We look at 30 of the best restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia. Sabaneta is the smallest municipality in Colombia and is located south of Medellín and Envigado in the Aburrá Valley.

I have lived in Sabaneta for over three years and during this time have eaten at well over 100 restaurants in Sabaneta. The following is our list of the 28 best restaurants in Sabaneta, which is updated for 2021.

Sabaneta has been growing rapidly and is adding restaurants at a fast pace. For example, when Mayorca mall in Sabaneta was expanded in late 2015, it added many new restaurants.

TripAdvisor for Sabaneta is missing many of the best restaurants in Sabaneta. So, be careful with TripAdvisor restaurant ratings for Sabaneta.

With my Colombian wife’s help, we both collaborated to select and order the following list of the 30 best restaurants in Sabaneta:

Bandeja paisa at El Viejo John

Bandeja paisa at El Viejo John

1. El Veijo John – Best Restaurants in Sabaneta

Restaurante El Viejo John is a very popular restaurant in Sabaneta that specializes in traditional Colombian food. Many locals in Sabaneta consider El Veijo John the best restaurant in Sabaneta. It’s a great place to experience Colombian food including Antioquian specialties like bandeja paisa.

El Viejo John has many traditional Colombian dishes on the menu including bandeja paisa, buñuelos, cazuela de mariscos (seafood casserole), empanadas, mondongo soup, pescado frito(fried fish) sancocho soup and tamales.

The portions at El Viejo John are huge and the prices are reasonable. I frequently have needed to ask them to pack some of the leftovers to take home, as it has been too much to eat.

There are over 20 different fish dishes on the menu ranging in price from 22,500 to 34,000 pesos. And the 11 different bandejas on the menu are priced from 16,500 to 22,550 pesos. The seven different sancocho soups are priced from 11,000 to 19,000 pesos (three of these are only available on the weekend).

And there are many other options on the menu and many additional sides you can add to the entrees.

Address: Carrera 45 #70 Sur-42, Sabaneta

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/El-viejo-JhonRestaurante/335673709874778

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7 am – 10:00 pm.

Sirloin steak with pork sausage and roasted corn with skewers of vegetables and fruits, photo courtesy of Mama Santa

Sirloin steak with pork sausage and roasted corn with skewers of vegetables and fruits, photo courtesy of Mama Santa

2. Mama Santa Parrillada

Mama Santa Parrillada is a steakhouse in Sabaneta that is popular with locals with good steaks and a nice ambience. It’s my favorite steakhouse in Sabaneta.

Mama Santa is known as a parilla, which is a restaurant where grilled-meats are served. And in the U.S., we’d call it a steakhouse.

Mama Santa has a nice atmosphere with open air sides. So, it’s a good place to go with your sweetheart or with friends, family or business associates. Also, on the weekends, it even hosts live music with some local entertainers.

Mama Santa originally opened in 2000 at a different location in Sabaneta, in Prados de Sabaneta. I first discovered this restaurant at its old location several years ago. And about 2011, it reportedly moved to its current location on Avenida Las Vegas in Sabaneta.

Mama Santa has many options on the menu. Since it’s a steakhouse, the specialties are dishes from the grill. There are over 10 different steak options including three imported steaks with the steak prices ranging from 29,800 to 52,000 pesos.

Address: Calle 72 Sur # 46D-56, Sabaneta

Website: https://mamasanta.com.co/

Telephone: +57 311 719 1298

Hours: Monday to Sunday: Noon to 10 pm.

Tacos and soup at El Sombrero, photo courtesy of El Sombrero

Tacos and soup at El Sombrero, photo courtesy of El Sombrero

3. El Sombrero

El Sombrero is a popular Mexican restaurant in Sabaneta with authentic and really good Mexican food. A Mexican owns the restaurant and the cooks reportedly are Mexican as well. So, this restaurant has very authentic traditional Mexican food.

El Sombrero is a family run business that opened in 2008. So, it’s been in business for over 10 years. It’s a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with locals. And it is considered to have the best Mexican food in Sabaneta. Also, it’s the 5th highest rated restaurant in Sabaneta on TripAdvisor.

El Sombrero actually has two sections. One is the restaurant and the other is a “factory” where they make Mexican food products. So, the products used in the restaurant are made locally.

The restaurant’s slogan is “Colores y sabores de México” (Colors and Tastes of Mexico). The inside of the restaurant is very colorful similar to what you find in Mexico and the food is authentic Mexican food. So, it delivers on its slogan.

On the menu are over 60 Mexican dishes including several types of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tacos, tostadas, nachos and fajitas with prices ranging from 18,9000 to 43,900 pesos.

Address: Carrera 43C # 66Sur-27, Sabaneta

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ElSombreroComidaMexicana/

Phone: +57 4 301 9182

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight, Monday: closed.

Waffle with Nutella and slices of fresh banana, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, photo courtesy of Crepes & Waffles

Waffle with Nutella and slices of fresh banana, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, photo courtesy of Crepes & Waffles

4. Crepes & Waffles

Crepes & Waffles is a very popular chain of restaurants in Colombia that specializes in crepes, waffles and ice cream.

