Restaurants

Top Choice Ecuadorian in Quito

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…
Top Choice Fusion in Quito

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 …
Top Choice Cajun in Quito

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 gro…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Quito

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 …
Top Choice Street Food in Quito

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…
Top Choice Dutch in Quito

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 Du…
Top Choice Cafe in Quito

Café Mosaico

Serving up a mix of Ecuadorian and Greek fare near Parque Itchimbia, vine-covered Mosaico is famed for its magnificent views. The open-sided terrace is great for a sundowner. There's a selection of vegan options ava…
Market in Quito

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 serv…
International in Quito

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 wi…
Ecuadorian in Quito

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 mariner…