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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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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, 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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  • 7
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
They've got pancakes!

Cafe Tortuga is a sweet little internet cafe with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. It is located on the malecón near el mirador and has a great atmosphere and pleasant view throughout the day. When I went there I got pancakes and yucca fries and they were both delicious! They have great coffee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Amelia S
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Cafe Tortuga is a sweet little internet cafe with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. It is located on the malecón near el mirador and has a great atmosphere and pleasant view throughout the day. When I went there I got pancakes and yucca fries and they were both delicious! They have great coffee and they even sell some of Kallari´s... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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108 reviews 108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?