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

July 16, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Discover the best restaurant in Tena, Ecuador including Cafe Tortuga, The Marquis, All Deli Restaurant, Pizzeria Bella Selva, Restaurante Chuquitos, Guayusa Lounge, El Vagabundo, Tienda Ahimsa, Rio y Fuego Fusion Bistro, Restaurante La Isla
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1. Cafe Tortuga

Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena 150150, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Seating Cafe, International, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Brunch HK$39 +593 6-288-7304
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Cafe Tortuga

Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This small cafe's charm comes from its attentive staff and simple, good food, including sweet and savory crepes, large sandwiches, soups, avocado stuffed with chicken or cheese, and beef chili. Many come for its yummy and filling breakfasts (served from 7 a.M.), While others come to cool off with an iced coffee, fresh fruit juice or homemade iced tea. There's free WiFi and a book exchange too. Monday-Saturday 7 a.M..-7 P.M., Sunday 7 a.M.-1 P.M.

Reviewed By Mykon J

Cafe Tortuga is my go-to place for breakfast in Tena. Especially, if I am looking for something other than breakfast continental or americano. They have great pancakes, crepes, fruit dishes. Most importantly real coffee and not instant coffee that is often served for breakfast in most places in Tena. They always have a wide variety of juice available. Free WiFi. Prices are marginally higher than other places...but you get what you pay for... and over the years I keep going back to Cafe Tortuga. One thing negative is service can be slow sometimes.
Cafe tortuga is el mejor lugar para desayunar en tena. Especialmente, si tu buscas algo diferente de desayuno continental. Los pancakes, crepes, y platos de frutas están deliciosas. Mas importante es que ellos sirven cafe real, y no cafe instantáneo como todos los otro sitios en Tena hacen. Siempre ellos tienen un largo variedad de frutas para jugo. Wifi Gratis. Los precios son poco mas altos de otros restaurantes... pero tu recibes lo que tu pagas...y depuse de muchos años siempre regreso a cafe tortuga. Los trabajadores son muy amables. La único cosa negativa es la atención, a veces es demasiado despacio al servir.

2. The Marquis

Amazonas 251, Tena 150150, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Ecuadorean, Seafood, South American Dinner, Lunch HK$141 +593 6-288-6513
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

The Marquis

Reviewed By EduardUtrecht - Utrecht

This restaurant might have been glamorous once, now it is deserted and has a strange atmosphere. Food is mediocre and especially the lamb that I tried was awful and looked more like dried beef than fres meet. Overpriced, poor quality and sloppy service. Although Tena has not much to offer culinary, you should give this one a miss.

3. All Deli Restaurant

De Noviembre 143 y Fco de Orellana 15 | A 20 Metros Del Puente Carrozable, Tena 150150, Ecuador Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Ecuadorean, Wine Bar, Gastropub Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast HK$24 - HK$118 +593 6-288-8856
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

All Deli Restaurant

All deli is a cozy restaurant located in the center of Tena , where you can enjoy international cuisine prepared with Amazonian products , obtaining a fabulous result with exotic flavors mergers

Reviewed By Janine3090 - Sangolqui, Ecuador

This restaurant was amazing. Not only was it great food at a great price, but also, the restaurant offered a wide selection of food choices and the staff was unbeatable. (The manager was hands down one of the friendliest guys I've encountered here in Ecuador.)...MoreMuy amable muchas Gracias por su opinión esto nos incentiva a seguir mejorando

4. Pizzeria Bella Selva

Olmeda and Moreno, Tena 150150, Ecuador Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Pizzeria Bella Selva

Reviewed By Amanda J - Albury, Australia

This is a very cute little family-run restaurant by the water. Contrary to other reviewers I wasn't really impressed by the quality of the pizza - barely any toppings and WAY too much cheese. Not cheap for Ecuador, either.