In Medellín, Crepes & Waffles is so popular the company has grown to a total of 19 restaurants and 10 ice cream shops. And the restaurants are not difficult to find, as over half of them in Medellín are found in malls in the city.

The company has grown to over 80 restaurants in nine cities in Colombia and a total of over 100 restaurants in nine countries. In addition, the company is known for primarily hiring women who are the head of a household.

Crepes & Waffles has an extensive food menu. Obviously crepes and waffles are the focus. The extensive menu can be seen online (in Spanish).

Crepes & Waffles is a good option for lunch, brunch, dinner or just a dessert. It’s expected to remain a popular restaurant chain due to having some good food.

Crepes & Waffles has two locations in the Mayorca mall in Sabaneta:

  1. Mayorca Mall, Calle 51 Sur # 48-57, Sabaneta, Phone: +57 4 3772715
  2. Mayorca Mall, Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128 local: 40-75, Sabaneta, Phone: +57 4 3660423

Website: http://crepesywaffles.com.co/

Grilled chicken, broccoli, carrots and mushrooms on fettuccine with carbonara sauce, photo courtesy of Parmessano

Grilled chicken, broccoli, carrots and mushrooms on fettuccine with
carbonara sauce, photo courtesy of Parmessano

5. Parmessano

Parmessano is a popular chain of 12 Italian restaurants in Medellín that has some good Italian food. It also has a sizeable menu with many options.

When I used to live in Belén in Medellín several years ago, I first discovered the Parmessano located at Los Molinos Mall. And when I moved to Sabaneta, the nearby Mayorca Mall also has a Parmessano restaurant.  So, I have eaten at this restaurant chain many times.

I have eaten at six of their 12 restaurants over the past five years. And the food and service has been consistently good in each location. Parmessano has many things on the menu. So, I haven’t yet tried everything.

My favorites at this restaurant include the salmon with tri-color pasta, meat lasagna and the baby beef with pasta.

On the menu are “Muy Parmessano” dishes which are house special pasta dishes that range in price from 18,900 to 29,000 pesos. And there are many other pasta dishes on the menu.

Parmessano is a very popular chain of Italian restaurants in Medellín. So, it has grown over the past several years to 12 restaurant locations in the Medellín area. Here is their Sabaneta location:

Address: Mayorca Mall, Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128, Sabaneta; Tel: +57 444 4662 ext. 129

Website: http://parmessano.com.co/

Food from Kitchen Warrior: A New Restaurant in Sabaneta

Food from Kitchen Warrior: A New Restaurant in Sabaneta

6. Kitchen Warrior

Kitchen Warrior is a new restaurant in Sabaneta that opened in October 2020 with good steaks, burgers and pizzas and hasn’t been discovered by many expats.

This restaurant opened in late October last year during the pandemic and is already popular due to having good food. I live in Sabaneta and discovered this restaurant last month.

Kitchen Warrior is known as a parilla, which is a restaurant where grilled-meats are served. And in the U.S., we’d call it a steakhouse.

This restaurant has a nice atmosphere with tables under a tent or large umbrellas. So, it’s a good place to go with your sweetheart or with friends, family or business associates.

In my experience, this restaurant has very good steaks, burgers and pizzas. So, since discovering it last month, I have already gone three times with my Colombian wife who also likes this restaurant.

There are several steaks on the menu from 29,000 to 55,000 pesos. Also, there are nine different burgers on the menu for 15,000 to 25,900 pesos. And there are 13 pizzas on the menu for 15,000 to 23,900 pesos.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kitchen-warrior-100930345150976/

Address: Calle 77 Sur # 45-107, Sabaneta

Hours: Noon to 11 am

Catalán: A Popular Restaurant and Butcher Shop in Sabaneta

Catalán: A Popular Restaurant and Butcher Shop in Sabaneta

7. Catalán

Catalán is a popular restaurant and butcher shop in Sabaneta with good food and specializes in real ham, meats without additives and gluten free products.

I have lived in Sabaneta for nearly four years and buy meat products from this butcher shop and have eaten at this restaurant several times.

The meat in this butcher shop is top quality. And the food in the restaurant is very good with natural raised meats.

For over 30 years, Catalán has taken care of their own pig and cattle genetics on their farms, feeding them with their own formulations, without supplying any kind of growth hormones. And their cattle are raised on pastures that only use organic fertilizer.

Several years ago, Catalán decided to make the ham that they dreamed of finding. This is a real ham. The whole piece is massaged and does not pass through a mill, where it is commonly mixed with flours and chicken pastes. So, the hams at Catalán are pure meat.

All their products are gluten free, without the addition of monosodium glutamate.

This restaurant has a variety of items on the menu including grilled items, appetizers, burgers and other dishes.

Address: Carrera 43A # 61Sur-15, Sabaneta

Website: https://www.catalan.com.co/

Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm and the restaurant isn’t open in the mornings but the butcher shop is open in the mornings.

Food options at Daisuki Sushi Wok

Food options at Daisuki Sushi Wok

8. Daisuki Sushi Wok

Daisuki Sushi Wok is a popular Japanese restaurant in Sabaneta with good sushi and Asian stir-fry food. Daisuki Sushi Wok opened about a year ago. So, this restaurant opened during the coronavirus pandemic in Colombia and is still operating due to having good food.

