We look at seven of the best seafood restaurants in Medellín and nearby that are popular with good seafood including some Peruvian restaurants.

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I have eaten at over 25 seafood restaurants in Medellín and nearby over the past several years. With my Colombian wife’s help, we both collaborated to select and order the following list of the seven best seafood restaurants in Medellín and nearby.

Seafood dished at Donde Bupos, photos courtesy of Donde Bupos

Seafood dished at Donde Bupos, photos courtesy of Donde Bupos

1. Donde Bupos

Donde Bupos is a popular seafood restaurant located in El Poblado in Medellín with a big menu with very good and fresh seafood.

Finding quality seafood in Medellín can be a challenge and this is understandably so since the city is nowhere near the coast. But Donde Bupos is one of the best seafood restaurants in Medellín with fresh seafood that is cooked very well with good presentation and service.

I went to the restaurant for the first time recently for a late lunch with a Medellin Guru reader. And the restaurant was full of locals and business people. And I was surprised we were the only foreigners considering the very tasty seafood.

We were both impressed with this restaurant. Also I was surprised how good the seafood is and that I have lived over eight years in Medellín and never been to this restaurant before considering I really like seafood.

This is a family owned restaurant. And the couple that owns the restaurant are reportedly frequently there overseeing the restaurant and making recommendations to customers from the menu. There are over 40 different seafood dishes on the menu at Donde Bupos.

Note the above photos of four of the seafood dishes is courtesy of Donde Bupos.

This restaurant is located in the Vizcaya mall on Calle 10 in El Poblado. It used to be located in the Edificio Recife building on Avenida Poblado but moved.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurante-Donde-Bupos-123844344312621/

Address: Calle 10 #32-115, Interiror 147A, first floor, El Poblado

Phone: +54 322 305 4734

Lobster tail at Rocoto with tenderloin medallions and squid that is sautéed with vegetables

Lobster tail at Rocoto with tenderloin medallions and squid that is sautéed with vegetables

2. Rocoto

Rocoto is a popular Peruvian restaurant in Medellín located in El Poblado with very good ceviche and other seafood dishes due to having a Peruvian chef.

This is my favorite Peruvian restaurants in Medellín. I have eaten at this restaurant several times and the service and food has been consistently good.

The owner of Rocoto is Colombian but the chef is Peruvian. So, this restaurant has some authentic Peruvian food in my experience and the dishes are well-prepared and well-presented.

Since this is a Peruvian restaurant, ceviche is a specialty. There are 10 different ceviche dishes on the menu. Also, there are nine different fish and prawn dishes on the menu.

And a house specialty is the surf and turf, which is a lobster tail, tenderloin medallions and squid that is sautéed with vegetables or French fries and is accompanied with rocoto or creamy coconut rice.

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

Address: Carrera 33 # 8A-15, Provenza in El Poblado

Phone: +57 311 8979

Some of the food dishes at Mistura

Some of the food dishes at Mistura

3. Mistura

Mistura is a popular Peruvian restaurant chain in Medellín that is an interesting fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food with very good ceviche, sushi and other seafood.

This is one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants in Medellín. I have eaten at this restaurant several times and the service and food has been very good.

Mistura has three restaurants in Medellín plus two additional restaurants located in Cartagena and Barranquilla. I have been to all three of this chain’s restaurants in Medellín plus the Mistura restaurant in Cartagena. And the food in my experience is consistently good at the restaurants in this chain.

The owners of the Mistura restaurant chain are Colombian partners. And Mistura has some very good ceviche plus good sushi and other good seafood dishes on the menu.

Mistura has a fairly large menu with many ceviche, sushi, seafood, rice and steak dishes on the menu.

Since this is a Peruvian restaurant, ceviche is a specialty. There are five different ceviche dishes on the menu. In addition, since this is a fusion restaurant with Japanese influences there are 20 different sushi dishes on the menu  Also, there are 12 different fish and seafood dishes on the menu And there are six rice dishes that come with seafood.

Mistura has three locations in Medellín listed below.

  1. El Poblado (Provenza) – Carrera 33 # 7-55
  2. El Poblado – San Lucas Plaza Mall, Calle 20 #27-55, Local 160
  3. Laureles – Carrera 39D # 74-62

Website: http://misturarestaurante.com/

Phone: +57 4 332 5142

El Barco: a hidden gem seafood restaurant in Itagüí with good seafood

El Barco: a hidden gem seafood restaurant in Itagüí with good seafood

4. El Barco

El Barco is a hidden gem restaurant in Itagüí near Medellín with very good seafood. This restaurant is located directly above a fish market, so it has its choice of fresh seafood.

El Barco (Spanish for “The Ship”) is typically filled with Colombians who know how good it is. However, this restaurant is only open from noon to 4 pm every day. Also, we recommend trying to eat upstairs on the third floor. And the table by the corner window on the third floor provides a nice view, if you can get it.