5. Restaurante Chuquitos

Tena, Malecon, Entre Puentes Peatonales, Tena 150150, Ecuador Reservations Lunch +593 6-288-7630
Excellent
28%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
12%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

Restaurante Chuquitos

Reviewed By MPeabody

The Restaurante Chuquitos was within walking distance from our hotel so based on the reviews, we gave it a try. It sits overlooking the river, so the ambiance is nice. It took us a while to get a menu, even though the restaurant was empty. It appeared that there was only one waitress, who also manned the front desk for their Cabana business. When she finally had some time, she took our drink order at the same time as she took our dinner order and both arrived at about the same time. They could probably sell more beer if they took the drink order first, then the dinner order a little later. Just a suggestion. Dinner was actually very good. We all had Churrasco, which is a traditional steak dish with two fried eggs, (on top of the steak) and French fries. The portion size was generous and much more than we could eat.

6. Guayusa Lounge

Juan Montalvo y Olmedo, Tena Centro, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Bar, American, Fusion, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$78 +593 99 386 8884
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Guayusa Lounge

A beautiful oasis in the middle of the city where you can hang out for hours, use free wifi, have a cold beer on a couch, and eat delicious food! Guayusa Lounge has a friendly and fun atmosphere; we are constantly participating in cultural events and supporting local artists. We have had acoustic Performances, djs, tango dancers, bossa nova, and more! Come check us out and leave a review!

Reviewed By sandradeu - Cusco, Peru

Great atmosphere, yummy drinks and great staff!!! By far the nicest bar in Tena, definitely a mandatory stop if you're passing by or just staying in Tena!

7. El Vagabundo

De Octubre y Tarqui 9, Tena 150150, Ecuador Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations German, Mexican, South American, Ecuadorean +593 99 579 3242
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

El Vagabundo

Reviewed By CSummer - Canada

Two couples dined here and had great food, reasonable prices. The Chef salad included ham wrapped around cheese laid out in a design on top on the lettuce. Portions except for the quesadilla were huge. My friend and I enjoyed the Goulash, the beef was excellent and the tirasmisu decadent- made with lots of whipping cream.
My friend and I returned for the second night and received even larger portions. Service was excellent the first night and a bit slower the second because there is only 1 waiter. The owner chef is German.

8. Tienda Ahimsa

Fransisco de Orellana y Pano | On the River Front, Between the Two Bridges, Tena 150150, Ecuador Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +593 6-301-9172
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Tienda Ahimsa

Reviewed By disgruntled4 - Toronto, Canada

Tasty, tasty food! A very welcome change from the usual regional food, they have many regional ingredients, but with flavor! Can't go wrong eating here!

9. Rio y Fuego Fusion Bistro

Parque Central, Tena 150150, Ecuador Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available Sushi, Asian, Thai, Grill, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch HK$24 - HK$94 +593 98 408 9689
Excellent
69%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Rio y Fuego Fusion Bistro

Enjoy American classics including wings, ribs, and burritos alongside sushi, pad thai, stirfrys, vegetarian dishes, and specialties from the grill. Get your morning going with breakfast crepes, omelets, french toast, waffles, and a mix of Ecuadorian flavors. Enjoy fresh brewed coffee harvested and roasted locally, chai tea, or a cold glass of Amazonian guayusa. Free wi-fi. English and Spanish spoken. Open every day, mornings 7:30-10 am and evenings 5-10pm.

Reviewed By Jannis E - Hamburg, Germany

As a vegetarian you really have to walk a lot to finde a good and decent restaurant. After a long day and a lot of looking for veggie food we past the Rio y Fuego and after a quick look on the menu we ordered...MoreThanks for the visit and the comments. Hope to see you again soon!

10. Restaurante La Isla

Av. Francisco de Orellana, Tena 150150, Ecuador Pizza, Cafe, Fast Food, International HK$78 +593 6-287-1026
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Restaurante La Isla

Cozy restaurant run by its owners , with a wide variety of delicious international dishes , pizzas , cafe , fast food, vegetarian dishes. Good food , good times

Reviewed By Trish W - Saranac Lake, New York

Tired of paying tourist prices, we asked for the menu del dia here and got a great lunch. We stayed for beers and had a great time. Everyone was so accommodating and English was spoken. Prices were very fair and they went above and beyond to meet our needs!!! This won't be our last meal here!

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