Where to Eat in Cochabamba: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 24, 2017 Deane Carmody

Cochabamba (Aymara: Quchapampa, Quechua: Quchapanpa) is a city & municipality in central Bolivia, in a valley in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and is the fourth largest city in Bolivia, with a population of 630,587 according to the 2012 Bolivian census. Its name is from a compound of the Quechua words qucha, meaning "lake", and pampa, "open plain". Residents of the city and surrounding areas are commonly referred to as cochalas, or, more formally, cochabambinos.
Things to do in Cochabamba

1. Casa de Campo

Pasaje Boulevar 618 | Cerca Plazuela Recoleta, Cochabamba, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +591 4 4243937
Excellent
31%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 370 reviews

Casa de Campo

Reviewed By Giovanni R - Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil

Rated among the best choices for local food in Cochabamba. The restaurant is very rustic and popular- which I liked! But the fact that they describe themselves as "touristic" restaurant already caught my attention... not positively. The service is somehow slow and not very attentive. The food was ok, not bad... not much attention to its presentation... not impressed compared to its rating.

2. La Cantonata

Espana & Mayor Rocha, Cochabamba 591, Bolivia Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$196 +591 4 4259222
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

La Cantonata

Reviewed By Jkno - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Visiting from the States, this was a pleasant surprise to find excellent Italian food in Bolivia. The prices are excellent for fine dining and the portions are great. All the food was outstanding and the atmosphere is clean and inviting. Well worth a visit if staying in Cochabamba.

3. La Estancia

Uyuni E- 786 | Boulevar Recoleta, Cochabamba, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +591 4 4249262
Excellent
49%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

La Estancia

Reviewed By drakave - Livonia, Michigan

We are at la estancia for lunch because of the reviews. The place was inviting and once the waiter seated us and the lunch crowd had died down the service was great. We ordered costillas (beef short ribs), a medallón de lomo (filete mignon), a tomato onion salad and some fries. The salad came first and was excellent. I did not realize it came with jalapenos but we picked arround them easily enough to avoid the heat. The meat portions we huge and could easily have been shared. Overall the steak was good. Not the best I've had in Bolivia but I'm sure for the city is a solid choice. If you are looking for steaks you can't go wrong here.

4. Paprika

Calle Chuquisaca N_ 688 esquina Calle Antezana, Cochabamba 0000, Bolivia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options HK$31 - HK$118 +591 4 4662400
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 409 reviews

Paprika

Reviewed By myusernameisdan - Cochabamba, Bolivia

It's been a go-to option for me for over a decade now. Their food has maintained it's level and they've added excellent dishes throughout the years. Great for couples, families and business. Highly recommend.

5. Sole Mio

America E 826, Cochabamba, Bolivia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +591 4 4283379
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Sole Mio

Reviewed By Jenile J - Atlanta, Georgia

I enjoyed it. FYI, Salame is their version of pepperoni. Their mushrooms are from a can. Had the Pineapple juice and strawberry juice. Their medium pizza is big enough for 3 people. Good crust. I liked their spicy sauce that came in a separate bowl. I put a little on my pizza since jalapeños were not an option. We ordered a pizza with Salame and mushrooms/champignons as an extra.

6. Cafe Visual la Muelita

Av. Potosi No. 1392 y Portales | lado centro Portales Simon I. Patino, Cochabamba, Bolivia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery Italian, Pizza, European Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 4799686
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Cafe Visual la Muelita

Reviewed By Colesterol - Tigre, Argentina

This is my second visit to this Cafe and Restaurant. In both locations I really enjoyed my dinner. There's a wide variety of dishes. Pizzas are very good. Risoto (rice) is excellent. The place is a bit hidden and it's not easy to find. Do not trust trip advisor maps!. They don't work that well in Bolivia.

7. La Muela Del Diablo

Av. Potosi 1392 y Portales (Lado Centro "Portales" Simon I. Patino) | Lado Centro Portales Simon I. Patino, Cochabamba, Bolivia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +591 76220409
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

La Muela Del Diablo

Since 2007 La Muela is a place to hang out, to have one of the many dishes we have to offer (cooked only with fresh ingredients), or just to experience the drinks and enjoy the music in one of our many sitting accommodations.

Reviewed By Fabiola H

The food is really good, especially the pizzas. It's a good place to meet with friends for a night out

8. Wist'upiku

Calle Lanza No. S-619 Entre Ladislao Cabrera y Uruguay, Cochabamba, Bolivia Seating Breakfast 4257972
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Wist'upiku

Reviewed By Álvaro P - Ottawa, Canada

Straightforward, excellent empanadas. Although cheap, they are not "cheap": handmade on the premised by the minute, every afternoon. Try either the empanada de queso or the picante.Pair that with a canela icecream or a mok´ochinchi (dried peach) drink during a sunny Sunday afternoon and there you have it, the true Sibarita Cochabambino experience.

9. Menta Restobar

Calle Man Cesped 464, Cala Cala, zona norte, cerca al parque Lincoln, Cochabamba, Bolivia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner 4309789
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Menta Restobar

Reviewed By viageira - Scranton

Vegetarian and vegan. Dinner mid-week. Pizza and a chickpea burger with full citrus juice. Delicious and reasonable. Good service. On Av España across from the Hotel Ambassador. They apparently offer a lunch buffet as well.

10. Terra

Avenida Pando # 1140, Cochabamba, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$118 +591 4 4418912
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Terra

Terra is a fusion restaurant where you can find enteries, etc.

Reviewed By Claudia C

Came here with my husband and the service was great for Cochabamba standards. We were given a drink on the house as we ordered and the waiter did give us advice about which dishes to choose. We had a great steak (cooked medium rare as we asked) with a creamy pepper sauce and trout in a butter sauce with spices over curry infused mashed potatoes. The food was delicious but they have us a huge serving of herb butter and only a finger sized piece of bread. When we asked for more bread they claimed that they had to save it in case other customers came in later. The waiter barely checked in on us and it took quite a while to get the hot sauce we asked for. A little pricey but overall good food. Just don't expect amazing service.

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