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El Lenador

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Sucre 10-12 & Juan Montalvo, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We ate here with a family group. The steak, chicken, and soup were excellent. My favorite thing was the fresh pineapple juice. We ordered on pitcher and enjoyed it around the table. The popcorn and corn nuts were also delicious. This was one of our more expensive meals while in Ecuador (about $15 dollars per person), but the food was... More 

Thank tincognito
Cotacachi, Ecuador
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

One of the larger and nicer restaurants in Cotacachi. The food is good and they do a large tourist business so if a tourist bus is in, it can be very crowded.

Thank Liz B
Fair Oaks, California
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324 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

El Lenador is not just a restaurant frequented by tourists. On this Sunday at lunch, the tables were filled with local families. The menu is large but our party of five chose the menu of the day, soup and a lamb stew. Service was excellent. The traditional potato and cheese soup was delicious. The lamb was tender and served with... More 

Thank Maryann L
Quito, Ecuador
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163 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

We had lunch today at Leñador. Staff was really kind trying to serve. Since there were a lot of people they were overwhelmed and food took longer than expected. Vegetarian dishes have many carbs on them and we ended ordering sea bass and trout but was not tasty . Besides the sea bass was not well cooked. So I cannot... More 

Thank Sandy M
Brunswick, Maine
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

We stopped here for lunch on our way back from Otavalo. After explaining about my vegan dietary needs they had no problem supplying me with plenty of rice, beans and fresh cooked veggies. We were a party of six and there was no problem accommodating us. Many other larger families at tables. Service was punctual and food tasty. Clean atmosphere... More 

Thank 66Ken207
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

The food and service here are always amazing, even when there's not another soul in the place...which brings me to my one complaint: there's never another soul in the place (at least for dinner). The great food and competent service can't compete with the letdown of eating in a huge dining room...alone. Even with seven or eight friends at seven... More 

Thank Mark J
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

We stopped here for lunch after hiking around Cuicocha Lagoon and we thoroughly enjoyed our 4-course meal of the day. From the ceviche to the potato soup to the pollo hornado to the papaya al vino - everything was delicious and made you crave more. Excellent meal that gave us a great picture of Ecuadorean cuisine.

Thank E14K
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

My family therially enjoyed the meals we had at this restaurant. We each had different meals, shrimp, pork shops and chicken . Everyone thought the food was excellent, even though a little more expensive, it was worth it. They spoke English and were very accommodating on substitutions.

Thank Child R
Cotacachi, Ecuador
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150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Nice elegant restaurant with good service. Even though they have on their door that they take credit cards every time that I have been they say they do not. I had the garlic shrimp and requested rice instead of French fries. The shrimp has a kind of gravy that is good to pour over the rice which was good. My... More 

Thank Ann H
Orange Park, Florida
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348 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Very nice ambiance and very good food. More pricier than most in the same area but I liked the linen tablecloths and the cleanliness of the place. Food was very good but not great for vegetarians. Seems like locals come here too and not just tourists.

Thank ukienomad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sucre 10-12 & Juan Montalvo, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Cotacachi
  • Phone Number: 291-5509

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?