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“A little Bolivarian history with your perfectly-cooked rice with shrimp.”

El Delirio Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 120 Restaurants in Riobamba
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

Think vintage, vintage, vintage with this cozy little restaurant, opening for lunch st 12:30 pm, serving typical dishes and smack in the old section of Riobamba and convenient to the only real tourist sights in the downtown: the small, but magnificent not-to-be-missed collection of Colonial Arte Sacra paintings and sculpture at the Museo Del Monasterio de las Conceptas, a lively fruit and vegetable market and the diminuitive cathedral with its charming and unusual pale carved stone facade that was largely rebuilt after the disastrous 1797 earthquake. El Delirio Restaurant is a delightful, jumbled grandmother's attic of a restaurant, its crowded walls covered with old local paintings, fading posters, indigenous hats and local ephemera. You enter the restaurant via a tiny ancient patio filled with potted plants. Inside the two-roomed restaurant are wooden tables, nicely set with flowers and cloth placemats and napkins. For $30 for two, we chose a lunch for two including pan-cooked filet of beef with home-cooked fries and veggies and the surprising real treat of the lunch, a huge pile of probably the best-seasoned fresh Latin American style rice with vegetables and tender medium-sized shrimp I've eaten in years--so irresistible, my husband, who had ordered the beef, literally engulfed once I had eaten all I could hold. Delicious. I also ordered fresh blackberry juice, a little watery and a little too sweetened, but refreshing. The restaurant is housed in an old colonial style house where Simon Bolivar, South America's 19th century liberator lived when in Riobamba. The waiter will show you the meeting room of the Bolivarian Society which gathers regularly to this day in a bustling 21st century town that Simon Bolivar would not recognize.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Juliane B
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

The Lonely Planet review made this place sound amazing, so the food was somewhat disappointing but okay. The range of food choices was just not that exciting. The sauce on my shrimp and rice dish was very good as was the sauce on my wife's steak.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cymopterus
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

For less than 15-20 USD you can get a full meal in this restaurant. The owner treats his customers well and the place looks really good. Compared with nearby restaurants you pay more than twice the amount for the food only.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mathijnl2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant and were delighted with the ambience and the meal.
The restaurant is situated in a well kept leafy courtyard, and inside there is a large wood fire and interesting artifacts everywhere.
We loved our visit.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank kaygeorge46
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

I dined here just once last April while staying in Riobamba.I was truly impressed.I was told that service could be slow...Not at all.Service was prompt and efficient.The food was excellent and was served by a very friendly waiter...Prices were very affordable...Unfortunately this excellent restaurant is closed on Mondays...Worth going back to...10 out of 10.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank Derry M
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