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 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 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…
Ecuadorian in Playas

El Morro Restaurant

Look for this truly delicious eatery with no name on the 2nd floor (the 1st floor is a different restaurant) of the orange and white house at El Morro's pier. It's nothing to look at, just a handful of wooden tables…
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…
Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Pique & Pase

The best restaurant for traditional Ecuadorian specialties also has traditionally dressed waiters. Sit at the tables with wooden benches and share several small dishes, like bolon verde (fried plantain with mashed c…
Pizza in Guayaquil

Maverick

This unassuming place on main road Av del Periodista (San Jorge) has white walls, black benches and simple chalkboards with funny slogans and cute drawings. It's a self-proclaimed 'unorthodox' joint, creating delici…
French in Salinas

Oui Chef

This new edition is one of the coolest hangout spots in town. A converted VW campervan food truck fronts onto a sleek patio with fairy lights and wooden tables, offering typical French dishes like crepes and beef bo…
Empanadas in Salinas

Pedro's Empanadas

Away from the main tourist drag, one block inland from Chipipe Beach, you'll find this inexpensive local empanada shop with plastic chairs, selling fine hand-baked patties made with plantain outer shells. Flavors in…
Italian in Montañita

Pigro

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…