The Best Places for Eating Out in the Medellin Countryside

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TLD? El Bosque Era Rosado is one of the best restaurants in the Medellin countryside.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is to appreciate the great outdoors. Medellin has an abundance of spectacular scenery, talented chefs, and savvy businessmen.

It didn’t take the latter long to put the former two together to give the lockdown massive a good excuse to escape Medellin, get out into nature, and enjoy some stellar outdoor eating venues.

Catering to the city’s collective culinary cravings with farm-to-table, slow food menus and a side ration of fresh air, these beer gardens with bells on, offer Medellin’s top al fresco dining.

All of these outdoor restaurants come with great food and a view that makes the drive out of town well worth the while. So, if you’re ready to check out some of the top dining sites in Medellin, keep reading! Here are the best country dining spots around the city.

El Bosque Era Rosado 

The closest of this special cluster of the best restaurants to eat out(side) in Medellin, El Bosque era Rosado, comes from the same restaurant stable as upscale eatery Carbonero Medellin.

High in the hills of Envigado, tucked into a forest of pine trees, this tasty outdoor venue boasts a warming mix of bao buns, ramen, tacos, and spicy Mexican soups.

Served up in cutesy, low-fi sheds to shield diners from the possibility of inclement weather and comply with the local regulations regarding social distancing.

The glamping vibe soon vanishes – especially after a couple of Red Toddys, a hot whisky special that will warm the cockles of even the frostiest of hearts. There’s a brunch special on Sundays. Social distancing has never been so much fun or so difficult after a few mimosas.

Where to Find Them

You’ll find this spot – surprise – tucked away into the forest. However, it’s also situated in Envigado, making it a not-too-far-away venture for anyone wanting to step out of town for a night or two.

Address: Los Balsos, Calle 16a sur #9e-150, Envigado, Medellin

Alberta Burning Stories Tastehouse

Serving up comfort food in skillets by the firepit, Alberta Tastehouse is a little piece of paradise in the wild.

Get your fireside stories ready (and a jacket) if you’re planning an evening at this mountain playground for grownups brought to you by the Sinmente restaurant group. This group is responsible for some of Medellin’s trendiest bars and restaurants (Bordo, Belisario, El Botanico, Criminal Taqueria, Kung Food, Lobo and Egeo to name a few).

Rustic by design but far from it when it comes to the ample menu, Alberta Tastehoue is the latest extension of the equestrian events space, Equus, halfway to the Rionegro airport.

Order freely from the selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers. It’s all good, and we can happily recommend anything on the menu!

Where to Find Them

Another restaurant that’s situated in Envigado, this is a great place to step away from the hustle and bustle for an evening. The place really comes alive when the sun goes down, so get ready for a night of fun.

Address: Via Aeropuerto, Envigado
IG: @Alberta.tastehouse

La Rufina 

With a faithful following of well-heeled, petrol heads that pine for the open road, La Rufina, is a workshop for vintage motorbike aficionados that’s evolved into one of Medellin’s top open-air restaurants.

A pioneer in wilderness dining, this brilliant beer garden is like therapy for free spirits. It’s the perfect place for those looking to escape the city and get out into nature.

What’s more, it’s the ideal spot for eating out, drinking, and being merry by the bonfire. Or, relax under one of the illuminated garden sheds dotting the farm.

The food and drinks on the menu stick close to the vintage script. Its vibe harks back to the golden era of US road trips and drive-through diners along Route 66.

Staples include top-notch burgers, jerk chicken, and an artisanal hot dog. The hotdog features all the trappings, with guacamole, crispy bacon, pico de gallo, cheddar, and Bulleit whisky mustard.

Where to Find Them

Even though La Rufina feels like it’s located way back in the old west, it’s actually pretty close to home! You’ll find it situated not too far away from Casacol’s properties. So, you shouldn’t have too much trouble venturing out there for a meal.

Address: Av. Las Palmas before the Univerisity EIA


Eating out in the great outdoors and sports are both on the menu at this Medellin hangout. Plus, this spot comes with an impressive view of the city.

The Hawaii surf vibe high up in the hills is baffling at first. But, when the sun’s shining and the clouds clear to reveal the city down below, who cares. You don’t even need to know that the venue’s owner also has a place on the beach in Barranquilla.

There’s so much on the surf and turf menu that it’s hard to know where to start. However, we’d suggest staying clear of anything that comes too far from the mountains.

There are plenty of things to do while you’re waiting for your food. That includes paintball, a mini skate park, or a downhill mountain bike. 

Where to Find Them

Although Mahalo is definitely located outside of town, they’re not so far away that you’ll feel isolated. Plus, there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy after your meal.

Address: Loma Del Escobero, Envigado, Antioquia

Try Eating Out in These Top Country Restaurants

There are some truly fantastic places for eating out in and around Medellin. If you’re looking for a place where you can relax and enjoy some nature over delicious dinners, these spots are for you.

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