Where to Eat in Quito: Our Top Picks



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Casa Gangotena: I recommend the restaurant at this exquisite boutique hotel. Though I normally prefer eating outside my hotel except for breakfast, after a long travel day getting here from Cusco Peru with a stressful connection in Lima, I had a very good dinner in the dining room. I wanted Ecuadorian cuisine rather than taking a taxi for Peruvian cuisine which I had been eating for a week. The shrimp in coconut sauce was excellent. The morning breakfast buffet was also good.

El Esmeraldas: Located at Isabel La Catolica N24-56, this is a contemporary Ecuadorian seafood restaurant featuring ceviches and other specialties. It is a 20-25 minute cab ride north of the Historic Center depending on traffic.

Zazu: At Mariano Aguilera 331 and La Pradera, this restaurant, featuring gourmet Peruvian specialties, comes highly recommended.

Stop in for a hot chocolate or buy some great Ecuadorian artisanal chocolate in several flavors and percentage of cacao at Chez Tiff located at Morales 989 y Venezuela.

Hasta la Vuelta Senor: This is a great spot for lunch to enjoy Ecuadorian specialties on the Plaza Grande.  Calle Chile OE 422.

Other suggestions based on recent articles include: La Chillangua Verde Esmeralda at Calles Zaldumbie N25-165 and Toledo; Swiss Corner’s deli/bakery at the corner of Avenida De los Shyris N38-41 and El Telégrafo; La Boca del Lobo, El Rincon de Cantuna at the Hotel Patio Andaluz and Octava de Corpus.