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Restaurante El Tambor

$$ - $$$
Barbecue, Colombian
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Km 12 Via Bogota, La Calera, Colombia
+57 1 3779220
12:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
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Boston, MA
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Tambor is located at La Calera - time to arrive there depends on where are you located in Bogota - we were located at El Chico, so our drive was only 30 minutes. This is the perfect place to share with your family and friends and have authentic Colombian Food, beverages, ice cream and desserts. It was 12 of... More 

Thank Martha2010
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is pretty popular, and for good reason. You stand in line for a couple of minutes, order a variety of grilled Colombian-style meats for your entire party, then order your drinks separately, and minutes later you get a giant basket full of tasty food to share with your friends and family while you sit in a lovely outdoor... More 

Thank Pablo C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Just outside Bogota, a family friendly place for BBQ. The food is very good. We had the 99.000 feed four special which was great. Recommended.

Thank Bob M
Bogota, Colombia
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If you want to share with family and friends near to Bogotá in a country place. El Tambor it's the place. The service is fast and the personal is nice. You can taste the different flavors in Colombia "la picada" is a combination of mazorca (corn), pork, meet, morcilla, potatoes, chuchullo. Try them.

Thank TELLY93
Miami, Florida
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The risk of having your car scratched is gigantic, if it rains it's a swamp, getting a table is impossible so you have to eat standing up and the food is mediocre at best. Further, patrons are quite scary.

1 Thank Kamil H
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We went to El Tambor to have lunch. The terraces look out on the mountains and are very cosy thanks to music and other people enjoying the food. Food itself is good.

1 Thank Thomas V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Going to El Tambor is certainly an experience. A good break from Bogota's pollution, surrounded by emerald green gardens. The concept is innovative, serving family style fried fare/street food, nicely presented in a basket. The food itself is not amazing, but well worth the trip for the ambiance.

Thank L S
Bogota, Colombia
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a great restaurant for a Sunday lunch, if you want to eat a delicious BBQ in Colombia style, this is the place to visit, you’re not going to regret it.

Thank xcharles
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Live music, great food, great quantity. Completely loved the place. Would recommend it for families.

Thank Miguel L
Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to go out of the city and be in a different ambience this is a place to go, has very good local food call picada which has different types of meat and other types of tasty food. If you are a group of 4+ try the picada el tambor which is enough for everybody for a reasonable... More 

Thank Sandra T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Barbecue, Colombian
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km 12 Via Bogota, La Calera, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Cundinamarca Department  >  La Calera
  • Phone Number: +57 1 3779220
El Tambor offers typical Colombian cuisine a few kilometers outside of Bogotá. This is good place to go on a sunny weekend and breath some fresh air. After 10 years in their original location they are opening a new location, also outside of Bogotá. Their "arepas de chócolo" are great and their grilled meats are good enough.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?