The Top 9 Restaurants In Maracaibo

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Amanda Chain

Maracaibo is the second-largest city in Venezuela, a coastal province brimming with high-rise buildings and vivid greenery, and a place where the noisy sounds of traffic and rhythmic beats of salsa can be heard throughout the streets day and night. Read on for our definitive guide to the best restaurants in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

1. Trio


Trio reflects the modern and chic dining style of LA restaurants. A sleek interior is complemented by on-trend artwork and an airy atmosphere, and a pretty upstairs seating area offers a beautiful, panoramic view of the surrounding cityscape. Don’t miss the coffee, which is rich and delicious, made from beans sourced straight from Colombia. The grilled steak here is tender and perfectly cooked.
Address and Telephone: Trio, By BOD torre principal, Maracaibo,Venezuela +58 261 616 7917

2. Mi Ternerita

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Venezuelan

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One of many steakhouses in Maracaibo, Mi Ternerita serves its guests the best cuts of meat, aromatic seasonings and flavorsome sauces. Ice-cold beer is the perfect accompaniment to any steak here, and customers can choose from a wide range of chicken, pork and beef dishes, all served with a side of herbed potatoes by a server with a smile. Hearty and satisfying, it’s hard to leave disappointed here.

3. Antica Restaurant

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Italian, Vegetarian

There is no restaurant in Maracaibo quite like Antica, an restaurant offering a delectable combination of Mediterranean and Italian dishes. Although a little pricery than other joints in the region, delicacies such as the champagne sangria and the creamy, rich risotto make a meal here worth every penny. There is an exquisitely landscaped garden here complete with idyllic palm trees and colorful plants, don’t miss it.

4. Katamaran

Restaurant, Venezuelan, Seafood

Colorful market in Maracaibo
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There is no doubt that Colombia has influenced Venezuelan cuisine, and Katamaran is a testament to how these demographic exchanges have positively shaped the food of the region. The menu here focusses on Colombian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, with some of the most popular picks being the lobster, squid and white fish in a cream sauce, as well as the sautéed salmon with plantains and grilled potatoes. The service is exceptional here, and if you’re looking for a taste of Colombia in Venezuela, this is the place to be.

5. Albahaca Restaurant

Restaurant, Venezuelan, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Open since 2011, Albahaca Restaurant has been offering consistently great service and fantastic food for over four years. Specializing in risottos and meat dishes, the cozy family restaurant prides itself on producing the finest salmon risotto in town. Premium ingredients, a lively atmosphere and a small space ensure this place is always packed to the rafters, so be sure to arrive early on the weekends if you want to secure a seat.

6. Restaurant Picanha Grill

Restaurant, Venezuelan, Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

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Restaurant Picanha Grill is a fantastic Brazilian wine bar and barbecue restaurant, and is an establishment which believes that no meal is complete without the perfect wine. For this reason there is an extensive menu of red and white wine options available here, as well as a variety of cocktails to choose from. And fantastic food abounds here, too. Begin with the queso clineja starter, a typical Venezuelan dish of cheese sprinkled with tomatoes and basil. Then move onto a steak, arguably one of the best in Maracaibo; go with the house speciality of puntra trasera for one of the juiciest cuts in town.

7. La Pentola Ristorante

Restaurant, South American

La Pentola Ristorante offers a buffet of epic proportions, from freshly squeezed juices to rich coffee, from local cheeses and sausages to handmade pastries and empanadas, diners will be full for hours after dining on the multitude of colorful dishes on offer! Set within a five star hotel this restaurant boasts sophisticated furnishings and sleek decor to match, and the dining area is large and spacious, a perfect setting in which to celebrate a special occasion.

8. Restaurant El Girasol

Restaurant, Venezuelan, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Seafood

Crab bisque
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A one-of-a-kind venue in Maracaibo, Restaurant El Girasol is the first revolving restaurant in the region. It takes about three hours to complete one revolution here, and the site offers brilliant panoramic views of the surrounding city and lake. The menu is comprised of both Spanish and English dishes, with some of the most popular plates being the crab bisque starter and the sautéed mahi mahi main course.

9. Koto Sushi

Koto Sushi

If seeking a break from South American cuisine, the best sushi in town can be found at Koto Sushi. This is by far the best place in Maracaibo to source Japanese food, and there are sushi and tempura options available in abundance. The owners here are Japanese natives, ensuring all the dishes are made using authentic flavorings and in conjunction with traditional recipes. The chicken teriyaki is divine.
Address and Telephone: Koto Sushi, Av 11 Entre Calles 75 y 76, Maracaibo, Venezuela +58 261 798 8954

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