessert
Dulce Relato
 
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5. La Pampa - Parrilla Argentina


La Pampa is yet another key player in the restaurant scene in Medellin. With several branches spread all over the city that attracts plenty of customers, we can fairly say that they are quite successful. La Pampa has different types of restaurants and La Pampa - Parrilla Argentine is the part of the franchise that serves authentic Argentinian food. Vegetarians should skip this part of the article as there is plenty of tasty meat to be recommended. In total, the La Pampa franchise has integrated five different cuisines and not every branch serves the same food. 
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - La Pampa Parrilla Argentina
Exciting Argentinian food at La Pampa Parrilla Argentina!

One of the best things you can order if you visit this place as a couple is the so-called Recorrido Argentine, which is an Argentinian food tour. You start off with two typical Argentinian starters, namely the Chorizo Argentina (11,900 COP), which is nicely salty and slightly spicy and the Empanadas, both the Pollo (5,800 COP) and the Solomito (10,000 COP). The chicken filled empanadas as made with shredded chicken, cream, onion and paprika while the Solomito is filled with spiced beef. What makes these Empanadas so good is that they are made with flour and not potatoes, making them lighter. 
 
La Pampa Parrilla Argentina - Empanadas
Empanadas Pollo (5,800 COP) with excellent filling!
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - La Pampa Argentina Parilla Chorrizzo
Typical Argentinian Chorrizzo (11,900 COP)

The mains on this Argentinian taste adventure consists of Bondiola (48,500 COP) and Churrasco (48,500 COP). Bondiola is a famous dish from Argentina where the pork is prepared in the oven for 24-hours. As you can imagine, the pork melt on your tongue. Accompanied with special gravy and fries, this dish was our personal favourite. The Churrasco is a popular steak in Argentina, but you can also find it in Colombia as well. It’s served with homemade chimichurri, basil induced mayo and ketchup. Both dishes have 300-gram steaks and a plate full of fries. You won’t leave this restaurant in too-loose pants. 
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - La Pampa Argentina Parilla Pork
Bondiola (48,500 COP), super tender!
 
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Churrasco (48,500 COP)
 
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Juicy steaks!

You will the Argentinian tour with an Argentinian dessert called Alfajor Argentino (9,400 COP) with either white or dark ice cream. What’s so Argentinian about this dessert is the cookie that’s on the bottom of the ice cream called Alfajor. The dessert is not too sweet and has a great finish to an amazing meal. There are many other dishes to discover, and the steak menu is as crazy as you want it to be. The sky is the limit with steaks that easily costs you fifty dollars. We do recommend you try their ribs. After eight hours of being marinated and four hours baking in the oven, the ribs get a final treatment on the Parrilla and glazed in barbecue sauce. These ribs cost you 48,500. There is a very good reason why this place is always busy and that’s because it serves amazing Argentinian food and we recommend you to try it out yourself. 
 
restaurants medellin - ribs parrilla argentina la pampa
Las Mejores Costillas de la Pampa (48,000 COP)
 
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Delicious ribs coated in barbecue sauce.
 
Restaurants medellin - parrilla argentina la pampa dessert
Dessert with a typical Argentinian cookie. 

La Pampa - Parrilla Argentine has three branches. You can find more information on each branch on one of the following links:

- TopTravelFoods review page of La Pampa - Parrilla Argentina - Segundo Parque Laureles Branch

TopTravelFoods review page of La Pampa - Parrilla Argentina - Av Jardin Branch

TopTravelFoods review page of La Pampa - Parrilla Argentina - Poblado Branch


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6. Alambique


For many years, Alambique is one of the most popular eateries in Poblado. On the first floor inside an older building, there is this beautifully themed restaurant that's ideal for dining with a group. The menu, which is not that extensive, offers mostly dishes to share. This concept attracts a certain type of customer and because most visitors come as a (small) group, there is a certain atmosphere that you won't find elsewhere easily. Most importantly, the food is top-notch and it makes people come back on a regular basis. For that reason, Alambique is always crowded and reservation is basically required. 

