Ecuador Restaurants

  • Restaurants
    by MalenaN
  • Restaurants
    by MalenaN
  • Restaurants
    by MalenaN

Ecuador Restaurants

  • Locro de Papa

    A speciality from the highlands is Locro de Papa, a thick soup made of potatoes, often served with cheese and avocado. Ingredients and preparation can vary though from place to place and sometimes it is made with corn. I ate Locro de Papa a few times during my visit in Ecuador. Twice at Fruteria Monserrate in Quito. I had heard they have a good...

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  • Jugos y batidos

    I love the fruit juices of Ecuador! There are lots of different juices made of fresh fruits. If it is made with milk instead of water it is called batido. My favourites are batido de frutilla (strawberry) and jugo de guanabana, as well as jugo de mango and jugo de maracuya (passionfruit). Sometimes I also order juice made of papaya, tomate de arbol...

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  • Encebollado - an Ecuadorian soup

    Encebollado is a fish and onion soup with yucca, tomatoes and spices. It is often served with popcorn and banana chips (chifles). It is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is served both in restaurants and by street vendors. Encebollado is said to be very good against hangovers. I ate an encebollado at the small restaurant Encebollados Juan...

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  • Ummm, So Good!

    Great ambiance,decor, service, food, and moderate prices. A good selection of local and international dishes offered from the menu. I selected a local seafood dish as seafood is my favorite, and they did not disappoint.

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  • Try the Guinea Pigs

    One of the national dishes in Ecuador is roasted guinea pig which is available at many markets and restaurants. Tastes good, by the way!!!

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  • Set lunch - Almuerzo

    At lunch time many restaurants have a set lunch menu including a soup (sopa), a main dish (segundo) and a small dessert (postre). For the main dish there is often a choice, but not always. A fruit drink is also included. For the set lunches (almuerzos) I usually paid $2 - 3 (June, July, August 2011). The quality of the food can vary. The first...

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  • Humitas

    Humitas is a traditional dish from the highlands. They are often served together with coffee for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Humitas are made of ground corn which is mixed with eggs, and often cheese and onions as well. The dough is then wrapped and tied in a corn husk and steamed. The humitas are often a bit sweet.I have tried humitas...

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  • BREAKFAST

    One of my favourite dishes in the country was the scrambled eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I would head for any market to buy this delicious meal which is made in a large frying pan and costs very little. Try it, it's just like home!

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  • Bandera

    Bandera is an Ecuadorian meal with rice, different ceviches (shrimp, fish and concha) and guatita, a stew made of tripe (cow stomach). The Bandera in the 1st photo is from Cevicheria El Sol de Manta in Latacunga. It was served with half an avocado and a bowl of popcorn. The Bandera and an orange juice was $8.50 (August 2011).The Bandera in the 2nd...

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  • Ceviche

    Ceviche is a dish made of uncooked fresh seafood which is marinated in lemon juice, and it often comes with herbs and sliced onion and tomato on top. You can have ceviche made of fish, shrimps, squid or shellfish. You can also get a mixed ceviche with different seafood. I like the fish and/or shrimp ceviche best.Ceviche is often served with popcorn...

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  • Fried empanadas

    In many places in Ecuador you can buy big fried empanadas. They are made of dough which is fried while you are waiting. They are warm when you eat them and they are delicious, but very greasy. The ones I had didn’t have any filling but sometimes there is a cheese filling.The first photo is from the market in Zumbahua where I bought two empanadas...

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  • The best empanadas in CUENCA !!!

    Just next to the airport there is a very good restaurant. The quality of the food, the informal atmosphere, the rustic decoration and the tables in the space outside makes it worthy of a visit. Use it before or after the flight. Visit it even if you have arrived or are leaving by bus, as it is just 2 blocks from the main bus station on Avenida...

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  • for a romantic evening...

    This is a very elegant restaurant with very good food and a romantic ambient. Candle lit tables, soft music and formal, delicate decoration makes it the perfect place for an unforgettable dinner with your sweetheart or a relaxed chat with your friends. Food is carefully cooked and involves international and local savours. Service is excellent and...

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  • Culinary art...

    Walking down Calle Larga I stopped at the ruins of Todos los Santos. Looking up to my right I saw a beautiful beautiful balcony attached to a nicely decorated house. I had to take the photo so I went in and I was pleased to see the interior of the restaurant was equally pleasing. Wonderfully decorated, nice pale colors, happy atmosphere. Even the...

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  • In Quito, don't miss the typical...

    If you travel to Ecuador and are the kind of typical food lover, like me, I highly recommend visiting Las Nuestras Empanadas Fast Food Restoran. Las Nuestras offers about 30 different types of Empanadas and delicious natural fruit juices (I recommend the Naranjilla Batido, just delicious!). Typical empanadas from Ecuador include the ones that are...

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  • La Terraza restaurant & Natural...