I found that this restaurant has good sushi and also has good stir-fried food. Note three of the above photos are curtesy of Daisuki Sushi Wok.

The specialty of this restaurant is sushi and there are 31 different sushi options on the menu. The sushi comes in a full order of 10 sushi or a half-order of 5 sushi. Full orders of sushi range in price from 22,500 to 37,000 pesos for 10 sushi. And half-orders of sushi range in price from 12,000 to 19,900 pesos.

Also, there are seven wok stir-fry dishes on the menu for 22,000 to 32,000 pesos.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/daisukisushiwok/ and http://daisukisushiwok.com/

Address: Calle 72 Sur # 43B-29

Hours: 1 pm to 10 pm

Pizzas from Antonella's in Sabaneta

Pizzas from Antonella’s in Sabaneta

9. Antonella’s

Antonella’s is a popular pizzeria located in Sabaneta with good pizza located a few blocks from Parque Sabaneta.

Antonella’s in Sabaneta was originally a very small pizzeria but it expanded due to being a popular pizzeria.

This pizzeria has one of the largest selections of pizza with over 30 different pizzas on the menu to choose from.

Antonella’s specializes in pizzas and there are 35 different pizzas on the menu. The pizzas come in two sizes: small with four slices and large with eight slices.

The small range in price from 15,900 to 29,900 pesos. And the large range in price from 26,900 to 43,900 pesos. And you can substitute and add ingredients to the pizzas.

In addition, there are several pasta and lasagna dishes on the menu for 17,800 to 22,700 pesos.

Address: Calle 74Sur # 45-18, Sabaneta

Website: https://es-la.facebook.com/antonellaspizzaalapiedra/

Phone: +57 321 7275873

Hours: Noon to midnight

Pizza at Pizza en Leña, photo courtesy of Pizza en Leña

Pizza at Pizza en Leña, photo courtesy of Pizza en Leña

10. Pizza en Leña

Pizza en Leña is a popular chain of two pizzerias located in Sabaneta. Pizza en Leña specializes in very good thin-crust pizza that is cooked in a brick oven at both of its locations.

A Dutch guy owns the Pizza en Leña chain. He bought his first pizzeria in Sabaneta about seven years ago from another Dutch guy. This first pizzeria became so popular that on weekends it frequently had lines waiting to get into the relatively small place.

This drove the owner to open a second Pizza en Leña about a year ago. This second pizzeria is located next to the popular Parque Sabeneta. The second pizzeria is much larger than the first and seats a maximum of about 75 people. And it has two floors.

The pizzas at Pizza en Leña come in two sizes: medium with six slices and large with eight slices. On the menu at Pizzeria Olivia are 18 different pizzas. And the pizza prices range from 21,000 to 27,000 pesos for medium or 28,000 to 36,000 pesos for large.

Pizza en Leña has two locations in Sabaneta listed below:

  1. Sabaneta: Carrera 46 # 72S-49
  2. Sabaneta: Carrera 44 cl 70 sur 32 (next to Parque Sabaneta)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pizzaenlena

Phone: +57 4 301 5735

Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight.

Mediterránea pizza at Ragazzi, photo courtesy of Ragazzi

Mediterránea pizza at Ragazzi, photo courtesy of Ragazzi

11. Ragazzi Pizzas y Pastas

Ragazzi Pizzas y Pastas is a popular pizzeria chain with three pizzerias in the

I recently discovered this pizzeria chain’s location in Sabaneta, which has been open for over a year. This chain’s first pizzeria is in Envigado, which opened about two years ago. And the chain recently opened its third pizzeria in Laureles.

Ragazzi has very good pizzas that are served on a skillet to keep the pizzas hot, something I haven’t seen at another pizzeria in Medellín.  Also, it has some good pasta dishes.

The pizzas at Ragazzi come in three sizes: personal (18 cm), for a couple (28 cm) or with friends (38 cm). On the menu at Ragazzi are 16 different pizzas. And the pizza prices range from 19,500 to 23,500 pesos for 18 cm, 25,500 to 32,500 pesos for 28 cm or 33,500 to 39,500 for 38 cm.

Ragazzi Pizzas Y Pastas has three locations in the Medellín metro area and here is their Sabaneta location:

Address: Calle 71 Sur # 43B-31, Sabaneta

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ragazzitradicion/

Phone: +57 313 620 3142

Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursday and Friday: 11:30 am to 11:30 pm.

La Octava Maravilla: A Restaurant with a View in Sabaneta

La Octava Maravilla: A Restaurant with a View in Sabaneta

12. La Octava Maravilla

La Octava Maravilla Mirador is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta located high up the hills in Sabaneta with an amazing view of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.

La Octava Maravilla Mirador means “The Eighth Wonder Lookout”. In addition, La Octava Marvilla is a hidden gem, which hasn’t yet been discovered by many foreigners. Also, many Colombians in the Medellín area I have talked to don’t know about this restaurant with a view in Sabaneta.

This restaurant offers an amazing view of the entire Aburrá Valley from high up the hills of Sabaneta, which is located in the southern part of the Aburrá Valley.

