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Cafe Dios No Muere

La Esquina de Flores y Junin, Quito, Ecuador
+593 2-257-1995
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Ranked #31 of 532 restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Ecuadorean, Café, Organic
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Classical traditional Cafe located in the 17th Century Monastery of Santa Catalina. We also own a farm 2 hours from Quito and grown our own lemons, yucca, papa china, camote, bananas, oranges, coffee and cacao (chocolate).
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Overall a good experience. "Po boy" sandwiches good but not above average compares to similar fare in US. However the place itself is charming and they had more beer offerings than maybe places. Would recommend checking out in Old Quito if looking for non traditional Ecuadorian meal.

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MATtheEXPAT, Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the visit. We try our best to give the Po Boys that original New Orleans taste but it is difficult to copy French Bread from N.O. Unfortunately, you did not mention which of the seven Po Boys we offer you had. But....we are definately not trying to copy Subway or hoagies from Phili. I suppose... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Being a lone traveller in a big city, I found this place to be safe, friendly and the food fantastic! The owner is a character in himself and has done wonders with this beautiful antique building-the jazz music brings you in from the street. I was a regular there for dinner and felt very comfortable even though I was alone-the... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Director of Sales at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Hey Mate....we really appreciate you patronage during your stay in Quito. It was a pleasure to have you. If I am quite the "character"....then you should meet my Ecuadorian wife! More

Boise, Idaho
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We now have had amazing Gumbo, Po Boys, Hamburgers, Bread Pudding and Fried Yuca Chips over the course of two visits. ALL perfectly prepared and delivered. We enjoyed a hand crafted beer and great chat with our hosts - even caught the owner "making groceries" -- those from the South (US) will understand the food and the colloquialism. Don't miss... More

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MATtheEXPAT, General Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Who dat!!!!! We alwyas love it when South Louisana "Characters" come by for a visit...it is like being home! Congratulations on your lovely family and we really enjoyed having you visit us on the several occasions that you came by. Thank you so much for the comment. I sent you an earlier reply to this comment on TA in Cajun... More

Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had a lovely time at Mathieu's place. My first meal dining out in Quito. We sampled a little of everything. Simple, quaint, French influenced décor. Hang on going up the stairs to the bathroom!

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MATtheEXPAT, General Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Thank you....for bringing in your BONITA Ecuadorian girlfriend! But you forgot to come back for your Cuban cigars....but do not worry......I will somke them. We expect to see you when you come back to Ecuador. More

Iznajar, Spain
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had an excellent dinner at Cafe Dios No Muere during our few days stay in Quito. Mathieu was an excellent and attentive host. The interior is tiny and in the candle light quite atmospheric. All four of us enjoyed our various dishes - parillada and steaks, followed by the infamous bread pudding. My husband is not a pudding man... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Director of Sales at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great comment. We were preparing to close our doors for good because the last two comments on TA crucified us! Or....... to use a better metaphor...."over cooked us"....we were done! But now....we have "risen from the dead" with your great comment and better as before. It seems that our nieghborhood San Marcos has become... More

Cirie, Italy
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

First time I went to a top ranked Tripadvisor restaurant and got totally disappointed and had a firmly opposite opinion. Avoid this (supposed) restaurant. It has no kitchen at all. We got a cold plate of third quality sliced ham and chees as a starter, and a so called parrillada (grilled stuff): half carbonized, no-juice, hard and stringy meat, no... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Owner at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Wow...we never had this type of comment before but since you are fom Italy (my favorite country and best food)....your dislike of our food is accepted! But since this is your first rating ever of a restuarant on Tripadvisor....I suppose we were your "Cuye" (Guinea Pig) Other restaurans may want an advanced waring of you pending doom before you show... More

pine mountain, ga
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We passed this restaurant on a tour, and vowed to return for dinner. If you want charm, (reminds me of a cozy French restaurant), good food, and good value ... this is the perfect place! The salad was an abundant mix of greens .... much more than I would have expected for $3! The gumbo was excellent ... the candle... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This a cozy, funky restaurant tucked in a corner of what used to be an old monastery. The owner is Mathew Guillory, a Cajun ex-pat of long-standing in Quito, a gregarious larger-than-life persona. The cuisine is Cajun with some Ecuadorian dishes. We ate there 3 times. The gumbo we had was excellent, and the parilla was good as well. Being... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Wow....."larger than life"........you actually believed al those crazy stories about my life we discussed???? What makes this Cafe so much fun is having Characters such as yourself visit our humble "hole in the wall" Cafe...it is never boring here! Thank you so much for the great comment and kind remarks. It was great to have you here on all your... More

Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We've been a few times to this lovely cafe and the first two times we were really happy with the quality of food and service. Today we went especially with the Ecuadorians who look after our apartment to say thank you to them, and were a little disappointed with our dishes and the service. Soon after our drinks were served... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Owner at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

I am really sorry your last experience did not meet up to your previous visits but thanks for the rating and feedback. I realize the owner does make the difference and if you came in the last two weeks....our head cook was out on leave as well. But nonetheless, our hamburgers should be seasoned the same. As for the Salmon...it... More

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We went there for lunch and their special of the day was gumbo, so of course I had to have it. The gumbo was very well-seasoned, but a little watery. Perhaps thicker roux was in order? Friends ordered the steak and a sandwich, both said their food was excellent. Our server did not speak any English so ordering was a... More

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MATtheEXPAT, Director General at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this review

Muchas gracias for the visit and nice comment. And....good to see someone that knows Gumbo enough to leave a critique. I acutally like it less heavy but others have expressed a thicker Gumbo as well. We will try a thicker one next week..but we are closed for MARDI GRAS! Maybe in two weeks...... More

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