Best restaurants in Quito

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    Masaya Bistro

    This large, inviting space with bare brick pillars and long wooden tables spills onto the peaceful enclosed garden of the affiliated Masaya Hostel. Ecuadorian-international food is served up in this casual, relaxed setting, where beef in chimichurri sauce, quinoa croquettes, Ecuadorian-style ceviche, burgers, wraps and pastas are all possibilities.

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    UKRO Cocina Local

    Traditional Ecuadorian cuisine is given a contemporary twist at this sophisticated new restaurant. Dishes from across the country are prepared with fresh, ethically sourced local ingredients, including herbs and veg from the restaurant's own rooftop garden. Order two small dishes per person in the casual downstairs 'barra', or book a spot upstairs to sample the tasting menu.

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    Zazu

    One of Quito’s best restaurants, Zazu serves beautifully prepared seafood dishes, grilled meats and ceviches in a stylish setting of light brick, ambient electronica and an inviting, backlit bar. The menu showcases the best of Ecuadorian cuisine with dishes such as Andean grains and veg, confit guinea pig empanada and seafood tamale.

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    Cosa Nostra

    Italian-owned Cosa Nostra has a pleasant front patio, cozy dining room and nearly three-dozen varieties of pizza piled with generous toppings and fired up in a brick oven – we consider it the best in town. It has good gnocchi and other pastas, and tiramisu for dessert.

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    Café Dios No Muere

    The Louisiana native who owns this eccentrically designed restaurant attached to a 17th-century monastery takes pride in the quality of the ingredients cooked up in a kitchen that's squeezed into a corner on the ground floor. Space fills up fast, as there are only a handful of tables on two tiny floors, plus a few alleyway tables.

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    Crepes & Waffles

    Mouthwatering and stomach-enlarging sundaes, as well as several dozen varieties of sweet and savory crepes, waffles, salads and more conventional vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes, are on the menu at this South American chain with several other locations in Quito. This one is the most conducive to lingering in: it has an upscale feel with very warm, welcoming service.

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    Cafetería Modelo

    Opened in 1950, Modelo is one of the city’s oldest cafes and a great spot to try traditional snacks such as empanadas de verde (empanadas made with plantain dough), quimbolitos (sweet, cake-like corn dumplings) and tamales. It's also a popular spot for ice cream. The fun, slightly kitsch Ecuador-of-yore trappings make the wait for the food interesting.

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    Vista Hermosa

    A much-loved spot in El Centro, Vista Hermosa (Beautiful View) delivers the goods with a magnificent 360-degree panorama over the Old Town from its open rooftop terrace. Ecuadorian specials include seco de chivo (goat stew). Live music on Friday and Saturday from 10pm adds to the magic. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

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    San Agustín

    Kitschy religious icons and old-fashioned radios decorate this old-school classic serving Ecuadorian fare to bustling workday crowds. Opt for first-rate seco de chivo (goat stew), corvina (sea bass) or arroz marinero (seafood rice) – there are so many options the menu takes an age to peruse. Follow these up with old-fashioned helados de paila: ice cream handmade in big copper bowls.

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    Tianguez

    Tucked into the stone arches beneath the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, this excellent cafe prepares tasty Ecuadorian appetizers (tamales, soups, quinoa salads) as well as heartier mains. The breakfasts, and particularly the coffee, are excellent, and tables on the plaza are perfect for people-watching. The handicrafts outlet of Tianguez is alongside.

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    Mercado Central

    For stall after stall of some of Quito’s most traditional (and cheapest) foods, head straight to the Mercado Central, between Esmeraldas and Manabí, where you’ll find everything from locro de papas (potato soup served with avocado and cheese) and seafood, to yaguarlocro (potato and blood-sausage soup) and fritada (fried chunks of pork, served with hominy).

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    Parque de las Tripas

    To sample some of Quito's most authentic and traditional cooking, head to this attractive park in La Floresta where every evening food stalls are set up selling freshly prepared tripa mishqui (grilled cow intestines), seco de pollo (chicken stew), empanadas and morocho (a kind of spiced corn porridge). Stall holders are happy to let you taste before you buy.

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    Bohemia Cafe & Pizza

    Feel like a local at this welcoming low-key spot where the wonderfully energetic owner will greet you like family on repeat visits. The menu includes excellent pizza ( albondigas – meatballs – being our fave topping) and layered nachos cooked with homemade corn chips. Wash it down with a giant michelada, a mix of beer, lime and salt, accompanied by various salsas.

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    Octava de Corpus

    For a completely different dining experience, head to this little-known restaurant inside a colonial home on lovely Junín. Artwork covers every surface of the place, and Jaime, the friendly owner, is also an avid wine collector who can recommend one of more than 300 vintages on hand. The menu features classic meat and seafood (all grilled or steamed). Reservations essential.

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    Café Mosaico

    Serving up a mix of Ecuadorian, Greek and Mexican fare near Parque Itchimbia, vine-covered Mosaico is famed for its magnificent views. The open-sided terrace is great for a sundowner and there's one of the city's best selections of picking platters to go with the view-gazing. There are vegan options available, too, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30pm.

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    Jürgen Cafe

    Owned and operated by Jürgen Spelier, a fourth-generation baker from Holland, this casually sophisticated restaurant with clean lines and blond-wood decor does especially good breakfasts and brunches; traditional Dutch pancakes and chicken and waffles are among the highlights. The coffees and eclectic line of bakery products could tempt you to linger here.

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    Z(inc)

    Equal parts restaurant and bar, Z(inc) has a multilevel industrial-chic interior of untreated timber, dark metals and exposed brick. It's frequented by a well-dressed clientele. Sip a lychee-infused cocktail on the front patio before heading inside for brick-oven flatbread pizza, burgers, tempura prawns and other dishes ideal for sharing.

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    Baalbek

    Authentic, although expensive, Lebanese fare served up quickly in a comfortable and contemporary dining room with a Middle Eastern soundtrack and aesthetic. Most of the menu items can be ordered as a half or full plate, which makes family-style sharing, perhaps with a mezze platter ($15 to $25) between two, the way to go.

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    El Maple

    This well-loved restaurant serves good vegetarian food with global influences (burritos, thali, Asian noodle dishes, creamy pastas, burgers, sandwiches and salads). There's a cheery dining room with a maple-tree mural on the wall and shelves of books, and outdoor tables in a pretty courtyard.

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    Fried Bananas

    For innovative Ecuadorian food at a reasonable price close to Mariscal Sucre, check out this atmospheric restaurant where the namesake bananas help shape dishes such as delectable shrimps with fried bananas and vodka, and flambéed bananas with honey and cinnamon. The pastas and salads are good, too.