We have looked at seven of the best panoramic views in Medellín. And La Octava Maravilla is one of the locations with a fantastic panoramic view. The best thing about this restaurant is the view.

La Octava Maravilla has a relatively small food menu, which are mainly grilled items.

  • Punta de Anca steak 300 grams – 32,000 pesos
  • Churrasco steak 300 grams – 32,000 pesos
  • BBQ ribs – 32,000 pesos
  • Chicken breast 300 grams – 30,000 pesos
  • Chuzo de Pollo 320 grams – 22,000 pesos
  • Maravilla hamburger – 24,000 pesos

Address: Calle 63 B Sur Carrera 32, Sabaneta

Website: https://www.facebook.com/La-Octava-Maravilla-Mirador-1754692431493666/

The Chef Burger Mexican burger, photo courtesy of Chef Burger

The Chef Burger Mexican burger, photo courtesy of Chef Burger

13. Chef Burger 

Chef Burger is a popular chain with 11 gourmet burger restaurants in Medellín with really good American style burgers.  They also use the slogan “The Best Burger in Town” but that’s debatable as Medellín has many other good burger places.

Chef Burger was originally the dream of four enterprising friends that started in August 2011 with its first gourmet burger restaurant in El Poblado.

This gourmet burger restaurant has been so popular that it has grown over the past six years to where it now has 11 restaurants in Medellín plus two in Bogotá and two in Cali. So, Chef Burger now has a total of 15 restaurants in Colombia. In addition, it has a food truck to enable Chef Burger to bring its gourmet burgers to some events.

The above photo is the Mexican burger at Chef Burger with beef grilled to order with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, cheese, onions and jalapeños with chili with meat and pico de gallo, photo is courtesy of Chef Burger.

On the menu at Chef Burger are 15 different burgers with prices ranging from 13,900 to 23,900 pesos

Chef Burger currently has 11 locations in the Medellín metro area and here is their Sabaneta location:

Address: Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128, Mayorca Mega Plaza mall, Sabaneta, +57 4 448 2378 ext. 108

Website: http://chefburger.co/

Pigasus: A Chain of Restaurants in Medellín with Good Burgers and Chicharrón

Pigasus: A Chain of Restaurants in Medellín with Good Burgers and Chicharrón

14. Pigasus

Pigasus is a chain of three restaurants in Medellín with very good burgers and specializes in pork including chicharrón (pork rinds).

Pigasus’ first restaurant opened in 2017 and they now have three restaurants located in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley with one in Medellín, one in Sabaneta and one in Bello.

Pigasus has over 10 burgers on the menu with prices ranging from 17,000 pesos to 32,000 pesos. Specialties of the chef include barbecue ribs for 31,000 pesos, Punta de Anca de Cerdo (half) for 58,000 pesos or full for 95,000 pesos, Chicharrón de chef for 25,000 pesos and Pork wings for 28,000 pesos.

Also, there are Chicharrón “wings” – 23,000 pesos for 6, 43,000 pesos for 12 or 79,000 pesos for 24. In addition, there are chicken wings – 19,400 for 6, 36,000 pesos for 12, 62,000 pesos for 24 and 98,000 pesos for 48.

Pigasus has three locations in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.

  1. At Mayorca mall in Sabaneta (in the new phase)
  2. Carrera 81 # 30-37 (near the Los Molinos mall in Belén)
  3. At the Plazoleta Los Arbols shopping center in Bello at Avenida 43 # 51-55a

Website: https://pigasus.com.co/

Hours: Noon to 9 pm.

Bocadini: A New Burger Restaurant in Sabaneta With Good Burgers

Bocadini: A New Burger Restaurant in Sabaneta With Good Burgers

15. Bocadini

Bocadini is a new burger restaurant in Sabaneta that opened recently near Parque Sabaneta and it has very good gourmet-style burgers.

Medellin Guru reader recommended this restaurant. So, I went to try it and found this new restaurant have very good burgers.

This is a new restaurant that is conveniently located less than a block from Parque Sabaneta in Sabaneta. It’s a small restaurant but also does deliveries.

There are nine different burgers on the menu with prices ranging from 16,900 to 32,000 pesos.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bocadillo.elartedelsabor/posts/

Address: Carrera 45 #68sur-58, Sabaneta

24 wings with three sauces at Sports Wings

24 wings with three sauces at Sports Wings

16. Sports Wings

Sport Wings is a good place in Medellín to watch sports while having some great wings.  Sport Wings is a popular chain of seven sports bars in Medellín that is owned by a partnership of five Colombians.

Most noteworthy, each location has TVs that show sports from around the world, as they have DIRECTV service at each location.

Sport Wings has some really great wings that are my favorite in the city. My father visited Medellín in May 2017. And he loved the wings at Sport Wings and wanted to go back a second time. He even said they were one of the best wings he ever tried.

The most popular option on the menu is obviously the wings. Wings come with an option of 14 different sauces from mild to hot. I like spicy, so I happen to like the two hottest sauces.

