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Cafe del Mar

Av. Charles Darwin | across from the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) offices, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ranked #18 of 27 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Cuisines: Seafood
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Description: Possibly the best seafood restaurant in Puerto Ayora
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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

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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103 reviews 103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Detroit, MI
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Buy your lobster or fish at the seafood market and they will prepare it for you here. Only suggestions would be more options for vegetarians.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

A most rewarding experience, great deal for the price of a decent barbeque. Opened only at night but could be late.

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