Cotacachi Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Cotacachi

March 20, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best restaurant in Cotacachi, Ecuador including La Mirage Garden Hotel Restarant, Cafe Pachamama, Serendipity, El Lenador, La Casa del Turista, Veraneante Restaurant, Solid Rock, Cafe Rio Intag, La Marquesa, Cafe Lafayette
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1. La Mirage Garden Hotel Restarant

Cotacachi, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$8 +593 1800 327 3573
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 88 reviews

La Mirage Garden Hotel Restarant

Reviewed By ReddiTugo - Atlanta, Georgia

A delightful hide-a-way 5 Star restaurant and resort. Dining here, a delight. Highly recommended by our Quito City friend Ana. Over-the-top elegance. Waitresses extremely attentive and helpful. Classically romantic setting. Picture windows overlook a park like area with roaming peacocks. Soup dishes presented in music boxes. Enjoyed the chocolate glazed steak. Many great and exciting menu choices.
Highly recommended for a long relaxing lunch if you're in the area.

2. Cafe Pachamama

Calle Quito y Miguel Egas | inside hotel La Posada del Quinde, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards International, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$78 +593 6-292-0750
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Cafe Pachamama

Effective September 1, 2017, Cafe Pachamama will no longer be open to the public. We wish you all the best on your Ecuadorian culinary adventures! A partir del primero de septiembre del 2017, Cafe Pachamama dejará de estar abierto al público. ¡A todos les deseamos lo mejor en su aventura culinaria ecuatoriana!

Reviewed By taddimo - Gainesville, Florida

I really enjoyed the sandwiches which were a treat and hard to find in other places in Otavalo. The desserts are the best, especially the chocolate cookie served warm with ice cream!

3. Serendipity

Leather Street, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +593 6-291-4521
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Serendipity

Reviewed By Anthony R - Silver Spring, Maryland

The best part of this restaurant for us was the staff - they made is feel like part of the family. The food is varied (ecuadorian, american, italian) so there is something for everyone including vegetarians. I enjoyed the horneado de chancho and the kids loved their nachos and bean dip. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. El Lenador

Sucre 10-12 & Juan Montalvo, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Ecuadorean Lunch, Dinner 291-5509
Excellent
32%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

El Lenador

Reviewed By Adam M - Middletown, Pennsylvania

Stopped here for lunch. It was quite tasty, and was typical Ecuadorian cuisine. The staff was very attentive. The fresh orange juice was delicious. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Guinea pig, it's presentation is quite a jaw dropper. I just could not bring myself to try it, but maybe you would want to.

5. La Casa del Turista

Bolivar 113-02 | and 10 de Agosto, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Cafe, International, Grill, Ecuadorean, Pub Lunch HK$24 - HK$157 +593 6-291-6235
Excellent
37%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

La Casa del Turista

Reviewed By Enrique_Reyes

You could find great food in Cotacachi but its difficult after 9:30pm. La Casa Del Turista is a great alternative for unexpected travellers. Heres my review about it
Pros.
- They are open after 9:30pm!
- Portions
- Not (that) pricey
Cons.
- Spaghetti sauce needs improvement!

6. Veraneante Restaurant

Esquina de Sucre y Garcia Moreno | o 9 de Octubre y Bolivar, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Ecuadorean, South American Lunch, Dinner 2554167
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Veraneante Restaurant

Reviewed By THOMAS W - ROUND ROCK

The Ecuadorian chef was schooled in Columbia and at a Cordon Bleu school in Quito. His food preparations and simple presentation are not your standard "almuerzo" (lunch) fare found all around town. The restaurant is 3 1/2 blocks south of the main drag (locally called Leather Street) on Pedro Moncayo . . . but it is worth the walk.
My companions' favorite dish is the chicken sanduche (sandwich). My favorite is a meat loaf stuffed with vegetables. The meat is wrapped 1/3 of the way around with ground chicken, 1/3 with ground pork and 1/3 with ground beef. If the soup-del-dia is Locro Queso . . . GET IT. And he does wonders with the trucha (trout). Can't lose with his guacamole or ceviche either.
Buen provecho!!
P.S. The address Trip Advisor has is old. From the square where the tour buses drop you off, go one block up Leather Street (de Agosta) and turn left. Go 3 1/2 blocks . . on the left - across from the light blue school fence.
Address is: Pedro Moncayo between Eloy Alfaro and Vacas Galindo

7. Solid Rock

Calle 10 de Agosto 14- y | Sucre, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Ecuadorean Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +593 6-291-5262
Excellent
54%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Solid Rock

Reviewed By Ann H - Cotacachi, Ecuador

Solid Rock is our go-to place for an American style breakfast. It is a meeting place for expats. The service is quick and they add new American style food all the time. I love the banana or blueberry pancakes. They cook the eggs just the way your order. Free refills on coffee. They have added eggs ranchero and breakfast burritos which are wonderful. Free WIFI. On Thursday morning the Solid Rock area has a market which you should not miss.

8. Cafe Rio Intag

De Octubre 9 | Parque San Francisco, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Seating, Takeout Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast +593 6-256-6029
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Cafe Rio Intag

Reviewed By Archer1943 - Washington DC

Cafe Rio Intag
This great café is on St. Francis Square (the smaller one in Cotacachi). Intag looks small from the street but there are six interconnected rooms to give the feel of intimate Seating no matter where you are. It is a great coffee shop. It has a full bar. There is a decent light menu and killer pastry. It’s all good! The interior décor is eclectic and well executed. Loved it. The staff is cheerful, talented, and bi-lingual. If there was an official must visit list Intag would be on it.
I had one of Intag’s specialty coffees called “Dark Angel”. Never anything like it. Must visit if you are in Cotacachi.

9. La Marquesa

De Agosto 10, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff Latin, Ecuadorean, Spanish, South American Lunch, Dinner +593 6-291-5488
Excellent
28%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

La Marquesa

Reviewed By PulguisW - Dallas, Texas

This is a tourist trap, we went on a Saturday and the place was pretty busy, the food lacked flavor, the chicharron was overcooked and hard, i was extremely disappointed by the quality of the food. Service was worse, our food arrived before our drinks and the last soda didn't arrive until we finished our food. The check took just as long to show up and there was a ridiculous tip (15% I think) automatically added to the bill, it came out to about 20 bucks in a country were minimum wage is $300 a month and waiters do make normal wages (this is required by law) unlike the US were they need tips to make a decent wage, I bet the staff doesn't get to keep the tips either, there are better places off the main road where food is authentic and service is great, ask the locals where they'd recommend

10. Cafe Lafayette

Parque Ornamental, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, American, South American, Ecuadorean Breakfast, Lunch HK$16 - HK$31 +593 6-291-4456
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Cafe Lafayette

A quaint European-style Cqfé/Bistro with a selection of homemade food. Several choices of fresh sandwiches, ice cream,and local specialties. Café Lafayette offers new menu items every week featuring various local and European speciality items. They offer a selection of fresh-ground coffees, local beer and cold beverages. Don't miss the Live Classical & Traditional Music every Fri. & Sat. night.

Reviewed By Soapywise

We stumbled across this cafe when the rain started, and had a lovely wee rest. The sandwiches were so good that my boyfriend ordered a second one once he's finished the first! Coffee and juice were spot on and the service was the friendliest we've found in Ecuador

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