Exploring the best restaurants in Quito, Ecuador

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With a visa policy that has swung open its doors to the entire world, and natural diversity that has left the modern traveler with nary an excuse not to visit, Ecuador is a place that is quickly climbing the list of places to see in the world.

Before heading off to its well-regarded countryside though, you’ll likely spend the start or end of your journey in Quito, Ecuador’s lofty capital city (at 7,000+ feet, take it easy on the wine!). While you are here, take advantage of its cosmopolitan air to sample the best restaurants in Quito…

Casa Gangotena

Situated in a historic home, Casa Gangotena delivers a fine dining experience that will rank as one of the most intimate meals you will have during your time in Ecuador. While you have be seated in their atmospheric dining room, be sure to go al fresco if the weather is agreeable, as their gorgeous courtyard is filled with a full spectrum of floral colour.

The level of service here strikes the right balance between being attentive without irritating those that don’t wish to be bothered too much.

Recommendations: the empanadas as an appetizer, while those looking for an incredible entree will love the Sous Vide Cuy.


Those looking for the best al fresco dining experience in the city should make time to eat at Patria during their time in Quito, as their patio has been described by past customers as feeling more like a tropical forest than a merely an outdoor dining area.

While pricey by Ecuadorian standards, it nails the national cuisine arguably better than similar restaurants in town, and with inspired surroundings and a friendly staff to match, Patria is as a good a bet as any for Ecuadorian food in Quito.

Recommendations: Locro (potato soup) or any of the ceviches as a starter, while the chicken with peanut sauce or the sea bass will please most diners when it comes time for the main course.

La Marmite

If you’re feeling like indulging in some international cuisine during your time in the Ecuadorian capital, your best high class dining option will be La Marmite, a French restaurant that is integrated with a boutique bed and breakfast of the same name.

Those seeking vegetarian and vegan meals, a hard task in South America, which is known for its meat heavy dishes, will be well catered for here, while those looking to seek in one last great lunch before flying home will also find this place to be a great choice, as La Marmite is located within a short ride to the airport.

Recommendations: The onion soup will prove to be an intensely flavourful appetizer, while indulging in the salmon for dinner and the black chocolate cake for dessert will be decisions that you will never regret.

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