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Restaurant Reviews, Colombia

Café y Crépes

The alpine style of this place celebrates hiking and climbing in the great outdoors, but the mood inside is surprisingly intimate. You can sit on pillows in front of a fire and sip mulled wine. Both sweet and savory crepes are served. AE, DC, MC, V. No lunch Sun. Other location: Diagonal 108 No. 9A-11, PHONE: 091/214-5312.

Cafetería Romana

Reminiscent of a 1960s-era diner, this unpretentious eatery in La Candelaria serves an appropriate selection of sandwiches. Breakfast here is typically Colombian -- hot chocolate with cheese and bread. AE, DC, MC, V.

Carbón de Palo

Bogotá's premier grilled-meat restaurant is a favorite north-end meeting place of senior politicians and plutocrats. The menu is dominated by grilled steak, chicken, and pork, but excellent salads are served with great aplomb. Choose a seat in the delightful indoor patio full of hanging plants. On weekends, musicians serenade you with traditional Colombian music. AE, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun.

Casa Medina

Chef Francisco Rodriguez prepares French dishes, such as medallions of trout smothered in fennel and onion, with aplomb. The stately restaurant, built in 1945 as a private mansion, has been declared a national monument. The elegant dining rooms, strewn with antiques imported by aristocratic Bogotano families, each evoke a different European country. AE, DC, MC, V.

Casa San Isidro

Specializing in masterfully prepared seafood and white-glove service, Casa San Isidro would be worth the trip for the location alone. Perched 2,000 feet over Bogotá on top of the Cerro de Monserrate, you'll dine fireside as a pianist tickles the ivories on the baby grand. Sample the San Isidro lobster with squid and shrimp, and then wash it down with your choice of wine from a dozen different countries. But be sure to leave by midnight, Cinderella, before the last cable car returns to the streets below. DC, MC, V. Closed Sun.

Casa Vieja

Offering typical Colombian dishes, Casa Vieja is known for the quality of its ajiaco. Dinner in this Belle Epoque-style restaurant is accompanied by antiques and artwork from Colombia's colonial past. Three locations serve the Candelaria, Centro Internacional, and the northern part of town. AE, MC, V. Closed Sun. Other locations: Carrera 10 No. 26-60, PHONE: 091/336-7818. Carrera 11 No. 89-08, PHONE: 091/236-3421.

Crépes and Waffles

This is a unique chain of restaurants serving, of course, crepes and waffles, as well as a delicious selection of ice-cream desserts. Posters of Colombian artist Fernando Botero's works cover the walls. AE, DC, MC, V. Other locations: Carrera 9 No. 73-33, PHONE: 091/211-2530. Carrera 11 No. 85-79, PHONE: 091/610-5298.

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