Spanish in Canoa


Owned by a talented Spanish couple (‘Amalur’ means ‘Mother Earth’ in Basque), this trim, minimalist restaurant is a great place to dine and is a major step up from your average Ecuadorian small-town restaurant. It’s…
International in Bahía de Caráquez

Puerto Amistad

Puerto Amistad is an expat favorite for its delicious fare, strong cocktails and the attractive and airy deck over the water. Salads, savory crepes, quesadillas, seafood dishes and steaks are all excellent,and servi…
in The North Coast

Restaurant Aurita

Overlooking the fishing boats bobbing on the water, this simple waterside restaurant serves delectable Manabí seafood. It’s famous for the huge shrimp native to the area, but also prepares tasty ceviche, concha (she…
Ecuadorian in Bahía de Caráquez

Hotel La Herradura

With its high ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers, this attractive seafront place feels nothing like a hotel restaurant. The original menu offers delicious green-plantain bread and tart ceviches sprinkled with cil…
Seafood in Same & Tonchigüe

Seaflower Lateneus

Boasting one of the best chefs along the north coast, Seaflower Lateneus serves delicious plates of grilled seafood. It’s worth reserving a table on weekends, when it’s often packed with a smart crowd of cocktail-si…
in Atacames

Pizzería da Giulio

Run by a Sicilian, this handsome restaurant serves up excellent thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and old-world flavors (including real prosciutto). There’s upstairs balcony seating, as well as grappa, sambuc…
in Canoa

El Oasis

One block from the beach, El Oasis is a simple thatch-roofed restaurant that serves excellent seafood. The welcoming chef, who hails from Esmeraldas, cooks up tasty Manabí recipes including ceviche, encocado and nic…
Ecuadorian in San Lorenzo

Doña Luca

Probably the best place in town, this laid-back joint serves breakfasts and a wide variety of food, running from meat and fish to delicious local seafood. It’s in the center of town between the main drag and Parque …
Italian in Mompiche


Bathed in candlelight, this bright and fresh little risto-bar serves up fresh pasta and pizza from its open-air kitchen. The owners Sully and Edgar greet every guest with hospitality and warmth. Muy simpatico.
Seafood in Mompiche

La Chillangua

This palapa-thatched fish-fry shack has great views of the water, ample seafood fries, and a few innovative choices like fried shrimp with papaya sauce and avocado stuffed with shrimp and topped with catalan sauce.