With outside tables that spill onto lovely Plaza de San Diego, there’s an infectious energy at the very popular Juan del Mar. With the buzz from the semi-exposed kitchen, live music, and a gregarious international crowd, Juan del Mar is more about the experience than epicurean excellence. Certainly, the creative menu caters to most tastes with Peruvian, Caribbean, and Asian-inflected dishes that are satisfying, fresh, and flavorful; but neither the cuisine nor the cocktails reach the finesse and complexity of Cartagena’s gastronomic enclaves such as Carmen. Signature dishes have a heavy fish-and-seafood slant with a tasty cebiche estilo Caribe (smoked shrimp in a tomato-based broth), tiraditos Nikkei (sashimi tuna), and imaginative renditions of pescado del dia including seared tuna steak flambéed in Grand Marnier then drizzled with an orange and passion fruit reduction.