There are a few bestsellers on the menu that you should not ignore. The most popular dish is the Cazuela de Sobrebarriga, a sharing platter with flavourful shredded, stewed beef and nachos. Another must-try is the Brisket (58,000 COP), which is a 10-hour slow-cooked beef brisket, finished over charcoal. One of the signatures that are perfect to share is the Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP), which is a whopping 800-grams fried pork belly covered in sourness. The last dish we recommend, and there are many other dishes to discover, is the Albóndigas de Res y Cerdo con Almendras (38,000 COP), which is beef wrapped in puff pastry along with cheese. When we visited this restaurant, we could not even finish two of these sharing platters as the portions were enormous. So make sure to visit Alambique on an empty stomach or invite plenty of friends. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Alambiqe
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Alambique
Cazuela de Sobrebarriga (55,000 COP)
 
Restaurants Medellin - Alambique
Ceviche de Chicharron (68,000 COP)
 
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7. Kabuki 


Kabuki is yet another restaurant part of the La Pampa franchise that deserves a spot in this list of best restaurants in Medellin. As you might have guessed, Kabuki serves Japanese specialities and it's not only sushi that's on the menu. There are two branches to be found in the city. One of the branches is located in the same building as La Pampa - Parrilla Argentina in Provenza, the other one in Interplaza Mall. If you're with a (small) group and you can't choose between typical Argentinian food and Japanese food, the branch in Provenza is the perfect solution as both cuisines are in the same building. Let's jump to our food recommendations.
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Kabuki
Tasty Japanese food at Kabuki!

One of the highlights of the menu is the Parrillado de Mariscos (118,200 COP), which is a huge sizzling platter with seafood, potatoes and sesame-flavoured vegetables. The seafood consists of salmon, octopus, calamari, prawns and crab cakes. The octopus and calamari are covered in a typical sweet and creamy Japanese sauce. With the variety of seafood, different textures and flavours, it's a real feast in the form of a sharing platter and is perfect to order when you're with a group. Another amazingly tasting dish is the Atún Tataki (38,500 COP), which is a plate of sliced, slightly-seared tuna fillet accompanied with teriyaki dipping sauce. The tuna is served on top of sesame-flavoured grilled vegetables. 
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Kabuki Seafood
Parrillado de Mariscos (118,200 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Tuna Kabuki
Atún Tataki (38,500 COP)

For the sushi-enthusiasts, it's good to know that there are plenty of sushi rolls to choose from. Before we give our recommended rolls, it's good to know that the rolls are pretty large, which we obviously loved. Portions are available in six and twelve pieces. When it comes to crunchiness, we recommend you order their Tempura Roll (22,000 COP - 34,500 COP). The roll is filled with salmon, tobiko eggs, spinach, mushrooms and cream. The sushi is served with soy sauce and wasabi with a good level of spice. Or go for an all-time-favourite like the Eby Tempura Roll (22,000 COP - 34,500 COP).
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Tempura Roll
Tempura Roll (22,000 COP - 34,500 COP)
 
Restaurants Medellin - Sushi Roll
Eby Tempura Roll (22,000 COP - 34,500 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Sushi
Tempura Roll (22,000 COP - 34,500 COP)

And lastly, you might want to consider their Kanikama Tempura (24,500 COP) as well, as these deep-fried crab bites are rich in flavour, texture and really satisfying to eat. Or check out their Chaufa de Mariscos (58,500 COP), which is a Japanese fried-rice dish packed with all sorts of tasty seafood. In conclusion, Kabuki is yet another amazing restaurant from the La Pampa franchise and offers a good variety of Japanese food, far broader than only sushi. And before I forgot: you can eat Teppanyaki here as well! 
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Crab Tempura
Kanikama Tempura (24,500 COP)
 
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Chaufa de Mariscos (58,500 COP)
 
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Stunning looking and great tasting food at Kabuki!


