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

July 23, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Puerto Ayora is a town in central Galápagos, Ecuador. Located on the southern shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is the seat of Santa Cruz Canton. The town is named in honor of Isidro Ayora, an Ecuadorian president. The town is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Santa Cruz.
Things to do in Puerto Ayora

1. The Rock Galapagos - Seafood Grill & Bar

Avenida Charles Darwin 270 | Islas plazas, Puerto Ayora 200102, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Fusion, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$110 +593 5-252-4289
Excellent
33%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 672 reviews

The Rock Galapagos - Seafood Grill & Bar

The Rock Seafood grill & bar, is inspired by the first Galápagos bar of the U.S. military base. Of the second war in 1941; Completely constructed with volcanic rocks and wood of the islands; Located on the main avenue of Puerto Ayora; It is specially designed to offer the public eager for different experiences; Its menu contains the most complete gastronomic options and the most sophisticated bar that has been installed on the shores of the Pacific Ocean; All this always enjoying a unique and incomparable tranquility that is only there where the infinite begins. Therefore, if you please the palate and comfort the soul is, you chose the perfect place. A corner in this natural paradise created for the most demanding and lovers of pleasure. Our specialties: Galapagos Lobster fettuccine in coconut sauce, cajun style shrimps, three pepper tuna fish, grilled Galapagos lobster, crème brulee, passionfruit margarita and excellent atmosphere and service.

Reviewed By mamafly - Atlanta, Georgia

We ate lunch at the rock and the happy hour they advertised was not what they advertised! The food was good but overpriced after we saw comparisons around the area. The waiter was really clueless with what we asked for. He didn’t speak English but we can all say agua. We never got water that we asked for. Didn’t go back and despite the amazing location, it wasn’t worth the annoyance of simple requests for the price but the shrimp quesadilla was really good but again not worth it

2. Il Giardino

Charles Darwin y Charles Binford, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Ecuadorean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch HK$157 +593 5-252-6627
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Il Giardino

Best place in Galápagos to enjoy a beautiful meal with family and friends, indulge yourself with fresh sea food, cocktails, coffee and tasty italian gelato.

Reviewed By Vjay S - Providence, Rhode Island

Came here twice during our short stay, mostly for drinks. Food itself was unremarkable. Sat at the bar, service was pretty good. They had good deals going on. Overall good spot to grab drinks. They also had some sort of wedding engagement party going on which was fun to watch.

3. IslaGrill

Charles Darwin Avenue, opposite to the pacific bank, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$47 - HK$157 593 524-461
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 810 reviews

IslaGrill

Reviewed By mango_eater - Washington, DC

We ate three meals while staying on this island for one week. Excellent service from Kathy and varied menu. We didn’t care much for the pizza—crust tasted pre-fab. The Darwin meal was excellent. We ate grilled tuna both times. We also liked the free plantain appetizer with a creamy dip. We would eat here again!

4. Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 593 5 257007
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

Reviewed By Allgoodthyngs - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

We decided to call to this restaurant after visiting Las Grietas- (the gorge that we found to be very crowded and over rated) Very hungry after our Bay Cruise and began our evening with cocktails.
The Mojito was nothing to write home about and the food welcome and tasty but not plentiful so dessert was more of a necessity than a desire.
Lovely sunset views form here and a very pleasant setting but over priced and we would not visit again during our month in Santa Cruz

5. Cafe Hernan

Av. Baltra y Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +593 5256573
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 430 reviews

Cafe Hernan

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Reviewed By Berries1

I went twice while on the island and both times I felt like I was bothering the people serving me. There seemed to be an attitude I'll get to you when or if I want to get to you because the second time I couldn't get anyone to acknowledge me. Strange because they hardly had anyone in the restaurant so after about 5 minutes of watching a couple servers behind the counter look everywhere but at me I left. The time before the pizza was decent so that's why I went back and no it wasn't the same servers.

6. Galapagos Deli

Tomas de Berlanga y Av. Baltra, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Takeout, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff Diner, Pizza, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$157 +593 5-301-4981
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 613 reviews

Galapagos Deli

The Galapagos Deli serves the best natural homemade icecream in the island . Our delicious thin crust pizza is also renowned by our global customers.We also offer an exquisite freshly ground coffee and sandwiches made ​​with homemade bread. We open from tuesday to sunday from 07:00am to 22:00pm.

