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“Excellent Meal”
Review of Portal de Benalcazar - CLOSED

Portal de Benalcazar
Cuisines: Ecuadorean
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Owatonna, Minnesota
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

We had an excellent meal at El Portal de Benalcazar. We especially loved the homemade lemonade and the potato soup. It was delicious. Great service too!

Visited July 2013
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Thank profeMinnesota
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Delightful Lunch”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

We stumbled upon Portal de Benalcazar during our recent brief stay in Quito on the way home from Galapagos and are very glad we did. We enjoyed a delightful lunch in this cozy and pretty restaurant surrounded by quirky Ecuadorean artifacts and antiques. The menu is extensive, with photos of most dishes, the prices are very, very reasonable (average entree about $6-$7), and the food is fresh, delicious, and well-presented. The owner spent time explaining some of the dishes to us and was very proud of his good TripAdvisor rating. A great stop in a day spent trying to cram as much culture as possible into 12 hours!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Nancy M
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level Contributor
72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Very good traditional food, well priced.”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

I ate here twice, and was pleased both time. A very traditional Ecuadorian menu, with English translations. I had seco de chivo (goat or lamb) which was quite good and a very good deal at $6. A nice traditional atmosphere as well, and friendly and eager to please staff. A much better deal than the restaurants in the Archbishop's Palace on Plaza Grande.

Visited June 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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206 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Nice place, bad service”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

It took too long to get service, the place smelled funny, food was not bad nor great. the menu items were overpriced, there are better places to go.

Visited December 2012
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Thank VerCit3
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely owner and great value!”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

First of all, the restaurant is on olmedo / benalcazar on a little square. Ignore Google maps as it sends you somewhere else! It was a quite night but we were welcomed by the lovely owner. Part of the restaurant is kind of a museum, it gives the place a homely feel. My dish was a bit salty but that was the only complaint. For starters he made a selection for us to try. At the end of the meal the owner didn't want us to walk home out of fear for our safety, he asked the waitress to walk us to the bus station where she sorted out a cab for us. Very sweet! Would definitely recommend this place!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank voetontheroad
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