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“Good Food Good Service”

Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
Ranked #2 of 100 Restaurants in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery
Description: Taking care of the health of our client is our priority! That is why purified water and high standards of hygiene are the most important ingredients of our recipe for pure, safe, healthy meals!
Pelham, Canada
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200 reviews
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“Good Food Good Service”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Our first night in Iquitos, we stopped at the Dawn of the Amazon for dinner. Food and service were great. Beer was good and cold and the location is excellent especially at night when all the locals come out. You must stop here.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank bankerross
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DawnontheAmazon, Owner at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thanks bankerross, from Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, for your very good review of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. Let's see...food and service, great, beer good and cold, location excellent, must stop here...check.

We recently hired a new chef from Barcelona Spain for 6 weeks to inspire our kitchen staff, and develop new recipes. In the next few weeks we will add 20 new gourmet dishes to our menu. I'm sure if you will return to dine with us again, we can earn an excellent review from you next time.

Sincerely,

Bill Grimes, host of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
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“Oasis in Iquitos”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Owner Bill Grimes has a great thing going in Iquitos! Great food in a perfect location. After three months on the Amazon documenting the Amazon Express paddling expedition for National Geographic, Dawn on the Amazon Cafe was an oasis in the Amazon rainforest! Had been eating chicken & rice and rice & chicken, but Bill's menu was a blessing in a sea of the same 'ole, same 'ole. Very attentive staff, excellent service, great variety. Thank you Bill for your oasis!

Visited October 2012
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Thank eschlegel62
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DawnontheAmazon, Owner at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you so much eschlegel62, from Austin Texas, for taking the time to make your excellent review of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, Oasis In Iquitos. Your opinion means a lot to me, so if you think our staff is attentive and excellent, that we have great variety, and that we are an oasis, well, I'm smiling now. We don't get too many National Geographic photographers passing through here:)

My very best regards,

Bill Grimes, host of the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
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Morristown, New Jersey
2 reviews
“Not only the best food, but the best beer!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Over the years, Dawn on the Amazon has been my favorite place in Iquitos for the best food and service. But the beer ... after the local breweries got pushed out by the Cusqueña, Pilsen, Cristal conglomerate, well, there was no place to have a real beer left in Iquitos. UNTIL NOW! They recently hooked up with a brewery from Huaraz and the beers are of the highest European standard - yet better than the American micros.

Another reason to go!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Don D
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DawnontheAmazon, Owner at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you Don D, from Morristown, New Jersey, for your excellent review of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. We are honored to be your favorite place in Iquitos, with the best food, service, and beer.

A month ago we stocked 4 styles of beer from the Sierra Andina Brewing Company in the mountains near Huaraz Peru. Wow, these beers are wonderful. In fact right now I am sipping a very cold Don Juan Porter in a frosty glass. The flavor is soooo rich. I'm relaxed on a cloud of toasted malt, and yet grounded by the earthy hop flavor. This is the best dark beer in Peru...and I'm enjoying it with a beef and bean taco with fresh cheese and salsa on a corn tortilla. It doesn't get much better than this!

Sincerely,

Bill Grimes, host of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
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Grantsburg, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
“Not one complaint after 10 meals in 7 days”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Because the food is so good, the help is so professional, its difficult to pull yourself away and go somewhere else. Much of the help speak English which is nice and I have not seen anywhere else. We have been to Iquitos many times. My wife is from Iquitos and she says the same thing. They take so much care that you don't get sick, they even wash there eggs 3 times in purified water before they crack them. Maybe a little extreme but we never got sick.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Wilma V
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DawnontheAmazon, Owner at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you so much Wilma V, from Grantsburg, Wisconsin, United States, for your excellent review of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. The greatest compliment is that you came back for 10 meals in 7 days and never got sick in a third world area.

Your good health is our top priority. We use a lot of purified water for everything from ice to coffee, tea, soup, juice, even washing the egg shells with purified water before we crack them. We are extreme when it comes to your health.

Best regards,

Bill Grimes, host of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
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Southern CA
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40 reviews
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“The best in Iquitos”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

While I have been to Iquitos a number of times, several weeks ago was the first time I had a meal at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. Don't even think about eating anywhere else! The food is absolutely delicious---carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients. My favorite is the Chef's Choice of "Patarashca de dorado con papas gratinades." This is the best fish dish I have ever had. Sitting at the Cafe, which is on the Malecon overlooking the Amazon, and sipping fresh lemonade is a great way to cool off and people watch in Iquitos. The staff are excellent and attentive and Bill Grimes, the owner, is always nearby to make sure everything is perfect.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank junglejudi
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DawnontheAmazon, Owner at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you Junglejudi, from Southern CA, for your excellent review of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. We are honored by your praise, and to have served the best fish dish you have ever had, Patarashca is my favorite too.

Thanks for complimenting our staff. They are like family, the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe family.

My best,

Bill Grimes, host of Dawn on the Amazon Cafe
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