Reviewed By difelidi - Panama City, Panama

Great palce for a good lunch! It seems they bake their bread themselves. It's delicious. We had pizza (which is served on a side table) with a crust that I needed to finish up (I often don't do that when it's not nice), Sandwich vegetariano and Fish & Chips. All great. The over-best was the Naranjilla batido. They also have the best ice cream.

7. La Garrapata Galapagos - Resto Bar

Av. Charles Darwin y Tomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$78 - HK$392 +593 5-252-6264
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 790 reviews

La Garrapata Galapagos - Resto Bar

"La Garrapata" offer his clients exquisite dishes elaborated with the best fish, seafood, vegetables and meets, bought from producers in Galapagos. This restaurant employs in its majority only local worker, properly trained for producing dishes under the high standards of hygiene and quality. Furthermore it is a leader in application of environmental best practices, which help the sustainability and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. The Restaurant "La Garrapata" pleases to attend you and we hope that our service will be of your complete satisfaction.

Reviewed By Nancy K - Poulsbo

Hoping to have some delicious grilled shrimp for dinner, I was quite disappointed that this place was out of shrimp. I ended up with mixed seafood, but it was mostly fish (of some undetermined species) and a few calamari. The sauce was a bit too salty for my taste. Better to try the Kioskos, which are less expensive, much more fun, and mostly delicious!

8. K.F. WIlliam

Charles Binford | 2 Blocks From The Dock, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Ecuadorean, Caribbean, Latin, South American Dinner, Late Night +593 93 915 7181
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

K.F. WIlliam

It's like a street food joint....with a small kitchen and most of the Seating outdoors. It's a couple of blocks inland (off the main street where most of the "nicer" restaurants are). The food is excellent, fresh and cheap. ($15 for a pair of lobster tails).

Reviewed By Forestalle - USA

Large servings, Fresh fish & grilled skirt steak over open fire. We really enjoyed visiting this restaurant located in Los Kioscos. A closed off street located an easy walk just few blocks from the port. The service is excellent. The chef William is onsite and the wait staff attentive & friendly. The plates are a great bargain with huge servings. The skirt steak took up the whole plate along with another healthy serving of delicious rise & beans. Wine very reasonable & brought to the table in an ice bucket. A great spot to visit. Also do try the local specialty Fish encolcado. ( has a unique coconut sauce) The fresh fish here is delicious. Lobster was not in season when we visited this February so not available. Another sign this neighborhood focuses on whats in season. This spot has all my favorite attributes: Casual outside dining, lively atmosphere, owner on premises, fresh simple food, completely reasonable pricing, fast attentive service, plenty of locals + tourists alike, authentic Ecuador atmosphere.

9. Finch Bay Restaurant

Barrio Punta Estrada S/N | Playa de los Alemanes, Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards International, Contemporary, Seafood, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$94 - HK$510 +593 5-252-6297
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Finch Bay Restaurant

Delicious, healthy international and Galapagos-inspired dishes are prepared daily by the Hotel's Head Chef Emilio Dalmau, using the freshest ingredients - including many from our organic vegetable garden "Chakrita". Vegetarian and special requirements can be accommodated.

Reviewed By Jaime C

The place is beautiful, as part of a 5 stars hotel, but you don't need to be a guest to eat in here.
So far one of the best dinners I've ever had.
Even considering the place, environment, quality and location are amazing, the food is the star (as the service, too). The chef is a step forward your expectations, we asked 4 different dishes and every one was absolutely incredible.
We had the chance to know the Chef (Emilio), a young star who uses mostly local ingredients to create amazing main courses. You can feel passion, quality and unique flavor in the food.
The service is not less perfect as the food.
Get there is easy once you arrive to Santa Cruz Island. If you are not staying at the hotel, you have to go to the port, take a boat (taxi) and cross the canal (2 minutes, 1 USD), then walk 5 minutes through a beautiful path to Finch Bay Hotel.
Tip: there are not so many taxis (boats) after midnight, so it's possible to use the boat used for the hotel's staff, so you don't have to wait.

10. Lo&Lo Restaurant

Third Street off the Waterfront deck, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Latin, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$165 +593 98 431 9533
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Lo&Lo Restaurant

Reviewed By alice-et-allan - Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

We had a nice meal, but at the end, the waitress asked us for more than we ordered. We checked it with her, with the menu, and she denied her miscount, even though we asked her for price before ordering. Whatever, she still asked for more, defending an absurd theory about how to read the menu, without even admitting there was a misunderstanding. We don't care spending one dollar more, but we care about dishonesty. In the end, it turned as a very bad experience, sadly... We don't recommend for poor waitress service.

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