Six wings with one sauce is 13,900 pesos, 12 wings with two sauces is 26,900 pesos, 24 wings with three sauces is 51,900 pesos and 48 wings with four sauces is 89,900 pesos.  Also, there is a family pack with 100 wings and 10 sauces available for 168,900 pesos.

Furthermore, the main dishes on the menu include several different hamburgers, ribs, three Mexican dishes and two salads. In addition, there is a big selection of snacks and appetizers.

Sport Wings has seven locations in the Medellín metro area and here are the two Sabaneta Sports Wings location in Mayorca mall:

  1. Mayorca Mega Plaza, Calle 51 Sur #48-57, Sabaneta, local 4063 in the new phase of the mall, Tel: +57 4 3730335, opened in late 2015.
  2. Mayorca Mega Plaza,Calle 51 Sur #48-57, Sabaneta, located in the Bolera Mayorca bowling alley in the first phase of the mall, opened in late 2018.

Websitehttp://sportwings.com.co/

Some of the food options at Big Boy Food

Some of the food options at Big Boy Food

17. Big Boy Food

Big Boy Food opened in Sabaneta on August 27 with a selection of food inspired by the U.S, UK, and Italy. This was a reopening, moving from a smaller place.

The new location of Big Boy Food opened in Sabaneta on August 27 with a selection of food inspired by the U.S, UK, and Italy plus Colombia.

This was a reopening, moving from a smaller place that opened in February 2021 and closed on August 15 to move to the new location.

This restaurant has food inspired by food from the U.S., UK, Italy and Colombia. So, there are a variety of dishes on the menu.

  • UK inspired – four fish dishes for 19,000 to 60,000 pesos (largest is a picnic).
  • Italy inspired – seven pasta dished for 20,000 to 25,000 pesos
  • U.S. inspired – submarine sandwiches and mac and cheeses dishes for 14,000 to 25,000 pesos.
  • Colombia inspired – four potato dishes with different meats for 18,000 to 24,000 pesos.

Also, there is breakfast available all day – pancakes, French toast or bacon and eggs with a bagel for 12,000 to 14,000 pesos.

Address: Carrera 45 #67SUR-05

Website: http://bigboyfoodcolombia.com/

Mexican food options at Wajaca

Mexican food options at Wajaca

18. Wajaca

Wajaca is a popular chain of nine Mexican restaurants in Medellín with a festive eating environment and a nice presentation and good Mexican food.

Wajaca has several traditional Mexican food options on the menu including:

  • Tacos – eight types with three tacos for 17,900 to 18,100 pesos each
  • Fajitas – multiple options for 22,900 to 29,900 pesos each
  • Quesadillas – five types for 23,900 pesos
  • Burritos – 10 types for 23,900 pesos each
  • Chimichangas – two types for 21,900 pesos each

Wajaca has nine locations in the Medellín metro area. The Sabaneta location is: at:

Address: Mayorca mall, Calle 51 Sur # 48 – 57, Sabaneta (in new phase of mall)

Website: https://wajaca.co/

Hours: Noon to 10:00 pm

Steaks on the menu, photo courtesy of ArteSano Lounge Grill

Steaks on the menu, photo courtesy of ArteSano Lounge Grill

19. ArteSano Lounge Grill

ArteSano Lounge Grill is a small steakhouse located in Sabaneta with very good steaks that hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners.

In the United States, we’d call ArteSano a steakhouse, but here in Colombia and South America it’s known as a parilla, a restaurant where grilled meats are served.

I had walked by this small steakhouse many times and didn’t try it until recently. I found that this small steakhouse has very good steaks including an inexpensive (for Medellín) Tomahawk steak. Note the above photos are courtesy of ArteSano.

ArteSano Lounge Grill has several options on the menu. Since it’s a steakhouse the specialties are dishes from the grill that include:

  • Tomahawk Brangus (900 grams) – 77,900 pesos
  • Punta de Anca (cap of rump) steak (350 grams) – 37,900 pesos
  • Chata Barnagus (350 grams) – 35,900 pesos
  • Chata Búfalo (330 grams) – 40,900 pesos
  • BBQ ribs (1,000 grams) – 75,900 pesos

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ArteSanoLoungeGrill/

Address: Calle 66Sur # 43C-84, Sabaneta

Phone: +57 304.114.4406

Hours: Noon to 9 pm

Some of the food options at La Doctora, photos courtesy of La Doctora

Some of the food options at La Doctora, photos courtesy of La Doctora

20. La Doctora

La Doctora is steakhouse with two locations in Sabaneta and Envigado that is popular with locals and it has some good steaks, ribs and fish. La Doctora is known as a parilla, which is a restaurant where grilled-meats are served.

This restaurant is a favorite of the locals in Sabaneta and Envigado. The food is good and the potions are huge. Also, on the weekends they tend to have live entertainment at night. This is a no-frills casual restaurant that is popular with couples and families.

The Sabaneta location of La Doctora is the oldest and opened in 1983. In addition, this chain of two restaurants takes reservations. Also, they can provide special decorations on your table for a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.

La Doctora has many options on the menu. Since it’s a steakhouse, the specialties are dishes from the grill, which include over nine steaks with prices ranging from 28,500 to 40,900 pesos. Also, there are several traditional Colombia dishes like Bandeja Paisa and several fish dishes on the menu.

