A Beautiful Setting for a Delightful Caribbean Feast

Humble isn't a word you would use to describe Amadeus. The jaw-dropping colonial setting is a flagrant attention-seeker and the restaurant has every reason to be confident. It is after all located inside one of Cartagena’s most desirable casas.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Make sure you catch the live classical guitar music concerts by Roberto Angulo every Friday evening
    • Nothing beats this postcode. Amadeus is located in one of Cartagena's most alluring colonial casas
    • No one does octopus like these guys!
    • Organising an intimate banquet for your crew and having the whole place to yourself. We couldn’t think of a more inspiring setting for a close-knit special event
  • What You Need To Know

    • Amadeus is open every day from 11:00-22:00
    • If you would like to organise a private dinner event here please contact our reservations team on [email protected]
    • This is international food at international prices. So bring your plastic if you're planning on splashing out on 3-course meal
  • The Details

    Hours and Days: Mon-Sat: 12:00-22:00 | Sun: Open holiday weekends ?

    Price Range: $$$

    Address: Calle Santo Domingo 33-63, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Centro

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    The setting sets the standard—high, as high as their ceilings in fact. If the space fills you with excitement then just wait until you reach the intimate restaurant, which seats a maximum of 36 people. It feels like you’re having dinner at home, albeit an uber fancy one.

    So let's cut straight to the chase and slice through any doubts you might be having about eating in a hotel restaurant.

    The menu is as well-rounded as an A-star student. Everything you could possibly want, from sumptuous seafood, European style meats and home-made pastas make an appearance on the varied carta.

    You can't go wrong with haut-cuisine seafood options, particularly the salmon tiraditos. Fleshy strips of omega filled goodness lightly spiced up with cracked pepper that will go down a treat—and in around five seconds come to think of it.

    All the octopus dishes are sublime. The baby octopus is fiery crowd pleaser—perfectly crisp on the outside, juicy in the middle with a zesty punch of lemon. The exemplary Galician style pulpo, diced and served on a bed of paprika-dusted potatoes tastes like it was flown directly from San Sebastian, Spain.

    If seafood dominates the starters, then it's all about heavy-duty meats for the main. If you're a sucker for posh meat-and-two-veg combos tuck into aromatic lamb chops or steak, dressed up with lip-smacking sides.

    While they may be no clear cut food category (international is how our waiter described the offering, the website describes it as French, we would describe it as contemporary), all plates are united in their loyalty to freshness, so even the most simple dishes hit a perfect 10 on the flavour scale.

    Specifics about food categories are reductive when Amadeus succeeds in making exemplary dishes from all over the globe.

    Many of us link the word, Amadeus, to its Latin origin, meaning 'love of god', but after a superior dining experience here, we think it could mean 'love of food.'


  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century. 

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

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