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“Excellent food, but limited choices”

El Cafetal Galapagos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, South American, Ecuadorean
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Sea Food, Vegetarian Food, Traditional Food, Gourmet Food...
Gulfport, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent food, but limited choices”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Be sure to reserve your table at this restaurant because seating is very limited (the owner wants to be sure all tables have excellent service - which we did!). The food was the best we had on the Galapagos, particularly fine for Isabella Island. I asked for a salad instead of vegetables but was unable to have my request fulfilled. The owner/manager is very personable and proud of his establishment. Be sure to eat here during your stay if at all possible.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ambivalent_Traveler
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good food and service!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

This is the only restaurant on Isabella's main square where they will not take more people than they can accommodate in a timely manner. Other places you may have to wait 30min or more for part of your meal. You must make reservations to eat at Cafetal. They have a real chef who will make sure you get your appetizer first, then entree, etc. They were closed on the Tuesday we were there, not sure if that was random or what. On Wed, we stopped by at 5pm and begged for a reservation since it was our last night on Isabella. We got an 8pm slot and were seated right away when we arrived for dinner. The food was great too. Best dinner spot on the island.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank NYC_angus
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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great gourmet in the Galapagos”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

I had my best meal in the Galapagos. A three course gourmet lunch included cream of spinach soup, two large fillets of tuna served with a savory coconut cream sauce and a coffee flavored mousse for dessert, all for $10. The proprietor was very friendly and accommodating and spoke perfect English. There was outside patio and a covered inside garden, a lovely place to enjoy your meal. I cannot wait to go back for dinner. The set each menu according to the catch of the day.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank WillaRosen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best cafe in Galapagos”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have been to Santa Curuz and San Cristobal but this is the best cafe I've ever seen in Galapagos. We could enjoy the 100% local oganic caffee and food with nice music. The food is so good and also the presentacion is exelent.
They serve yummy sweets too. Tiramisu, caffee cake... :)

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Mami T
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Very clean restaurant and nice menu options. I got the impression the owner is 'hands-on' with everything. We really enjoyed our food each time we had a meal there - 4 times.
Additionally, they have a set-menu option at a fix rate ($10), includes a small starter, main meal, dessert and a juice. It changes daily.
The outdoor seating at night is great, but the first night I didn't have insect repellent. The owner brought some over to our table. So, best advice when you go out for supper at night - ANYWHERE in Isabela, 'armour' yourself - those mozzies are nasty.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jolanie G
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