Quito Restaurants

Quito's better restaurants are found in the New City. Even at the most glittering establishments, formal attire is never a requirement, but you'll feel out of place in shorts, T-shirts, and jeans, except at places (such as The Magic Bean) that consummate foreigners' hangout. Many restaurants close for a break between 3 and 7, an
Quito's better restaurants are found in the New City. Even at the most glittering establishments, formal attire is never a requirement, but you'll feel out of place in shorts, T-shirts, and jeans, except at places (such as The Magic Bean) that consummate foreigners' han
Quito's better restaurants are found in the New City. Even at the most glittering establishments, formal attire is never

Quito's better restaurants are found in the New City. Even at the most glittering establishments, formal attire is never a requirement, but you'll feel out of place in shorts, T-shirts, and jeans, except at places (such as The Magic Bean) that consummate foreigners' hangout. Many restaurants close for a break between 3 and 7, and on Sunday some remain shuttered or close early. Some useful phrases are: a la brasa (grilled), al vapor (steamed), apanada(batter-fried/breaded), brosterizada (deep fried), encocado (cooked in coconut oil), hornado (roasted), reventado (skillet fried), and seco (stewed meat).

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  • 1. La Querencia

    $ | La Pradera | Latin American

    Best known for its superb Ecuadoran dishes—try the seco de chivo (lamb stewed with fruit) or the langostinos flambéed in cognac—this restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Bandido Brewing

    $$ | Pizza

    Ecuador's craft beer scene is small but growing, and the best way to taste it is at Quito's first microbrewery, less than 10 minutes' walk from...Read More

  • 3. Cafe Plaza Grande

    $$$ | South American

    One of the popular historic hotel's three dining options, this Ecuadorian cafe is a nice choice between the upscale French option and the more...Read More

  • 4. Dulceria Colonial

    $ | Café

    Diagonally across Plaza Grande from Hotel Plaza Grande and below the Catedral, this pint-size café deals in delicious baked goods, sandwiches...Read More

  • 5. Il Risotto

    $$ | La Pradera | Italian

    Fresh roses adorn candlelighted tables, and prints of northern Italy and opera programs from Milan's La Scala decorate the walls, providing...Read More

  • 6. La Choza

    $$ | La Floresta | South American

    The mood, music, and menu are strictly Ecuadoran in this restaurant. It's across the street from Quito's World Trade Center and draws a large...Read More

  • 7. La Purísima

    $ | South American

    An English-speaking chef cooking traditional Ecuadorian fare within a historic theater one block off Plaza Grande is a recipe for success. Despite...Read More

  • 8. La Ronda

    $ | La Mariscal | Latin American

    During the day businesspeople gather here, in what looks like a Bavarian lodge, for traditional meals. Among the best dishes are cazuela de...Read More

  • 9. La Terraza del Tártaro

    $ | La Mariscal | Eclectic

    In the heart of the New City, this longtime favorite is known for its reliable service and delicious, if simply prepared, meats. The penthouse...Read More

  • 10. La Viña

    $$ | La Mariscal | Latin American

    Critics rave about this upscale restaurant, which draws its share of businesspeople and government officials. If you order a complete meal from...Read More

  • 11. Las Redes

    $ | La Mariscal | Latin American

    Fishing nets hanging from the wall clue you in that the specialty here at this small, informal restaurant is seafood—cooked Ecuadoran style...Read More

  • 12. Pizzeria Le Arcate

    $ | La Mariscal | Italian

    This trendy pizzeria attracts well-heeled patrons who come to choose from 59 types of individual thin-crust pizzas. The emerald-color dining...Read More

  • 13. The Magic Bean

    $ | La Mariscal | Eclectic

    High-quality food and a relaxed vibe draw travelers, expatriates, and locals to "the Bean" to socialize over crisp salads and do business over...Read More

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