North Coast & Lowlands restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Same & Tonchigüe

Seaflower Lateneus

Boasting one of the best chefs along the north coast (born here, trained in Europe), Seaflower serves delicious grilled seafood (try the spaghetti marinera). It’s worth reserving a table on weekends, when it’s often…
Spanish in Canoa

Amalur

Owned by a Spanish chef (Amalur means ‘Mother Earth’ in Basque), this trim, minimalist restaurant is a major step up from your average Ecuadorian small-town restaurant. A chalkboard lists the day’s specials – recent…
Peruvian in Same & Tonchigüe

Toquilla y Mar

There is a Peruvian sensibility to the fresh seafood served at this relaxed, open-air beachfront spot. It offers fried rice with shellfish, garlic crab and nine varieties of ceviche. When it's time for dessert, don'…
Argentine in Mompiche

La Chocolata

Ariceli, also Mompiche's yoga instructor par excellence, is known for her wickedly divine desserts, including lemon pie, a vegan crumble, and a chocolate mousse, peanut butter and dulce de leche bon bon: you may eve…
Seafood in Cojimíes

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…
International in Bahía de Caráquez

Puerto Amistad

Puerto Amistad is an expat favorite for its strong cocktails and the attractive and airy deck over the water. The salads, savory crepes, quesadillas, seafood dishes and steaks are all excellent, and service is above…
Grill in Manta

Parrillada La Vacanisima

This amenable grill in the center of Manta’s nightlife area is a great place for a filling parillada (grilled meats for one, enough for two) and a glass of good Argentinian red wine. A recent redesign brought a name…
International in Santo Domingo de Los Colorados

La Tonga

A crisp and formal setting with a varied menu of well-prepared international dishes, vegetarian options and criollo (of Spanish influence) specialties. It's located in the Gran Hotel Santo Domingo. The tonga a speci…
Pizza in Same & Tonchigüe

La Terraza

Spanish-owned La Terraza has a great beach setting and turns out good pizzas that keep it packed with locals throughout the week. Pepo, who was one of Same's original expats three decades ago, can also rent you a ro…
International in Mompiche

La Facha

A charming team of young locals (who also run the hostel in the same building, and are all keen surfers) serve up mouthwatering burgers, salads and sandwiches. It’s on Calle Fosforeras, parallel to the malecón. You …