Restaurants

Top Choice Ecuadorian in Riobamba

El Delirio

Named for a poem by the great liberator, Simón Bolívar, this former hacienda (now in the city center) serves comida típica in a candlelit dining room. The open fire, wooden booths, antiques and artwork-covered walls…
Top Choice Argentine in Latacunga

El Alabado

Contemporary furnishings have transformed a historic building dating from 1668 into a chic restaurant. Along with good-quality beef steaks and dishes such as pork in a spicy passion fruit sauce, the Argentinian chef…
Top Choice Spanish in Baños

La Tasca de Baños

It may be difficult to get a table at this tiny tapas restaurant. The selection of small dishes is excellent, ranging from perennial favorites like tortilla española to Andalusian meatballs and shellfish. Order up f…
Market in Riobamba

Mercado La Merced

The women hawking hornado (whole roast pig) put on a pretty hard sell, yelling out for your attention and offering samples. If you can stand the pressure and you’re up for dining with flayed Wilburs on every side, t…
International in Baños

Cafe Hood

Named for owner Ray Hood, a long-standing gringo-in-residence, this excellent cafe has cheap almuerzos (set lunches) and a menu of Asian and South American dishes. The cafe is a welcoming place to meet with friends …
Cafe in Guaranda

Los 7 Santos

Half a block downhill from Parque Simón Bolívar, Los 7 Santos offers all that you would expect from an artsy cafe in a much larger city. There’s breakfast in the morning ($4) and small sandwiches and bocaditos (snac…
Ecuadorian in Ambato

Los Morochos de la Gata

A great place to sample an Ambato specialty, a kind of porridge-like milky drink made with the morocho grain, which is ground with spices, soaked in water then boiled with milk and sugar. Try it with humitas (ground…
Ecuadorian in Quilotoa

Kirutwa

This comparatively swanky restaurant is located right up on the crater rim. Offering classics like locro de papas (potato soup with avocado and cheese) and choclo con queso (corn on the cob with fresh cheese), Kirut…
Ecuadorian in Riobamba

Cayfruts

This friendly restaurant is a good bet for breakfasts, lunchtime sandwiches and burgers and evening meals. It's open all day, making it a great place to drop in for an afternoon coffee with humita (a local snack mad…
International in Ambato

Restaurant Roka Plaza

In the Roka Plaza’s central courtyard, this wonderful restaurant serves grilled meats, fresh juices, international dishes and good sushi. The presentation is better than you’ll find anywhere else in the central high…