Unless you're planning dinner for a dozen, or you want a table in the most elite of restaurants, and you speak fluent Spanish, you wouldn’t consider phoning for a reservation. Besides, many of the best and most interesting places won’t have a number to offer you. In Ecuador, you take our recommendations, or follow your nose and choose a spot that looks popular. If you have to wait, grab a beer or an aperitif and enjoy the atmosphere. You should be aware that most restaurant prices don't include a 10% service and 12% tax [IVA or VAT] charge, and will add these on to the end of your bill.
Price brackets used in this guide are based on one person dining, including service and tax, but excluding drinks, and are as follows:
Expensive $15 and above
Moderate $5 to US$15
Inexpensive $1 to $5