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 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 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 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 (passionfruit chicken) is delightful, served with fresh avocado, rice, plantain and french fries…
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 Seafood in Same & Tonchigüe

Seaflower Lateneus

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