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“Great Food and Wonderful Atmosphere”

Carmine Gastronomia & Arte
Ranked #21 of 1,331 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: One of the most famous Italian restaurant in Quito Ristorante Carmine It was with good luck that when Chef Carmine returned to Ecuador he found an old friend who was leaving the country and who had began the construction of a new Italian food restaurant in Quito. We all know to listen to the wise ones and let Divine Providence do the work, so that is what he did. After a short while, Ristorante Carmine Quito opened its doors in a restored republican house which overlooks a small but ancient plaza with hundred year old trees and a beautiful garden in El Batán. From the outside of the house it looks like a little piece of Europe has been transported to Ecuador and from the inside you will feel like you are eating in an excellent restaurant in Italy.
streator, Illinois
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254 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Great Food and Wonderful Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

We arrived here as part of cruise package with Celebrity Cruises. On entering the restaurant, we were greeted with a glass of fresh juice and and a roaring fire in the fireplace. We had a limited menu since we were a fairly large group of around 90 people. We were seated on the patio, and it was lit with small white lights and outdoor heaters. We were very comfortable.

We had a three course meal and each course was very good. We both had fish for the entree, and it was cooked perfectly and served in an interesting way.

We had been touring the city all day and wondered why we just couldn't stay and have our evening meal at the Marriott where we were staying. We were so happy that we had chance to see another part of the city and enjoy this wonderful evening.

After dinner, we moved to the very comfortable lounge area and enjoyed a drink by the fireplace and visited with other members of our group.

Since this was part of a package, we cannot comment on the price. However, Celebrity Cruise are a high end cruise complany, and we would expec the prices of this restaurant to be comparable.

  • Visited August 2012
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“In Quito: THE BEST FOOD AVAILABLE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

We have been there a couple of times now, always spending many hours of enjoying great, classy drinks, amazing, uniquely perfectionist prepared food and, of course great company.

The owner Signore Carmine always drops by the table asking if we are happy and makes an Italian joke that nobody understands at first, but makes everyone even more happy, because of his truly welcoming and warming way of being. The general staff is also super friendly and efficient!

The only thing you have to be aware of is to bring your credit card with enough limit or the big wallet; compared to other places pretty expensive but SO worth it!

My suggestions:

Calamari Fritti (A MUST)
Entrecote (Medium Rare)
or The giant Pork chop
For Fish: The salmon is always amazing and super soft an juicy (of course medium rare!)

Desserts:

Tiramissu is pretty good!

  • Visited August 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

Carmines have two restaurants in Quito both are trully world class. The food, the atmosphere, the service are all excellent. Highly recommend a visit if you are in Quito.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank Daniel S
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Quito, Ecuador
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“I can't get enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

Again I can't get enough of Carmine, the food once again amazes me, every dish I have is like another gourmet experience with Carmine, and he is such a great host that he will always come out and say hi to each customer in the restaurant. Amazing Carmine, congratulations, you have a wonderful place and we will keep coming to see you.

  • Visited May 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

Wonderful dinner with great service and wine. Since we were with a group our meal choices were somewhat limited. However what we ordered was really fantastic. The owner came and sat down to chat with us, very interesting history he had. The setting is really very beautiful. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2012
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