Where to Eat in Ayampe: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 21, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Discover the best restaurant in Ayampe, Ecuador including Patacon Pisa'o, Carmita's, Bell Italia, Etnias cafe, PizzArte Trattoria, La Buena Vida Cafeteria, Casa Vecchia Ristorante Pizzeria, Restaurant El PASO, El Campito Resto & Bar, Los Orishas Restaurant
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1. Patacon Pisa'o

General Cordova y Cristo del consuelo, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations Latin, Colombian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +593 99 127 4206
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Patacon Pisa'o

We are a restaurant with Colombian and international dishes fused with the fruits of the Ecuadorian sea with a capacity for 30 people in a rustic place with outdoor tables something out of the ordinary

Reviewed By Melodie B

We really enjoyed the patacon here. We ordered one with beans and cheese and one with shrimp in a cream sauce. Both were absolutely delicious. If you are looking for some wonderful South American food look no further!

2. Carmita's

Malecon Julio Izurieta, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Latin, Seafood, South American, Ecuadorean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 093729294
Excellent
35%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 298 reviews

Carmita's

Reviewed By AHA2006 - New York City, New York

We came here twice, first trying out their cerviche (shrimp and octopus) which has plenty of seafood and the sauce was good (well balanced, not too citrus). Sure enough we have tried better ones in Quito but with the price and the freshness of the seafood, Carmita is a decent choice in town. We also appreciate with the efficiency of the service as order was taken quickly and so as the food to our table. The plantain chips were served warm which wasn't often the case in the other local restaurants. We also enjoyed the corvina (sea bass) and garlic shrimp dishes in our second visit.

3. Bell Italia

1 Block off Malecon | 1 Block off Malecon between Abdon Calderon and Maria Immaculada Concepcion, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +593 99 617 5183
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

Bell Italia

Reviewed By David F - Vancouver, Canada

I cannot say that this was the best Italian food I have ever eaten because I live in a city with great Italian food. However, this dining experience was the best I’ve yet had in Ecuador.
The location in a garden is lovely and the owner has taken great care to make the dining experience memorable. She joked and laughed with us all evening.
We had linguine with clams and spaghetti bolognese, a half litre of red wine and tiramisu to finish.
It was a lovely evening!

4. Etnias cafe

Calle General Cordova | Next to the Fire Station, Puerto Lopez 131950, Ecuador Street Parking, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff French, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch HK$16 - HK$47 +593 99 167 6876
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Etnias cafe

Etnias café is a charming coffee shop, close to the Front Beach of Puerto López (half an hour north of Montañita and 2 hours south of Manta city) created and managed by a French couple. For coffee lovers, you will drink excellent expresso or cappuccino accompanied by savoury or sweet French creps, home-made brownies, pies or waffles. Just next door, you can buy unique fairtrade ecuatorian souvenirs in Etnias handicrafts shop.

Reviewed By MichaelRistaniemi - Helsinki, Finland

A very nice cafe in central Puerto Lopez, which serves various coffees, breakfasts & crepes. Go if you want to escape Ecuadorian food for a moment.
The price level is comparatively quite high and the opening hours seem to vary (I had the most success between 9-12!), but the quality is good and the service is great!

5. PizzArte Trattoria

Lote 1, Barrio Martin Pescador, Ayampe 131952, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 +593 5-257-5035
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

PizzArte Trattoria

Reviewed By DutchloveArnhem - Arnhem

The only great thing about this place are the former reviews. The pizza was greasy, sloggy and without any good taste. The prices are ridiculous high compared to the area, where way better food can be found for half the price. For 3 pizzas we paid nearly 50 dollars and all left unhappy.

6. La Buena Vida Cafeteria

Km. 86 Ruta del Spondylus, Ayampe EC999999, Ecuador Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$55 +593 59394863985
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 59 reviews

La Buena Vida Cafeteria

La Buena Vida Cafeteria is the #1 spot in Ayampe for breakfast lovers. Come enjoy one of the best pancakes, fresh juices, home fries you have ever had. The kitchen is open for you to see how your meals are prepared. The Cafeteria sits on a hill receiving the breeze of the ocean and with beautiful views of Ayampes surrounding. You can watch surf videos in our bamboo Seating and just enjoy the Good Life! Breakfast is served from 8:00am until 11:30am. After 11:30am we serve snacks like Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Tuna Wraps and Sandwiches. Our Salad Bar is Open from Thursday to Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm

Reviewed By Sara M - London, United Kingdom

We stayed at Buena vida and ate breakfast and lunch here. Esther the chef is a wonderful cook and prepares beautiful simple food that is tasty and filling. The breakfast eggs are a winner!

7. Casa Vecchia Ristorante Pizzeria

Eloy Alfaro 124 | A 100 Metros Del Malecon, Puerto Lopez 130315, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Late Night, Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$126 +593 98 399 0385
Excellent
64%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Casa Vecchia Ristorante Pizzeria

Casa Vecchia is an Italian restaurant located in the small town of Puerto Lopez. Enjoy our home-made pasta, ravioli and lasagna in a quiet and relaxing environment.

Reviewed By Pedro C - Sao Paulo, SP

Puerto Lopez is just a small fishing village, so don't expect anything fancy here. If you want to get away from the local food (fishes, patacones, etc), Casa Vecchia is a good option.
The food is nice and worth what it costs. Service can be a bit slow but we liked it so much compared to other restaurants that we went there twice in a 5 day stay.

8. Restaurant El PASO

Ruta del Spondylus, Ayampe 131401, Ecuador Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Seafood, Ecuadorean, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner HK$47 - HK$94 +593 98 916 7035
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Restaurant El PASO

We Offer Breakfasts, Main Dishes, Drinks And Cocktails. Everything Is Prepared Straight Away With Local Fresh Ingredients Including Seafood And Fish From Our Manabi Shores, For Dishes Such As Ceviche, Fish Burritos Or A House Specialty Like Fish In Garlic Sauce. Our Juices Are Made From Fresh Natural Fruits And Our Coffee Is Fresh, Too.

Reviewed By knewspring - Burlington, Vermont

We made a day trip to Ayampe to explore options in the area. We met some wonderful people, and happened upon this restaurant while searching for a meal in the late afternoon, in the rain. Though the service was a bit slow--this is Ecuador, everything is made from scratch, and no one moves fast--it was worth the wait. The portions were very generous, the food fresh, and some of the best local fare we've eaten. The owners/staff were very friendly. Prices were reasonable, too.

9. El Campito Resto & Bar

Recinto Las Cabanas, Ayampe, Ecuador International, South American, Ecuadorean +593 99 986 7968
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

El Campito Resto & Bar

Reviewed By keskidee - trinidad/west indies

liked fresh juices, postre, fried plantain.
do not like, long waits for meals, meals not consistent if you are staying more than one night! the pasta may vary for the same dish
fish dishes could be better. please do something about serving plain white rice with a meal that has no sauce or gravy, why not a mixed veg rice!

10. Los Orishas Restaurant

Calle La Laguna, Malecon de Ayampe | Hostal Los Orishas, Ayampe, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner 099669129
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Los Orishas Restaurant

Reviewed By Cathleen E

We loved Los Orishas so much we returned three times during our stay in Ayampe. The food is hands down the best we had in Ecuador - the pizza is heavenly, and the pastas are great across the board. The prices are a bargain, and the beer and wine selection is good value. Service was always friendly, and you are welcome to stay as long as you want (there's always good company in Ayampe). If you go, make sure to save room for the cheesecake.

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