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Il Giardino

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Charles Darwin y Charles Binford, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
593 52 526 627
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London, United Kingdom
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292 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went back after our previous visits two years ago and can say it got worse. It's vastly popular with tourists, it takes forever to get served and the meals are very heavy - even when you order a grilled fish or meat it comes out so oily, it looks fried. Their wifi is not working anymore. Won't go back.

Thank Granduelle
Seoul, South Korea
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place!! Great menu!! Great food!! Great prices!! What else can you ask for!! Fast service! I love this place!

Thank Angelica G
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We came here a few times during our stay at the Galapagos, for both the pasta and gelato. It seemed like you couldn't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes they had on offer, although the lobster risotto and their seafood ravioli were both highlights. They also have complimentary home made potato chips which was a nice touch. Great... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We only had dessert and coffee here, but the prices were very reasonable. We looked at the prices for the food and they seemed really reasonable (for the Galapagos, at least). We certainly paid more at lesser quality restaurants. The atmosphere here was very nice and the service was good. It was one of the only restaurants that was full... More 

Thank CSGary
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very busy restaurant that specializes in Italian flavored Ecuadorian dishes. The lobster risotto and the mixed seafood in particular were outstanding. The service was very good despite the large space being packed. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Raoul W
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Average food with lots of seafood options. Fish was cooked properly. Pasta was basic. - Overall Large menu with lots of options. - Great ambience. - Service was very good! - Normal restaurant food, nothing with complex flavors.

Thank Foodhunters E
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After all of the great reviews, we had to try Il Giardino. We were not disappointed. It was slipper lobster season, and they offered several options, including a lobster risotto. I had Eggplant Parmesan, made from locally-grown eggplant. It was fantastic. Dessert was a wonderful apple crumble with ice cream. The setting also lives up to the name, with lush... More 

Thank Isa-Lee W
Tel Aviv, Israel
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The prices are really high and you don't get what you pay for. Both the fish and the lobster were overlooked and dry (especially the fish - why would you do it to a fresh fish?), the caprese salad (8.5$ !) was small and didn't contain mozzarella at all but some other tasteless cheese. Our waiter wasn't friendly and didn't... More 

Thank review8488
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing. The staff was very friendly and polite. The food was excellent (pasta and tuna steak). The desert waffles and ice creams were great as well. Too bad we only ate here once!

Thank Woutervw
Hurlingham, Argentina
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good restaurant with excelent service and good food. The place is on the boulevard next to the sea 6 blocks from the pier. Prices are not so expensive but they ate not cheap. You can pay by card

Thank Alejandra M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Ecuadorean, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Bar scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Charles Darwin y Charles Binford, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  Santa Cruz  >  Puerto Ayora
  • Phone Number: 593 52 526 627
Es un Lugar excelente para compartir comer en familia, disfrutar de mariscos, coctails, postres y variedad de helados Italianos.

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