Booby Trap

Booby Trap

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Hours
Mon
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Tue
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Wed
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Thu
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Fri
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
American, Southwestern, Ecuadorean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
features
Does this restaurant offer highchairs for toddlers?
About
Open air restaurant with ocean view. Note: we're across the street from the Casa Rosada on the road to the tortoise breeding center near the Iguana Crossing.
CUISINES
American, Southwestern, Ecuadorean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service, Waterfront
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles550 reviews
Excellent
406
Very good
82
Average
33
Poor
11
Terrible
18
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

r l
321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
We enjoyed our meal and the ambience at Booby Trap. The hostess was very gracious and helpful and honored my friend's request for her vegetable/rice dish to be more vegetables than rice filler. The desserts were delicious. Service was not slow- we had reserved a table and had an early meal so we did not have any issues in that regard. Our reserved table afforded us a lovely view of the sunset. I would recommend reservations. By the time we were leaving it was starting to get very crowded.
Written January 15, 2020
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james h
Enjoyed the meal and ambience. Powerful. How clever of you to come early and beat the rush. As tourism grows on Isabela, there are times when every room in town is full and when every restaurant is swamped. But, there are still many slow days here so it’s almost impossible to employ enough people for the busiest times without having too many employees during the slower times. Again, how clever of you to beat the crowd! As always, we're so happy when someone enjoys the experience! Thank you for " telling the world!"
Written January 15, 2020
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vacati0n690
Knoxville164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
Our family of 4 ate here over Christmas break and we were all very pleased with our food and specialty drinks. The best part of the night though was visiting with the owner and hearing about his adventure to open this place. We hope to see you again!
Written January 20, 2020
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james h
My wife and I have worked very hard to make her dream of re-opening her "Booby Trap" come true. It’s been challenging, but also rewarding when people appreciate the good food, nice view, great drinks, and superior service. Thanks to nice people like you, we received the certificate of excellence every year for the first five years we've been open, earning us entrance into the "certificate of excellence hall of fame!" So, thank you for "telling the world" about the Booby Trap!!!!
Written January 21, 2020
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Global620378
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
We stopped by the Booby Trap on our way to the beach. We met the owner Marlena. She was really warm and nice and had just reopened after being closed for many months due to the pandemic. We told her what we wanted and scheduled our full dinner for the next evening. She cooked up a fabulous seared tuna, baked potato and an incredibly good salad. It was delicious and reasonably priced. We were the only ones at the restaurant as the island is very empty of tourists. We scheduled another dinner 2 days later and asked her to do exactly the same meal we just ate. I can't think of any way she could have made the experience better. We will be multiple repeat customers.
Written March 4, 2021
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james h
Thank you for writing this lovely review for my wife, Marlene. I talked to her by phone and she told me about you guys. She is so happy to have met you and to be able to help you with good food, a little advice, and a nice place to hang out with a view of the ocean.
Written March 6, 2021
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Michele MM
29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
I was really excited to try this place, based on the great comments. We went there last night for dinner. It was completely empty. I even double checked the location; maybe there are 2 different restaurants called Booby Trap? But no, we were at the right place… We sat and looked at the menu. It was not very appealing, but I told my husband; let’s give it a chance. Big mistake… what a rip off! We both ordered the seafood salad: a few leaves of iceberg lettuce, 3 shrimps, 4 pieces of fish, 3 slices of tomatoes, 5 mini slices of cucumber. Some grated carrots and cabbage. That’s it. Not even the size of an appetizer. And that was 15$ each! Plus one bottle of water and one small beer, it cost 40$. It was very, very disappointing, and we obviously won’t come back. I guess the management has changed recently because this place has nothing to do with the great reviews it got previously.
Written May 10, 2022
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james h
Hope you at least enjoyed the view, but so sorry that you didn't enjoy your whole experience.
Written June 30, 2022
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Chrisdelo63
Minneapolis303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Surprisingly, to food in Ecuador has been so so and kind of bland. So I thought, let me go to Trip Advisor... Duh! 50' from my Airbnb beach house was the Booby Trap. Great view. Beautiful tables. Fantastic Service. And the food was the best yet. My wife had the Barito which tasted fantastic I had the Seared Tuna... cooked to perfection. A little red which is perfect and crazy tastee. I recommend to everyone!
Written January 14, 2020
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james h
We are pleased that you enjoyed the Booby Trap experience! And once again, TripAdvisor is a great source to travelers everywhere! Burritos are all very popular. Seared tuna is one of the favorites! I love the way you put it...... "Great view. Beautiful tables. Fantastic Service. And the food was the best yet." Thank you for writing a review!