Address: Calle 75B Sur # 40-20, Sabaneta

Phone: +57 4 288 3466

Website: http://www.restauranteladoctora.co/

Hours: Sabaneta – Monday to Saturday: Noon to midnight; Sunday and holidays: Noon to 10:00 pm. Envigado – Monday to Thursday and Sunday: Noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: Noon to midnight.

Dishes at La Hija de Stella in Sabaneta

Dishes at La Hija de Stella in Sabaneta

21. La Hija de Stella

La Hija de Stella is a very popular Colombian restaurant in Sabaneta with good food. This restaurant serves traditional Colombian dishes (comida tipica).

La Hija de Stella is Spanish for “Stella’s Daughter”. In addition, this restaurant is currently the second highest rated restaurant located in Sabaneta on TripAdvisor.

This restaurant is popular with locals in Sabaneta and a few foreigners that have discovered it due to having some very good Colombian food. And I have eaten at this restaurant several times and the food and service has always been very good.

This restaurant specializes in comida típica – traditional Colombian dishes. But a few of the typical Colombian dishes are only available on the weekend.

The following four dishes are only available on the weekends:

  1. Bandeja Paisa for 26,000 pesos
  2. Sancocho soup for 18,500 pesos
  3. Mondongo soup for 15,000 pesos
  4. Frijoles (beans) with chicharrón (pork rind) for 20,000 pesos

There are several other Colombian dishes on menu including several chicken, steak and ribs dishes with prices ranging from 10,000 to 36,000 pesos.

Address: Carrera 46 # 75 Sur-254, Sabaneta

Website: https://lahijadestella.webnode.es/

Phone: +57 4 277 0953

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday: 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm; Saturday: Noon to 11:30 pm; Sunday and Holidays: Noon to 10:00 pm.

Some of the food options at Ladrillo y Verde

Some of the food options at Ladrillo y Verde

22. Ladrillo y Verde

Ladrillo y Verde is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with good food that is a hidden gem not discovered by many foreigners yet.

Ladrillo y Verde is an open-air hidden gem restaurant located in Sabaneta, which has some good food and a nice open-air ambiance.

This restaurant is popular with Colombians. But it hasn’t yet been discovered by many foreigners due to being located several blocks from popular Parque Sabaneta.

Also, this restaurant has some inexpensive “menú del día” lunch specials available for only 12,000 pesos plus offers deliveries in Sabaneta. Note the above photos are courtesy of Ladrillo y Verde.

On the menu are several main dishes from the grill including:

  • Six different steaks for 22,000 to 30,000 pesos
  • Five different hamburgers for 18,000 to 25,000 pesos
  • BBQ ribs for 30,000 pesos

Also, there are seven fish dishes on the menu for 20,000 to 30,000 pesos.

Website: https://www.instagram.com/restauranteladrilloyverde/?hl=en

Address: Calle 62 Sur carrera 45-20, Sabaneta

Phone: +57 (4) 567,1723

Hours: Noon to 11 pm

Seafood dishes from El Encanto de Nuqui

Seafood dishes from El Encanto de Nuqui

23. El Encanto de Nuquia

El Encanto de Nuquia is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with good seafood that hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners.

Several Medellin Guru readers asked if there is a good seafood restaurant in Sabaneta. This seafood restauratn is located a few blocks from Parque Sabaneta but hasn’t yet been discovered by many foreigners. This restaurant is located on the second floor of a building and is popular with locals in Sabaneta.

This restaurant specializes in seafood dishes. There are over 50 seafood dishes on the menu including lobster, seafood stew, and many types of fish and other seafood dished priced from 17,000 to 90,000 pesos. The dishes come with coconut rice and a small salad.

Also, there are seven ceviche dishes on the menu priced from 5,000 to 25,000 pesos. And there are two spaghetti with seafood dished for 28,000 or 65,000 pesos.

Address: Carrera 43B # 71Sur-66A, Sabaneta

Website: https://es-la.facebook.com/elencantodenuqui/

Phone: +57 302.369.7966

Hours: noon to 10 pm

Some of the seafood dishes at La Costa Antiquena

Some of the seafood dishes at La Costa Antiquena

24. La Costa Antiquena

La Costa Antiquena is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with good seafood that hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners.

Several Medellin Guru readers asked if there is a good seafood restaurant in Sabaneta. This seafood restaurant is located about four blocks from Parque Sabaneta but hasn’t yet been discovered by many foreigners.

This restaurant specializes in seafood dishes. There are over 35 seafood dishes on the menu including seafood casseroles, and many types of fish and other seafood dishes priced from 22,000 to 55,000 pesos. The dishes come with coconut rice and a small salad.

Also, there are three ceviche dishes on the menu priced each priced at 26,000 pesos.  And there are four non-seafood dishes for 23,000 pesos each.

Address: Calle 72 # 46A-46

Website: https://www.facebook.com/masqalitasburgers/

Phone: +57 315.279.5215 (WhatsApp and they do deliveries in Sabaneta)

Hours: Noon to 10 pm

Food from Pomodorino

Food from Pomodorino

25. Pomodorino

Pomodorino Pizza is a popular pizzeria located in Sabaneta with good pizza and pasta located a few blocks from Parque Sabaneta.

