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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 #9 of 496 restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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pine mountain, ga
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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129 reviews 129 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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

Quito, Ecuador
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

Montreal, Quebec
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Who would have expected a Cajun homeboy to have a little cafe tucked into the corner of a 400-year-old monastery in Old Quito? With only two little tables nestled next to the gallery-type kitchen on the ground floor, it looked kind of dodgy, but we decided what the heck! We weren't very hungry, having had a late lunch, but were... More

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

Thank yall for the nice comment and visit. Ya{ll come back ya here......and bring yu mama an dem! Yes....we are located in a 400 year old building. To give those who have not visited us yet an idea of the atmosphere we have tried to create.........think of Port a Call, Masperos, or Jean Lafites in New Orleans and you will... More

Beijing, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I had the shrimp po boy and the cajun style yucca fries and both were fantastic. Wash that down with a glass of ice cold delicious lemonade and you are all set. A great location in the middle of the old colonial district. The restaurant is tiny and I was pretty sure I was going to break the floor boards... More

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

Wow....somoene from Bejing China knows Cajun food! Interesting enough....in Louisiana one of my favorite restuarants is Trey Yuan....Chinese food with a cajun flare. But we know nothing about Chinese food so will not be attempting that "fusion". We apprecate the comment and patronage. More

Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

A totally unique little bar and eatery. I only stopped in for a beer, 3 different times - sells micro beers. The place is charming - just absolutely charming!

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

Thanks for the brief visit and nice comments on our place. We hope you return before you leave. More

Retford
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

It was a pleasure to meet Matt in his 400yr old ex monastery. We were looking for a friendly atmosphere and a change from the normal menu. He certainly gave us that!! It's very small and cozy - 6 tables spread over 3 floors. The menu is also small and we went for the Equadorian steak which at 350gm is... More

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

We enjoyed have ing you visit us and thank you for the great rating. WE also appreciate the reccomendations as several from your Galapagos boat have come to eat at our Cafe. But moreover, I personally appreciate the comment on the steak. We are now attempting to cutting the meat less thick and more wide so as to give patrons... More

Chaiten, Chili
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

It wasnt a great treat. The uruguayan steak for $20 was of good quality but frozen on the inside, grilled once more and still frozen. Last time grilled and it was ok but the outside became more black and thr yuca served with it, became cold. No real interest in the customer. No excuse or extra drink. Not recomended

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

So we occaionslly UNDERCOOK a steak but better undercooked that overcooked as we can always go back and make it more cooked. I apologize personally because I cooked the steak but when a steak is 350 grams PLUS in size and about 4 to six inch in width...it becomes difficult to cook. We cut the meat ourselves instead of a... More

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I had a fantastic meal here- the atmosphere is unbeatable, the food flavorful and fresh, and the people friendly. Highly recommended.

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

Thank you so much for the comment and great rating. I am relieved somone had a nice meal on the 24th of January becuase we just got RIPPPED by another customer the same night for taking three times to get a steak right! I thought I was having a bad "hair" day........Please come back to see us before going back... More

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