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“Solid, but not exceptional” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Don Juan

Don Juan
Ranked #31 of 661 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Solid, but not exceptional”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

Although the food was very solid and a safe bet, I wasn't really that impressed, especially after all the hype. For an appetizer, we ordered the tuna tartar, which was just your standard tuna with avocado that you can find at every other restaurant in Manhattan. For the main course, we ordered the red snapper, which tasted fresh and had decent flavors, but I probably wouldn't order this dish again.

Like most other restaurants in Cartagena, if you order wine by the glass, you only get two choices -- vino tinto or vino blanco. Luckily for me, the sauvignon blanc was a good choice.

The decor was casual with its black and white checkered floor and denim napkins, but still felt very classy in an old Cuban kind of way.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Los Angeles USA
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“This is not a restaurant for Foodies.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Not a great experience. Small, crowded, staff overworked, service excellent to erratic and non-existent. No one knows anything about wine although the walls are filled with bottles on shelves. Wine by the glass is limited to one red and one white. There are no signature cocktails, no distinctly Cartagenenro liquors offered. Only imported run-of-the-mill liquors. Food is no different or better than a dozen other restaurants in town. A good example of too much fame and not enough internal structure to support that fame. Better to explore somewhere else. This is not a restaurant for Foodies or anyone truly interested in locale fare. You can find better easily.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank trula
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New York, New York, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Long wait but worth it ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

We had a reservation but ended up waiting after they tried to squeeze 3 people at a 2top. We had an interminable wait but the food was fantastic. A lively group of gentlemen ended up sitting next to us, but we noticed they too had a log wait. Well imagine my surprise when we realized after that the group was the president of Colombia entertaining his friends. If the president had to wait, I guess I can't complain. The do need an English menu however....

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1 Thank Lisa B
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Florida Keys
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Octopus!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

The food was excellent, especially the 'pulpo'. The service was attentive, although we did feel a bit rushed.

Visited October 2013
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Thank livinginthekeys
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Denver. CO
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102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“One of the best in Cartagena!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

The food is delicious, the decor is classy casual, and I definitely rate it in my top three, the other two being El Santisimo and San Pedro. Our meals were very good - we both had seafood - and the service was prompt and attentive. It was good all around and definitely worth the a visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jWorld Traveler
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