Ruta Spondylus restaurants

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…
Seafood in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Delfin Mágico

In Salango, it's worth stopping in at the under-the-sea-themed Delfin Mágico, which serves outstanding seafood. Order everything from cherna and grouper to corvina, octopus, shrimp and sea bass, marinated in all man…
Italian in Montañita


For an upscale dining experience that won't break the bank, head to Pigro for homemade creamy risottos, tasty seafood pastas, hearty lasagna and other Italian favorites (no pizzas, though), as well as good cocktails…
South American in Puerto López

Restaurant Carmita

The patio dining is a good people-watching spot at this popular Ecuadorian restaurant on the malecón. It serves well-priced fish dishes plus ceviches, mixed rice, and chicken plates. The octopus in garlic sauce has …
Ecuadorian in Montañita

Restaurant Surf Food

Always packed with locals, this cafe has zero atmosphere (it's very basic with simple tables and chairs), but is the place to get a satisfying and inexpensive Ecuadorian meal. Decent plates include breaded shrimp or…
Italian in Puerto López


You won't stumble upon this delightful spot hidden in a backstreet, but you should seek it out for its high-quality Italian cooking in a romantic, garden-like setting. It's one block inland from the beach. Reserve a…
Cafe in Puerto López

Cafe Madame

A beachfront bar and organic cafe with a shaded veranda and wooden tables. Order crepes, ice cream, coffee, fruit smoothies, sandwiches, omelets and salads, or enjoy a sundowner in this pretty location.
Bakery in Montañita

Donde Garci

Tasty Colombian-style cookies, pastries and cakes – try the dulce de leche–filled pastry cones.
Empanadas in Montañita

Mas Alla

For a quick and cheap snack, head to this hippy-vibe cafe with informal inside and outside seating. It sells coffees, beers, slices of handmade pizza (the veggie one is heaped with with peppers, eggplant and broccol…
Colombian in Puerto López

Patacon Pisa’o

This friendly eatery, nothing more than a few outdoor tables, serves delicious Colombian specialties such as arepas (maize pancakes) and its namesake dish: large, thin, crisply fried plantains with your choice of me…