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Open air restaurant with ocean view. Note: we're across the street from the Casa Rosada on the road to the tortoise breeding center near the Iguana Crossing.
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Southwestern, Ecuadorean
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all I invite people to be realistic when writing reviews. Almost every restaurant and every hotel has a close to perfect score. That is just impossible. We only help eachother when we tell it like it is. That said, Villamil is a small...town and there aren't many restaurants. None of them really stands out. At Booby Trap you will find a nice view on the 1st, overlooking the ocean. Food is not that great. It's nice that you can have a whole lobster for $25, but it is still all about the way you prepare it. Don't go for the Lomo. It comes in small and thin pieces which makes it impossible to stay tender and juicy. The brownie with ice cream was the best dish for us, that probably tells enough. Positive to mention: the mojito's were tasty and strong (dispite the regular ice cubes instead of crushed ice).More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022

This restaurant was included in our tour's meal plan. Our lunch Cerviche was very good but the drinks were very weak I even wonder if there was any alcohol in them. We returned for dinner which was probably one of the worse meals I have...ever experienced. Appetizer was white bread taost cut into pieces with a dipping sauce. The potato soup was tasteless, chicken was under cooked( raw), the shrimp entree had maybe 5 small shimp and it too was tasteless. Dessert was lime jello. We were a family of 10 and the only ones in the restaurant. This was maybe a good place at one time but don't go there now except for the viewMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022

We were the only ones there at the time with a fabulous view of the ocean and the best Pescado Encocado (fish in a coconut sauce) on the islands

Date of visit: June 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2022

"The Booby Trap experience!" Thank you so much for this great review! Hope you will continue to enjoy Galapagos and the rest of your intinerary.

Reviewed May 10, 2022 via mobile

Like the previous poster, we were there & wondered what on earth had happened. It was empty, no atmosphere & the menu seemed totally different to what I'd read about No pineapple pie (which I'd been looking forward to), limited options & expensive for what...we got. In short, don't bother. Mediocre food, overpriced & totally lacking in atmosphere.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2022

Tourism is returning to the islands, but very slowly. Most people that I talked to about that are excited to be in the islands at a time when they can almost be alone with the animals. Locals have even commented that they think the animals...More

Reviewed May 10, 2022 via mobile

I was really excited to try this place, based on the great comments. We went there last night for dinner. It was completely empty. I even double checked the location; maybe there are 2 different restaurants called Booby Trap? But no, we were at the...right place… We sat and looked at the menu. It was not very appealing, but I told my husband; let’s give it a chance. Big mistake… what a rip off! We both ordered the seafood salad: a few leaves of iceberg lettuce, 3 shrimps, 4 pieces of fish, 3 slices of tomatoes, 5 mini slices of cucumber. Some grated carrots and cabbage. That’s it. Not even the size of an appetizer. And that was 15$ each! Plus one bottle of water and one small beer, it cost 40$. It was very, very disappointing, and we obviously won’t come back. I guess the management has changed recently because this place has nothing to do with the great reviews it got previously.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2022

Hope you at least enjoyed the view, but so sorry that you didn't enjoy your whole experience.

Reviewed March 4, 2022

We ate here five times!!! Couldn't get enough. The organic salad was filled with fresh shaved green, tomatoes and the dressing was a local balsamic. The french fries were a whole potato prepared. The fish, meats were equally delicious.

Date of visit: February 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2022

Glad you enjoyed the Booby Trap experience! We work so hard for that, and it's so rewarding to be appreciated! Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review!

Reviewed February 27, 2022

We decided to have dessert before our meal, and I'm so glad we did! The pineapple pie is life-changing, and if I'd waited until after my delicious meal, I'm afraid I'd have been to full and would have skipped it. Takeaway: order dessert first. :)More

Date of visit: February 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2022

Life is just a matter of priorities and dessert matters, but I've never heard it put so eloquently as you just did! Such a complimentary review, mentioning the lovely and filling meal as well as your obvious love of Marlene’s pineapple pie! I have told...More

Reviewed February 17, 2022

This is our second year on Isabela, and our second year at the Booby Trap. We always order our favorite dishes: pasta carbonara, and rare tuna. You order the day before your meal so that all the ingredients are super fresh. Marlene gathers vegetables that...you will not find in any other restaurant on the island. She knows exactly how to cook them for the best flavor! The green salad could be considered a whole meal if you want a light dinner. With each meal, you have the choice of two side dishes, and all of them are delicious! We brought four friends with us from the states and from Quito, and all of them loved their dinner! We will definitely be back next year! And, yes, the waitresses might use a little more training. The mojitos at sunset on the second floor are the best that we have had anywhere. Thank you, Marlene!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2022

For years we've told people that the nicest compliment you can give us to just come back. You are the perfect examples! We're so glad you came back and even happier that you enjoyed the Booby Trap experience again!

