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Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador: Gastronomy & Typical Cuisine

Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Throughout your trip to the city of Guayaquil, you'll find a variety of attractive dining options. Here, you can enjoy traditional recipes and regional specialties, as well as restaurants serving classic international cuisine. There are also many specialized restaurants where you can try food from all sorts of diverse countries, cultures and styles.

Traditional Cuisine

Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador

One of the most traditional dishes in Guayaquil is rice with carne asada, accompanied by a delicious side called "menestra", made with a bean known as "canario" along with lentils and garbanzos. The meat used for this dish can vary from red meat to fish, chicken or sausage. Another popular recipe is "encebollado", a fish broth served with onion, tomato and spices.

Restaurants in Guayaquil, EcuadorSeafood dishes are also popular in Guayaquil, like ceviche made with fish, oysters or shrimp, as well as "ajillo criollo", a famous crab dish traditionally served on weekends.

Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador

For breakfast, make sure to try "bolones verdes" made with fried bananas, served with pork or cheese. Corn-based recipes also make for popular breakfast meals in Guayaquil, like "humitas" and "hayacas". Other traditional morning meals and appetizers include "bollos de pescado" (fish rolls) and empanadas made with green banana.

Desserts and Popular Drinks

Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador

One of the most popular desserts here is a traditional fruit salad, which can include a countless variety of tropical and seasonal fruits like banana, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, orange and more. The region also has a famous drink known as "quaker", a mix of oats with passion fruit and pineapple peel.

International Cuisine

Restaurants in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Popular dishes from all over the globe can be found in the city of Guayaquil, especially Italian meals like pizzas and pastas. You'll also find classic Chinese food and traditional recipes from the Rio de Plata area, like carne asada. If you're looking for Mexican food, a variety of restaurants are available throughout the city. Visitors can also find many international fast food chains serving burgers, french fries, fried chicken and more.

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