My wife and I had dinner at La Caraquena Saturday and loved it. We're thrilled to have another date night option in the nearby area and one that feels more like a unique destination than pretty much any of the other options in our mostly sterile nearby food environment (other than Eden Center).
For those considering this, and observing some of the other apparently disgruntled diners and some of the reviews, I think it's important to note what this restaurant not - namely 5-star, white table cloth dining. If you want waiters to be instantly attentive to your every need and whim, go Downtown, but you'll be missing out.
The dining room is very small, but cozy (if you can overlook some mold on the ceiling tiles). Despite some pleasant background music, it is also refreshingly quiet so you can actually hear your companion.
There were only two waiters and one busboy, so service is slower than you'd expect at a 5 star restaurant, but that was largely a consequence of, and more than made up for by, how good the service was when you had their attention. When we asked about a bottle of wine, the waiter poured tastes and then said "Be honest. If it's not perfect, it's no problem and I'll get you something else. No charge." (Contrary to another reviewer's post, the prices are posted on the menu.) We also overheard them patiently describing to other diners items on the menu and giving recommendations.
Most importantly, the food was amazing. We shared an avocado salad, three arepas and yuca frita. They were all great, but JP's Favorite seemed aptly named.
The prices, while not dirt cheap, seemed imminently reasonable for the quality of the food/wine and the atmosphere/service.
Parking was easy with the motel parking lot right there, which is another nice feature for the area.
In short, if you're willing to exercise a little bit of patience for great food and service, you'll be well rewarded.