Restaurants

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 International in Tena

Café Tortuga

Everyone in town seems to drop by this super-popular Swiss-run riverfront joint, whether it’s for the wide choice of breakfasts, delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tortuga is …
Ecuadorian in Puyo

EscoBar

With panache to punch its weight in Quito's coolest neighborhoods, EscoBar makes palapas (rustic, palm-thatched dwellings) seem chic. Sample Ecuadorian microbrews, cocktails and a menu of patacones (fried bananas), …
Vegetarian in Tena

Tienda Ahimsa

The lovely owner of this excellent vegetarian eatery prepares most dishes to order, so unless you request the daily almuerzo (set lunch), don't be in a hurry. You'll want to savor the mostly vegan, wholly delicious …
Ecuadorian in Lago Agrio

Sacha Micuna Wasi

Look for the grill outside, where the maitos (tilapia grilled in palm leaves) are prepared by Kichwa pros. Served whole, alongside steamed maduro (green plantain) or yuca (cassava) and pickled onions, with a refresh…
International in Puyo

El Fariseo

It may not look like much, but this cafe boasts one of the Oriente's few espresso machines – and knows how to use it. They serve up surprisingly delicious fare, including a very tasty churrasco (steak served with a …
Ecuadorian in Misahuallí

El Bijao

On the plaza, this is a great place to try the maito – an Ecuadorian jungle specialty where tilapia (river fish) or chicken are wrapped in a jungle leaf and grilled, then served with rice, yuca and guayusa (Amazonia…
Seafood in Papallacta

La Choza de Don Wilson

Almost everyone comes to this unassuming restaurant for an excellent fillet of trout and shots of aguardiente (sugarcane alcohol). They also have rooms (per person $20) and access to thermal pools. You’ll find this …
Ecuadorian in Misahuallí

El Jardín

Over the bridge up on the road to La Punta, El Jardín is a beautiful addition to the local dining scene. In a flower-festooned garden, you can dine on the huge platters of pricey but well-prepared meat, tilapia (riv…
Ecuadorian in Baeza & Around

Gina's

Those who love little mountain towns will feel right at home in this wood-plank restaurant plastered with rafting stickers. Hearty fare includes trout prepared a thousand ways – and whichever manner you choose, it i…