    La Terraza: What kept me going to this restaurant is the avocado salad with corn chips, called Aguacate! But the owner proudly claims he offers every kind of dish you can imagine, both local and international. They specialize in Mexican and Oriental food. The local meat dishes are extremely popular with locals. Also try 'fahitas de pollo', 'tacos...

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  • home made food

    Just opposite the Recreation Center in Vilcabamba there is a nice local restaurant offering simple but delicious local food, with a home made taste. The large terrace with views to the green mountains all around explains its name. There are a lot of meat dishes, fish, shrimps and chicken. Try “encebollado de pescado”, a rich tomato soup of fish...

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  • Cuy: a local delicacy

    Cuys are rodents and are native to the Andes. Cuy is nothing else but the Guinea Pig. Have you seen one alive? It's a very cute and furry little animal. Cuys are also very common in South American cuisine. It is cooked on a barbecue, broiled or fried and it is usually served whole. It is also considered an honoured dish for special occasions and...

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  • Best Shwarma's I've ever had!

    Alladin is my all time favorite place to go. It sells hookas and has comfy couches. Yummy cold Pilsensers and the best Shwarmas ever! I've eaten so many in my life and nothing compares! Alladin is always my first stop when I go to Ecuador! Shwarmas!

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  • CEVICHE

    'Ceviche' are shrimps or fish served in a tangy sourish lemon juice or tomato sauce, mixed with onions, parsley and some spices. This is usually served in a bowl with a side dish of salty popcorn or fried plantains.This is a very popular dish along the coasts, from Ecuador, Peru to Chile. Do try it!

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  • HELADO DE PAILA

    This is interestingly a traditional Ecuadorean snack - ice-cream with the flavours mixed in a huge pan.The ice-cream flavours are mainly fruity. You will see signs 'HELADO DE PAILA' everywhere. Try it!

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  • HORNADO DE CERDO

    Hornado de cerdo - This is a WHOLE PIG being cooked over fire, thoroughly crisping the skin. They usually display the dish with the whole head of the pig staring at you. Very ‘Lord of The Flies’. You should be able to see this dish from southern Colombia to Ecuador. It was very delicious, I think, rather fatty, considering I also ate the skin of...

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  • CHOCOLATE CON QUESO

    A typical Ecuadorean drink, my friend told me, is chocolate con queso (hot chocolate with cheese).Imagine a tall glass of hot chocolate with melting cheese inside. But not just any cheese, I was told. As my cheese knowledge is very limited, I am not able to tell you how to prepare this drink yourself.But there is a cafe in Palacio Arzobispal where...

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  • SECO DE CHIVO

    Apparently, for the Ecuadoreans, their main meal is lunch, rather than dinner as in Western cultures. At times, it might be only main dish in their diet.Do try 'seco de chivo'. You will find that lunch menus which are very economical and good, usually offer a few selections for the main dish and 'seco de chivo' is often an option. While 'seco'...

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  • ALMUERZO DEL DIA

    'Almuerzo del dia' means 'Lunch of the day'. These are fixed-price lunches, usually between US$1 to US$1.50, that are available in markets and small local restaurants. The lunch includes soup, a main course of rice and meat, dessert and a cup of drink like juice or syrup of some sort (possibly mixed with questionable water). Usually, the meat is...

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  • OTAVALO: LOCAL MARKET

    I normally take a peek at the local market to see if there is anything interesting.The Mercado 24 de Mayo has a section where they serve lunch for about US$1 with rice, a piece of meat and some salad. There are many stalls to choose from, but I reckon they are all more or less the same. I supposed just follow the locals and join them at the most...

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  • don't pass by street food

    Ecuador is one of South America’s more interesting culinary countries though much like its brethren it is a bit lacking with regard to vegetarian choices. For those who love meat, potatoes, and fish it’s a paradise. Oh, and don’t forget the corn. Corn is king in Ecuador, especially in the highlands. If there were ever a people who knew how to...

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  • Gourmet Food at Reasonable Prices!

    The food at Creta is one of the best in Cuenca, well presented, delicious and reasonable. The atmosphere is posh and modern, with a bar area that is has very comfortable chairs you could sit in for hours. The tables, dressed with white linen are also nice as well as the service, attentive. This restaurant is a gem you don't expect to find within a...

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  • Don't Miss the Amazing Food and Space

    The newly opened International Food Restaurant Huauki. Chefs are Japanese who have much experience of international food from japanese, Thai, chinese, Vietnam, Mexican, and Ecuadorian. The space of the restaurant is quite amazing. You take your shoes off before entering and sit down on the floor. Just enjoy good music and atomosphere. Drinks are...

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  • Simply tasty!

    Whilst I was in Mindo I used to visit the Don Pan Panaderia (Bakery) like three or more times a day ... they have excellent bread and really tasty cookies!! They also make some incredible pizza. This place is ideal for those much sought after snacks in between activities, and even for something quick to grab for breakfast. The cookies and pizza...

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  • Ceviche

    Lovers of raw fish will be at their ease in Equator, for ceviche is widely available, as it is almost all along the Pacific coast of America. Ceviche consists of raw fish marinated in lemon juice, tomato and onion. The main vaireties are made with shrimps and with black clams from the mangroves. The good news for people who cannot stand very spicy...

