Cl. 65 #3b-76, Bogotá, Colombia
Photo courtesy of El Chato
El Chato Spectacular creativity under direction from Chef Álvaro Clavijo—a reappreciation of Colombian ingredients, accented by US and European technique—landed El Chato on the coveted “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” list in 2018. An informal, open-kitchen setup offers views of just how much chef and staff have to hustle to make it good, but the payoff arrives in seasonal specials or menu standards like El Chato rice and vegetables, or the kicky squid-ink-stained rice crisps and crab. Linger at the bar for excellent, surprising pops.