The Best Restaurants in the Galapagos Islands

Enjoy fresh seafood like this on the stunning Galapagos Islands of Ecuador
Enjoy fresh seafood like this on the stunning Galapagos Islands of Ecuador | Courtesy of Galapagos Habitat By Eco Luxury Group / Expedia

From lobsters and tuna to ceviche and fish tacos, the Galápagos Islands are known for amazing seafood, but the islands have much more than that in-store when it comes to eating out – with a wide range of restaurants serving vegetarian options and a selection of different meats. Here are the best restaurants in the Galápagos Islands.
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1. Galapagos Deli, Santa Cruz

Cafe, Deli, Dessert, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Galapagos Deli restaurant, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, Galapagos islands, Ecuador
© Thomas Rousell / Alamy Stock Photo

Sometimes, you just need pizza – no matter the destination. In the Galápagos, this is where you should go when that moment hits you, with a good range of toppings to choose from. Breakfast is served here from 7am, so be sure to set your alarm or rise to the sounds of birds chirping. And not only that, Galápagos Deli is famed for its ice cream – a great way to cool down on humid days.

2. Finch Bay Restaurant, Santa Cruz


Finch Bay Restaurant, Santa Cruz
Courtesy of Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel / Expedia

Finch Bay Restaurant – part of the award-winning Finch Bay Hotel in Puerto Ayora – is considered by many to be one of the best fine dining restaurants on the Galápagos Islands. Featuring excellent Ecuadorian and international menu options for seafood lovers and vegetarians, it’s an amazing place to spend an evening.

3. Booby Trap, Isabela

Diner, Pizzeria, Restaurant, American, South American, Seafood, Vegetarian

If you’re on Isabela Island and can’t decide if you want American or Ecuadorian cuisine, Booby Trap offers a choice of both – with pizzas, fish tacos and delicious desserts on the menu. This place also has a very cozy and laid-back atmosphere.

4. Los Kioskos, Santa Cruz

Restaurant, Seafood, Street Food

Array of fresh catch of the day options for street food dining at restaurant stalls in Los Kioskos section of Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapago
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Want to know where to get the cheapest lobster or the freshest fish? Los Kioskos – with its local and cheap street seafood – is the place to be. Whether you are looking for a place for dinner or even food after a night out in the late-night bars, Kioskos chefs will cook it right in front of you.

5. Isla Grill, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Bar, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub

Feel like a drink while getting a steak? Isla Grill is the place and offers everything from vegetarian dishes, seafood, ribs and burgers. Isla Grill is a popular restaurant on one of Puerto Ayora’s main streets, making it fairly easy to find when walking around hungry.

6. Cri's Burgers, Galapagos Islands

Diner, American

Like pizza, sometimes the burger craving kicks in and just won’t go away. In such moments on the Galápagos Islands, head straight for Cri’s Burgers in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. It offers great value for money – and all the hamburgers are served with fries and a range of toppings.

7. La Garrapata, Santa Cruz

Diner, Restaurant, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian, Vegan

La Garrapata – known for its friendly and long-serving staff – has a large menu of seafood, steaks, pasta and tasty desserts. It’s quite popular, so get here early – or book a table in advance if you can – as it tends to fill up quickly.

8. El Descanso Marinero, San Cristobal

Restaurant, South American, Seafood, Vegetarian

The adorable El Descanso Marinero restaurant on San Cristobal Island serves up beautifully presented seafood dishes and has a super laid-back atmosphere. They are good at going the extra mile, too – from bowls of popcorn and hot dipping sauce placed on the table as you are seated to free use of insect repellent if the mosquitoes are bothering you.

9. Coco Surf, Isabela

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian

Enjoy the ocean breeze sitting at one of the best restaurants on Isabela Island, Coco Surf in Puerto Villamil. Expect seafood dishes like ceviche and yellow-tail tuna, as well as alternative options like risotto and vegetarian burritos. The restaurant is also known for some of the best cocktails in town, so dive in.

10. Almar Seafood and Grill, Santa Cruz

Restaurant, Seafood

Almar Seafood & Grill
Courtesy of Galápagos Habitat Eco Luxury Hotel / Expedia

This oceanfront restaurant is a tourist favorite on the island of Santa Cruz, not least because of its extensive menu and attentive staff. Choose from octopus, codfish, tuna and shrimp – all caught fresh from around the island – or opt for chicken or vegetables instead. Almar forms part of the Galápagos Habitat Eco Luxury Hotel, which has its own colony of sea lions living at the property – and plenty of iguanas hanging around, too. You may even get visited a turtle or two if you get a table by the water.

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