Restaurants

Top Choice Spanish in Guayaquil

La Tasca de Carlos

This friendly, family-run tavern serves up delicacies from the old world, with creamy tortillas, arroz negro con calamares (rice with squid ink and calamari), pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus) and rich pae…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Lo Nuestro

Housed in a century-old mansion complete with wooden shutters and period furniture, Lo Nuestro is one of the most atmospheric places in Guayaquil to feast on ceviche, sea bass with crab and other seafood dishes. Mus…
Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Pique & Pase

The best restaurant for traditional Ecuadorian specialties also has traditionally clad waiters. It’s worth sharing several small dishes, like bolon verde (fried plantain with mashed cheese), humitas (corn dumpling s…
Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Cocolon

Directly across from the plaza for the Church of San Francisco, Cocolon has a modern but festive interior and is well-known for its Ecuadorian dishes. La ultima cena (grilled loin with rice, beans and all the fixing…
Japanese in Guayaquil

Sushi Isao

One of the top Japanese restaurants in town, Sushi Isao is a small, casual spot that's popular with Japanese expats. The ingredients are fresh and dishes are skillfully prepared. Superb value is the chirashizushi ($…
Peruvian in Guayaquil

La Alameda de Chabuca

Across from the San Marino Mall, this elegantly set dining room is a showcase for some of Guayaquil's best Peruvian cooking. The expansive menu features mouthwatering ceviches, rich parihuela (mixed seafood in a ric…
Seafood in Guayaquil

Picanteria La Culata

Bringing a taste of the coast to the big city, La Culata serves excellent ceviches, encocados (shrimp or fish cooked in a rich, spiced coconut sauce) and seafood rices. It's a laid-back, open-sided joint (with beach…
International in Guayaquil

Resaca

This festive two-story spot on the malecón serves filling Ecuadorian classics; it also has all-you-can-eat crab (most nights from 8pm; around $24, including limitless pilsners) and all-you-can-eat Mexican fare (Thur…
Cafe in Guayaquil

Dulceria La Palma

One of the most atmospheric places downtown is this old-school cafe with swirling overhead fans and black-and-white photos of Guayaquil. Stop in for breakfast or snacks like cachitos (crispy mini-croissants; $0.11) …
International in Guayaquil

Artur’s Café

A longstanding hideaway perched over the Río Guayas, Artur’s serves ordinary Ecuadorian fare, but it's a lively starting point spot for a nighttime libation before exploring Las Peñas. There’s live music most weeken…