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“Best Meal in Otavalo”

Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 69 Restaurants in Otavalo
Price range: US$8 - US$12
Cuisines: Latin, Mediterranean, Ecuadorean, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner
Description: A piece of history... When we, as new Dutch owners of Hostal Doña Esther, bought the place about 12 years ago, we didn't really have a restaurant in mind. We planned a small B&B, but the restaurant and kitchen were there, so we thought to give it a try. The only thing we knew then was that we liked good food - a lot! and the preparation of it. After finding a name - Arbol de Montalvo - we started to reorganize the restaurant, we made an almost completely new menu and started our adventure. Visiting the provincial shops and markets, we soon found the right places for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and other ingredients, like herbs and spices. Besides that, after a while, we found the best people to prepare the recipes we thought of - dishes with a mixture of known local flavors (like avocado, corn, quinoa, chocolate) and new international flavors (moreover the herbs and spices we use and the imaginative combinations we sometimes make). With all this input for a good restaurant we soon found the right balance between savory and healthy food and we hope that the choice you make from our menu will stick as a lasting experience and - if possible - will bring you back to our restaurant in the future. Your food will be: prepared by: Lilian, Susana, Jenny & Freddy (pizzas) served by: Adriana & Lucy invented by: Arthur & Wendy
Pasadena, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best Meal in Otavalo”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We stumbled upon the restaurant by accident, it is within the Hotel Dona Esther, and we were glad we did.... there is a brick pizza oven ( they looked good although we didn't have one) and the dining is quiet, relaxed and with a subdued elegance that made the experience the best meal we had in Otavalo. The food was both Ecuadorean ( the soup was delicious), continental, and American.... loved all of it and would return in a heartbeat

Visited February 2014
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Edmonton, Alberta
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best food we had in Ecuador for the past 26 days”
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

Quaint restaurant with a wood burning oven. We heard from an american who lives in ecuador two months out of the year this restaurant has the best pizza. We had a salad and 2 pasta entrees with wine and juice for 27 US. They also served popcorn as a free appetizer. Food is prepared fresh ( they claim organic) and it is delicious. Priced right. Great quality at a more than fair price. Wanted to go there again for dinner again the following day.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank aneliake
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WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Propietario at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Just a small note with this wonderful review, interesting for our future guests: we indeed do serve our food with organic vegetables, we buy our vegetables in a store in the provincial capital where a French resident started the organic idea some 30 years ago. We do like healthy and good, tasty food ourselves, so we don't serve our guests otherwise. For the rest of the ingredients, we always find good quality meat, fish and shrimp and don't buy it on the local market.
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Rogersville, MO, USA
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Restaurant In Otavalo”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Restaurante Arbol de Montalvo in Otavalo is located inside the Hostal Dona Esther just off the "Park" and within walking distance of the market. I have been coming to this place for over 15 years and the hostal and the restaurant are both fabulous. The restaurant is so cozy with the clay pizza oven and quaint atmosphere. (Let me tell you, I have seen inside their kitchen and it is immaculately clean). Feel safe to eat anything here. They buy their vegetables and meat from a grocery store near Ibara (not from the local market). The pizza is the best anywhere. Some of my other favorites are their spaghetti dishes, soups, salads, and great steaks. This restaurant is so good, I can't even make myself go try another one.

Visited February 2014
Thank gailgarrett
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sault ste. marie, ontario
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dona Ester again.”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

Had another wonderful experience at Dona Ester. Excellent food, great service. Coming to Dona Ester for five years now and still enjoying it!. Thanks again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank pedersens
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Cool Cozy Hostal”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Very close to the Main Square and Markets and has a lovely Wood oven pizza restaurant.
Staff speak english, so that makes your visit here a little easy.

Visited November 2013
Thank denisf255
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