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“great food, engaging owner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Tasca de Banos

La Tasca de Banos
12 de Noviembre y Montalvo | 150 Meters From the Park of the Church, Banos, Ecuador
+593 99 988 8530
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Ranked #7 of 63 restaurants in Banos
Price range: $1 - $12
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: La Tasca is the first Spanish restaurant in Banos, where you can enjoy delicious paella or a selection of tapas, all with an authentic Spanish flavor.You will be served by the owners in a good atmosphere.
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“great food, engaging owner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We read about this place and then by coincidence had it recommended by some fellow travellers at out hostal. It lived up to it's positive reviews. Pepe, the owner, and server engaged us in an interesting and ongoing dialogue which we encouraged and enjoyed. He wasn't pushy. Gave us some travel recomendations and info on the sourcing of his seafood and vegetables. Our tapas included pan con tomate with serrano, shrimps in garlic, calamari in olive oil and garlic, anchovies on bread, and a couple of baskets of bread to soak up the extra oils and sauces. A bottle of red malbec table wine, and a welcomed complimentary shot of a better quality aguardiente. A highlight dining experience in more than 4 months of travelling in Peru and Ecuador.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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tascabanos, Propietario at La Tasca de Banos, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Dear friend,
Thank you very much for your opinion, we´re glad that you liked our food and wine at La Tasca. Hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable. See you next time you visit us, or perhaps somewhere else. Regards, Pepe.
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great tapas at great prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Great little tapas restaurant at reasonable prices. We had the albondigas, chorizo in red wine, cheese platter, poor man's potatoes, chicken croquettes and a salad. All the dishes were really tasty. Came to 25$ with a drink each and we would have been comfortably full with a couple of less dishes. The owner Pepe is an interesting guy who is full of good travel tips. Give it a go.

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Mera, Pastaza, Ecuador
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“A tremendous food experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The meal I had tonight at La Tasca was one of the best I have had in my 5 months in Ecuador. The Andalusian meatballs were epic and the figs and fresh cheese dessert was easily the best dessert I have ever eaten. Would definitely recommend.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Puyo, Ecuador
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“A Taste of Spain in Ecuador”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Food, decor, and service are all excellent! For $10 a person, 3 other people and I ate...and ate...and ate...and drank a LOT. If you are looking for good Spanish food in Ecuador, this is the place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Quito, Ecuador
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Among the best in Ecuador”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was a very pleasant surprise to first come across this fantastic restaurant. It is a cozy place with just a few tables but the food and service is simply outstanding. Having travelled extensively in Spain, I am an aficionado of Spanish cuisine (especially its seafood) and I can attest to the authenticity and high quality of La Tasca’s offerings. The owner Pepe Lara is an engaging and affable host and his wife Gloria manages the kitchen with sublime results. I would rate La Tasca among the finest restaurants in Ecuador and without question rate it as the best in Banos. When in Banos, La Tasca is a must visit. Buen provecho.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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