Kabuki has two branches. You can find more information on each branch on one of the following links:

TopTravelFoods review page of Kabuki - Interplaza Branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Kabuki - Provenza Branch



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8. El Piqueteadero de La Pampa


The food they serve at El Piqueteadero de La Pamp is a perfect match to the Western taste palette and it's one of the reasons why it's such a popular restaurant. Before we dive deeper into the food, it's good to know that there are different types of restaurants within the La Pampa franchise. La Pampa Parilla Argentina itself, which we recommended earlier in this article, serves authentic Argentinian specialities whereas El Piqueteadero de La Pampa offers fusion dishes (for example, Argentinian combined with Colombian ingredients, such as arepas and chicharron). The latter also offers Tex-Mex and Italian comfort food such as nachos, tacos and Italian meatballs. In other words: tasty, not-too-complicated food on large platters. The food recommended in the next paragraphs can only be found at El Piqueteadero de La Pampa, not at La Pampa Parilla Argentina.
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - El Piqueteadero De La Pampa
The food at El Piqueteadero de La Pampa

El Piqueteadero de La Pampa has more to offer than only meat dishes, so we recommend you take advantage of that extended menu. The Ceviche de Chicharron (19,300 COP) is the perfect example of the fusion dishes served at this restaurant as it looks more like nachos than Colombian Ceviche de Chicharron. The ceviche is made with a typical Colombian deep-fried pork belly and served with nachos and guacamole. Often, the Ceviche de Chicharron is made with mayonnaise but instead, here they use the guacamole as cream and also to balance the sourness of the Ceviche. The result? A really tasty and an excellent starter! 
 
Best Restaurants Medellin - El Piqueteadero De La Pampa
Ceviche de Chicharron

The second dish we recommend you to try is the Tacos el Aventurero (32,400 COP). These delicious tacos are filled with sweet and sour tender pork belly, a different type of pork belly than the nachos. The sweetness and crispiness with the pork along with the sour and fresh salsa made with onion, paprika and coriander, make these tacos a true feast in your mouth. 
 
Restaurants In Medellin - El Piqueteadero De La Pampa
Tacos el Aventurero

Before we recommend our favourite grilled meat dish, we suggest one other non-Argentinian dish, which is the Albondiguitas de Lomo de Cerdo (17,200 COP). These pork loin meatballs are flavoured perfectly, served with a Neapolitan tomato sauce and cheese finished with sour cream and Parmesan. Above all, the meatballs were slightly crispy on the outside, giving this dish a satisfying texture. 
 
El Piqueteadero De La Pampa
Albondiguitas de Lomo de Cerdo

For the meat-lovers, we recommend you to order their Cochinillo a Las Leñas (48,500 COP), which is a 10-hours slow roast suckling pig from the firewood. Right before serving, the pork gets a quick treatment on the grill. The outer parts of the pork are super crisp, giving it a savoury flavour, while the inside of the pork is juicy and succulent. You can dip the pork in salsa criolla, which is a dip made with paprika, tomato onion and vinegar. The pork is accompanied with deep-fried calamari which is nicely tender. For dessert, check out the Alfajor de Chocolate (9,400 COP), which we recommended earlier at the other La Pampa restaurant. 
 
El Piqueteadero De La Pampa - Argentinian Restaurant Medellin
Cochinillo a Las Leñas
 
Dessert
Leave some room for dessert!


El Piqueteadero de La Pampa has two branches. You can find more information on each branch on one of the following links:

- TopTravelFoods review page of El Piqueteadero de La Pampa - Interplaza Branch

TopTravelFoods review page of El Piqueteadero de La Pampa - Primer Parque



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9. Mondongo’s


Mondongo’s is probably the most famous restaurant in Medellin. Countless celebrities from Colombia as well as international celebrities have visited one of the two branches to devour their famous Mondongo soup. Mondongo is a typical soup from the Antioquia region and is a flavorful soup made with beef tripe. Every day, both places are completely packed with hungry Colombians and a handful of foreigners. Especially during lunchtime, you often have to wait in line to get a table. But don’t worry, both restaurants are so well-organized that you will sit at a table within ten minutes and food is served faster than you can possibly think.

