Restaurants

Top Choice Steakhouse in Quito

Dios No Muere

The Louisiana native who owns this eccentrically designed restaurant attached to a 17th-century monastery rightfully takes pride in the quality of the Ecuadorian and imported meats cooked up in the kitchen squeezed …
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Puyo

El Jardín

The best food in the Oriente may be at this ambient house by the river inside the charming hotel of the same name, 1km north of town. The award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chi…
Top Choice Cafe in Otavalo

Cosecha Coffee Shop

Owned by a young American expat, this contemporary cafe with Santa Fe–like adobe walls and minimalistic design wouldn't look out of place in a cool outer borough NYC neighborhood (it even serves bagels!). Sandwiches…
Top Choice International in Quito

Crepes & Waffles

Mouthwatering and stomach-enlarging sundaes, as well as more than two-dozen varieties of sweet and savory crepes, waffles, salads and more conventional vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes are on the menu at this out…
Top Choice Cafe in Mindo

Beehive

Run by Ingo and Genny, a German-Ecuadorian couple (and their two lumbering Great Danes), the Beehive is a cool hangout with a Scandinavian design perched over a river in back. The smorgasbord plate of falafel, hummu…
Top Choice Spanish in Guayaquil

La Tasca de Carlos

This friendly, family-run tavern serves up delicacies from the old world, with creamy tortillas, arroz negro con calamares (rice with squid ink and calamari), pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus) and rich pae…
Top Choice Pizza in Quito

Bohemia Cafe & Pizza

Feel like a Quiteño at this tiny spot on happening (on weekend nights) La Ronda where the wonderfully energetic owner will greet you like family on repeat visits. The menu, though limited, has excellent pizza and la…
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 Peruvian chef s…
Top Choice Colombian in Cuenca

Moliendo Café

This is one of the best little eateries you'll find in Ecuador – and that's why Moliendo Café is always rammed. The hearty arepas (maize pancakes) herald from Ecuador's northern neighbors but are a specialty here. T…
Top Choice International in Tena

Café Tortuga

Everyone in town seems to drop by this super-popular Swiss-run riverfront joint, whether it’s for its wide choice of breakfasts, its delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or its range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tor…