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El Quetzal de Mindo

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, South American, Ecuadorean
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De Octubre 9, Mindo 170751, Ecuador
+593 2-217-0034
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Tres Rios, RJ
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

This is one of the my favorite places in Mindo: they have so far the better expresso I've ever drunk in Mindo, good food options (including vegetarian sandwiches) and a very good chocolate tour where you can learn how it's made from the cacao tree to the tasting! They also have a good Wi-Fi and wall sockets - it's a... More 

1 Thank Turicas
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

You can taste various products made with the cacao bean (or not if you'd rather a carrot cake). The cacao juice is really particular in the sense that you do not imagine it tastes like that, but very delicious. A good place for a little coffee break or to take a dessert.

Thank Floripin
Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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127 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

A little off the beaten path but still an easy walk from main square. Food was good and plentiful at a good price. We did not do the chocolate tour, but tasted some and it was good, better mixed with fruit.

Thank Alice K
Rhenen, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Very nice filter coffee, and delicious burgers. Have a seat outside and enjoy the rain forest. Not the cheapest option, but good quality.

Thank Monique B
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

They tour you through the whole process of making chocolate. We couldn't tell if they really make there or not. Menu looked good, but we only ate chocolate.

Thank Wendy B
BWElQuetzal, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this review

Hi Wendy, I just want to reassure you that we do the entire process of chocolate making from purchasing the beans directly from local cocoa farmers and we ferment, dry, roast, grind the beans into nibs, make chocolate batches, temper and mold bars and package right there at El Quetzal in Mindo. I appreciate that you took the time to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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461 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

We did the chocolate tour here and really enjoyed it. It was very interesting getting to see all the stages of the chocolate making process, from tree to the finished product. And the tasting at the end was awesome too - you get to try liquid 100% chocolate with various additions, and also a sample of one of their chocolate... More 

Thank Thelastdodo2
Charlotte, North Carolina
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

I have gone to Quetzal 3 times in the last 2 years. Without hesitation I could say that this is the BEST restaurant in Mindo. Try the quinoa risotto as a meal or side share for few to share, it's is yummy!!! The chocolate tour is also very nice. Quetzal is a small chocolate factory, so if you have never... More 

Thank mangoosten
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236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

We had lunch at El Quetzal after a recommendation by our taxi driver. We had a delicious vegetable soup, which had lots of big pieces of vegetables. We also had a tuna sandwich. Both were very tasty and freshly made. The gift of a piece of amazing brownie when we paid the bill was a nice touch! Recommended.

Thank Back_to_Sandringham
Cuenca, Ecuador
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101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

My husband and I had lunch here on a recent trip to Mindo -- I tried the tenderloin in coffee (delicious and cooked as wished - medium rare) while my husband tried the chicken mole. Quite delicious - 2 thumbs up! Prices are reasonable.

Thank Brenlang_11
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

I came to El Quetzal many times during my stay in Mindo. Great coffee, amazing brownies, and very friendly staff! Definitely worth a visit.

2 Thank Vicki W

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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
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, Full Bar
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?