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El Quetzal de Mindo

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$$ - $$$
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De Octubre 9, Mindo 170751, Ecuador
+593 2-217-0034
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great soup lunch, topped by a fantastic brownie that we shared. My husband raved about the chocolate shake and insisted that we make that a mid-afternoon treat two more times. Excellent hot chocolate and carrot cake as well, though a little more pricey than some places in town. Obviously worth it or we wouldn't have come back.... More 

Thank asenior
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here specifically for the chocolate tour which was a real eye opener in terms of the manufacturing and processing of chocolate. Getting to sample the chocolate from its raw form to the flavours possible by the addition of various spices and ingredients other than sugar was a real eye opener. As we were only here for the chocolate... More 

Thank David W
Cave Junction, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quickly became my favorite restaurant in this town. Loved the chocolate tour and after just started eating here. The coffee is great and avaliable earlier than most other places. Lunch and dinner both very good. Excellent trout, good sandwiches and of course the chocolate. The owner is very friendly and has a great staff. Will get to eat there again... More 

Thank Alberta H
Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here I have had cappuccinos, the tuna sandwich and the carrot cake, and they were all amazingly delicious. Prices are normal to slightly higher, but definitely worth it to go and treat yourself here at least once.

Thank Stephan G
Manta, Ecuador
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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is really nice and chill, the dessert are great... Learn all about chocolate and get to taste a lot of chocolate also... If in Mindo, stop by for a bite..

Thank travelingfemale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mindo is famous for its wonderful chocolate. If you want the most delicious freshly made brownie you'll ever have in your life, this is the place to be. The brownies are absolutely amazing. Pro Tip: get some ice cream to go with the brownie. You won't regret it.

1 Thank Emily U
Quito, Ecuador
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I should have listen to all the other reviews and stay with the brownies. I am not really sure why they offer anything else, if they are so good at making brownies. The food is too expensive for Mindo prices, and it is not tasty at all. It also took ages to arrive. Stay with the brownies, believe me.

Thank mariazapatas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I always make it a point to stop here when I visit Mindo. This year I took my husband to Mindo. We both enjoyed the Chocolate tour and then lunch at the cafe. As I right this I am drinking the late of my coffee from there...I guess I'll have to go back to get more ;)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

They didn't have everything on the menu so we endid up ordering chicken and pork with chocolate in the sauce. It was fine, not really the special taste you would expect. The dessert we ordered got mixed up and we got an the right one extra. However we had to pay for the more expensive one we didn't order. All... More 

Thank Yoicb
Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Specialises in all things chocolate including a really interesting on the hour chocolate tour. I didn't eat there in the end but the food looked good & the fruit juices were good with a choice or sugar or not The staff were very helpful

Thank Sid0nie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 12
Cafe, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: De Octubre 9, Mindo 170751, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Mindo
  • Phone Number: +593 2-217-0034
El Quetzal is one of the premier restaurants in Mindo, Ecuador. Located only a few blocks from the Parque Central de Mindo, yet located in a quiet area with a river view where you can see hummingbirds, toucans, parrots and quetzals. We serve fresh foods harvested from our own organic gardens. Our menu selection includes authentic Ecuadorian dishes and typical American food options. Freshly made vegetarian options are available daily. Special dishes with chocolate and coffee. Our world-famous brownie. Freshly roasted coffee on site and we make chocolate in all forms and artisan beer. Chocolate making tours daily.

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