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Av. Charles Darwin | across from the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) offices, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Description: Possibly the best seafood restaurant in Puerto Ayora

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  • 5
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good seafood dishes, fresh but expensive

The seafood dishes from the grill are very good here and come with a lot of salad. Wine is very expensive compared with other restaurants. Service is very friendly and fast.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
RogerKarrer
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The seafood dishes from the grill are very good here and come with a lot of salad. Wine is very expensive compared with other restaurants. Service is very friendly and fast.

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Mason, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

At first we were hesitant to dine in this place, given it was completely empty at 7 PM. We didn't read previous TA reviews at that time so we didn't know it was highly rated. The octopus is to die for. We literally ordered grilled octopus every single meal and restaurant we've dined in Galapagos and hands down - this... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Everything I've read in previous reviews about the octopus was true. It was incredibly delicious and meaty to the point where at first look we were question if it was chicken! It was very reasonably priced and came with sides.

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Del Rio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The fish was a bit overcooked. But it was fun to sit nearly "on" the street to catch all the people and action going by as we ate. Including a 40ft boat being pulled by a homemade jeep!

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melbourne
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We asked for the bill three times but were ignored, and when it finally came we had been significantly overcharged - which they admitted and apologized for but didn't fully refund. There are too many other good places around to bother with this one.

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New York City, New York
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45 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This was our second dinner in Puerto Ayora, and it did not disappoint! Cafe del Mar might offer other items, but anything from their grill is exceptional. We had a sampling of all their grilled meats, and it was delicious. Highly recommend! Note: Their seafood is on the pricier side, so stick with the meats and go to the Kiosk... More 

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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stopped in early for dinner (it's a short walk from the Galapagos Suites) and were the first customers there. The coals were still settling down and the grill and not been put on yet, so we settled in with a cold beer (kinda a must have with a fresh grilled dinner) ordered the above. Octopus for me and steak... More 

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Sydney
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were going to a differdent restaurant but on the way there, but it was closed. So we asked a man on the street if he could recommend a place to have good for sea food. Literally the man said: "dear friend, go two blocks this way and you will see a big black fellow in front of a grilled.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We have just returned home from a combined land/boat trip to the Galapagos, & our last meal on the islands was happily at Cafe del Mar. We love grilled octopus when it's prepared well, tried it at several recommended restaurants throughout our Galapagos island-hopping, only to give our our jaws muscle cramps from their nearly futile efforts to chomp through... More 

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37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

There are some tasty barbequed meat, chicken and fish options here, all accompanied by a baked potato and a veg for under $10. Sadly Lobster was "out of season" while we were here. A good casual dining option. There are a few tables on the sidewalk, great for people watching.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Charles Darwin | across from the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) offices, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  Santa Cruz  >  Puerto Ayora

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

Description

Possibly the best seafood restaurant in Puerto Ayora

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