in Northern Highlands

El Forastero

Offers hearty breakfasts and a good seco (meat in sauce) served with rice.
Ecuadorian in Quilotoa


This comparatively swanky restaurant is located right up on the crater rim. Offering classics like locro de papas (potato soup with avocado and cheese) and choclo con queso (corn on the cob with fresh cheese), Kirut…
Ecuadorian in Coca

Restaurante Ocaso

Unexciting look; formidably popular. Big breakfasts, saucy meat stews with fluffy rice and hot patacones (plantain fritters) and a view out on the new park.
in Coca

Cevichería Rincon Manaria

Plates piled with crispy chifles (banana slices) preview deep bowls of frothy ceviche served with little wedges of lime. Crowded tables and loud music create a beach-party vibe.
Ecuadorian in Coca

La Misión

The best views in town (and therefore the main hang-out for tourists waiting for their Yasuni boat to come in), with open-sided patios perched over the river. The food includes fresh river fish but is really nothing…
in Coca


Large plates present standard combinations of surf and turf, meats in wine sauces and a few unimpressive pastas. Hit the attached heladeria (ice-cream shop) for dessert.
in The North Coast

Restaurant Aurita

Overlooking the fishing boats bobbing on the water, this simple waterside restaurant serves delectable Manabí seafood. It’s famous for the huge shrimp native to the area, but also prepares tasty ceviche, concha (she…
in The Oriente

Restaurant D’Gust

Restaurant D’Gust is a popular local gathering spot with daily dishes such as tender, saucy chicken legs and papas fritas (french fries). Buses to Cuenca pass through here. Locals know bus times for travel west, sou…
in Azogues

Hotel Rivera

The restaurant at Hotel Rivera has breakfast and a larger dinner menu.
Seafood in Coca

La Casa del Maito

Locals flock in to lunch on delectable fish (mostly tilapia and piranha) cooked in palm leaves on the grill outside. The friendly owner, Luis Duarte, also offers guiding services.