Aside from their famous Mondongo’s, which costs 26,500 for a junior plate and 36,000 COP for a normal plate, there are two other popular dishes that are simple bestsellers: Ajiaco (29,500 COP) and Tipico Antioqueño (39,500 COP). Ajiaco is a Colombian soup from Bogota and is one of my favourite soups in the Colombian gastronomy. It’s a chicken soup with potatoes and you add cream, capers and cilantro to it to your taste. At Mondongo’s, they serve an amazing Ajiaco. The other bestseller is their version of the Bandeja Paisa, one of the most famous Colombian dishes. The portion is reasonably-sized, which is actually a good thing as Bandeja Paisas usually are served in huge portions. When you want to try the most famous dish in Medellin, head over to Mondongo’s. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mondongo's.

You can find more exciting restaurants in our article about the best mondongo in Medellin if you're really into this soup. 
 
Restaurants Medellin - Mondongos
Ajiaco (29,500 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Mondongos
Mondongos Junior (26,500 COP)
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Mondongos
The bestsellers of Mondongo's, one of the best restaurants in Medellin.
 
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10. Chef Burger


This article doesn’t only cover Colombian food, no, it’s an article about the best restaurants in Medellin in general. We know all too well that every now and then, no matter where you travel, you crave a burger. Listed in our article about the best burgers in Medellin, Chef Burger is one of the best places in Medellin to eat when it comes to juicy patties and classic, yet awesome toppings. With sixteen locations in Medellin and nine in Bogota, Cali and Barranquilla combined, we can fairly say that Chef Burger is a successful burger company in Colombia. Go to the branch in Provenza and see for yourself how popular this place is as it’s always packed with hungry, loyal customers. 

The burger scene in Medellin is different from what I’m used to, with different types of buns and often way too crazy toppings. Myself, I like burgers as simple as they could be, obviously with exciting toppings. But the key point is the patty itself and Chef Burger does that exactly and perfectly. The menu is limited with a few classic burgers and a handful of slightly more creative burgers, but they all are well-balanced. Absolute highlights are the La Sailor (29,900 COP), which includes bacon, caramelized onions and Philadelphia cheese and the Blue Cheese (27,900 COP), which includes caramelized onions and mushrooms together with blue cheese dip. But the classic Cheese and Bacon (25,900 COP) is and will always be a perfection option too. We recommend you order their rustic fries as a side dish. In our opinion, they are much tastier than regular fries. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Chef Burger.
 
Restaurants Medellin - Chef Burger
La Sailor (29,900 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Chef Burger
Cheese and Bacon (25,900 COP)
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Chef Burger
Blue Cheese (27,900 COP)
 
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11. Pizzaiolo


When you’re looking for the best artisan pizza in town, Pizzaiolo is probably the best option for you. This small pizzeria is located in Provenza and does an amazing job when it comes to (Neapolitan) pizzas. The shop has relatively limited opening times, but from the moment it opens its doors, the orders keep on coming in and there is a very good reason why there are six to eight people working behind the counter. All of this is a very good sign. It takes around ten to fifteen minutes before you get this amazing looking and tasting pizza on your table, which seems very reasonable to us. The menu is limited, with prices between 27,000 COP to 40,0000 COP, but there is a flavour for every type of pizza-lover.

Simplicity is often the best option and our favourite pizza here is the Pizza Margherita (27,000 COP). Flavour-wise it’s a flawless pizza and it can seriously compete against pizzas from Napoli. There is a new pizza available on the menu as well, the Pepperoni Jam (40,000 COP), which is topped with bits of pepperoni, Parmesan cheese and Buratta cheese. On top of that is a sweet dressing, which goes well with Buratta. The only thing is that I personally like my pizza completely savoury, but I’m sure many will simply love this pizza. There are many good pizza restaurants in Medellin to be found and we suggest reading our article about the best pizza in Medellin for more exciting places. For more information about this specific restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Pizzaiolo.
 
