Looking for places to eat in Galapagos? Puerto Ayora is a mainstay on itineraries of cruise ships and island hopping tours in the Galapagos Islands. The town has developed alongside the influx of tourism in the islands, and is the place to stock up on supplies, relax before disembarking on a cruise, and enjoy a meal in one of the growing group of local and international restaurants. Keep reading for a handful of places to try while in town.
Galapagos Escuela de Gastronomia
Located in town on Avenida Baltra, Galapagos Escuela de Gastronomia is a well-respected cooking school that doubles as a restaurant. During the high season, prix fixe dinners are held, showcasing the talents of the rising stars in the kitchen. The menu changes weekly, but expect innovative seafood fusion dishes accompanied by cocktails made with local fruit and juices. Formal white table service seals the deal, a refreshing change from the turn and burn restaurants around town.
Tel. 05/2526-112, Avenida Baltra – Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
A long-standing local and traveler favorite, La Garrapata hits the right notes for a tropical seafood restaurant that raises the bar when it comes to Al Fresco dining. The family that owns and runs the popular spot are descendants of one of the pioneers in Santa Cruz, and the first to introduce open air dining on the island.
The robust menu is full of tasty dishes including lobster, chicken curry, sandwiches, nine different pasta plates, and a daily set lunch.
Avenida Charles Darwin y Tomás de Berlanga – Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
Isla Grill Restaurant
Isla Grill is an Argentinian restaurant in the midst of the seafood heavy eateries found around every corner in Santa Cruz. Traditional grilled meat plates include beef, pork, chicken, sausage, and chorizo. For some of the best seafood in Puerto Ayora, try the Tsunami Parrillada; grilled tuna steak, shrimp, and squid. Deep dish pizza, burgers, salads, and sandwiches round out the menu. For vegetarians, there are innovative dishes that beat the rice and beans usually found in restaurants around the Galapagos and Ecuador.
Tel. 05 2524461, Av. Charles Darwin y Charles Binford – Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
I’ll Giardino Restaurant
An in-the-know spot for great Italian and seafood dishes, I’ll Giardino’s open patio is a romantic spot for a fun evening after a day of exploring. The international menu includes meat and seafood fillets, pastas, gnocchi, and risotto, and decadent desserts and great Galapagos coffee. House specialties such as a vegetarian quinoa curry, homemade ravioli, and a steak with balsamic and whiskey sauce are worth the trip.
telf. (593) 5 252-6627, Charles Darwin Avenue- Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
For more about food in Ecuador, check out A Guide for Eating in Quito like a True Foodie or Comfort Food in Quito – 5 Spots that Make the Grade.
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