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The 10 Best Colombian Restaurants in America

Peppe’s Pollo
Bogotá Latin Bistro
Colombia in Park Slope
La Fonda Antioquena
Pueblito Viejo
Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse
Mis Terras Colombianas
Arepa Lady
La Colina Comidas Rapidas
Monserrate Restaurant
Colombian Dishes from Peppe's Pollo in California.
Peppe’s Pollo
Colombian Dishes from Bogota Latin Bistro in NYC.
Bogotá Latin Bistro
Colombian Dishes from Colombia in Park Slope in NYC.
Colombia in Park Slope
Colombian Dishes from La Fonda Antioquena in California.
La Fonda Antioquena
Colombian Dishes from Pueblito Viejo in Chicago.
Pueblito Viejo
Colombian Dishes from Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse in Chicago.
Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse
Colombian Dishes from Mis Tierras Colombianas in NYC.
Mis Terras Colombianas
Colombian Dishes from La Colina Comidas Rapidas in Miami, FL.
La Colina Comidas Rapidas
Colombian Dishes from Monserrate Restaurant in Florida.
Monserrate Restaurant

Around the world, each country has that food type it is associated with; in Colombia, it is arepas and empanadas, and for beverages, its specialty coffee; after all, Colombia is the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer). The people are kind and boast of a rich cultural heritage. Great nightlife, extraordinary beaches and a fun atmosphere is the norm in Colombia.

Besides arepas, the country is known for producing bananas in plenty, and it’s no wonder plantains form a considerable part of their diet. Famous people like Sofia Vergara and Shakira are Colombian, and this is the diet that raised them. Colombian cuisine is amazingly delicious, and if you have never sampled it, you need to try it out to know what you’ve been missing. If you’re looking to experience Colombia while in America, let us take you on a tour of some of the best Colombian restaurants in America.

Colombian Dishes from Peppe's Pollo in California.
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1. Peppe’s Pollo
1209 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 918-0604
Peppe’s Pollarearepaso is by far one of the best Colombian restaurants in America. It attracts people from far and wide, and it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice having to drive for an hour and a half just to eat here. The food is impressive and offers a homemade taste, the menu has great variety, and the service is quick and excellent. Tease your taste buds with their amazingly fresh and cheesy pandebono or the perfectly done Bandeja Paisa. The arepa accompaniments are similarly delightful. There are dine-in and takeout options, good amenities for kids, and an entrance one can access with a wheelchair.

Colombian Dishes from Bogota Latin Bistro in NYC.
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2. Bogotá Latin Bistro
141 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-3805
Bogotá is often labeled as the hottest Latin eatery in Brooklyn. A mural covers the back patio, and the whole place is brightly colored. The restaurant focuses on Colombian cuisine and has a diverse menu that includes vegan options. With a wide choice of food options, the staff are politely patient, giving you time to peruse the menu. You’ll find a wide variety of Colombian empanadas, their signature appetizers, along with skirt steaks, bandeja paisa (meat platter) and arroz con pollo (rice, chicken and veggies), their signature dishes. The service is excellent. We tried out the specialized tropical drinks like the tasty guava mojitos, coconut margaritas, and other flavors. Other popular drinks are caipirinhas, Aguardiente, and sangritas.

Colombian Dishes from Colombia in Park Slope in NYC.
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3. Colombia in Park Slope
376 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-2020
Colombia in Park Slope is one of the best Colombian restaurants in America and has been voted the best in Brooklyn. The dishes are traditionally homemade and boast of Colombian authenticity, making them extra appealing. We couldn’t help but go back for the Entrana Asada (a sizzling platter of grilled skirt steak), Milanesa de Res (breaded, pan-fried steak), and Arroz con Pollo y Mduro (chicken rice). The empanadas here were on another level – to die for! The ambiance is great, the staff are attentive, and the prices are considerable. Colombia in Park Slope also offers online ordering for both pickup and delivery options – these include alcoholic drinks.

Colombian Dishes from La Fonda Antioquena in California.
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4. La Fonda Antioquena
5125 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 957-5164
La Fonda is popularly known for its amazing appetizer of arepas (served on the house if you order a meal) and empanadas. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the environment is diner-like. Outdoor seating is also available. Some of the restaurant’s favorites include meals like La bandeja paisa (a food platter popular in Colombia) made up of fried egg, beef, avocado, chorizo, white rice, chicarron (fried pork belly) and red beans. The fish and garlic sauce and sangria are also delicious, and the mango juice is always fresh. La Fonda serves some of the best Colombian-style plantains.

