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“Perfect view, the food was ok”

Restaurante El Ventanal
Ranked #56 of 1,331 Restaurants in Quito
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, International, Ecuadorean
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The panoramic restaurant El Ventanal is located in the historic neighbourhood of San Juan, offering a spectacular view of the colonial centre of Quito, the Panecillo and the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. The breath-taking view, accompanied by our refined international cuisine and a minimalistic interior, make El Ventanal a captivating place where quality and service give you an unforgettable experience. We offer a variety of international dishes and creative Ecuadorian cooking, harmoniously paired with our extensive selection of wines.
Guayaquil, Ecuador
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Perfect view, the food was ok”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Ok first, if you want an excelent place to see a nice and complet view of Quito, go here. The restaurant its surrounded by big windows where your can see the centro historico. For me its better in the night. After they take your orther, u can go up to the terrace with a " canelazo" ( special liquor in the highlands", take nice pictures, have good time. We didnt like the desserts, i recommend the white tuna,.... excelent. If you want best tables make reservation in advance, and ask them to put you in the best view of the restaurant.

  • Visited March 2014
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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“Best view in Quito”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

Food is average. In a scary neighborhood, hard to find and a guard lets you in the gate and walks you to the restaurant. The upside? There is no better view of Quito. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food,while not exceptional is decent. Try to go around sunset to get the best views of the sun going down and the lights of the city comming on.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Susan W
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Quito, Ecuador
2 reviews
“Excellent panoramic view of Quito Colonial.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

This place has a priceless view of "Centro Historico". Main dishes can be improved compared to expensive prices. They need to consider traditional food as part of menu or starters. The staff was nice and friendly.

  • Visited January 2014
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great views of Quito, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

We were looking for a place to have a late lunch so we decided (or rather I decided) we should check out this place since it wasn't far from where we were in the old town. Note, do not walk here...it is a LONG ways to the restaurant and my lungs are not accustomed to the elevation. A cab ride is a much better idea. The staff was very nice and attentive. The food was wonderful and their coctails were good but strong. The views of the old town are beautiful.

  • Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Excellent food and incredible views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

While the view of the city of Quito in its long valley is very engaging it is worth finding Ventanal for the food as well. Dishes are at the high end of traditional European cusine with the occasional nod to the food traditions of Ecuador. Wine list is very good and, unlike many Quito restaurants, they serve vinos nationales - those wines made in Ecuador. There are only two wineries of note in Ecuador which produce credible wines measured by European standards: Chaupi Estancia and Dos Hemisferios. Ventanal has Chaupi Estancia wines which can be quite good if a little pricey.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank cabin306
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