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Cafe Tortuga

Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
+593 6-288-7304
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“pancakes” (7 reviews)
“hamburger” (6 reviews)
“juice” (12 reviews)
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Cafe, International, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hey, just order the American Breakfast, fried, coffee. You get bread, butter, jam, coffee, fruit smoothie, eggs, all done well for a few bucks. Friendly, helpful owner and staff, view of the river, next to important vendors and everybody knows where it is. You can...More

Thank jf002
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do not understand the hype. My sandwich was inedible and the hamburger a thin piece of meat from a roll of processed meat - not a real carne molida.The bread was microwaved and gummy. I got terribly sick afterwards, so suspect it was not...More

Thank AbuelitaSuzy
LisbethA106, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I’m sorry to read your comment and I´m very sorry that you did not enjoy the food. The meat that we use in the hamburgers is real carne molida. We prepare the hamburger meat with lot´s of care, because we know about the touchines of...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This Cafe is centrally located by the river and malecón. It's on the ground floor of a great hotel, all too convenient. You can grab all sorts of breakfast but I highly recommend the "Kayakero" which includes a full avocado per serving. Coffee was well...More

Thank HailTheAle
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Big menu yet nothing I could really get excited about. Definitely pricier than most places in town. The info there looked pretty out of date, and no bus times as the guide book said there was. Nice atmosphere I guess, well when they're not doing...More

Thank jmbruk78wsp
LisbethA106, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you very much for your comment. Your opinion helps us to improve. We are thankful for all opinions, when they reflect the reality. As we are a cafeteria (coffee shop), the menú is not the same as in a restaurant. We have a big...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

Cafe Tortuga is my go-to place for breakfast in Tena. Especially, if I am looking for something other than breakfast continental or americano. They have great pancakes, crepes, fruit dishes. Most importantly real coffee and not instant coffee that is often served for breakfast in...More

Thank Mykon J
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We went to this cafe twice in two days. Food was very nice, good menu with local and European food -you can eat salads here as all their water is filtered. Reasonably priced. Swiss owned, books for sale -secondhand and new, right by the river....More

Thank Belinda S
Reviewed 4 July 2017

I love this little cafe. Diego makes the best jugo de mora in all of Ecaudor. The place is clean, and super welcoming for gringas. My favorite part about Cafe Tortuga is the wonderful staff. I spent almost 2 months in Tena, and I loved...More

Thank Leah R
Reviewed 18 June 2017

I've been in and out of Tena for 12 weeks over the past two years and I always come back to Cafe Tortuga. Yesterday, I was there from breakfast to dinner working on my computer (on their amazing wifi). The staff has always been very...More

Thank Bailey R
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We had a good time here, drinking iced coffees and milkshakes during a hot afternoon. And some good beers with nachos on another day. Well recommended!

Thank Erik J
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I stayed next door at Hostal Brisa Del Rio and ate at Cafe Tortuga every morning. Im the type of person that likes to try new things, but when you stumble upon perfection why not stock to it! Delicious menu. Amazing service. Wifi availability.

Thank Rachael R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Napo Province  >  Tena
  • Phone Number: +593 6-288-7304
  • E-mail
Fight on the riverfront is Cafe Tortuga, a favorite foreigner hangout. This small cafe's charm comes from its attentive staff and simple, good food, including sweet and savory crepes, large sandwiches, soups, avocado stuffed with chicken or cheese, and beef chili. Many come for its yummy and filling breakfasts (served from 7 a.M.), While others come to cool off with an iced coffee, fresh fruit juice or homemade iced tea. There's free WiFi and a book exchange too. Monday-Saturday 7 a.M..-7 P.M., Sunday 7 a.M.-1 P.M.
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