Where to Eat in Montanita: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 23, 2017 Terina Blouin

Discover the best restaurant in Montanita, Ecuador including Dharma Beach Restaurant, Rosa Mistica, Marea Pizzeria, Tiki Limbo, Papillon, Soluna Cafe & Tea Bar, Shankha Sushi n' Thai, Pigro Homemade italian food, Hola Ola Cafe, Rocio
Things to do in Montanita

1. Dharma Beach Restaurant

100 metros Norte del rio de Montanita, frente al mar, Montanita, Ecuador Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Peruvian, Bar, International, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$55 - HK$157 +593 93 960 0426
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Dharma Beach Restaurant

Reviewed By eodfx - Montreal, Quebec

Dharma is a five stars (For the location) hotel restaurant which is located in the heart of Montana, if you are looking for a classic all inclusive luxurious place to stay while Surfing in Paradise you cannot choose better than this hotel.
The beach is about two meters away from the outdoor restaurant with incredible sunset and fresh fresh seafood and beautiful meats, the staff is highly knowledgeable and courteous always trying to fulfill your culinary desires.
I give this location a 5 as I did try to find downfalls but failed.
Thank you Gus !!!

2. Rosa Mistica

La Punta, Northern Beach of Montanita, Montanita, Ecuador Reservations Lunch +599 798 8383
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Rosa Mistica

Reviewed By lucytaffles - New York City, New York

Lovely hostel with great location on the beach but 10 mins walk from the nightlife. The food was simple but lovely, and the room was spacious and bright. Would have liked sheets as well as blankets and warmer water in the showers. Stayed in 2 other hostels in the area and this definitely wasn't the cheapest. but reasonable value for the size of room. Only major issue was the walls were very thin and there were a number of small children staying so not great for getting back after bar hopping or having lie ins in the mornings.

3. Marea Pizzeria

Hotel Baja Montañita, Montanita, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +593 99 961 2387
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Marea Pizzeria

Reviewed By MinneMeet - Oulu, Finland

We went here twice in a single week. We live near Montañita and wanted to eat pizza, when we arrived here the staff all greeted us and were really friendly. Once the food came we were in HEAVEN. We've had some pretry good pizzas in Italy and around the world, and we can say that the pizzas here make it easily to our top 5. There is two opinions for the size, big or small. Big is with 8 slices and small with 4. The big is big. On both occasion we took some slices with us back home.
We highly recommend this place for anyone who is in the Montañita region and want the best pizza in town.

4. Tiki Limbo

Calle Guido Chiriboga Solar 2, Montanita, Ecuador Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, Ecuadorean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +593 99 954 0607
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Tiki Limbo

Tiki Limbo "Surf Hostel & Restaurant" es uno de los primeros hoteles de Montanita y es el preferido de la mayoria de los viajeros.Te invitamos a visitarnos y dormir en nuestro hotel , disfrutar del ambiente del Restaurante o aprender a surfear en nuestra escuela. Simple, como la vida en Montanita.

Reviewed By carlosrusso7

Terrible restaurant. We felt treated like a piece of sh**. This unfriendly service replaced us two times because of a bigger group. All what counted was to fill the restaurant. They pay no attention to customers. If we are not important enough, we can easily spend our money somewhere else. Burger are prepared in advance and they are not even able to add some onions to it!?? French fries had too much oil on it, Coke was expired on date Feb. 2018 and had no sparklings. Worst restaurant after 5 months of traveling through South America. Congrats for this achievement. Never again.

5. Papillon

Montanita Centro con calle de Los Cocteles, Montanita, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards French, International, Fusion, Ecuadorean, Latin, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$196 +593 99 352 1551
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Papillon

Reviewed By Jenea G

We ate here for lunch and the food and service was so good we came back for crepes that night. Their food selection was vast and most of the menu offered description in English which was nice. The Nutella banana crepe is a must! They...MoreThanks for visit us. Was a pleasure cooking for you.

6. Soluna Cafe & Tea Bar

KL 4.3 Via Dos Mangas, Montanita 005934, Ecuador Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff Cafe, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$78 +593 99 214 9918
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 38 reviews

Soluna Cafe & Tea Bar

We are currently offering tour to our farm exhibiting sustainable living and organic construction, medicinal tea classes, chocolate cultivation and production. Please enquire for our day tours at the farm through this or SolunaCafe Montanita at Facebook. Thanks

Reviewed By noster84 - Montanita, Ecuador

This Sandwich i can eat everyday. Funny fact i never knew that by drinking neem you reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. So drink Neem it kills bugs that bite you and parasites, tastes yummy with a blend of manzanilla, huayusa, and maybe a bit of honey too.

7. Shankha Sushi n' Thai

La Punta road, at the surf point of Montanita. | Next to Montanita Brewing Company, Montanita 241702, Ecuador Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Full Bar Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Contemporary, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$157 +593 93 946 8892
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Shankha Sushi n' Thai

Reviewed By Heather B - Pemberton, Canada

On a recommendation visited Shanka today for lunch. The location is great! On the North end of Montanita beach, right on the water. The lunch was decent the lime pie was to die for!!! We would have gladly offered mucho denaro just for the recipe. The service was slow and we didn’t appreciate the wandering pit bull whom was friendly enough but sat and begged at our table

8. Pigro Homemade italian food

Calle Publica y 10de Agosto 3A, Montanita 240108, Ecuador Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +593 98 153 0076
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 408 reviews

Pigro Homemade italian food

Pigro is a tyipcal Italian restaurant. Our interaly homemade meals came from the traditions of differents regions of Italy, but mostly from the northern ones, where our chef's born. The place is meanted to be like a typical Italian "trattoria", where good food, music and a warm aura are melted to make you experience a taste of Italy.

Reviewed By 262kayeg - Dalton, Georgia

This is the perfect place to come with a group because unlike many Ecuadorian restaurants, Pigro manages to serve the entire party and pretty much the same time. The pastas a delicious and the house red wine is really good. I've had ravioli, lasagne and fettuccine which were all large portions and really tasty. Don't fill up on the house bread even it is great. The ambiance is cheerful bohemian and there's great people watching. All in all, it's good all the components for a great dining experience in Montnita.

9. Hola Ola Cafe

Guido Chiriboga y Calle Primera, Montanita, Ecuador Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations Bar, American, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks 084 958022
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 240 reviews

Hola Ola Cafe

Reviewed By coyotero2112 - Seattle, Washington

This place is a full-on sales pitch. If you can't find anything else, or you like this sort of place, do check out exactly what you're buying before you buy it. A lot of the staff speaks English, if you speak English better than Spanish, but they don't, trying to confuse the matter. Pretend like you don't speak Spanish, if you do, then work a better price. The food is purely average tourist fare - beer $4, while right across the street at K-Chay Club it is advertised for $1.25. There is live Reggae music sometimes, and live music is rare in Montanita. Stay out of their gift shop/tienda unless you want to pay twice the going price you find elsewhere. All in all, take the time and effort to find something else . . .

10. Rocio

Street 10 de Agosto y Av. Segunda, Montanita, Ecuador Mediterranean, Italian, Seafood Dinner +593 4-303-9024
Excellent
62%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Rocio

Reviewed By Karen Q - london

We've been to Rocio several times on different trips to Montanita. It looks upmarket but the food is reasonably priced. I've had the seared tuna and some of their fish specials, all cooked perfectly. The greek meze is very good too. Wine is not too expensive, the only thing that they should change is that using a bank card adds on a huge surcharge (I think it was 15%) so added on to the IVA (12%) it's a bit of a jump from the prices on the boards.

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