Pomodorino Pizza is a popular pizzeria located in Sabaneta with good pizza and pasta located a few blocks from Parque Sabaneta and two blocks from Aves Maria Mall.

This restaurant is very popular, particularly for lunch with menu del dia lunch specials.

Pomodorino Pizza specializes in pizzas and there are 15 different pizzas on the menu. The pizzas come in three sizes: small with four slices, medium with six slices and large with eight slices. Note that pizzas are only served starting at 4 pm.

The small range in price from 13,000 to 14,900 pesos. And the large range in price from 31,200 to 36,000 pesos. And you can substitute and add ingredients to the pizzas.

In addition, there is a popular menu del dia lunch special from noon to 3 pm with pasta, tomato soup, a small salad and juice for only 15,000 pesos.

Address: Calle 74Sur # 45-18, Sabaneta

Website: https://www.facebook.com/PomodorinoSabaneta/

Phone: (WhatsApp) +57 315.670.1083

Hours: opens at noon

Food from Pica Rosso Pizzeria

Food from Pica Rosso Pizzeria

26. Pica Rosso Pizzeria

Pica Rosso Pizzeria is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with good Italian food and pizzas that hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners.

This Italian restaurant was recommended by a Medellin Guru reader and I recently tried it and found that it has good food.  This is a small restaurant with only five table but they have a big menu.

This restaurant specializes in Italian food and pizzas. There are over 30 pasta dishes on the menu including several types of lasagna dishes priced from 24,000 to 40,000 pesos.

Also, there are 25 pizzas on the menu for 16,000 to 35,000 pesos. In addition, there are several salads on the menu.

Address: Carrera 46 N #76Sur-35, Local 4

Website: https://www.facebook.com/PicaRosso-Pizzeria-108438657480186

Phone: +57 302.221.3319 (WhatsApp and they do deliveries in Sabaneta)

Hours: Opens at noon

Food options from Mas Q Alitas

Food options from Mas Q Alitas

27. Mas Q Alitas, Burgers and Ribs

Mas Q Alitas, Burgers and Ribs is a restaurant in Sabaneta with good wings, burgers and ribs that opened when the pandemic started and is still operating due to having good food.

An expat friend living near this restaurant recommended it and I have been to this restaurant three times since it has good food.

This restaurant specializes in wings, burgers and ribs. The wings come in orders with 4, 6, 10, 15, 20 or 30 wings for 11,500 to 39,000 pesos.

Also, there are eight burgers on the menu for 10,900 to 16,900 pesos. In addition, there are BBQ ribs for 19,500 pesos for a half rack or 25,500 pesos.

Address: Calle 76 Sur #46 a 34

Website: https://www.facebook.com/masqalitasburgers/

Phone: +57 314.863.4030 (WhatsApp and they do deliveries in Sabaneta)

Hours: opens at 3 pm

Picnic: A Popular Restaurant in Sabaneta with Good Lasagna

Picnic: A Popular Restaurant in Sabaneta with Good Lasagna

28. Picnic

Picnic is a popular restaurant in Sabaneta with good lasagna and other Italian food plus sandwiches and pizza, located near Parque Sabaneta.

This is a cozy place close to the Parque Sabaneta, the menu has different Italian and vegetarian choices, from sandwiches to lasagnas, with an exquisite gourmet touch. All of this a reasonable price.

This small restaurant located is on one side of a road and the kitchen on the other side. It’s a fun place, nice food, good staff. It’s ideal for a quick bite.

Also, this restaurant has some tough to find decent lasagna in Medellin, normally. Picnic adds sauce and flavor.

Address: Calle 68Sur # 45-88

Phone: +57 311.388.1004 (WhatsApp for deliveries)

Food from Pinche Guey in Sabaneta

Food from Pinche Guey in Sabaneta

29. Pinche Guey Mexican Grill

Pinche Guey Mexican Grill is a new Mexican restaurant in Sabaneta with a Mexican chef and good Mexican food located in Aves Maria mall.

Pinche Guey was started by a couple and the husband is from Mexico and is the chef. So, he knows authentic Mexican food. The couple also lived in the U.S. for a while.

This new Mexican restaurant is small and it opened recently on June 25, 2021. An expat in Sabaneta recommended this restaurant to me. So, I went to try it out and found out it has good Mexican food.

This is a Mexican restaurant and you will find several Mexican dishes on the menu including:

  • 5 different burrito dishes for 17,500 to 21,500 pesos
  • 6 different taco dishes (with 3 tacos each) for 17,500 to 22,000 pesos
  • 3 different nacho dishes for 5,000 to 18,000 pesos
  • 2 different quesadilla dishes for 15,000 and 16,000 pesos
  • 2 different fajita dishes for 30,000 or 35,000 pesos
  • 5 different chimichanga dishes for 17,500 to 21,500 pesos

Address: Aves Maria mall in Sabaneta, Local 348 (on third floor in the Bistro Zone)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pgmexicangrill

Phone: +57 324.357.1294

El Peregrino, a popular Colombian Restaurant next to Parque Sabaneta

El Peregrino, a popular Colombian Restaurant next to Parque Sabaneta

30. El Peregrino

El Peregrino is a very popular Colombian restaurant in Sabaneta best known for its buñuelos but also has good traditional Colombian dishes (comida tipica).

