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“Average food but great view”
Review of Buena Vista

Buena Vista
Ranked #7 of 70 Restaurants in Otavalo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $6
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Established in 2001, Buena Vista has a fabulous location with great views of the surrounding mountains and a balcony where you can sit and watch the busy Indian market below. With its cozy lounge-style atmosphere, you can relax with family and friends and enjoy a great variety of food and cocktails at reasonable prices. Our menu offers a wide selection of Italian, American, Mexican and vegetarian-vegan food made with fresh, organic ingredients.
Cotacachi, Ecuador
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Average food but great view”
Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a favorite place for us on a trip to Otavalo for a few hours. A great outside view of the artisan market from their second floor. We love watching and listening to all the tourists and vendors with drink and snacks in hand.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beware Overcharging!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Our party of 4 visited this cafe last night and were grossly overcharged by the female waitress on duty . Instead of the legal 12 per cent tax she added 22 per cent to the bill. When queried she was unwilling to reduce the bill. We also noted she placed the bill underneath the cash register hidden away. Clearly, it was not going to see the light of day for the tax man. Beware this practice!

Visited February 2014
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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
627 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“Nice - Ate Here Twice”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Grabbed a good table on the upper floor to watch the goings-on at street level. The service was acceptable and the food quality and delivery above average. The cost was very reasonable and the staff very helpful with questions we had. Even came back the next day to make a few pictures from the high vantage point.

Visited January 2014
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Thank John D
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Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Great Hangout Spot!!”
Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

I am not much of a shopper, so when my wife goes to haggle in the market in Otavalo, I go to Buena Vista! Perfectly situated on the main square, it sits on the 2nd story overlooking all the craziness of vendors set-up in Plaza de Pancho. Kind of a gringo spot with food choices any tourist will recognize, like nachos, hamburgers, guacamole, French fries, etc. Comfort food for those of from the U.S. The primo spot is there one outdoor table on the balcony patio. If you can shag this table, you can while away the afternoon with a couple cold Pilsners while the ladies shop. Think small scale Chili's type menu and feel, but much better because of the views. Not anything like it in Otavalo, so do not hesitate to try it out.

Visited December 2013
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Thank MrWestalke82
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Otavalo, Ecuador
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice ambience over looking Otavalo market”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Buena Vista is a comfortable little place on a high second floor, with very decent gringo-style food, a comfortable atmosphere, and a good musical selection. One large table has a great view of the market and is outdoors.The menu is varied and has something for everyone, including safe salads and vegetarian dishes, and they have a nice assortment of drinks. We eat lunch there fairly frequently especially when we are taking friends and guests to the Saturday Otavalo market. It is definitely a good place to meet up for lunch after shopping the market. The service is always friendly and accommodating.

  • Visited November 2013
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