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Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant

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Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-292-0739
07:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 07:00 - 11:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 07:00 - 22:00
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Canoa, Ecuador
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2016

Really enjoyed every dish that we ordered at this restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was quite warm.

Thank Blackmote
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186 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

We ate dinner here twice. The atmosphere is cozy with a big rounded oven where they cook the pizzas. The walls are partially lined with a matted material which helps cut down on the noise of most restaurants. The pizza was good! I had a soup one evening which was very good.

Thank kibbe
Cayambe, Pichincha, Ecuador
1 review
Reviewed 25 February 2016

I will be going back to try all the pizzas. Super thin oven baked pizza which at first sight you suspect you´ll still be hungry after, but no, the size is perfect. The balance of ingrediants excellent and I loved the ambiance and service. Just my cup of tea.

Thank Michelle A
Quito, Ecuador
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere. We were looking forward to trying the pizza after everyone raved about it. What a disappointment! We ordered the Cuatro Statione pizza. The crust was tough and did not taste fresh. The toppings were so sparse. On one quarter of the pizza there were two tiny pieces of pineapple, no ham. On another quarter... More 

Thank Andeangirl
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm sorry your pizza was a dissapointment, we are known for the good quality toppings and it is surely not good that yours was poor. I hope you made your remarks known to the staff, because they should have given you a new pizza for free. I will make sure this mistake will not happen again. Let us know if... More 

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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

We had a very pleasant experience dining at the Arbol de Montalvo! The wood oven pizza was very tasty. They use artisanal plates from Cuenca and have a good eye for detail. Highly recommended if you are in Otavalo!

Thank Shakouki
Evergreen, Colorado
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

The pizza is really good. The courtyard is very nice for lunch. It has a good feeling to it. We were there in off season, so it seemed like no none was staying there, and the restaurant was very quiet. We ate both lunch and dinner there. In fact it was so quiet that when we tried to go for... More 

Thank Elaine M
Madrid, Spain
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

We had a salad and a couple of pizzas and they were excellent. It's Italian style pizza, with very thin crust and not packed with toppings. Not very filling but very tasty. The ingredients were top notch and the dressing on the salad too. The crepe we had for dessert was also great, the only minor point would be that... More 

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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

I've been going to this restaurant for 15 years and have never had a bad meal here. I always opt for the pizza (wood-fired and delicious) and sometimes the hubs and I split a salad (the avocado salad is fab) but I've sampled just about all the dishes on the menu as ordered by friends. Every one is great! And... More 

Thank Ruffwriter
Quito, Ecuador
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Restaurante Arbol de Montalvo is a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere and Mediterranean touch owned by a Dutch couple located in downtown Otavalo inside their hotel Doña Esther. Even though their location is right in the middle of town, once inside you won't notice the rush and noise from town. Almost as if the town outside has disappeared. Their... More 

Thank SirStancelot
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131 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2015

This place is right off the main plaza in Otavalo. I had their house specialty grilled trout and loved it - my companion had a Quattro Stagione Pizza and it was Wonderful!! Thin crispy crust and just the right balance of sauce, cheese and toppings. The restaurant itself is small and dark and cozy - candles and the wood Pizza... More 

Thank Jean L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 12
International, Italian, Pizza, Fusion, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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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