South of Guayaquil restaurants

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…
Seafood in Puerto Bolívar & Jambelí

Nuevo Eden

Inside this clean, modern building with big windows and sleek furniture (including pale green chairs, white walls and spotlights), businesspeople schmooze with their guests over seafood lunches. Mains include tasty …
Pizza in Zaruma

Pizza Pimini

This simple little cafe with white walls and chunky pine tables serves hand-prepared pizzas. Order a classic margherita, salami and ham, tuna and onion, or a Hawaiian. All are made with fresh tomato sauce and mozzar…
Seafood in Puerto Bolívar & Jambelí


Nautical-themed Pepe's is a local favorite, with with dark wood features, shipping memorabilia on the walls, and outdoor seating right next to the pier. It serves local seafood, including squid, shrimp and fish serv…
Ecuadorian in Zaruma

200 Millas/Cafe Zarumeno

A 10-minute walk downhill to the left from Plaza de la Independencia you'll find Zaruma's top restaurant. Part coffee shop and part Ecuadorian eatery, dishes include meat every which way (breaded, fried or barbecued…
Chinese in Machala

Restaurant Gran Chifa

Restaurant Gran Chifa is one of the many family-style Chinese restaurants scattered throughout town. Dishes include sautéed chicken with vegetables, sweet-and-sour chicken with pineapple, steamed fish, and a variety…
Ecuadorian in Machala


Romero's has no sign, so can be tricky to find, but you'll be pleased if you do. The basic eatery serves up tasty grilled meats by night and inexpensive set lunches by day. Dine on the tiny front patio or the nicely…
Ecuadorian in Machala

El Paraiso de la Vida

You can't beat the value of these sandwiches, wraps, lasagna, lunch specials and breakfasts, served in a narrow modern dining room.
Pizza in Machala

Chesco Pizzeria

Hearty, piping-hot pizzas, plus pasta and hamburgers, in a packed fast-food-like setting (order at the counter).
Bakery in Machala


For midday snacks, nothing beats the piping-hot sweet rolls or dulce de leche–smothered pastries served here.