Reviewed January 6, 2022 via mobile

We had an early arrival on NYE due to a long travel day. We were greeted with a warm welcome. We proceeded to order Lobster as it was the last day for fresh Lobster. It was delicious! The views are spectacular. Romantic. And our overall...experience was next level. At the end of the meal, the owner, Marlene came to say hello & to check on how we liked our food, etc. We engaged in a lengthy, and inspiring conversation about how she was living her dream. So sweet. And amazing! Definitely check this place out on your next visit to Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador! 💛More

Date of visit: December 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2022

The Booby Trap Experience! So glad you sat back and enjoyed the view and great food! Thank you for sharing your experience with others and we wish you continued safe travels!

Reviewed December 29, 2021 via mobile

Warning! Not sure what happened to this place as prior reviews were glowing, but was among worst dining experiences of all time. Could write a short story on just how bad, but here are cliff notes: only one other party in restaurant yet took an...hour to get a very bland burritos and barely edible pasta. Our table’s entres came out 5 minutes apart. Had to ask for silverware. Waitress ever stopped by table after taking order. Unless you’re seeking a remarkably bad experience stay away.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2022

I’m so sorry to hear that your diner did not meet your expectations. I have already addressed your concern with my wife and the kitchen staff. Thank you for writing a review and helping us maintain the high standards we all want to see!

Reviewed August 23, 2021

We loved this place and the owner so much we ate dinner here two nights in a row! Mojitos were the best I've had! We ate the burritos and lobster, both were amazing! And apple pie for dessert! You can't go wrong! The restaurant is...at the end of the strip right before the trail to the tortoise research center and Wall of Tears.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2021

Marlene loved your review just as much as you loved her restaurant! When I talked to her by phone she told me what a lovely family you were. Today she is here with me in LA and she is reliving your visits to the Booby...More

Reviewed August 3, 2021 via mobile

A bit of a disappointment. Theŕe is a great view of the beach and sea. The ff potatoes were rhe best we've had in Ecuador. The daquiris were good. But the burritos we ordered were at best average. Rather small for the price and mostly...black beans. Not very flavorfull.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the view! It is a spectacular spot and a great place to have a cocktail. I'm sorry you felt disappointed with the burritos. I would have hoped that your server asked if everything was to your approval and if necessary made any...More

Reviewed July 7, 2021

We visited the Booby Trap due to all of the glowing reviews we saw on TripAdvisor stating it was the best restaurant on the island. Overall our experience was pleasant but relatively average and it was not our favorite restaurant on the island. The pros:...the flavors of the food were good, the cocktails were excellent and a good value, the view upstairs was really nice, and the staff was really friendly. The cons: they were out of a handful of items we tried to order, in my opinion the burritos were overpriced, my mom ordered her tuna rare and it came well done, and the service was slower than other places we ate in the Galapagos.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2021

Glad you enjoyed the "tasty flavors!" Galápagos is just starting to open up again after the pandemic so running a restaurant there, that has always been challenging, is even more so now. Getting all the supplies, the cost, the in-constituencies of travelers right now all...More

Reviewed July 5, 2021

The food here was good, and the view is great. The only downside was the price -- things were a bit more expensive than expected. We never tried it, but I understand they do a happy hour that probably helps with the prices a bit.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2021

The view is the best in town and the prices are in line with the nicer restaurants in town. Prices are higher in Galápagos, and higher on Isabela mostly because of transportation costs. It’s a fact that we deal with all the time, but when...More

Reviewed July 2, 2021

The atmosphere, view, and service are excellent and the food is delicious. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2021
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james h, Owner at Booby Trap, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2021

Glad you enjoyed and thanks for telling the world about your Booby Trap experience!

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Rosa, when I saw your email yesterday, I tried several times to respond, but the internet was so bad that I couldn't respond. I tried. Hopefully you came and enjoyed our great food and hospitality. If not, come tonight... More
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Hi there When we were there last month they did take reservations and only accepted cash.
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Great advise from a fellow traveler! I found her email before I saw this, and will host them on April 7th! Thank you for your advise and the recommendation!
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  • Food: 4.5
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