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Cafe Tortuga

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Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
+593 6-288-7304
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Eastern Norway, Norway
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good selection of coffee and a nice place to plan your trip ahead. Good selection of books to swap. I'm not so impressed with the food.

Thank IdaLH
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Café Tortuga has great quality food, wonderful people working there, and is a great place in general to spend some time on the internet in between jungle time. My favorite is always the amazingly refreshing Charapaté (or "turtle tea", charapa being the Kichwa [and, I'm told, the Achuar/Shuar/Shiwiar] word for turtle). I can't quite figure out the recipe, though guayusa... More 

Thank Lauren D
Perth, Australia
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48 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Given the great write up in the travel books we thought this place would be better. Very much a part of the "gringo trail". The juice was relatively expensive for the size and one of the worst in Ecuador. The book exchange looked ok though. Would suggest you go next door to an authentic local cafe where they have excellent... More 

Thank NigelJulie1932
South America
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

I have been visiting Cafe Tortuga regularly past 8 years, sometimes taking my client (foreigners) with me, and never got disappointed. Clean kitchen, pro cooks, very polite staff, all smiles. Good working WiFi. Most of the clients are foreigners. Perfect place to eat something safe.

Thank janrostlinka
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Pleasant location and good quality light meal. Menu was in English and Spanish. Clean restaurant and good food.

Thank AerialKiwi
Santa Elena Province, Ecuador
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114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

Healthy fast food options, very fussion, kind of traditional + veggy + minimalistic, with a hint of originality. I loved all the options, went several times, tried different things each time and liked all.

Thank PataTravelling
Santa Barbara
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Great cafe in a fun location. Food is excellent, grab a coffee or beer and watch the street activity. Definitely recommend this place in Tena!

1 Thank Chris C
Feldkirch, Austria
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

A chance to enjoy good food all day long in a tranquil area at Tena's river side. Nice and friendly stuff, fair prices, international customers.

1 Thank hennile
Zurich, Switzerland
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Were there for a quick snack and juice. Restaurant/coffee is good organised, has a book exchange and information bout buses from terminal. Keeper, which is swiss, is super friendly and gives infos about the city as well. Bath is clean, food good and mediumly sized and priced. Good variation of foods

1 Thank oktschuss
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Excellent for breakfast! The food is amazing and delicious! Prices are convenient! A must place to stop by and grab a delicious meal! Totally recommended! Excelente para desayunar! La comida es deliciosa y los precios son muy buenos! Una parada obligatoria en Tena!

1 Thank Niki T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Cafe, Vegetarian, International, South American, Ecuadorean
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Napo Province  >  Tena
  • Phone Number: +593 6-288-7304
Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This small cafe's charm comes from its attentive staff and simple, good food, including sweet and savory crepes, large sandwiches, soups, avocado stuffed with chicken or cheese, and beef chili. Many come for its yummy and filling breakfasts (served from 7 a.M.), While others come to cool off with an iced coffee, fresh fruit juice or homemade iced tea. There's free WiFi and a book exchange too. Monday-Saturday 7 a.M..-7 P.M., Sunday 7 a.M.-1 P.M.

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