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Cafe Tortuga

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Sandwiches, International, Vegetarian, Ecuadorean
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Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
+593 6-288-7304
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Today
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
Description: Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout...
Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This small cafe's charm comes from its attentive staff and simple, good food, including sweet and savory crepes, large sandwiches, soups, avocado stuffed with chicken or cheese, and beef chili. Many come for its yummy and filling breakfasts (served from 7 a.M.), While others come to cool off with an iced coffee, fresh fruit juice or homemade iced tea. There's free WiFi and a book exchange too. Monday-Saturday 7 a.M..-7 P.M., Sunday 7 a.M.-1 P.M.
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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Place for Juices and Salads

Slow service, but worth the wait given other options in Tena. Beautiful views of Tena river, and check out the little store of local produce and lovely shirts right near there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Maca29
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Quito, Ecuador
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dessert
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Quito, Ecuador
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Slow service, but worth the wait given other options in Tena. Beautiful views of Tena river, and check out the little store of local produce and lovely shirts right near there.

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Calgary Alberta
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Decided to go to Cafe Tortuga as our first stop in Tena based on other reviews. We found the food to be very mediocre. I had the avocado salad, basically a bed of lettuce, with avocado and a not very good tomato. It could have been much improved with some kind of flavour such as a salad dressing. My husband... More 

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Breakfast here was a real treat. The menu is varied and substantial - great right before an exhilarating rafting trip.

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Ingleside, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good friendly service and nice place to meet people. Food was reasonably priced and good and good place to have morning coffee.

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New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We made a pit stop here on our way to Papallacta and it was totally worth it. The owner is Swiss and speaks fluent English. The food is delicious and the prices are awesome!!! Definitely try this place, it won't disappoint!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Loved the hamburgers, the crispy fries, and the view towards the river broadwalk (the river is just across the street). The place is clean and safe. Come early, because it can get packed.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I've had breakfast, snacks and a few pilsners at Tortuga and each time I visited the staff was awesome, bathroom clean and food great! It has a great location right next to the river as well as the best coffee in town. It's a great spot to meet locals and travellers alike and the menu is very reasonably priced, a... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

we stopped there for coffee and enjoyed it so much we came back the next day for breakfast and it was just as good freshly cooked eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice and I think it was the best I ever had . great service too.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We ate there several times, and each time was a treat! The breakfast was great and coffee even better.

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Tena, Ecuador
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

CAfe tortuga is the best breakie place in town , not only for there food but for the warm welcome and smile liz always has on her face no matter how busy the day!highy recommended and has good coffee !hard to find in tena!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Napo Province  >  Tena
  • Phone Number: +593 6-288-7304

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 5
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, International, Vegetarian, Ecuadorean

Description

Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This small cafe's charm comes from its attentive staff and simple, good food, including sweet and savory crepes, large sandwiches, soups, avocado stuffed with chicken or cheese, and beef chili. Many come for its yummy and filling breakfasts (served from 7 a.M.), While others come to cool off with an iced coffee, fresh fruit juice or homemade iced tea. There's free WiFi and a book exchange too. Monday-Saturday 7 a.M..-7 P.M., Sunday 7 a.M.-1 P.M.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?