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“A standout experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carmine Gastronomia & Arte

Carmine Gastronomia & Arte
Ranked #22 of 1,262 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: One of the most famous Italian restaurant in Quito Ristorante Carmine It was with good luck that when Chef Carmine returned to Ecuador he found an old friend who was leaving the country and who had began the construction of a new Italian food restaurant in Quito. We all know to listen to the wise ones and let Divine Providence do the work, so that is what he did. After a short while, Ristorante Carmine Quito opened its doors in a restored republican house which overlooks a small but ancient plaza with hundred year old trees and a beautiful garden in El Batán. From the outside of the house it looks like a little piece of Europe has been transported to Ecuador and from the inside you will feel like you are eating in an excellent restaurant in Italy.
Miami, Florida
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A standout experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We had a late night dinner here on our first night in Quito and the restaurant is spectacular.

You'd never know it from the discreet access way from the street, but behind the walls is a stunning old villa and a wonderful restaurant. Excellent service, too many mouthwatering options to choose from, a highly opinionated owner who does not shy away from challenging your selections, an entirely sufficient wine list and quite possibly the best and smoothest Nutella gelato we will ever try. Anywhere.

No doubt we'd be back on any future trips to Quito!

Only things we'd change - we know it is World Cup season and Ecuador had won on the day but the big screen could have been switched off well before we dined at 9pm local time... and we will never share the Latin fondness for live pianists... oh well, when in Rome!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Quito, Ecuador
1 review
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“Not italian food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

I'll start by saying that the place is really amazing and beautiful. The house is stylish, calm and really is a worthy experience. However the italian food I have tried (twice) was far from being excellent. The lasagna was bland and the pomodoro sauce clearly is from a can. This was truly a disappointment considering the prices. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for its food.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A real dining experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

There is nothing to fault here - from the greeting, the welcome by the chef/patron to the service and the food
A RedSnapper in salt perfectly cooked and sesame crusted tuna were highlights
A special thanks to the patron for providing us transport back to our hotel when there were no taxis available
Any visit to Quito should include a visit here for a memorable experience of food and hospitality and it is a pleasure to be able to recommend this establishment

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Loraine W
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st louis mo
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181 reviews
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“Wish there were more than five stars!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Being of Italian descent, I rarely choose an Italian restaurant because I am frequently disappointed. Friends chose Carmine, however, so I went along - thank heavens!! This was a dining experience not to be missed! The delightful owner, Carmine, basically ordered personalized, custom dishes for us after asking about our likes and dislikes. The ambiance and service are superb and the food exceptional; don't miss the chance to experience this gem!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stltraveling
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“Jantar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Is a nice place, we sit outside in the garden. The service and food are good. The menu is in a white board with hand write and is presented to the customers on their table...I think they change the menu very offen. The owner came to our table and made suggestions.

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Thank Jinyi Z
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