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Cafe Tortuga

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Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
+593 6-288-7304
07:00 - 13:00
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Sun 07:00 - 13:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:30
Sat 07:00 - 20:30
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is usually my go to breakfast place in Tena, I can't how many times I've been here, but it's enough that I'll keep coming back. Great food, Great Service.

Thank CristolKat
Vernon, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great coffee shop/meeting point for travellers...lovely people work here too! The owner was very helpful to us with local information. A good menu for western palates who need some familiar tastes and a small book exchange make it a perfect place to meet people.

Thank daveandkathysmith
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I went there at lunchtime, ordered a crepe and a fresh juice. I waited some 45 mins even though I was the only customer. In the meantime I saw the staff cooking burgers for themselves and then eating them before attending to me... After the 45 mins I got a crepe which was raw inside. I asked them to heat... More 

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LisbethA106, Propietario at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this review

Dear Client Thanks for your review. All the reviews are very important for us. I do remember the day you were in our cafetería and i do remember the situation. It’s true: you had to wait a bit long. But the reason is not, because the staff was having their lunch. The staff, who was eating their burgers already finished... More 

Taunton, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Cafe Tortuga is definitely the place to get some work done or plan your next adventure. Relaxed setting by the river with friendly staff, delicious food & drinks, and inviting atmosphere. Worth your patronage!

Thank Mikey S
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Tena is very ugly and i wouldn't spent my vacation here but for a lunch or coffeestop cafe Tortuga is very good. They make good hamburgers, tostades, chilli con corne and sandwhich tuna (and more). There a some building activities near the waterside maybe for a nice boulevard in front of the cafe.

Thank RobNetherlands
Tena, Ecuador
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I used to come to Cafe Tortuga weekly while in Ecuador. It's a great place to hang out, talk with the friendly staff, eat tasty food, and use the WiFi. The food can be a little bit on the pricey side, relative to the prices at other restaurants in Ecuador, and sometimes the WiFi is a bit slow, but otherwise... More 

Thank Hannah C
Eastern Norway, Norway
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Good selection of coffee and a nice place to plan your trip ahead. Good selection of books to swap. I'm not so impressed with the food.

Thank IdaLH
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Café Tortuga has great quality food, wonderful people working there, and is a great place in general to spend some time on the internet in between jungle time. My favorite is always the amazingly refreshing Charapaté (or "turtle tea", charapa being the Kichwa [and, I'm told, the Achuar/Shuar/Shiwiar] word for turtle). I can't quite figure out the recipe, though guayusa... More 

Thank Lauren D
Perth, Australia
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59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Given the great write up in the travel books we thought this place would be better. Very much a part of the "gringo trail". The juice was relatively expensive for the size and one of the worst in Ecuador. The book exchange looked ok though. Would suggest you go next door to an authentic local cafe where they have excellent... More 

Thank NigelJulie1932
South America
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

I have been visiting Cafe Tortuga regularly past 8 years, sometimes taking my client (foreigners) with me, and never got disappointed. Clean kitchen, pro cooks, very polite staff, all smiles. Good working WiFi. Most of the clients are foreigners. Perfect place to eat something safe.

Thank janrostlinka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, International, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue Francisco de Orellana, Tena, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Napo Province  >  Tena
  • Phone Number: +593 6-288-7304
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?