Restaurants

Top Choice Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Lo Nuestro

Housed in a century-old mansion complete with wooden shutters and period furniture, Lo Nuestro is one of the most atmospheric places in Guayaquil to feast on ceviche, sea bass with crab, and other seafood dishes. Mu…
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Villamil

Coco Surf

This sidewalk cafe serves up some of the tastiest seafood dishes in all of the Galápagos, and you'll hardly notice the high price points once the live band starts jamming out to jazzy island tunes. The tuna tartare …
Top Choice Bistro in Quito

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 s…
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. Award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chicken…
Top Choice Fusion in Saraguro

ShamuiCo Espai Gastronòmic

A surprising find in Saraguro, this unpretentiously sophisticated spot is run by a local chef who trained in some of Europe's best restaurants. Bold cuisine falls somewhere along the lines of highland Ecuadorian-Eur…
Top Choice Cafe in Mindo

Mishqui Quinde Heladería

Oswaldo has moved from the old van to a more permanent site, but it's still all quinoa, all the time: in burgers ($4 to $5), pudding, homemade sorbet and shakes where you can mix it with other flavors like blackberr…
Top Choice International in Montañita

Tiki Limbo

In the epicenter of town, Montañita's best restaurant has an eclectic menu of global dishes (fajitas, falafels, homemade burgers, sesame-crusted shrimp, seafood platters) served in a charming setting of well-kept ba…
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…
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 International in Machala

Zona Refrescante

The best dining option in town is this inviting air-conditioned place specializing in grilled meats. The seco de pollo (passion fruit chicken) is delightful, served with fresh avocado, rice, plantain and french frie…