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El Crater Restaurant

#52 of 1,202 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Mirador de Pululahua | Pichincha, Quito 170150, Ecuador
+593 2-239-8132
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Buffalo, NY
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290 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great lunch at El Crater after our visit to the Intinan Museum. Lunch was very good and the view of the some of the near by volcanos is great. Service was a little slow and the restaurant was not full, so plan ahead. Gluten free not a problem.

Thank niagarariverfatman
New Mexico
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181 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This restaurant overlooks a large crater. There are windows all around to enjoy the views. We went as a group and it seemed to be a bit challenging for the waitstaff to get our orders and get them served. Despite this, our meals were delicious. The owner must have a great sense of humor as the restroom doors have interesting... More 

Thank lunanegra5
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Attached to the hotel, the restaurant has fantastic views as well as great food. The service was extremely competent without being intrusive. Highly recommend a visit if you're in the Quito area.

Thank Jim B
Odessa, Texas
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My taxi guide from the JW Marriott, Diego recommended we eat at the EL Crater and it was AMAZING. We had empanadas, not as good as Argentina, but with the dipping sauce they brought, it was out of this world. Super tasting. We then had ceviche. Very good, not Peruvian style, but Ecuadoran style where it was more like a... More 

Thank Derekanddoc
Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

As a very large group we had the restaurant to ourselves when we came for lunch. A good selection of food although the pork was a little tough. The view should have been spectacular but all we saw was mist so I'm guessing the crater was there even though we didn't see it. The toilets have rather interesting decals identifying... More 

Thank Kazzie1409
Charlotte, North Carolina
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Today was worse than last time so I'm definitely never going back. It was 12 of us and bad experience for the majority. To start, we arrived at 2:30pm and got our food at 3:30ish... Some dishes never came out. Some came out when most of us were finished. Burnt chicken. Small portions. Cold food. Bad and slow service. Overpriced... More 

Thank mangoosten
Quito, Ecuador
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Service was kind and the food was fresh and well prepared. The menu could offer more options, but there are sufficient for different tastes. The landscape is awesome and the price is fair.

Thank Antonio Jorge R
Quincy, Illinois
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Overlooks volcano crater. Great local food. I had a lamb stew with empanadas apps Also the house made ice cream for desert. Very good. I noticed other deserts were very creating. Prices weren't too high & service was very attentive & quick.

Thank John S
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Our Quito friends recommended this place for lunch after going to the "equator" line and was not disappointed. The location alone was awesome! Being in the midst of clouds was almost eerie but spectacular. Would have loved to see the crater on a clear day but just the experience of having lunch at this setting was brilliant The seco de... More 

Thank kojandRa
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119 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The location of the restaurant could not be better, overlooking the dramatic volcanic crater. We loved our dishes as well: the lamb stew, the el crater beef and braised pork were also nicely done. When we were there for lunch it did get really busy. It's better to dine on the early side to enjoy the view with some peace... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 16
Ecuadorean, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mirador de Pululahua | Pichincha, Quito 170150, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito
  • Phone Number: +593 2-239-8132
Strategically constructed at the border of the crater of a volcano, El Crater’s architectonic design grants the scenic sight of a 360 degrees view.Our menu offers a delicious selection of Ecuadorian and international cuisine as well as wines, cocktails and appetizers. El Crater Restaurant is divided in four main areas that can accommodate groups of up to 120 people. Each of these spaces has a different ambiance and views that change at each time of the day, perfect for business and social events.Connected with Ecuadorian and worldwide travel agencies, we accommodate thousands of visitors that on a daily basis arrive to our beloved Ecuador.

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