This bar is a model of constancy and quality. The passing of time has not affected the quality of this spot, which has not yielded to the pressure of the latest trends and has defended the best jazz in the city, come what may. Well deserved are its numerous, loyal customers. You may also enjoy its warm atmosphere and its comfortable sofas, while half closing your eyes and enclosing yourself in the notes of a vocalist, a vibraphone, a bossa nova or a Dixieland sound. An international menu, which is not its main appeal, covers culinary demands, while national and imported liquors of highest quality serve as worthy company for the excellent music and a good Havana cigar.
As its name suggests, this establishment has a jungle theme, perhaps inspired by the Avila mountain at whose foot the restaurant is located. No other restaurant in Caracas unites so many exotic elements, from parrots and macaws moving throughout the exuberant tropical vegetation to the bows and arrows mounted on the walls. One might expect the waiters to dress like Tarzan, but things don't go that far. Terraces at different levels permit the enjoyment of nature. Venezuelan entrees include the national dish, pabellón criollo, camarones combinados con frutas (squid combined with fruit), and pastel de tortuga (turtle pie). The menu also features European cuisine and a children's menu.
Mamma Mia is located within one of the areas in the capital most saturated with restaurants, yet it still manages to stand out from the crowd. It is not an easy task to foresee what decoration one will encounter on arrival, since it has been refurbished four times to date. Currently, it offers vast open spaces, with brick and lush shades of green. It's a different combination and agreeable, if rather pretentious. It also offers some tables outside. The food is totally conventional Italian. The most outstanding dishes are the pizzas baked in a wood-fired, special oven and the risotto. The types of risotto dishes featured on the menu change each week, offering varieties with salmon, mushrooms and other equally refined combinations. They offer food to take away too.
If you want to experience the best of the most famous of traditional Venezuelan dishes, the arepa, then look no further. Ask anyone and they will tell you the Arepa Factory makes the best arepas in Venezuela. They make each arepa to order, so it may take a little longer, but you won't find a fresher one anywhere. You can get these delicate corn dough pockets filled with a huge variety of ingredients. Popular arepas include the Capresa with grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes and lots of basil, the TexMex with Mexican-style carne asada, avocado, queso fresco and black beans.
As in Las Mercedes, several homes in El Rosal have been turned into restaurants, like this two-story one which is now home to Pizza House. This is Italian/U.S. in style and décor, serving up a large range of pizzas in different sizes and with a long list of possible ingredients, as well as a selection of pasta dishes and some international ones. It is a good place to come with the family, not only because of the generous portions and affordable prices, but also because children can play outside and upstairs before or after eating, leaving the grownups in peace.
A long time before the large and luxurious Chinese restaurants hit Caracas, the Gran China in Las Mercedes was well established. It is for this reason that it is located in a prime site right on the Avenida Principal. In all the years it has existed, nothing has changed: not the facade, nor the decoration nor the menu. The familiar Cantonese menu, with its spare ribs, lumpias, wantons, fried rice and other combinations has in addition, some international dishes. The choice of dishes and the style of service highlight just how long they have been going about their business, simply and without surprises. This is something which many people appreciate.
To stand out from your competition is a basic prerequisite for any business and this is exactly what happens with Yamoto Suchi Bar, which strives to be original in its presentation and service. Its sign seems more like a cinema billboard than the name of a restaurant. And once inside, you will see a relentless small boat setting off or navigating along the bar and conveying the dishes to you. You can also ask for something special. The selection has well known items like the traditional rolls, even chocolate ones, sushi, temaki or steamed sakana. There is Japanese beer and sake to complete the picture. The little Yamato boat seems to be doing well as it has also arrived at the modern and luxurious Lido and Sambil centers.
This relaxed cafe in La Candelaria delights with its finely made coffee and convivial atmosphere. Artesano Cafeteria is tastefully done up, with lots of wooden elements, exposed-brick and warm lighting. A chalkboard menu announces the coffee offerings as well as the daily food specials. There's fresh breads, muffins, sandwiches and baked goodies to go with your food. Settle down at one of the tables outside to take in the local atmosphere as you sip on your coffee.
Tease your taste buds with delicious Japanese and Venezuelian dishes at El Cine, serving appetising sushi and sashimi with other local delicacies. On a Sunday you can have a delectable brunch that includes dishes like Chicken Chupe or try the smoothies and cafe beverages. You can choose from a wide range of dishes listed on their menu. The ambience is a perfect location for a date or dinner with friends.
Damasco is run by an entire family dedicated to serving authentic Arab cuisine. This is quite possibly the finest Arab restaurant in Caracas. A pleasant atmosphere makes guests feel they are amongst family from the moment they arrive. Guests feel particularly at home on Friday evenings at 8:30p, when the dancers' performance begins, which lasts until 11p. Everything in Damasco makes for a wholly positive experience: the good cuisine, the friendly company, the careful service, the reasonable prices. It is recommended to take a wrap, as the air conditioning works quite efficiently!
After a few ups and downs, this restaurant has returned to its roots and its splendor.