Restaurants Medellin - Pizzaiolo
Pepperoni Jam (40,000 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Pizzaiolo
Authentic, artisan pizza crust!
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Pizzaiolo
Pizza Margherita (27,000 COP)

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12. Ajiacos y Mondongos


Aside from Mondongo’s, there is another restaurant Medellin that has quite the fame that Colombians outside of Medellin take a trip to the city just to try their food. The Wall of Fame is not as extensive as Mondongo’s but Ajiacos y Mondongos is definitely a serious player when it comes to serving authentic Colombian food. As the name already suggests, the two bestsellers here are the Ajiaco and the Mondongo. As mentioned earlier in this article, Ajiaco is a Colombian chicken soup with potatoes that you can adjust with cream, capers and cilantro. Mondongo is a flavorful soup with cilantro as well along with beef tripe, an ingredient, not every foreign tourist get excited about. What’s good about this restaurant is that you can order the soups in smaller versions, meaning that you can try both famous dishes during the same visit. Compared to Mondongo’s, Ajiacos y Mondongos has a much more authentic vibe and feels less commercial. But let us be clear: both places are institutions in Medellin’s food scene and should be on your list of restaurants in Medellin to visit. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Ajiacos y Mondongos.
 
Restaurants Medellin - Ajiacos Y Mondongo
Ajiaco, smaller version (22,500 COP)
 
Restaurants In Medellin - Ajiacos y Mondognos
Mondongo, Cazuela de Frijoles, Ajiaco.
 
Best Restaurants In Medellin - Ajiacos y Mondongo
Famous food at Ajiacos y Mondongos
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13. Olivia


Olivia is yet another popular place in Medellin to eat when it comes to pizzas but offers much more than that. It has eight branches spread all over the city. The restaurants of Olivia are well-decorated, the staff is well-trained and all places are excellent for lunch and dinner with friends and family. The menu consists of a whopping thirty-six pages, ranging from antipasto and starters to pizzas, pasta, lasagnas and risottos. There is a tasty option for every type of eater at this Italian restaurant. For pizza enthusiasts, it is good to know that Olivia offers different types of pizza bottoms, namely Napolitana, Romana and Keto. The absolute highlight on the pizza menu is their Burratta & Tomates Confitados (39,900 COP), which has a Napolitana tomato sauce along with buffalo mozzarella topping. There are plenty of other pizzas to choose from, ranging between 25,000 COP and 45,000 COP. 

Although it is too much to choose from and there are definitely tasty dishes to discover, I’d like to recommend one more dish: 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), which is an exciting Italian dessert. For more information about this restaurant in Medellin, such as the opening times, location, menu and other recommended dishes, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Olivia.
 
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Lasagna Mix with Pesto Bread (25,900 COP)
 
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Galetta Macadamia (13,900 COP)
 
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Pizza Burratta & Tomates Confitados (39,900 COP)
 
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14. Ammazza 


Ammazza is an Italian restaurant with three different branches in the city, namely in Envigado, Provenza and Laureles. The restaurant is an upscale eatery where guests can enjoy a good variety of Italian dishes, although the menu is not as extended as restaurants such as Olivia. Ammazza is known for its pizzas and risottos, although pasta is quite popular as well. What makes the pizza so special is that the pizza has a thin and super crispy crust, something we haven't seen before. During our latest visit, we went for the Pizza Jamón y Pimientos Asados (36,500 COP), which tastes excellent. All the popular pizza toppings are available and expect to pay between 30,000 and 40,000 COP per pizza.

There are two other dishes that we highly recommend you to try. The first one is a starter, namely the Albóndigas Italianas (26,900 COP), which are three large Italian meatballs covered in a tomato and cheese sauce. The meatballs are served with bread, which you can dip in the sauce. Don't be afraid to order some extra bread as the sauce comes in a large portions. The other dish we recommend is a risotto, namely Risotto Solomito y Vino Tinto (43,500 COP), which is a rich risotto finished with red wine and served with mushrooms, a variety of nuts and of course entrecote. The beef is cooked to your preference and in our case, it was well-done. The quality of the beef was excellent. More information about these restaurants in Medellin can be found on one of the following pages: 

TopTravelFoods review page of Ammazza - Laureles branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Ammazza - Provenza branch

TopTravelFoods review page of Ammazza - Envigado branch
 
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Pizza Jamón y Pimientos Asados (36,500 COP)
 
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Risotto Solomitoy Vino Tinto (43,500 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. 
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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 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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