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Casual or fancy, these are the best restaurants in Quito

If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Quito, you’re in luck! Quito is a gastronomic paradise, with a variety of cuisines and flavors to suit every palate. Whether you want to sample traditional Ecuadorian dishes, enjoy international fusion, or indulge in gourmet delicacies, you’ll find it all in Quito.

One of the best ways to explore this wonderful city’s culinary scene is by taking a walking tour of the city or even our street food tour in Quito, in case you feel like trying traditional meals local style. However, if you prefer to take it easy, get ready for you’re about to learn something of the most iconic and delicious spots, as you sneak peak on the history and culture of Quito, and taste some of the local specialties.

We highly recommend to get familiar with the city first, and a walking tour in Quito is a great way to discover some of the Old Town Quito attractions, such as the Plaza de la Independencia, the Cathedral, and the Basilica, which makes you more likely to get your next culinary haven in Quito on your own.

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You can’t miss Hasta la Vuelta Señor, a traditional fonda that offers you an authentic culinary experience with stunning views. Hasta la Vuelta Señor is located in the heart of the Old Town and easily findable while exploring Quito’s Historic Center, on the third floor of Palacio Arzobispal, once the former Archbishop’s Palace, but now a heritage building that dates back to the 17th century. There you can enjoy the Ecuadorian food, with typical dishes such as potato soup, roasted pork, goat stew and guinea pig.

The restaurant has a folkloric and cozy atmosphere, with a colonial decoration and a legend that gives it its name: that of Father Almeida, a friar who promised the crucified to see him again after (being “hasta la vuelta” in Spanish), but not until he had a night of bohemian. Hasta la Vuelta Señor opens every day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is the ideal place to explore the flavor and culture of Quito. If you are going to visit Quito, don’t miss this restaurant that will make you feel at home.

What you need to get to know Quito from a different perspective is Vista Hermosa, a restaurant and viewpoint located in the historic center of the city with a sister branch located just uphill from our charming Old Town Quito Suites next to the Itchimbía Park.

If you choose to visit the Historic Center one, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the colonial buildings and churches, but you can also visit the sister branch next to the park, where you will get the most absolute breathtaking view of the Historic Center softly collapsing into the New Town while tasting some of the best traditional food in Quito. Vista Hermosa offers a varied menu of dishes, drinks and desserts, with options for meat lovers, seafood fans and vegetarians.

You can try their famous empanadas, their delicious goat stew, or their succulent salmon in seafood sauce. The restaurant also has live music on Fridays and Saturdays nights, creating a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Vista Hermosa Centro Histórico is open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and it is closed on Sundays while Vista Hermosa Itchimbía is open every day from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. except on Sundays when it is open from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

You can make reservations by phone or email, or just walk in and enjoy the experience. The address is Mejia & Garcia Moreno, Centro Historico, or Manuel Samaniego & José Antepara, Itchimbía. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover one of the most charming places in Quito!

One of the best restaurants in Quito could be doubtlessly the Casa Gangotena Restaurant, easy to spot while exploring Quito’s Historic Center for it is located right next to the San Francisco Square. This elegant and cozy restaurant offers you a creative and unique signature cuisine, inspired by the rich and diverse ingredients of Ecuador.

You will be able to taste exotic dishes that blend the flavors of the past, present and future of Ecuadorian gastronomy, with ancestral and modern culinary techniques. The restaurant has a historical and sophisticated atmosphere, ideal for celebrating special occasions or simply enjoying a delicious meal. The restaurant is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and offers breakfast, lunch, Cafe Quiteño (our version of “high tea”) and dinner.

The style of food is international with an Ecuadorian touch, and the restaurant adapts to both the most demanding and adventurous palates. In addition, the restaurant has a panoramic terrace that offers a romantic view of Quito’s urban landscape, a walled garden that invites you to relax among nature, a VIP lounge for intimate dinners or small celebrations, and a bar where you can enjoy one of their specialty cocktails or their world-class gin tastings.

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The Casa Gangotena Restaurant itself is one of the most important Old Town Quito attractions given its beautiful architectonic style reminiscent of the colonial era, and being surrounded by the historical churches, the emblematic squares and the living culture of this area declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Don’t miss the opportunity to live an unforgettable gastronomic experience here!

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Once you have decided to visit Quito and to learn about the exquisite meals this city has to offer, it is also extremely possible that you already self-started the quest of looking for the best restaurants in Quito. Whether that’s your case or not, you should definitely visit Zazu, which is a fine dining restaurant, associated to Relais & Chateaux, that offers an unrivaled gastronomic experience influenced by Ecuadorian culture and tradition.

You will be amazed by the quality, creativity and flavor of their dishes, as well as the exclusive and cozy atmosphere of the place. Zazu is located at Mariano Aguilera & Martín Carrión, La Pradera, and it is open from Monday to Friday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m, also being available on Saturdays for their dinner shift only. The food style is Latin, seafood, international and healthy, with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

Zazu is a fancy restaurant, so dress accordingly and make a reservation in advance, or kindly ask our staff at Old Town Quito Suites to arrange it for you. You won’t regret it!

Somos Ecuador Restaurante is more than just a restaurant, it is a story of Ecuador told through food. It is a place where you can experience the diversity and richness of this country, while also discovering new flavors and perspectives. If you want to visit Quito and taste some of the most traditional food in Quito with a twist, you should not miss Somos Ecuador Restaurante.

