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“What a view!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Crater Restaurant

El Crater Restaurant
Ranked #47 of 1,288 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Ecuadorean, International, South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Description: Strategically constructed at the border of the crater of a volcano, El Crater’s architectonic design grants the scenic sight of a 360 degrees view.Our menu offers a delicious selection of Ecuadorian and international cuisine as well as wines, cocktails and appetizers. El Crater Restaurant is divided in four main areas that can accommodate groups of up to 120 people. Each of these spaces has a different ambiance and views that change at each time of the day, perfect for business and social events.Connected with Ecuadorian and worldwide travel agencies, we accommodate thousands of visitors that on a daily basis arrive to our beloved Ecuador.
buffalo, ny
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“What a view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Very nice! We picked this place for its location and were not disappointed. What a great surpise to have a beautiful interior as well. Volcanic stone and timber gave a warm and authentic feeling. The food was very good - tasty and done well. Check out the llama out front when you are done with the crater!!

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London
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful place - excellent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I went there for lunch. The place is beautiful, with breathtaking views of a populated caldera; very green and peaceful. The food was simple but excellent. The service was very good: the waiter was very friendly and helpful and service was speedy (so they probably reacted to the feedback on slow service that they received in 2012 and Jan 2013).

I would not travel from Quito just to come to this restaurant. However, if you are in the area (e.g. visiting Mitad del Mundo), I would recommend that you have lunch at El Crater, where you will have a delicious lunch in a fantastic place.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Entre las nubes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The Restaurant is very nice and clean. The food was amazing. The service started very good but it took a while between the appetizer and the entry. We were not able to seen the view because of the clouds. Will definitely go back again.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great views, that's it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Food is OK, expensive place for what you get. Food menu is short. Views and site are great! Quiet place if you want to get out of the noisy city. Rest rooms need to be refurbished. Service was slow even though the restaurant was not busy today being New Year's Day.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Juan Carlos S
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 reviews
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“Terrific views, average food, terrible service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is the only upscale place around the Mitad del Mundo where you hope to enjoy an stress-free meal with a magnificent view. Regretfully, we waited 1h45 for our meal. We had a friend from Washington D.C. visiting and we made reservations as we had to head back to Quito in two hours. We had to go upstairs several times taking turns (we were seated on the lower level) to get the waiters' attention. Finally, we spoke with the owners and their response was that "they had a lot of customers", no apologies of any kind. Such a response from an established international restaurant was surprising. We were served only the entrees and we had to cancel the main dishes (the waiter didn't write down two of those main dishes).. As Ecuadorians/US that had lived in different countries and travel often, we were saddened by the restaurant's managers response. We hope this changes in the future considering the beautiful scenery and location.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maria Amelia V
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