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Restaurants in Quito

La Mariscal district buzzes with cafés, pancake breakfasts at Magic Bean and traditional Ecuadorian lunches of roast guinea pig or chicken soup at Mama Clorinda. Tuck into Argentine steaks at Los Troncos and feast on seafood at upmarket Mare Nostrum. The Old Town is home to stylish haunts like Mediterranean-Ecuadorian Café Mosaico. Most places close at 11pm. Tipping is welcome but optional.

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  1. 1. Mare Nostrum - Top-end: (More than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The best choice for seafood is the New Town's Mare Nostrum, a Gothic candle-lit restaurant with a European-influenced menu. Dishes include bouillabaisse (fish soup), paella and Ecuadorian specialties like arroz del capitán (rice mixed with the day's best seafood). Try the mariscada (seafood platter) for two, accompanied by the best Argentine or Chilean wines on offer.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-4pm & 7pm-10.30pm

    Address

    E10-5 , Mariscal Foch and Tamayo, New Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 2528 686

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Mare Nostrum Website

  2. 2. Café Mosaico - Top-end: (More than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Café Mosaico, Quito. Photo by Alexander Karras, courtesy of Café Mosaico

    Perched above the Old Town in Itchimbía, Café Mosaico enjoys impressive panoramic views of Quito. The view and Mediterranean decor, together with a menu of Greek, Ecuadorian and American dishes, make this restaurant a popular choice with locals and visitors. Dishes include moussaka, Ecuadorian house-style grilled meats, hamburgers, pancakes, Belgian waffles and cheesecake.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm (from 1pm Tue)

    Address

    N8-95, Manuel Samaniego y Antepara, Itchimbía, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 254 2871

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Café Mosaico Website

  3. 3. Theatrum - Top-end: (More than US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Theatrum, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    The finest gourmet restaurant in Quito, Theatrum represents the best of Ecuadorian fine dining. Its dramatic red-and-black velvet decor suits its location above the historic Sucre National Theatre in the Old Town. The menu includes innovative Mediterranean-influenced dishes using Ecuadorean produce, particularly seafood and exotic fruit, and the bar offers an impressive choice of world wines.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm (evening service only Sat & Sun)

    Address

    Calle Manabi (above the Sucre National Theatre), between Guayaquil & Flores, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 257 1011

    Transport

    Door-to-door taxi service courtesy of Theatrum - request on booking

    Website

    Theatrum Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. Al Forno - Mid-range: (US$15-US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Al Forno, Quito. Courtesy of www.tavolaecuador.com

    The popular Al Forno has a smaller branch in La Mariscal with simpler decor, but this New Town branch has garden tables for romantic dining. The wood-fired ovens produce over 50 varieties of inspired pizza. Try the chef's different-coloured pizzas. There are various vegetarian options and other Italian fare like pastas.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun 12.30pm-4pm & 6.30pm-11pm

    Address

    E9-35, la Bélgica & Avenida de los Shyris, New Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 333 0681

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Al Forno Website

  2. 5. Pim's Panecillo - Mid-range: (US$15-US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Pim's Panecillo, Quito. Courtesy of www.tavolaecuador.com

    Pim's Panecillo (not to be confused with the gin-based drink Pimm's) is located on the Old Town's Panecillo hill and offers panoramic city views, simple decor and international comfort food. The result is a fusion of British pub, French bistro, American diner and Italian trattoria. Try the seafood ceviche (cold fish dish) and house steak in mushroom sauce, followed by pecan pie.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am (until 6pm Sun)

    Address

    Calle Melchor Aymerich, Top of Panecillo Hill, Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 317 0878

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Pim's Panecillo Website

  3. 6. Los Troncos - Mid-range: (US$15-US$30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Los Troncos, Quito. Courtesy of Tavola Ecuador, www.tavolaecuador.com

    Los Troncos is a quality Argentine-style steak house in the New Town oozing rustic chic, with white cloths, stone walls and a sizzling charcoal grill. Come for a carnivore's feast of parillada (BBQ), homemade pasta, and South American wines to match. This is a popular restaurant, for both business lunches and family dinners, so bookings and smart dress are essential.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-11pm (until 4pm Sun)

    Address

    1280, Avenida de los Shyris and Portugal, New Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 243 7377

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Los Troncos Website

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  1. 7. Cassolette - Budget: (Less than US$15 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Cassolette in the Old Town has a bright, no-frills decor, suitable for brunches. Combine lunch at the New Town branch with a visit to Guápulo's Sanctuary. The simple international menu with a gourmet twist offers staples like chicken curry, tortillas, lasagne, and vegetarian options like spinach gnocchi. The passionfruit cheesecake is delicious.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-9pm (till 8pm Sun)

    Address

    432, González Suárez, Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 252 5568

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Cassolette Website

  2. 8. Magic Bean - Budget: (Less than US$15 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Magic Bean, Quito. Photo by Enith Tasiguano, courtesy of Magic Bean 

    The ever-popular Magic Bean in the New Town is indeed magical, any time of the day. Portions are huge, the food fresh and wholesome. Tuck into a falafel salad, pancakes or steak sandwich, complemented by fruit juices or freshly brewed coffee, a rarity in Quito. The cosy, heated garden is ideal for evenings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-10pm

    Address

    E5-08, Mariscal Foch 681 and Juan León Mera, La Mariscal, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 256 6181

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Magic Bean Website

  3. 9. Mama Clorinda - Budget: (Less than US$15 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Mama Clorinda in La Mariscal is just the place to eat like the locals do. This popular, homely two-level eatery has excellent-value traditional Ecuadorian food, including chicken soup, steamed tongue, and cuy (roast guinea pig). The seafood dish is also a hot favourite. There is live harp music most evenings.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    1144 , Reina Victoria and Calama, La Mariscal, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 254 2523

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Mama Clorinda Website

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