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Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant

Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-292-0739
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“pizza” (28 reviews)
“quinoa salad” (4 reviews)
“shrimp” (7 reviews)
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International, Pizza, Italian, Fusion, South American, Ecuadorean
$$ - $$$
Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is known for their pizza's but they make so many other, really beautiful dishes. I have eaten here a lot in my vacation and every time it was hard again to choose. Because every dish tasts so good!!! So yes, try a pizza...More

Thank berrypeggybod
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Went here for dinner. It was fantastic! Great menu choices, perfect service - friendly & attentive, delicious food & lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend the Palm hearts wrapped in bacon - amazing! Lasagne was yummy & pizza was fresh from the pizza oven. Reasonably priced...More

Thank Natasha C
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Thank you so much! We’re happy you enjoyed your dinner!

Reviewed February 17, 2018

I ate here three times during my stay in Otavalo. They have a wood fired oven which produces excellent thin crust pizza but their ethnic dishes are just delicious. One night I had a shrimp cazuela which came with a nice salad. The canelaso- cinnamon...More

Thank wwrj
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Thank you so much! We're happy you enjoyed your dinners and we hope to have you back some day!

Reviewed December 3, 2017

So glad we ran across this place. Served a complimentary glass of canelaso which warmed us as I was freezing! The servers

Thank Gwen W
Reviewed November 10, 2017

Cozy little restaurant inside Dona Esther Hostel. The pizza was very good but the service was lackluster. What also turned me off was observing the lack of cleanliness on the part of the pizza cook - eating and licking his fingers, running his hands through...More

Thank Angelhims50
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Thank you for your comments! Your remarks have been passed on to our staff....they know the rules, but apparently forgot it temporarily. Won't happen again. best regards, Wendy

Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

I had quinoa salad which was quinoa plus tuna plus walnuts. Surprised it was so nice and filling so glad I didn't order something more predictable. Pleasant atmosphere and central location.

Thank kuepper
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2017

Thank you for your comments. It seems to me that your were pleased with your order, so leaves me wondering about the 3 stars? By the way, we don't have that much predictable on the menu, but you have to try it to know that.

Reviewed June 17, 2017 via mobile

Mobile review, so kindly excuse brevity and any typos. We enjoyed our late dinner at Arbol de Montalvo, during a stay at the surrounding Dona Esther. First and foremost, the entire staff (Lucy in particular) took great care of us throughout the meal. We were...More

Thank Atreides
Reviewed May 3, 2017

This place is hidden behind a hostel and is very expensive for Ecuador ($10 - $12 per entree) and not worth the high prices. The trout was over-cooked, and the spaghetti bolognese was literally a plate of cooked noodles with a tiny bit of sauce...More

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed January 20, 2017

Dined here twice during our stay in Otavalo First night we both had a chicken dish, the second night trout fillet and a pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. The pizza was excellent, the other dishes were good, although the baked potato which accompanied...More

Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed January 7, 2017

We Love this Restaurant, and the Wonderful Welcoming Owners. We were very pleased with the New Menu Items, and our friends especially appreciated the Pork with Cranberry sauce. This is the best place for Pasta I have found in Northern Ecuador. This is one of...More

Thank WJD_CO
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Paula R
May 3, 2016|
Response from WendyOtavalo_Ecuador | Property representative |
Hi Paula, it means we accept Paypal payments, but we do have to ask 5% extra. If you have a smart phone or any other device, you can use that to pay through Paypal. We're working on accepting the "live" credit cards, so to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $12
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Otavalo
  • Phone Number: +593 6-292-0739
  • E-mail
Arbol de Montalvo restaurant is located in the back of our hotel Dona Esther. Please walk in on every night except Monday nights. During the weekends we're also opened for lunch and breakfast is of course every morning available (we have a nice choice in breakfasts, $ 4). Our menu highlights the Ecuadorian ingredients; we always try to find a way to cook something special with the typical and many ingredients of the country, packed in a different dish. For example the "pollo del arbol", chicken with a surprising sauce of "tomate de arbol", or tamarillo. And of course we also serve pizzas, but pizzas in a wood burning oven with home made dough and good quality toppings. We also have gluten free and vegetarian options. The atmosphere is cosy, no rush, we prepare everything fresh. We hope to see you soon!
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