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.
This restaurant is situated in the historic old town area of Colonia del Sacramento, and offers a beautiful view of the nearby cathedral. Inside, it is full of warm colors and has a very welcoming atmosphere. Viejo Barrio is a calm place to relax from an exciting day or to strengthen oneself for an afternoon of historical sightseeing. They have delicious meals, like the homemade pasta, which is really worth trying, as is the traditional chivito.
This restaurant is difficult to miss, painted in pink and directly on the corner of the main plaza in Colonia del Sacramento. Very close to the Pulpería de los Faroles is the farol, which is a very picturesque view that leads to the light tower. There is the possibility to sit outside in the plaza and to sit inside, in a very friendly atmosphere. It is worth a visit to taste the delicious dishes and wines.
El Buen Suspiro is more like a winery and a wine shop than a real restaurant. But the extraordinary thing for Colonia del Sacramento is that they produce their own wine, liqueurs, cheese, marmalades and grappas (a grape-based brandy). Those products, made of best quality, can be tasted from the dégustation menu, which is prepared for two or three people. This bodega, as is called in Spanish, is located in a very calm place with its own garden. Their homemade food and drink products make perfect gifts.
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.
Lentas Maravillas is a very cozy and dreamy place. Guests are invited to dine in a living room-style restaurant or a comfortable garden with view to the river. It is the perfect place to lean back, relax, read and enjoy the twittering of the birds. On offer are handmade sweet dishes or some savoury snacks like sandwiches. To quench your thirst, the homemade lemonade is the perfect remedy.
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.
Churana’s concept is unique in Colonia del Sacramento. It is a restaurant, with an adjacent fashion shop. Everything is handmade, from their excellent spicy dishes to the delicious desserts. The restaurant itself has a very welcoming atmosphere, where guests can sit inside, outside or in the winter garden. To complete the experience, there is the beautiful view of the river.
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.
El Callejón de la Discordia is very close to the Río de la Plata, and a trip here is worth it just for its beautiful view. The restaurant offers several dishes of meat which are made at the parilla. The meats will be prepared with some side dishes, like the classic potatoes and salad. With a great selection of wines, an evening here is sure to be a special one.