Where to Eat in Guayaquil: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 8, 2017 Terina Blouin

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.
Things to do in Guayaquil

1. Riviera

V.E. Estrada 707 | and Ficus, Guayaquil, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +593 4-460-2556
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 683 reviews

Riviera

Reviewed By 47sue2015 - Waterford, California

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.

2. Caracol Azul

De Octubre 1918 y Los Rios 9, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Latin, Seafood, International, South American, Ecuadorean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$196 2280461
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 501 reviews

Caracol Azul

Reviewed By thetraveldoc - Montreal

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.

3. La Canoa

Chile y 10 de Agosto | Chile y 10 de Agosto, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Ecuadorean Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +593 4-232-9270
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

La Canoa

“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!

Reviewed By Ellen D - East Lansing, Michigan, United States

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. Noe Sushi Bar

San Marino Shopping - Mall del Sol - Paseo Bocca, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +593 1800 663 663
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Noe Sushi Bar

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.

Reviewed By David20130609 - Waunakee, Wisconsin

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.

5. Red Crab

Guayaquil: Urdesa Centralal: V.E. Estrada 1205 y Laureles / Samborondon: Km 2.5 Via a Samborondon, CC .Plaza Nova / Cuenca, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Validated Parking Latin, Seafood, International, Ecuadorean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$157 +593 4-283-1110
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Red Crab

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

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

6. Lo Nuestro Cafe - Restaurant

Av. Estrada 903 | Higueras, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Latin, Seafood, Ecuadorean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 +593 4-510-3703
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 362 reviews

Lo Nuestro Cafe - Restaurant

Reviewed By GoBigRed10 - Omaha, Nebraska

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!

7. El Fortin

Av Chile y 10 de Agosto (esq) | Av Chile y 10 de Agosto, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible International, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$55 - HK$314 +593 4-232-9270
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

El Fortin

“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.

Reviewed By dkbe - Walldorf, Germany

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).

8. Tratoria Piccolo Mondo

Balsamos 504 e/. Las Monjas y Ebanos, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$235 +593 4-288-4621
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

Tratoria Piccolo Mondo

Reviewed By IANA940 - Atlanta, Georgia

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.

9. Restaurante Sushi Isao

Balsamos 102 | Victor Emilio Estrada, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Japanese, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +593 4-288-9936
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Restaurante Sushi Isao

Reviewed By JavierECU - Guayaquil, Ecuador

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)

10. Marrecife Marisqueria

Avenida Miguel H. Alcivar y Francisco de Orellana, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Latin, Seafood, Ecuadorean, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$196 +593 4-600-7570
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Marrecife Marisqueria

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.

Reviewed By Christian S - Guayaquil, Ecuador

Parking is an issue here and the restaurant itself can get very crowded so you may have to wait for a table Food quality and preparation is very good but not outstanding. Serves a good purpose for a nice seafood packed business lunch in Guayaquil

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