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 its wide choice of breakfasts, its delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or its range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tor…
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…
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 …
in Baeza & Around

El Viejo

A main gathering place, this warm restaurant with a clean, open kitchen serves trout in every possible way. Caters to tourists with an English/Spanish menu.
in Lago Agrio

Gran Colombia Restaurant

Oil workers refuel here at the end of the day with set meals doused in lip-burning ají (hot sauce). The regular menu offers tasty plates such as chuleta (pork chops) and ceviche.
in Lago Agrio


Serves maitos (fish grilled in palm leaves) Huaorani-style, but with a garlicky twist. Wrapped in banana leaves and steamed over hot coals, the flavors steam into the moist, flaky fish, served alongside patacones (p…
in Lago Agrio


This thatched-hut outdoor grill has tasty sides of homemade salsa, salad and yuca (cassava).
Ecuadorian in Coca

Restaurante Ocaso

Unexciting look; formidably popular. Big breakfasts, saucy meat stews with fluffy rice and hot patacones (plantain fritters) and a view out on the new park.
in Coca

Cevichería Rincon Manaria

Plates piled with crispy chifles (banana slices) preview deep bowls of frothy ceviche served with little wedges of lime. Crowded tables and loud music create a beach-party vibe.
Ecuadorian in Coca

La Misión

The best views in town (and therefore the main hang-out for tourists waiting for their Yasuni boat to come in), with open-sided patios perched over the river. The food includes fresh river fish but is really nothing…