The Northern Oriente 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. Award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chicken…
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


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), …
German in Tena


Tena's most atmospheric restaurant serves German-influenced food in an open-sided joint where a bright, well-stocked bar is the focal point. Lovely pastas, currywurst (curried sausage) and meatballs with mushroom sa…
Ecuadorian in Misahuallí

El Bijao

On the main plaza, this is a great place to try 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 (Amazoni…
International in Puyo

El Fariseo

It may not look like much, but this cafe emanates a certain elegance and 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…
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 about 200m up 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, tila…
Ecuadorian in Baeza & Around


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…
Grill in Coca

Papees Grill

A clean, unpretentious little place off the far western end of Espejo near where the Río Payamino meets the Río Napo, serving exquisite grilled meat. Hands down the best restaurant around for a very long way.