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Lena Quitena

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#134 of 139 Latin in Quito
#1,039 of 1,277 Restaurants in Quito


Ecuadorean, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
Sponsored by: Lena Quitena

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Loved this restaurant/bar!
1. Loved this restaurant/bar!
"Lena Quitena became our choice for late night food and drinks"
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2. Great value
2. Great value
"Delicious and cheap Typical Equadorian dishes and friendly staff"
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3. Excellent night out
3. Excellent night out
"We had a Great night here , the food was good , the outlook great"
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

The service was good and friendly but the food was disappointing. The most flavoursome thing on the plate was the plantain. I’d skip the La Ronda area completely and just stick to the side street restaurants where all the locals go!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

Would not recommend this restaurant. The service was just OK and the food was definitely bad especially when one is familiar with typical Ecuadorian food.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

As with many places in the Centro Historico district of Quito (along Calle La Ronda), we were beckoned in by an employee on the street to come up to this well-situated place on the corner, with a great view of the winged Venus statue. And...that’s where it ended. Our young server stumbled at every term, from not understanding anything we said (granted, our Spanish is poor and minimal, but this is a prime tourist spot and the beckoner had great English, so we were fooled), to having trouble getting us the correct wine, to not being able to light the heat lamp he offered to us.... A few of the foods (appetizer plate with plantain chips and a spicy sauce, Plaintain empanadas with cheese) were good. Our main courses were disasters, with lamb cooked to show-leather quality and fried chicken so dry I had to drink most of the wine to get it down. Kind staff, just not a great place. Keep walking, there’s has to be something else that’s better close by!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 29, 2019

This restaurant serves mostly Ecuadoran food, which was very good. They made me a vegetarian version of llapingacho, even though it was not on the menu. The top floor is open-air and has a great view of the panecillo. Located on La Ronda.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 24, 2019

The restaurant is located in the touristy areas of La Ronda in Quito. It does have an inviting open-air patio. This is what attracted us to have lunch there. Our family of eight ordered various drinks and full lunches. The drinks were OK, Some of...the wines listed on the menu were not available. The service was very slow and the fish dishes in particular tasted bad, We were concerned enough that we barely ate our fish. Those who ordered pasta and cuy (guinea pig) had better luck. For the quality and service, the prices were very high. At most, we would recommend it for a drink.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 3, 2019

Stopped here for a snack and drink whilst visiting the old town, met another British couple who visit Quito often and food recommended by them. Has a good view of the city and hills of an evening, but down some very small alleys, which we...have been advised are not that safe at night. Restaurant clean, tidy and staff attentive. Toilets not the best.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

For our last night in Ecuador, our group of 6 decided to go to this cute looking rooftop in the old town of Quito. However it was a very poor decision unfortunately. The service was terrible, very disorganized, we had to ask for our dishes...multiple times...We ordered a 2nd bottle of wine and two bottles of water which never came, even after 45 minutes of waiting. We complained but were told that the restaurant was very busy on this particular Tuesday night.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Tried this place recommended by our free walking tour guide. We ordered 3 dishes, the goat stew grandma recipe was the best taste, the tripe with peanut sauce was okay and Guinea pig was pretty chewy and fatty, overall spectacular view with very good service.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 5, 2019

We only stopped here for drinks – Mojitos, which took some time to make. Our patience was rewarded by the best tasting Mojitos I have ever had. The service was very attentive and the ambiance pleasant. Part of the restaurant is located on a balcony...overlooking the “action”. Fortunately, we were able to snag a table by the railing and enjoyed watching the people strlling up and down the street.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 8, 2019

Am so sorry we only stopped for drinks and did not return for dinner.  The service at cocktail hour was prompt and the glasses were always full.  As we sat there, the chef brought a fantastic looking lomo to a nearby table. It was apparently...the day's special plate as the servers gathered around to sample. I only wish I could have made it back to enjoy for myself. As with, seemingly, everything in Quite, Ceña is a bit quirky with an odd layout. Yet it works and there is a great view of El Panecillo. They served several brews from Kimo's.  The stout was lacking body and malty flavors.  It was only 5.0% so I wonder if they watered to get there.  Also tried their Rubia Red ale which was similarly lacking.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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