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Dharma Beach Restaurant

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100 metros Norte del rio de Montanita, frente al mar, Montanita, Ecuador
+593 93 960 0426
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Zurich, Switzerland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Go for it, it's delicious. The pita bread was great as well. Really worth it for a quick snack on the beach.

Thank alexhowie
Doornspijk, The Netherlands
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting a good espresso or cappuccino in Montanita is a hard job. There are only a few and one of them is Dharma, a little bit north of the centre along the beach. Easy recognizable because it has a phantastic coloured roof. I have been there four times and was served by Paz, a friendly English speaking Argentinian lady. Her... More 

Thank Tis07
Guayaquil, Ecuador
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed at the Dharma Beach Hotel and had breakfast and lunch at the restaurant. The location is great, directly on the beach, breakfast (included in our overnight stay at the hotel) was adequate; however at lunch service was extremely slow, and while my fish was advertised as tuna, the restaurant served róbalo, with no comment about the switch. Róbalo... More 

Thank FrankPIntor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This place has a new chef from Germany and he found us walking down the beach of Olon so we tried it the last day we were there. We just kind of let him bring out what he thought we should eat and everything was amazing! A little pricier than other places down there but nothing compared to the states... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ate lunch at Dharma while on vacation near Montanita during Carnival week, so, it was especially busy but the service was still great and the food was better than I expected. It was one of the nicest places we found in town...most of the rest of the places are more or less cheap eats type of places....I would go... More 

Thank tripandfall
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The excellent service in dharma beach is well known in Montanita. I was eating there may times and the food, also the seafood is always fresh and tasty. The juices where made fresh and the coffee is high quality from an Italian coffee machine.

Thank Mimigification
Cotacachi, EC
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121 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great view (right on the beach). Excellent food. Relaxed service. We ate here several times during our 4-day stay in Montanita. Highly recommend!

Thank Marianna P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Fun friendly place right on the beach Great service and tasty dishes The fish in coconut is Devine! Nice and big venue, so great for a party or large groups

Thank J M G
maxiroxy, Director de Recepción at Dharma Beach Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank so much for the comments, we appreciate it. More 

Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

It's the most unique looking place in town, a landmark. The restaurant is a bit pricey for budget travelers, qbut probably perfect for those looking for something classy without the "fine cuisine" label attached. Like most places in town smoking is allowed, so if you;re not into smoke, get a seat by the beach where the breeze always blows in... More 

Thank coyotero2112
Montreal, Canada
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172 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

This is one of the fanciest restaurants in Montanita, situated by the ocean. We ordered cocktails, then shared an appetizer of nachos with meat and cheese. We ordered fish and seafood encocada (in coconut sauce) and a fried shrimp dish with a bottle of wine. Everything was perfect except for the salt. It was much too salty especially the fries.... More 

Thank SylvanoT
maxiroxy, Manager at Dharma Beach Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the feedback, we really appreciate! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Bar, Seafood, Peruvian, International, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 metros Norte del rio de Montanita, frente al mar, Montanita, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Santa Elena Province  >  Montanita
  • Phone Number: +593 93 960 0426

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?