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“Some decent vegetarian option”
Review of Magic Bean

Magic Bean
Ranked #118 of 1,403 Restaurants in Quito
Price range: US$5 - US$20
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Some decent vegetarian option”
Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

We headed for Magic Bean exhausted from a long day of flights to arrive in Quito, so the lack of authenticity and unabashed tourist didn't really hit me until dining elsewhere the following day. That said, the food was good and the two vegetarian options a happy find. I wouldn't recommend a special quest to find this place, but if you're in the neighborhood and especially if you want some unchallenging veggie choices, Magic Bean is more than adequate.

  • Visited April 2014
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Ghent, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Good food for value”
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

We have been twice in this restaurant. They have a menu with many options (salads, nachos, pastas, steaks, ...). The prices are reasonable for the area. The service is friendly. It is not the place where you will find the best food in town but you get good food for a good price.
The juices are excellent.

Visited March 2014
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Quito, Ecuador
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Where you go to forget you're in Ecuador”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Ah, Magic Bean, the place you love to love and love to hate. It's an absolute gringo hide-out, the scene of ridiculous prices by local standards, a security guard out front, and some hilarious attempts by North Americans to say "buenos días" and "gracias." The food is very much American. The menu features lots of burgers, steaks, chips and gigantic salads covered in dressing. Given all these things, it's certainly over-patronised.

And in all honesty, their cheeseburger and chips is actually pretty damn good. Sometimes there is only so much rice+beans+X that you can take. Magic Bean is nice place to plug into Wifi and not feel so far from home. Depending on the barista, the coffee can be quite good, especially if you remember to ask for it without cinnamon. The Bean is also open every single day of the year, which is a blessing on Sunday mornings, when a strong coffee and some eggs can be tough to find. Likewise, you can hang out there until 10pm any night of the week when you're just not up to the Bacchanalia of the Mariscal district.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Decent food.”
Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Ate a quick dinner here. This place is nice if you don't want to speak a little Spanish to order your food. The prices were high for what we got though. I ordered the portobello panini (not great) and my fiance ordered a salad (pretty good).

There are places with better food in the area for cheaper.

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Thank Sauravcha
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Olympia, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Meal and nice feel”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Great location in Quito in Hostal area. They have a fair variety to the menu and friendly service. Great smoothies with real fruit only. You feel like you are in greenhouse with lovely fresh aroma and fresh food.

  • Visited February 2014
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