We look at 14 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 60 restaurants in Sabaneta. The following is my list of the 14 best restaurants in Sabaneta.
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 14 best restaurants in Sabaneta:
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
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 7 am – 10:00 pm.
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
Telephone: +57 311 719 1298
Hours: Monday to Sunday: Noon to 10 pm.
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
Phone: +57 4 301 9182
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight, Monday: closed.
Pizzeria Olivia is a popular chain of eight pizzerias in Medellín with great brick-oven cooked pizzas as well as good Italian food. As a result of Pizzería Olivia’s popularity they have grown over the past several years to a total of eight restaurants in the Medellín area.
I first discovered Pizzeria Olivia several years ago when I was living in Belén. I like pizzas and Italian food. And I particularly like thin-crust pizza and Pizzeria Olivia specializes in brick-oven cooked thin-crust pizza and Italian food.
So, I have eaten at this popular pizzeria chain many times and they have a big menu with many options.
The pizzas at Pizzeria Olivia come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Pizzeria Olivia are 29 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 17,500 to 36,900 pesos.
Pizzería Olivia currently has eight locations in the Medellín metro area and here is their location in Sabaneta:
Address: Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128, Mayorca Mega Plaza, Sabaneta +57 4 366 4865
Hours (in Sabaneta): Sunday to Wednesday: noon – 9pm, Thursday to Saturday: noon – 10pm
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:
- Mayorca Mall, Calle 51 Sur # 48-57, Sabaneta, Phone: +57 4 3772715
- Mayorca Mall, Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128 local: 40-75, Sabaneta, Phone: +57 4 3660423
Bigotes is a popular chain of three pizzerias that specializes in German-style pizza. German-style pizza is characterized by semi-thick crust and natural and artisanal ingredients including German ham and German bacon, which is made by the pizzeria chain.
A German expat named Jens owns the Bigotes pizzeria chain. He opened his first pizzeria in the Carlos E. Restrepo neighborhood over five years ago in July 2013.
Bigote is Spanish for mustache and the name of the pizzeria comes from the German owner who has a white mustache that twists on both ends.
The German expat owner Jens is an engineer who first arrived in Medellín in 2010. He was looking to escape an economic crisis in Europe at the time. He moved from Tenerife, Spain, where he lived and managed five pizzerias with his brother.
The ingredients of the pizzas at Bigotes are all natural. In addition, they grow their own tomatoes, make their own sauces and smoke their own meats.
The pizzas at Bigotes come in three sizes: small with four slices, medium with six slices and large with eight slices. On the menu at Bigotes are 27 different pizzas.
The small pizzas at Bigotes range in price from 18,200 to 22,000 pesos. The medium pizzas range in price from 32,000 to 43,000 pesos. And the large pizzas range in price from 54,000 to 71,000 pesos.
Bigotes has three locations in the Medellín metro area and here is the location in Sabaneta:
Address: Calle 67 Sur # 44-22 (two blocks from Parque Sabaneta)
Hours: Monday to Sunday: noon to 11:30 pm.
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
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:
- Sabaneta: Carrera 46 # 72S-49
- Sabaneta: Carrera 44 cl 70 sur 32 (next to Parque Sabaneta)
Phone: +57 4 301 5735
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight.
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
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.
10. 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
11. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
12. 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
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.
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:
- Bandeja Paisa for 26,000 pesos
- Sancocho soup for 18,500 pesos
- Mondongo soup for 15,000 pesos
- 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
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.
14. 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 14 best restaurants in Sabaneta, Medellin Guru has several more articles about the best restaurants and coffee shops in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley:
- 17 Best Restaurants in Laureles in Medellín
- 15 Best Restaurants in Envigado, Colombia
- 14 Best Restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia
- 14 Best Pizza Places in Medellín: The Best Pizzerias in the City
- 13 Best Burgers in Medellín: Best Burger Places in the Aburrá Valley
- 12 Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 12 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in El Poblado
- 9 Best Colombian Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 9 Best Italian Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado
- 8 Best Mexican Restaurants in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 5 Best Independent Coffee Shops in El Poblado
- 8 Top Coffee Shops in Laureles
- 5 Best Nano/Micro Breweries in Medellín
Also, we have several additional best of Medellín articles:
- 35 Top Things to Do in Medellín and Nearby: Top Tourist Attractions
- 21 Best FREE Things to Do in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 17 Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Medellín and Nearby
- 13 Best Malls of Medellín – the Ultimate Guide to Medellín Malls
- 12 Best Museums of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 8 Best Pueblos Near Medellín Worth Visiting
- 6 Best Panoramic Views of Medellín
- 2 Best Walking Tours in Medellín
- 14 Top Churches in Medellín Worth Visiting
- 20 Best Mobile Apps to Use in Medellín and Colombia
The Bottom Line: 14 Best Restaurants in Sabaneta
In our list of the 14 best restaurants in Sabaneta we included three Colombian restaurants, three pizzerias, two Italian restaurants, one Mexican restaurant, two steakhouses, one wings sports bar, a gourmet burger restaurant and a crepes and waffles restaurant.
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.