Besides, you will find in their menu a wide variety of meals that respect specific dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan.

This restaurant is located in the New Town, on Eloy Alfaro & Portugal, La Carolina, and they open every day for lunch time from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We’re sure you will enjoy everything you try in this, one of the best restaurants in Quito.

If you are one of those intrepid guests looking to taste all Ecuador’s flavors in one place, you shouldn’t let go ZFOOD, one of the best restaurants in Quito. This is a pescadería and restaurant that offers fresh and sustainable fish and seafood from the Ecuadorian coast and Galapagos.

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ZFOOD has a variety of dishes to suit every taste, from ceviches and tiraditos, to grilled octopus and paella. The restaurant has a cozy and casual atmosphere, where you can enjoy your meal with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Whether you are a local or a visitor, Zfood is a great place to get to know Quito while savoring the flavors of the sea.

ZFOOD is located at Coruña & Whymper, in the heart of Quito, and it is open from Monday to Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Thursday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ZFOOD’s menu boasts a delightful fusion of flavors, celebrating the bounty of the sea, which makes it a perfect choice to reminisce the Galapagos Islands when you visit Quito.

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As one of your dear guests, you might want to check out Café San Blas if you are looking for a cozy, healthy and very close place to eat for this restaurant is located in Jose Antepara & Vicente Leon, only a few steps away from our beautiful Old Town Quito Suites.

It offers fresh and artisanal food, with Italian and vegetarian options. You can enjoy a delicious pizza, a salad, a sandwich, or a pasta dish, all made with selected ingredients. The restaurant is open from 6 pm to 10 pm, except on Sundays when it is closed. Café San Blas has a casual and friendly atmosphere, and it is a great spot to relax after exploring Quito’s historic center or taking a walking tour in Quito. The service is attentive and the prices are reasonable.

Café San Blas has received many positive reviews from customers who praised the quality of the food and the hospitality of the owners. If you are looking for a tasty and satisfying meal in Quito, Café San Blas is a place you should not miss.

If you are staying at the Old Town Quito Suites or around the San Blas neighborhood, you shouldn’t let pass the opportunity to visit such a cozy and cultural place as it is Café Atávico.

This café is located in Vicente Leon & Jose Antepara, near the Plaza Belmonte, it is open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and you simply need to walk across the street from our beautiful hotel to enjoy a delicious meal and a special coffee. It is a great option to start your day with a tasty breakfast or to end it with a satisfying dinner.

Café Atávico is one of the best cafés in Quito, and it offers a variety of dishes and drinks, with vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for traditional food in Quito, you need to try their excellent locro de papa, empanadas de viento, or humitas, but they can go international style, as well, with their burgers, pizzas, or salads. The café also has a selection of desserts, smoothies, teas, and of course, their own roasted coffee.

Café Atávico has a unique and charming decoration, with recycled art, antiques, books, and board games. You can enjoy the music and the friendly service while admiring the pictures of the Old Town Quito attractions. Café Atávico is a perfect place to relax and have a good time with your family or friends.

Delirium Pizza & Art is not only our favorite place to recommend to those guests arriving in the evening of a Sunday and prefer to have their meals somewhere close, but anyone curious enough to get to know Quito from a different perspective would rather do it under the lovely lights of the stereet while walking uphill to such a quaint place.

This restaurant is located at Jose Antepara & Rios in the San Blas neighborhood, and also near the Old Town Quito Suites like our earliest places on the list. Delirium Pizza & Art offers pizzas of different styles, from the classic margherita to the exotic seafood pizza, to the original pizza with fried egg. All pizzas are made on the spot and cooked in a wood-fired oven in front of your eyes. The atmosphere is cozy and casual, with interesting art on the walls and varied music.

The restaurant opens from Monday to Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is an excellent option to eat well and cheaply in Quito, while you delight in its culture and its people.

Let’s add a cherry on top of this list for this café is located on top of a hill, where you can get the most breathtaking views of the city and gaze at the biggest Old Town Quito attractions while you dine.

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Café Mosaico is located on Manuel Samaniego Street, near Jose Antepara, in the Itchimbia neighborhood. The restaurant is open every day from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and offers a variety of dishes of American, Ecuadorian and international food.

You can try from burgers and pizzas to ceviche and locro, or just enjoy a coffee or a canelazo with a dessert. The atmosphere of Café Mosaico is casual and cozy, ideal for going with family or friends. In addition, on Fridays and Saturdays there is live music from 8:30 p.m. Café Mosaico is an excellent option to taste the traditional food of Quito and admire its beauty from above. Don’t miss it on your next visit to the Ecuadorian capital.

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Whether you are looking for a fine dining restaurant, a cozy cafe, or a food stall, you will find something to suit your taste and budget. In fact, the most adventurous guests would rather have a sample of different snacks and drinks from local vendors by booking themselves for our street food tour in Quito, and learn how to make their own way through the wide variety of culinary experiences available using a handful of tips and facts from our professional guides.

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However, either you’re independent or the walkthrough kind, you should not miss the opportunity to try some of the best restaurants in Quito during your visit, and enjoy delicious meals and stunning views of the mountains and the city. Of course there’s more wonderful places aside from the ones we listed below, and you could be the one to help us improve this list. So, what are you waiting for? We know Quito will make you want to come back for more.

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