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Tropic Bird Cafe

Fast Food
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Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great value and lovely lunch spot!

I heard about this little gem via trip advisor so we tried it for lunch one day. We had the set lunch which was delicious fish soup and vegetables followed by your choice of main (beef or prawns). My sister had the prawns served in a light curry sauce with rice and salad. I had the need served in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2014
Kirsty B
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Cairns, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is more like a family run business. Service is extremely slow, took about 1hr. I orders a garlic shrimp dish, there was hardly any garlic in it, honestly I couldn't taste any at all. It was covered in an oily dressing. I asked for streamed veggies with it, unfortunately it was over cooked and full of salt. Shrimps were... More 

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Thank Ash H
Quito, Ecuador
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99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

On the corner adjacent to Il Giardino is a popular, unpretentious local cafe serving daily almuerzos, fast food, and fresh juices and batidos. Excellent value, reasonable food, and courteous service.

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Thank global3adventure
Columbia, Missouri
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433 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

… but this was the worst breakfast we had on the Galapagos. We'd just gotten off the morning ferry from Isabella and didn't have many options open for breakfast. The Tropic Bird was open, but lists only one breakfast option, the "continental" … large crescent roll, tasteless local cheese, small scrambled egg, and Nescafe. The mediocrity of the food was... More 

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Thank LMOverby
Chichester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Stopped into this corner local restaurant for the popular $4 set lunch. We have tried many set lunches in South America while Travelling the last 3 months and this was quite good- amazing fish soup, tropical juice and a shrimp curry (coconut sauce) with rice and beetroot salad. Friendly service and quick! Worth a stop- just look for the locals... More 

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2 Thank JessBeavon
Cairns, Australia
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176 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

I heard about this little gem via trip advisor so we tried it for lunch one day. We had the set lunch which was delicious fish soup and vegetables followed by your choice of main (beef or prawns). My sister had the prawns served in a light curry sauce with rice and salad. I had the need served in a... More 

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1 Thank Kirsty B
D.C.
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Ate here for lunch. Noticed locals eating soup that was not on the menu. I asked for it and received a delicious local style of soup (chicken broth, corn, potatoes, beef, carrots) which included a drink for $3USD. Absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it.

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2 Thank dhm_DC
SF, California
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1,351 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a good lunch here in this nicely decorated small place. We tried their mixed seafood rice dish and found the portion size to be enough for two persons. The service was quick and attentive. Also appreciated that we did not have to wait for the check.

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Thank seafare74
Milpitas, California
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180 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This place is so unassuming as the patio has a limited number of outdoor seating. However, the food was great! We ordered a rice dish with octopus, which was basically a fancy fried rice dish with octopus. The octopus was cooked perfectly and the rice had great flavor! I had the spaghetti with seafood which I thought was going to... More 

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1 Thank KeroppiQueen
Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Visited for lunch one day as I'd walked past a few times and liked the name and the painted walls... I was after ceviche; they were out of the camarones I asked for (though this inspires confidence that what they do offer will be fresh and of reasonable quality) so I went for a mixto. This was ok but not... More 

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Thank Sarah C
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This place had the best food that we could find in town. The risotto was to die for. We ate elsewhere but kept coming back every day, even if it was just for the ice cream!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  Santa Cruz  >  Puerto Ayora

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Fast Food

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