Eating

  • Cafe Fussion A Peruvian-trained chef in Otavalo brings some subtle flair to the Plaza del Ponchos.
  • Seaflower Lateneus Grilled seafood delights amidst groovy decor in this mellow Pac Coast boho corner.
  • El Morro Restaurant Seriously good crab soup is served next to the pier in this unassuming setting.
  • UKRO Cocina Local Contemporary Ecuadorian cuisine with ethically sourced local ingredients in Quito.
  • Moliendo Café Little Cuenca eatery serving hearty maize pancakes topped with slow-cooked pork.
  • Coco Surf Fresh seafood with inventive preparation, served al fresco on Isabela’s main drag.

Best for Romance

  • El Jardín The best food in the Oriente may be at this ambient house by the river.
  • Zazu For beautifully prepared seafood dishes, grilled meats and ceviches in a stylish Quito setting.
  • Pigro An upscale Italian in Montañita that won't break the bank, with good cocktails and creamy risottos.
  • Lo Nuestro Housed in a century-old Guayaquil mansion, this atmospheric spot serves good wine and seafood dishes.
  • Cafe Mariane French-Ecuadorian fusion, with thoughtful twists, ample portions, and candlelight, a beautiful Baños break.

Best for Seafood

  • Delfin Mágico Outstanding seafood in Salango, served Spanish and Ecuador style.
  • Red Crab Tasty crab, seafood and fish dishes in Guayaquil.
  • Oasis Only open by reservation, this Galápagos restaurant serves mouthwatering coconut stews with lobster.
  • El Descanso Marinero Tuck into the ceviche and lobster in this outdoor garden in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
  • El Morro Restaurant For probably the best crab soup you'll ever eat.
  • Hermanacho A coastal ceviche legend.