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Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant

Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-292-0739
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“arroz” (8 reviews)
“pizza” (26 reviews)
“quinoa salad” (4 reviews)
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International, Pizza, Italian, Fusion, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly
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Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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1 - 10 of 65 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had quinoa salad which was quinoa plus tuna plus walnuts. Surprised it was so nice and filling so glad I didn't order something more predictable. Pleasant atmosphere and central location.

Thank kuepper
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Mobile review, so kindly excuse brevity and any typos. We enjoyed our late dinner at Arbol de Montalvo, during a stay at the surrounding Dona Esther. First and foremost, the entire staff (Lucy in particular) took great care of us throughout the meal. We were...More

Thank Atreides
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This place is hidden behind a hostel and is very expensive for Ecuador ($10 - $12 per entree) and not worth the high prices. The trout was over-cooked, and the spaghetti bolognese was literally a plate of cooked noodles with a tiny bit of sauce...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Loved the lasagna and fettuccine. Great food. I liked coming here because it is hard to find a good restaurant in certain parts of Ecuador.

2  Thank princessdeirdre
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Dined here twice during our stay in Otavalo First night we both had a chicken dish, the second night trout fillet and a pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. The pizza was excellent, the other dishes were good, although the baked potato which accompanied...More

Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We Love this Restaurant, and the Wonderful Welcoming Owners. We were very pleased with the New Menu Items, and our friends especially appreciated the Pork with Cranberry sauce. This is the best place for Pasta I have found in Northern Ecuador. This is one of...More

Thank WJD_CO
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic destination! We find this restaurant to be one of our favorites. Here you will find delicious soups, exceptional Italian style dishes like oven baked pasta with shrimp and spinach, and spaghetti with a wonderful pesto sauce. Good wine, specialty beers, and wood...More

Thank Carroll I
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant based on reviews from TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. We were the only family in the restaurant on a Sunday (late) evening and were well taken care of by Adrianna. Adrianna was wonderful in helping us order with our...More

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 16 November 2016

On the fancy end but if you want to treat yourself to something nice then this is a good place to go. Ask them to turn off the TV if it gets annoying.

Thank taddimo
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Don't get me wrong, this is not a 5 star restaurant in New York City. However, the owners, a dutch couple, have put together an international menu that is most unusual to find in a small town in Ecuador. It also includes an old wood...More

Thank wwileyb
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Paula R
4 May 2016|
Response from WendyOtavalo_Ecuador | Property representative |
Hi Paula, it means we accept Paypal payments, but we do have to ask 5% extra. If you have a smart phone or any other device, you can use that to pay through Paypal. We're working on accepting the "live" credit cards, so to... More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Otavalo
  • Phone Number: +593 6-292-0739
  • E-mail
A piece of history... When we, as new Dutch owners of Hostal Doña Esther, bought the place about 12 years ago, we didn't really have a restaurant in mind. We planned a small B&B, but the restaurant and kitchen were there, so we thought to give it a try. The only thing we knew then was that we liked good food - a lot! and the preparation of it. After finding a name - Arbol de Montalvo - we started to reorganize the restaurant, we made an almost completely new menu and started our adventure. Visiting the provincial shops and markets, we soon found the right places for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and other ingredients, like herbs and spices. Besides that, after a while, we found the best people to prepare the recipes we thought of - dishes with a mixture of known local flavors (like avocado, corn, quinoa, chocolate) and new international flavors (moreover the herbs and spices we use and the imaginative combinations we sometimes make). With all this input for a good restaurant we soon found the right balance between savory and healthy food and we hope that the choice you make from our menu will stick as a lasting experience and - if possible - will bring you back to our restaurant in the future. Your food will be: prepared by: Lilian, Susana, Jenny & Freddy (pizzas) served by: Adriana & Lucy invented by: Arthur & Wendy
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