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  • Tropical fruits

    The climate and latitude of Equator are ideal for growing all kinds of tropical fruits: tree tomato, papaya, babaco, naranjilla, maracuya... Either as refreshing juices or as a snack, having a good dose of vitamines was never so tasty for me.

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  • Breakfast

    I usually make my breakfast of an espresso and a cigarette...But breakfast are very good in Ecuador and I did not miss even one while I was there!Taste the fruit juices, they are incredible.Forget about the coffee, however, it is simply awful (I will not enter into economico-political discussions here, but for a coffee producer country, this is...

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  • Cook yourself!

    Another good and cheap way of eating in Ecuador (especially for diner) is to... cook yourself!There are charming markets full of cheap and good food in every single town of Ecuador.A lot of budget hotels for travelers offer kitchen facilities where you can cook your food.A good approach to taste the numerous kinds of fruits and vegetable that...

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  • El almuerzo!

    The cheapest and most local way to eat at lunch time consists in eating in little local restaurants and ordering the "almuerzo".It consists of a main course, a drink (usually a fruit juice) and a dessert.It's good, its' cheap and it's local.It will cost between USD1 and USD3 depending on the restaurant and the city.

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  • Cuenca : Great place for lunch - Super...

    I would call this place (whose name I never found) : "El taller del artista" ! Indeed, an artist runs the place and has transformed this place in a huge artistic restaurant. Few people come here, and you can enjoy its width and peaceful atmosphere...J'appelerai cet endroit (dont je ne connais toujours pas le nom) : "El taller del artista"! En...

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  • Cuenca : A nice breakfast - Un bon...

    It's not the cheapest one in town (from 1.85 USD to 2.50 USD), but I really liked the calm of the place, the really nice juice and coffee and the design !Ce n'est pas le moins cher (de 1.85 a 2.5 USD), mais j'ai bien aime le calme qui y regne, le jus de fruit et le cafe, tout autant que le design !

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  • Cuenca : Colombia bis in Ecuador !

    Another colombian restaurant ! As cool and as cheap (about 2,5 USD and you'll be full !) ! It has to be tested !!!Un autre resto colombien ! Aussi sympa et aussi pas cher (2,5 USD et vous serez repu !) ! Faut l'essayer !!! Apenas con pollo - Pasteles de pollo

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  • Mompiche : Same range of prices - Les...

    Many "casas" sell some food, around the same prices : between 2 (filete de pescado)-3 (camarones) -4 or 5 (langostina) USD-> In calle Fosforera : - Resaurante Los Dos Hermanos (left when watching the beach)- Florecita (right when watching the beach, close to the Gabeal)-> In the main street :- Comedor Margerita ("far" from the beach)- Comedor...

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  • Mompiche : Food on terrace - Bouffe sur...

    I loved cooking in Mompiche, and eating on the terrace of the Gabeal... Great food experience !!J'adorais cuisiner a Mompiche, et manger sur la terrasse de l'un des edifices du Gabeal... Superbe experience !! The fried fish I bought and prepared myself ...Le poisson frit que j'achetais et preparais moi-meme...

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  • Banos : What a bread ! Quel pain !

    Go there for breakfast, the bread is sooooo good !! From 1.6 USD to 2.5 USD...Allez la pour petit-dej, le pain est troooop bon !! De 1.6 USD a 2.5 USD The bread !!! Le pain !!!!

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  • Cuenca : Colombia en Ecuador !!!

    You never tasted the excellent colombian food before ? Never drank "Aguardiente", this typical colombian alcohol, really close to "absynth" ? This is the place for you...Vous n'avez jamais goute a la bouffe colombienne ? Vousn'avez jamais bu de l' "aguardiente", cet alcool colombien proche de l'absynthe ? Alors, venez ici All the dishes ("arepas")...

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  • Quito : French !!! Du francais !

    Chocolate bread, raisins bread, real french croissants... and great coffee ! You just can't miss it !Pains au chocolat, pains aux raisins, de vrais croissants de chez nous... et du super cafe !Vous ne pouvez pas le manquer ! The breakfast is really nice, and the rest of the food too, though expensive...Le petit dej est vraiment bon, tout comme le...

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  • Quito : Simple and good - Simple et bon

    The two colombian ladies are so smiling and so nice, that you could forget how much the food is simple (chicken, meat, hot-dog, with potatoes and sauce), good and cheap (2 USD max !).Les deux madames colombiennes sont tellement souriantes et gentilles, qu'on en oublierait presque que la bouffe (poulet, viande, hot dog, avec des petites patates et...

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  • Quito : Libanese food ! Du libanais !

    I was looking for some "baklavas" and here, they are so good !! The owner is so nice !!!Je cherchais des "baklavas", et ici, c'est tellement bon ! Le proprio est trop gentil ! Pastries, pastries !!Les patisseries !!!

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