Agua Fresca is a new Mexican restaurant that opened recently in Medellín. It’s located in El Poblado with a Mexican chef and has very good Mexican food.

This new Mexican restaurant opened recently in late July 2019. A friend living in El Poblado highly recommended this new restaurant to me. And I went to try it recently with a Mexican friend and was impressed. We went on a Thursday and all the tables quickly filled up by 8 pm.

Agua Fresca has some good and authentic Mexican food. The chief cook is Mexican and one of the partners of this new restaurant owns Sud 777 in Mexico City, which has been rated one of the best Mexican restaurants in the world.

I am originally from Texas before I moved to Medellín, so good Mexican food was a part of my life there and I like authentic Mexican food. But much of the Mexican food in Medellín is not very authentic.

For example, I am sorry but BBQ sauce doesn’t belong on a burrito. But I have seen BBQ sauce in use at a few of the other Mexican restaurants in Medellín. I am happy to see that Agua Fresca opened, as it has some good Mexican food.

More About Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca was started by Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, who has the iconic El Cielo restaurant in Medellín.

Barrientos partnered for this new Mexican restaurant in Medellín with the renowned Mexican chef, Edgar Núñez, owner of the restaurants Comedor Jacinta y Sud 777. Sud 777 in Mexico City was recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world by The Worlds 50 Best.

Also, the head chef of Agua Fresca is Mexican chef Antonio Trujano. The goal of this new restaurant is to bring authentic Mexican food to Medellín.

Pastor Tacos with soft shell corn tortillas

Pastor Tacos with soft shell corn tortillas

The Food Menu 

Agua Fresca is a Mexican restaurant with several traditional Mexican food options on the menu including:

  • 8 different types of tacos (2 tacos per order) for 14,000 to 22,000 pesos and corn tortillas are used for the tacos
  • 2 types of quesadilla dishes for 16,000 and 17,000 pesos
  • 2 types of burritos for 17,000 and 18,000 pesos
  • 2 types of tostadas for 15,000 and 18,000 pesos
Tuna tostadas

Tuna tostadas

Also, there over 10 other Mexican dishes on the menu including enchiladas and flautas with prices ranging from 12,000 to 30,000 pesos.

Aztec soup

Aztec soup

In addition, there are three soups on the menu priced from 12,000 to 29,000 pesos. And there are two soups for 14,000 pesos each.

Furthermore, guacamole costs 3,000 pesos.. Also, there are eight different sauces available including some good spicy sauces.

Arroz con leche dessert with fruits

Arroz con leche dessert with fruits

Finally, there are four desserts on the menu priced from 12,000 to 18,000 pesos.

The dishes are relatively small at this restaurant. If you are used to generous portions of Colombian food – brace yourself.  You will likely need a couple dishes to satisfy your hunger at this restaurant.

The bar at Agua Fresca

The bar at Agua Fresca

The Drink Menu

Agua Fresca has a decent sized drink menu. There are about 20 cocktails on the menu for 24,000 to 60,000 pesos.  And margaritas with mezcal are 24,000 pesos.

Since this is a Mexican restaurant they have several tequilas and mezcals on the menu. The tequilas are priced from 180,000 to 880,000 pesos per bottle or 14,000 to 60,000 pesos per shot.

And the mezcals are priced at 300,000 to 390,000 pesos per bottle or 20,000 to 29,000 per shot.

On the menu, there are also over 20 other liquors available by shot or bottle.  Also, there are 17 different wines on the menu for 84,000 to 190,000 pesos per bottle.

Finally, for non-alcoholic drinks they have water, sodas and juices starting at 6,000 pesos.

Agua Fresca is about a 20-minute walk from the Poblado metro station

Agua Fresca is about a 20-minute walk from the Poblado metro station

How to Get to Agua Fresca

Agua Fresca is located in El Poblado in Medellín very close to Parque Lleras. The restaurant is located near one of the main streets in El Poblado – Calle 10. And it is located in the former location of Da Filippo pizzeria that closed.

The nearest Medellín Metro station is the Poblado station on the A Line. And this restaurant is about a 20-minute walk uphill from the Poblado metro station.

Taxis or Uber were other options to get to this Mexican restaurant. Every taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Lleras is located. And this restaurant is located near Parque Lleras.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/Aguafresca-Restaurante-444483139616854/

Address: Carrera 40 # 10A-30, El Poblado, Medellín

Phone: +57 314 832 0717

Hours: Noon to 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

Payment accepted: Credit cards or cash

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley

On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at nine of the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley:

  1. Delirio Exquisito – a popular Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant in Medellín with some very good and creative food.
  2. El Sombrero – a Mexican-owned restaurant located in Sabaneta that has good and authentic Mexican food.
  3. Guadalupe – a hidden gem Mexican restaurant chain with two locations in Bello and one in Medellín with good Mexican food.
  4. Agua Fresca – a new Mexican restaurant in El Poblado, with a Mexican chef.
  5. El Guero – a chain of three Mexican restaurants in Medellín with good food.
  6. Tepito Tacos y Tequila – a popular Mexican restaurant in Envigado with good Mexican food.
  7. La Bronca – a popular restaurant/bar in El Poblado with good Mexican food.
  8. Milagros – a popular chain of six Mexican restaurants in Medellín with good food.
  9. Orale! – a Mexican-owned restaurant in Medellín with authentic Mexican food.

Also, we included Agua Fresca in our list of the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín.

Inside Agua Fresca

Inside Agua Fresca

The Bottom Line: Agua Fresca – A New Mexican Restaurant in Medellín

Agua Fresca has been open less than two months. And it’s already popular due to having some good food.

I was pleasantly surprised when I went to this restaurant with a Mexican friend, as it has some authentic Mexican food and good hot sauces. From the food, it was obvious that Mexican chefs were involved in this restaurant.

The bottom line is that this restaurant has a nice atmosphere with good Mexican food. And it’s located not very far from Parque Lleras. So, I expect it will quickly be discovered by many foreigners.

I have been on a quest to find the best Mexican restaurants in Medellín. And I have tried well over 25 Mexican restaurants and written about nine of the best I have found.

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