The El Peregrino restaurant has been in operation for nearly 30 years and is famous for its large buñuelos. But this popular restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a nice selection of traditional Colombian dishes.

The buñuelos at El Peregrino are famous and are sized at 200 grams. And they are made from a recipe brought by Pedro José Vásquez from the pueblo San José de la Montaña about five decades ago.

Vásquez’s son Pedro Vásquez Pino is the founder and owner of El Peregrino. His grandmother provided a very specific recipe to made the buñuelos, which require very fresh and high-quality ingredients.

Buñuelos are normally slightly larger than golf-ball size but El Peregrino’s are even larger. These tasty morsels are concocted of salty flour and small curd white cheese. They are rolled into a ball then fried until golden brown.

El Peregrino is famous for its buñuelos but also has some very good Colombian food. So, it is very popular. I have lived for about three years in Sabaneta and I really like the food at this restaurant.

This restaurant specializes in comida típica – with several traditional Colombian dishes on the menu with prices ranging from 17,000 to 30,000 pesos. And the famous buñuelos cost 3,400 pesos each.

Address: Calle 70 Sur # 43b-55, Sabaneta

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm.

The Best of Medellín

Besides this article about the 30 best restaurants in Sabaneta, Medellin Guru has several more articles about the best restaurants and coffee shops in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley:

  1. 30 Best Restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia
  2. 19 Best Restaurants in Laureles in Medellín
  3. 20 Best Restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia
  4. 15 Best Restaurants in Envigado, Colombia
  5. 14 Best Pizza Places in Medellín: The Best Pizzerias in the City
  6. 13 Best Burgers in Medellín: Best Burger Places in the Aburrá Valley
  7. 12 Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  8. 12 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in El Poblado
  9. 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  10. 9 Best Colombian Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  11. 9 Best Italian Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  12. 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado
  13. 5 Best Independent Coffee Shops in El Poblado
  14. 8 Top Coffee Shops in Laureles
  15. 5 Best Nano/Micro Breweries in Medellín

Also, we have several additional best of Medellín articles:

The Bottom Line: Best Restaurants in Sabaneta

In our list of the 30 best restaurants in Sabaneta we included three Colombian restaurants, several pizzerias, one Italian restaurants, two Mexican restaurants, one Japanese restaurant, two seafood restaurants, four steakhouses, one wings sports bar, three gourmet burger restaurants, a restaurant that specializes in wings and burgers, a small restaurant with good lasagna and a crepes and waffles restaurant and one more.

In addition, we have more detailed reviews of each of these restaurants including the food and drink menus, which you can see by clicking on the heading for any restaurant.

With the continued growth of Sabaneta, more restaurants are expected to open. So, we plan to keep this list of the best restaurants in Sabaneta updated.

In addition, we plan to provide lists of the best restaurants in other neighborhoods in the Medellín area once we review more restaurants in other neighborhoods.

What is your favorite restaurant in Sabaneta? Did we miss any good restaurants in Sabaneta?  We are happy to add to this list of the best restaurants in Sabaneta.

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Editors note: updated on September 17, 2019 to remove Federal Ribs from the list, as it closed. Also, added La Doctora to this list of best restaurants in Sabaneta.

Editors note: updated on January 18, 2020 to add Café Moreno Cocina Bar to the list.

Editors note: updated on February 6, 2020 to remove Pizzeria Olivia from the list, which closed in late 2019, and add Catalán to our list of best restaurants in Sabaneta.

Editors note: updated on June 9, 2020 to remove Bigotes, which is a pizzeria that closed in Sabaneta.

Editors note: updated on February 7, 2021 to add Kitchen Warrior and remove Café Moreno Cocina Bar that is closed.

Editors note: updated on March 5, 2021 to add La Octava Maravilla to the list.

Editors note: updated on March 29, 2021 to add Bocadini to the list.

Editors note: updated on April 11, 2021 to add Pigasus to the list.

Editors note: updated on May 6, 2021 to add Picnic to the list.

Editors note: updated on May 27, 2021 to add Daisuki Sushi Wok to the list.

Editors note: updated on May 31, 2021 to add ArteSano Lounge Grill to our list.

Editors note: updated on June 18, 2021 to add Ladrillo y Verde to our list.

Editors note: updated on June 27, 2021 to add Antonella’s to our list.

Editors note: updated on July 3, 2021 to add Pinche Guey to our list.

Editors note: updated on July 11, 2021 to add Mas Q Alitas, Burgers and Ribs and Wajaca to our list.

Editors note: updated on July 16, 2021 to add El Encanto de Nuquia to our list.

Editors note: updated on August 6, 2021 to add La Costa Antiquena to our list.

Editors note: updated on August 21, 2021 to add Pica Rosso Pizzeria to our list.

Editors note: updated on August 27, 2021 to add Big Boy Food to our list.

Editors note: updated on September 20, 2021 to add Pomodorino to our list.

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