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Cafe Tortuga

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International, Vegetarian, Delicatessen, South American, 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, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This...
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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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Great location with awesome food!

Great cafe in a fun location. Food is excellent, grab a coffee or beer and watch the street activity. Definitely recommend this place in Tena!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Chris C
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Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great cafe in a fun location. Food is excellent, grab a coffee or beer and watch the street activity. Definitely recommend this place in Tena!

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Thank Chris C
Vienna, Austria
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A chance to enjoy good food all day long in a tranquil area at Tena's river side. Nice and friendly stuff, fair prices, international customers.

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Thank hennile
Zurich, Switzerland
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Were there for a quick snack and juice. Restaurant/coffee is good organised, has a book exchange and information bout buses from terminal. Keeper, which is swiss, is super friendly and gives infos about the city as well. Bath is clean, food good and mediumly sized and priced. Good variation of foods

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Thank oktschuss
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Excellent for breakfast! The food is amazing and delicious! Prices are convenient! A must place to stop by and grab a delicious meal! Totally recommended! Excelente para desayunar! La comida es deliciosa y los precios son muy buenos! Una parada obligatoria en Tena!

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Thank Niki T
Englewood, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We had a great breakfast here. It was a nice find from our Hostel. My husband was able to order a hamburger for late breakfast and we had yummy pancakes with fruit.

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Thank Jen K
Warsaw, Poland
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133 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This place is the best! The service is extremely nice and they prepare fantastic food. There is a huge selection for a breakfast and huge amount of great snacks which make Tortuga a great place for the morning energy dose and for the lunch. I would love to see a place like that next to the place where I live!... More 

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Thank Paula_Januszkiewicz
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We found this place with Lonely Planet's recommendation. We enjoyed a delightful breakfast in the rain. The Wi-Fi worked very well, the coffee was pretty good, and the diversity of interesting breakfast options was a welcome relief from the every day omelette you get in most places in Ecuador. The service was good and the place had nice vibes. It's... More 

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1 Thank AndrewKessel
Santa Elena Province, Ecuador
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It has a great location with a nice view. Srvice was very good, with friendly and kind people. Food was Ok and fresh, though more options could be better.

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Thank PataTravelling
Lima, Peru
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is the cutest restaurant in all of Tena with scrumptious breakfast options! The food is fresh & the staff is friendly! Be sure to sign the guest book! I recommend the fruit salad, any juices or an omelet!

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Thank travelbug882015
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I have had many breakfasts at Café Tortuga. It is a bit pricier than the Ecuadorian restaurants, but it offers a much larger breakfast menu and the food is always fresh. I would definitely recommend the chocolate cake if they have it! It's the only place I have found real chocolate cake (like American/European chocolate cake) in Tena. And it's... More 

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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 5
  • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian, Delicatessen, South American, Ecuadorean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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