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“You go for the view”

El Crater Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 1,326 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: Ecuadorean, International, South American
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
The Woodlands, Texas
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“You go for the view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

A large group of friends had made arrangements to eat here in March 2013. There were about 36 of us, so we had pre-ordered appetizers and dessert, and had a choice of the traditional pork and hominy, a lightly fried fish,and so on. When we first arrived, it was extremely foggy. Looking out over the edge of the volcano, sitting against the windows, we watched as the fog slowly lifted, and then returned, twice while we dined. It was beautiful watching the beautiful mountains and then the valley deep in the crater, come in and out of view. In my opinion, Ecudorian food is rather simple and bland, but my fish was nicely cooked. Most of us thoroughly enjoyed the soup and the empanadas. For our large group, we had good service. Several people ordered a fruit drink made with berries (I do not recall the name), which they all enjoyed. Most of us also walked around the site and peered over the edge! Price was around $25 a person, I believe, but our meal was paid as part of a package.

  • Visited March 2013
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buffalo, ny
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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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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
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“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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“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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