Founded in the 1530s, Ecuador's largest city and main port is the top access point for Galapagos cruises and home to a bustling import-export business. Tourism is on the rise as well, thanks to a new international airport and urban renewal projects along the River Guayas promenade and in the historic neighborhood of Las Peñas. The 465-step climb to the top of Santa Ana Hill provides sweeping views and a chance to stand on the site of the city's birthplace.
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4.5 based on 683 reviews
As a starter we enjoyed calamari fritti which was severed with a nice tarter sauce. Gnocchi very light with a delicious four cheese sauce. My husband enjoyed his spinach cannelloni with cream sauce. Dinner was served with a nice toasted bread and a fresh pita with balsamic and olive oil for dipping. We also enjoyed a lovely Malbec from Argentina. Vanilla ice cram for dessert but they offer several special heavier dessert. Everything very fresh and the service attentive. They also offer a menu in English for guests which is a very nice touch.
We very much enjoyed our dinner and would return to this establishment.
4.5 based on 501 reviews
Went to this restaurant for a late dinner because of the outstanding recommendation by our hotel concierge and its proximity to the Oro Verde Hotel.
The atmosphere is very nice with art decorating the walls, comfortable chairs and white linen. The service was very professional if a bit stuffy.
The menu is extensive with several ceviches and numerous fish and shellfish choices. This includes fresh lobster but at a high price.
We much enjoyed the giant shrimp and sea bass. Cooking was perfect and portion size generous. Wine list is somewhat limited for a restaurant of this category but priced fairly.
Overall, very good seafood restaurant but expensive.
4 based on 1 reviews
“La Canoa” has become an icon for tourist and locals alike who wish to sample and discover the best of the authentic local fare, Ecuadorian food at its finest. We receive an average of 48 thousand visitors each year; this year we will have awarded 11,315 days of straight, un-interrupted, 24 hour attention which is truly a record in the city’s Gastronomical circles. At “La Canoa” you can enjoy a buffet breakfast in Native Fashion or American style with a wide choice of tropical fruits, cereals, dairy products, sausage and meat products, without overlooking an old Guayaquil habit of starting the day with a “caldo de salchicha” or sausage soup or encebollado de albacora” which would be a tuna soup. These cannot be passed up!
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Continental for a night a couple of weeks ago. Breakfast at the La Canoa restaurant was included, so I can’t comment on price. They did give us a bill, for “accounting reasons”, as the waiter said, but...MoreThank you for sharing your experience with others. Our tradition dates back more than 43 years. We are very pleased that our preparations have been of your total pleasure. We hope you can visit us again soon.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
In Noe Sushi Bar we have been able to offer the best of Ecuadorian-Japanese fusion cuisine through a combination with national flavors and asian tradition. The expertise of our Executive Chef, Ecuadorian Noe Carmona has developed more than 80% of the exquisite dishes served at Noe Sushi Bar.In a cozy, personalized and attentive to every detail, seduction starts with the presentation of our menu: colors, combinations and names of the dishes, that captivate the eye and the palate.
We enjoyed our dinner at Noe Sushi bar. The service and food was excellent except for the wine by the glass. They have a nice selection of wine on the wine list. Our service was excellent. As we finished one course, they delivered the next....MoreDear David, We are very happy you enjoyed your dinner. Thanks for letting us know, we really appreciate it. Come back soon.
4.5 based on 245 reviews
What I like about eating crab is that it is different in whatever part of the world you eat it and in this place you can eat a local delicacy that is a small crab from the mangrove swamps in the coast of Ecuador. This is an upmarket place to eat it within a set of other local dishes. I enjoyed it
4 based on 362 reviews
This was recommended by a local for Ecuadorian food and it was amazing. I️ had a fish platter with shrimp, rice, clams, and see bass. My wife had a dish that was like crab cannelloni with excellent cheese. We tried the Lo Nuestro Cerviche and it was excellent. Also, as others recommended save room dessert. You can tell this is a favorite of the locals too. If in Guayaquil, give it try!
4.5 based on 127 reviews
“El Fortin” is one of the outstanding gastronomical centers you can experience in Guayaquil. The “Gran Collar Gastronomico Internacional” (international distinction) has been bestowed on this famous restaurant given the vast experience and unstoppable creativity of its chefs. It is visited by the business, Political and Social elite who either live or visit Guayaquil, they can all enjoy a wide choice of international cuisine based on: classic, nouvelle, or fusion cuisine. The prevailing atmosphere is well complemented by the quality and variety of our European and American wine cellar.
They refuse men in shorts - OK, this really does not fit into the atmosphere. But service staff delivering items at the table without a word or a smile? (We do speak Spanish....) Neither!
The food was OK, the least what can be expected given the prices. Ceviche, pulpo, sirloin steak, pasta with ossobuco (pasta slightly overcooked, ossobuco somewhat different but OK).
4.5 based on 346 reviews
One of my former Ecuador students recommendes us to celebrate our 40th anniversary there. Although an ESPOL Professor friend told me not to go, we went. I wished we had followed the advise of my ESPOL colleague.
I had the worst ever Tiramisu I ever ate in my life. Old and terrible. We were scared that we would get poisoned.
We had octopus salad which was borderline. I had seafood risotto
without almost no seafood.
It is very expensive for Ecuador standards.
Although they knew about 40th year anniversary, they did not do anything to acknowledge that. Completely ignored it.
The decoration is too much. Anyhow overall this was a bad experience.
Please try to avoid this restaurant unless you want to pay a lot of money for bad food.
4.5 based on 242 reviews
There are two branches of this restaurant in Guayaquil. The one in Urdesa, and the one in Las Terrazas, Samborondón. This places offers the freshest, more variety, and better price than many other sushi´s restaurants.
In addition, some Japanese and Asian style dishes.
Nowadays, there are better places to eat sushi in Quito, than in Guayaquil. Ironically (being GYE a coastal city)
4.5 based on 364 reviews
Marisqueria original de Guayaquil con platos tipicos de nuestra costa ecuatoriana, siempre cuidando la mas alta calidad y sabor en cada uno de nuestros platos a la carta.
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