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“Great Food!”
Review of Il Giardino

Il Giardino
Ranked #4 of 53 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Best place in Galápagos to enjoy a beautiful meal with family and friends, indulge yourself with fresh sea food, cocktails, coffee and tasty italian gelato.
Reviewed January 4, 2014

There are many restaurants in town, but this one had great, fresh food and good prices. They do have birds flying in that snack on the free appetizers the waiter serves you--so don't eat those! Drinks are generous and a nice view of the ocean.

Thank Stewart S
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

How many microwaves and deep fat fryers can one kitchen hold? This place is loud music, frozen drinks, and terrible fare. Greasy mozzarella sticks, greasy fries, greasy chicken wings, just a river of grease. Funky pasta, the only think not greasy. Who would think that such mediocrity exists way out here?

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a huge restaurant and I so wanted to give it five stars. We arrived here just by walking around but once we saw the menu, we were hooked. Everything sounded amazing and it was hard to even choose what to order. Our meals were delicious (including the complimentary starter that was brought to our table) and presumably, we were seated at the best table in the restaurant - it was atop a platform, of sorts, on the second floor. It almost felt awkward to sit at such a cute secluded table as friends though - seems like it should have been for honeymooners!

The reason I did not rate this five stars:
In hindsight, the whole experience was so outrageous that we've completely forgotten what we even ate. The young server that night was particularly keen on my friend and we were honestly overwhelmed by his declarations of love, whether that be from the song he selected on the music system for her, his profession of his feelings table-side or the love note that arrived with him toward the end of our dining experience. it was unreal and we were expecting to find ourselves on an episode of MTV's Punked, so we just had to laugh and go with the flow because we did not want to draw further attention to ourselves or embarrass the seemingly innocent server. We do remember, though, that the meals were delicious!

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Thank SuburbtoSuitcase
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Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Expensive for Puerto Ayora. Good service, nice patio, but food was good, not excellent. The medium streak was quite rare and the pepper sauce boring.

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Thank pinktravelgirl
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We just got back from an amazing week in the Galapagos. One of the not so amazing things was the dining...too much bland (albeit fresh) seafood and terrible wine. There were a couple of exceptions however...the main one being Il Giardino. Great service, exceptional food including perfectly cooked lobster and succulent steaks, and the best piña colada my wife has ever tasted. They clearly store the wine properly unlike most of the restaurants and actually have one of the only wine lists in the Galapagos. No question the best of the islands (and we checked out EVERY other highly rated place).

Thank Kerry K
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