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“Best Steak in Ecuador”
Review of Cafe Mariane

Cafe Mariane
Ranked #22 of 146 Restaurants in Banos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We had been unsuccessful in finding good steaks in Ecuador until we dined here. The meal was cooked to perfection with the steak juicy and tender and the vegetables cooked just right. There was more than enough food so we took a care package with us. The service was good and the setting very quaint, nestled in the gardens. The wine prices were average but the meal prices extremely reasonable. After our first experience here, we were hooked. We ended up dining here 3 out of 8 evenings. It was all just as good. The pasta was also great.

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Thank GekoPablo
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We visited this restaurant based on the great reviews and wanting to try something different. We had a good experience overall and would recommend it if you're staying in Banos, but not as a special trip.

Service, like most of Ecuador, is spotty. The wine was good, my scalloped potatoes were the best thing we ate, though my steak was overcooked. My husband had been having stomach problems but found his appetite with his dish (which I don't remember what it was.)

The décor is quite unique and seems stuck in the 70s ,but it does add to the charm of the place.

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1  Thank tonyalasagna
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

After traveling all day by bus from Cuenca this resturant was a very pleasant surprise. Good decor and very good food served in a relaxed environment.

3  Thank Lee J
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We found this hidden gem, French-owned, one-room restaurant. Entrance is hidden off the street down a little pathway, enjoyed the colorful, working fireplace in the corner, menu had fine choices, not full-on french, but nicely used local ingredients. One in our party said the chocolate desert was not authentic but I loved it and it did not remain on the table long! Very good value for the price ($8-11 entrees)

Thank MK_in_VT
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

We had 2 meals in Banos prior to trying this one. While it was alright, I guess we were comparing it with the previous meals we had and wished we had stuck with the previous excellent meals. It was highly suggested and taste is such a personal thing however, we both agreed we liked our previous places better.

Thank woodfish
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