Colombian Dishes from Pueblito Viejo in Chicago.
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5. Pueblito Viejo
5429 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-9135
8285 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
(305) 551-4650
We sought to indulge ourselves at Pueblito Viejo and we weren’t disappointed one bit! We visited on a weekend and indulged in Colombian rum, the best we’ve tasted so far. We spoilt ourselves with their amazing sancocho (beef stew prepared in a Puerto Rican style), bistec de cerdo empanizado (breaded pork loin with rice and sweet plantains), and the Carne Asada con Arroz, Arepa y Papa Salada (grilled skirt steak serves with boiled potatoes, arepa and rice). All their meals were delicious and we ate while enjoying the live music. We accompanied them with Jugo de Naranja (orange juice) and batidos (a cocktail mix of guava, mango, lulo, papaya, passionfruit, soursop, and blackberry). Both the Chicago and Miami outlets are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Colombian Dishes from Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse in Chicago.
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6. Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse
2942 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 871-2414
Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse is a family-owned restaurant with over two decades of experience in the trade. They offer mixed grills, steaks, and other well-spiced foods. The restaurant is suitable for a large group. While it may be considered a little pricey, we got total value for our money. Quench your thirst with the tasty Las Tablas Limonada (freshly squeezed lime juice) or the Las Tablas Limonada de Coco (fresh coconut lemonade). Satisfy your hunger cravings with the Frutos del Mar (char-grilled shrimp, baby octopus, and calamari marinated lightly in white wine and garlic sauce) or Crab Cake Aperitivo served with plantain chips and fruit salsa. If you love salad, the Ensalada de Mango y Aguacate (marinated red onion, mangos, avocados, and Boston lettuce with balsamic vinaigrette dressing) is a must-try.

Colombian Dishes from Mis Tierras Colombianas in NYC.
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7. Mis Terras Colombianas
54-08 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 672-7272
Mis Terras has a welcoming atmosphere. The menu offers plenty of vegan options and also offers alcoholic drinks. We recommend the Mis Terras Special Platter (a combination of chicken, pork loin, grilled steak, pork skin, french fries, beans, rice, salad, and fried sweet plantain). The food is fresh, hot, and tasty and the portions are very generous. Other favorites are the grilled chicken breast and the typical Mis Terras platter (corn cake, sausage, grilled beef, sweet plantain, sausage, avocado, rice, and beans). The lunch specials change daily. The restaurant is open every day of the week between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and offers delivery.

Colombian Dishes from Arepa Lady in NYC.
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8. Arepa Lady
77-17 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
(917) 745-1111
Arepa Lady is a true definition of doing something one is passionate about. Once a Judge and Lawyer, the proprietor took her passion for Colombian food to the restaurant business. Maria Piedad Cano, the original “arepa lady,” used to sell her craft on the street. However, her children (the arepa gents) opted to cement the family legacy by giving her ethereal creations a permanent home.

The atmosphere is fun, quaint, and cozy. We enjoyed great music as we had our sumptuous meal. Some favorite picks of the restaurant include the patacon (fried plantain with avocado and beef toppings), arepa de choclo, and the chicharron. Their sauces are quite impressive – we had the green garlic sauce and the pineapple sauce. For dessert, we tried the flan, and it was delicious, one of the best ever. You’ll have the option to dine-in, have your meal delivered to you, or do a curbside pickup. Outdoor seating is also available.

Colombian Dishes from La Colina Comidas Rapidas in Miami, FL.
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9. La Colina Comidas Rapidas
11200 West Flagler St, Miami, FL 33174
(305) 225-5344
La Colina is an unpretentious fast-food restaurant that was established in 2003 and serves traditional Colombian meals. While the ambiance may not be all that, their food makes up for it. Try out the perros (Colombian style hot dogs) – we couldn’t stop; they were so tasty! Other menu favorites are the salchipapas (pan-fried sausages), patacones (fried plantain), porc chicharron (traditional pork rind), salchi-criollas (quail eggs, sausage, and criollas potatoes), and tequeños (Venezuelan style cheese sticks). Their Lomi Perro sandwich is a must-have, undoubtedly one of the best in the country. The prices are pocket-friendly, the service is fast, and the portions are sizeable.

Colombian Dishes from Monserrate Restaurant in Florida.
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10. Monserrate Restaurant
9545 NW 41 Street, Doral, FL 33178
(305) 436-0803 | (305) 436-8391
Monserrate offers a family-friendly atmosphere with Colombian classic cuisine selections. Tease your taste buds with menu favorites like the mini picada appetizers (Colombian potatoes, pork rinds, sausage, and white corn tortilla) or the arepa con queso (corn tortilla and mozzarella cheese). We thoroughly enjoyed the nuggets y papas fritas (chicken nuggets served with french fries), the pechua a la parrilla (grilled chicken breast), and the churrasco corte colombiano (Colombian style butter-fried steak). The platters are generously portioned, authentic, and presented well. The service personnel are attentive. There are high chairs available, and one can order online for takeout. Additionally, parking is not an issue.