Palo Santo restaurant is a hopeless romantic, a lusty food nest for people who want to live out a fairy tail love story over a hot plate. No wonder Love in the Time of Cholera stars, Javier Bardem and Catalina Sandino, kept up the hot and heavy film tempo with food stops here. Or why the well-heeled locals keep this place close to their chest as their favourite date night hideout.
The restaurant sizzles at dinner time, when the candles are lit bringing the colours of Alejandro Restrepo's paintings alive and you are lulled into full relaxation to the smooth tones of a Cuban Son duet and a bottle of heady red.
Gaze into your lovers eyes…if you can't rip yourself away from the food that is.
Palo Santo's philosophy that lovers make for hungry diners is a theory we're more than happy to fill ourselves up with.
Tuck into the super-size portions of seafood rice that make a Paella seem like a paltry happy meal in comparison.
For a good tangy punch go for the prawns in passion fruit lemon butter, then try the melt-in-your-mouth sirloin steak in tamarind sauce and finish it off with the delicate wafer-like sponge cake topped with passion fruit cream.
There's a hearty shout out to Mediterranean cuisine as well, and the pasta section is particularly strong and very reasonable.
Even exhausted backpacker couples, tired of street empanadas won't be too pained to hand over a few more pesos for winning combo of filling food and A-grade ambience.
Colombians are always willing to go that extra mile to make it a night to remember with your loved one - and Palo Santo is no different.
Once they even helped a groom-to-be propose to his fiancé – she'd complained there was something wrong with her cake, and that she'd like another.
The manager persisted that she should give the cake another try helping her to find the engagement ring inside.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Good honest food at a fair price - a dying breed in Cartagena's historic centre
* Nice ratio of locals to tourists to make you feel you're part of the Cartagena in-crowd
* Live Cuban Son and Salsa every night
* The heartfelt romantic dinner packages with rose petals, wine and secret ring-in-the-cake-hiding
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Palo Santo Restaurant has three different spaces able to cater to up to 120 people. It's popular for weddings and other events
* The restaurant is in a side street close to Plaza Santa Teresa, Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza San Pedro Claver