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Dona Elsie's - CLOSED

Malecon/Playa, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
1 Jun 2016
“Best restaurant in Ecuador”
18 Feb 2015
“Tasty food from up North!”
Restaurant Hours Closed
South American, Central American
Malecon/Playa, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

From the minute you walk in you can help to salivate in anticipation. The smell of Manabita food is just to die for. Doña Elsie and her family will greet you like you are just that, family. I ordered a sango de camarones and encocado....More

2  Thank Sessy N J
Reviewed 19 February 2015

I asked a Gringa who has lived in Puerto Lopez for a number of years which restaurant should I try since hers was closed. She suggested Dona Elsie's. I tried.it. Liked it a lot! Very friendly couple. Definitely will return.

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

We ate Almost Every Day in doña elsies. The fresh Food is delicous And the owner is very friendly and its clean and Nice there.

Thank Mimigification
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Just off the main malecon you will find Dona Elsie’s – one of the most delicious and reasonably priced restaurants in Puerto Lopez. Find the main plaza, walk east to the first left. Dona Elsie’s will be on the left-hand side as you walk north....More

1  Thank jet126
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We visited Doña Elsie's based on other Trip Advisor reviews. What a treat! Doña Elsie's offers traditional regional Ecuadorian food from Esmeraldas, it is a nice option compared to most typical restaurants on the Malecon who present the same standard sometimes overpriced plates. We went...More

1  Thank aissermoyer
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Although the restaurant was completely empty, I walked in anyway. Ordered chicken, witch was amazing. More people should go here!

Thank marleen4
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Welcome to Puerto Lopez. My annual retreat for the past 5 winters. I have become very good friends with most of the Hotel, Hostel and Restaurant owners and staff through the years. This does NOT mean I would write something that isn't true because of...More

1  Thank bpak01
Reviewed 1 May 2014

The location is now near the Bomberos, just around the corner from General Cordova I believe. We had dinner one evening which was excellent, two friends had pescado encocao (coconut fish) and camaron encocao (coconut prawns), another the fish ceviche (cold fish soup with sliced...More

Thank Anniegoal
Reviewed 26 February 2014

After some confusing instructions from Trip Advisor we found it! It is now in front of Los Bomberos behind the Malecon as of 18 days ago!!! The food is typical from Esmeraldas and is fantastic!! My husband and Mother had encocado which is a coconut...More

Thank Peipeifranco
Reviewed 17 February 2014

I ordered the fried chicken thigh and it was so tasty. It comes with rices and beans a small salad ( like a cucumber salad) and 2 pieces of fried plantains. The beans were so good I could just get that next time and be...More

Thank CandiceTN
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Restaurant Details

South American, Central American
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  • Address: Malecon/Playa, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Manabi Province  >  Puerto Lopez
This place is awesome, the owners are from Colombia and they serve Ecuadorian food in the style similar to Colombia or Esmereldas province in Ecuador. Their almuerzo is fabulous, at only $3 - atun (tuna) cooked in coco (coconut) for the secundo, the soup was fantastic for the primo course (dorado with yuca in a coconut cream broth) and the fresh juices are wonderful. We have eaten there twice. The family is sweet, and the pricing is very reasonable, the food fresh. Oh, the aji sauce is homemade and wonderfully spicy! They are on the main street, a few doors down from Carmita's.
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