The small and picturesque city of Colonia del Sacramento was the first town in Uruguay, and has had a long and turbulent history. The city has also been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. Despite its size Colonia del Sacramento has a lot of restaurants, and here’s our guide to the best in the city.
Blanco y Negro
Blanco y Negro is an elegant and stylish restaurant in the city center of Colonia del Sacramento, and is also a hub for jazz music and art. Blanco y Negro offers their guests traditional Uruguayan dishes, like meat, chivitos, pasta, fish and seafood. To accompany your meal, you can choose between the excellent selections of wines. It combines the ambience of restaurant and bar, and offers a place to create memorable moments. Their gig listings are extensive, and the restaurant is a popular place for jazz enthusiasts. Every year, Blanco y Negro is the place of the city’s annual jazz festival Jazz de Colonia. They also invite people to visit their art gallery, full of local Uruguayan artists.
Ituzaingó 185/ Gral Flores, Centro, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, +598 4522 2236
La Casa de Jorge Páez Vilaró
This restaurant is not just a place for dining, it is also an art gallery which exhibits the paintings from Jorge Páez Vilaró, an Uruguayan artist who died in February 2014. La Casa de Jorge Páez Vilaró is a family restaurant, with only five tables inside, and one outside in the beautiful garden, which is perfect for a romantic meal. The stone walls and the wooden floor create a very unique ambiance and shows the furniture of the 18th century in a better light. Guests can try everything from different variations of pasta, to seafood and meat, and a great selection of desserts.
Misiones de los Tapes 65, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, +598 4522 9211
Parrilla Santa Rita
Parrilla Santa Rita is a family business, located near the Río de la Plata. It is a beautiful place to watch the sunset, but the interior of the restaurant is also very inviting and comfortable. Highly recommended is their homemade paella with fresh seafood like mussels, prawns and calamari, which is served in an iron pan.
Calle Santa Rita 16, Colonia del Sacramento, +598 4522 0224
El Drugstore is a very colorful, welcoming and extraordinary restaurant. There are pictures all over the walls, multicolored chairs and dotted table clothes in different colors. The restaurant has an open kitchen, so guests can have a look on as the chefs cook up their meals. They produce tasty dishes made with meat and seafood, and also some small dishes. Some evenings there are live concerts, and the restaurant changes into a bar with a homely atmosphere.
Portugal 174, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, +598 4522 5241
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