This seafood restaurant is located near the huge Central Mayorista market in Itagüí. When I visit Mayorista, I normally try to eat lunch at nearby El Barco. El Barco has some very good seafood dishes and is worth visiting.

Also, El Barco is filled with fishing and sea life art and décor. Many of the paintings in the restaurant were done by a local artist and some of the wood pieces were reportedly collected and carved by the restaurant owner.

There are 20 different seafood dishes on the menu at El Barco. El Barco is a hidden gem restaurant that is popular with locals, as it has high-quality seafood.

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

Address: Carrera 48 # 85-198, Itagüí on the second and third floor.

Phone: +54 4 285-1090

Kabuki: a popular Japanese and Peruvian restaurant in Medellín

Kabuki: a popular Japanese and Peruvian restaurant in Medellín

5. Kabuki

Kabuki is a popular Japanese and Peruvian restaurant in Medellín with two locations. The two restaurants have a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food with ceviche, sushi and other seafood.

This is one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Medellín. I have eaten at this restaurant several times and the service and food has been very good. Kabuki has two restaurants in Medellín, which are both located in El Poblado.

The chefs at this restaurant reportedly include a chef from Osaka, Japan and a chef from Peru. So, the restaurant has some fusion of Japanese and Peruvian food.

In my experience, the dishes at this restaurant chain are well-prepared and well-presented. Also, there are some creative dishes on the menu.

Kabuki has a menu with several ceviche, sushi, seafood and rice dishes on the menu.

Kabuki has two locations in Medellín listed below.

  1. El Poblado (Provenza) – Carrera 33 # 8A-37
  2. El Poblado – Mall Interplaza, Carrera 20 #10-228

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

Phone: +57 4 311 6152

Kuelap: a popular Peruvian restaurant in Medellín

Kuelap: a popular Peruvian restaurant in Medellín

6. Kuelap

Kuelap is small but intimate and popular Peruvian restaurant located in El Poblado in Medellín with good ceviche and other seafood plus good service.

This is one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants in Medellín. I have eaten at this restaurant several times and the service and food has been very good.

In my experience, the dishes at this restaurant chain are well-prepared and well-presented. Also, it has an open patio that’s comfortable and intimate.

Kuelap has a fairly large menu with many ceviche, seafood, rice, pasta and Peruvian dishes on the menu. Since this is a Peruvian restaurant, ceviche is a specialty. In addition, there are 13 house specialties that include several Peruvian dishes with fish and seafood. Also, there are eight different fish dishes on the menu.

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

Address: Calle 3 Sur # 43A-40, El Poblado, Medellín

Phone: +57 4 311 5043

Cazuela de Mariscos (Seafood casserole), photo courtesy of Lo Exquisito del Mar

Cazuela de Mariscos (Seafood casserole), photo courtesy of Lo Exquisito del Mar

7. Lo Exquisito del Mar

Lo Exquisito del Mar is a popular seafood restaurant in Medellín with very good seafood. This restaurant cooks its food using methods of the Urabá region of Antioquia.

Lo Exquisito del Mar (Spanish for “The Exquisite of the Sea”) is typically filled with Colombians who know it has good seafood.

I went to the restaurant for the first time recently for lunch with a Medellin Guru reader. And the restaurant was very busy with many Colombians. It was full of locals, families and business people. Also, a birthday party was going on in the restaurant.

Considering the restaurant was busy when we went, the service was good. It’s an informal restaurant with friendly staff. And the seafood was fresh and tasty.

Also, this is a hidden gem on a quiet street near the soccer stadium in Estadio. And eating here feels like an authentic Colombian experience.

Lo Exquisito del Mar cooks its seafood using the traditions of the Urabá region of Antioquia. The Urabá region is located in the northern part of the Antioquia department and borders on the Caribbean Sea.

Urabá is considered a multicultural area since several races are found there including white, Afro-Colombian, mestizo and Indian, which leads to a cultural wealth in terms of its music and gastronomy.

The cuisine of Urabá is unknown to many in Medellín because when you talk about the food of Antioquia you normally think of Bandaja Paisa, mondongo and arepas.

But there is more to the cuisine of Antioquia including the cuisine of the Urabá region of Antioquia, with its fruits, fish and seafood. Also, the different colors and the smell of the beach and the beautiful sunsets found there inspire the cooks of this region.

There are over 40 seafood dishes on the menu at Lo Exquisito del Mar.

Website: https://www.loexquisitodelmar.com/

Address: Calle 49B # 68-56 in Suramericana near the stadium in Estadio

Phone: +54 4 230 4871

The Bottom Line: Best Seafood Restaurants in Medellin

Medellín isn’t known for its seafood but there are some good seafood restaurants in Medellín. We looked at seven of the best in this article.

We recommend all seven of these restaurants if you are looking for good seafood. In addition, we have more detailed reviews of these eight restaurants including the food and drink menus, which you can see by clicking on the heading for any restaurant.

What is your favorite seafood restaurant in Medellín? We are happy to add to this list of the best seafood restaurants in Medellín.

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