Written January 15, 2020
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Jana G
Abilene1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and sunset views when we dined at Booby Trap. James and Marlene are great hosts and helped make our girls' trip birthday a fun and memorable one! I loved the seafood pasta, Marlene's pineapple and coconut pie, and currently my mouth is watering just thinking of it all. If I had any regrets at all, it was not going back for more...too bad I couldn't bring a to-go box back to Texas! Also loved visiting with James about our excursions, because he was previously a dive guide. He was able to identify some fish we had seen while snorkeling, just by my descriptions. Check out Marlene's boutique there, too! Great time! Jana G.
Written February 20, 2020
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94jamesh
Thank you, Jana! We enjoyed you two every minute you were here! We had a chuckle together, no? And, let me just tell you that it is so nice to be appreciated! We work hard so you can have a great experience, and when we "feel the love," we all want to work even harder for you. I do however, have some bad news. We had another "birthday bash," and I had to reuse your sign, so you two are going to have to quit (or at least slow down) partying! Thanks again. It was a pleasure meeting you!
Written February 21, 2020
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Elise A
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 friends
I studied abroad on the island of Isabella, and this was one of my favorite restaurants. The view of the beach at the top floor of the restaurant is magnificent! You can see marine iguanas climbing the walls of nearby buildings, going in and out of the pink iguana bar nearby, (which can be quite funny) and you can actually feel the breeze in the high chairs! It is a family owned restaurant and I’ve always had a heart for local rather than chain restaurants. (You won’t find any chains in the Galapagos) The owner (James) was kind enough to show the students his collection of artifacts and even open the gift shop up for us with highly discounted prices compared to the other shops on the island. If you want discounted items I recommend you check out their shop. I bought from Marlene, his wife, a beautiful pillow and painting with their shops logo (blue footed boobies that Marlene painted herself) to commemorate my time there and remind me of this island home. Overall, food and breeze was great, people even greater. Highly recommend!
Written December 22, 2023
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james hinkle
It was great to have your whole group! You guys were some of the nicest I've ever met. I believe that you guys created some great memories that will last you forever. I’m sure happy that your professor brought you over! Thanks!
Written December 26, 2023
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Kitty H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
This is our second year on Isabela, and our second year at the Booby Trap. We always order our favorite dishes: pasta carbonara, and rare tuna. You order the day before your meal so that all the ingredients are super fresh. Marlene gathers vegetables that you will not find in any other restaurant on the island. She knows exactly how to cook them for the best flavor! The green salad could be considered a whole meal if you want a light dinner. With each meal, you have the choice of two side dishes, and all of them are delicious! We brought four friends with us from the states and from Quito, and all of them loved their dinner! We will definitely be back next year! And, yes, the waitresses might use a little more training. The mojitos at sunset on the second floor are the best that we have had anywhere. Thank you, Marlene!
Written February 17, 2022
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james h
For years we've told people that the nicest compliment you can give us to just come back. You are the perfect examples! We're so glad you came back and even happier that you enjoyed the Booby Trap experience again!
Written February 19, 2022
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Eric M
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
Warning! Not sure what happened to this place as prior reviews were glowing, but was among worst dining experiences of all time. Could write a short story on just how bad, but here are cliff notes: only one other party in restaurant yet took an hour to get a very bland burritos and barely edible pasta. Our table’s entres came out 5 minutes apart. Had to ask for silverware. Waitress ever stopped by table after taking order. Unless you’re seeking a remarkably bad experience stay away.
Written December 29, 2021
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james h
I’m so sorry to hear that your diner did not meet your expectations. I have already addressed your concern with my wife and the kitchen staff. Thank you for writing a review and helping us maintain the high standards we all want to see!
Written January 10, 2022
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kjeld g
182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
First of all I invite people to be realistic when writing reviews. Almost every restaurant and every hotel has a close to perfect score. That is just impossible. We only help eachother when we tell it like it is. That said, Villamil is a small town and there aren't many restaurants. None of them really stands out. At Booby Trap you will find a nice view on the 1st, overlooking the ocean. Food is not that great. It's nice that you can have a whole lobster for $25, but it is still all about the way you prepare it. Don't go for the Lomo. It comes in small and thin pieces which makes it impossible to stay tender and juicy. The brownie with ice cream was the best dish for us, that probably tells enough. Positive to mention: the mojito's were tasty and strong (dispite the regular ice cubes instead of crushed ice).
Written November 5, 2022
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james h
Glad that you found some positives. Most people enjoy the brownies. Hope your have great travels and enjoy Galápagos for what it is.
Written December 21, 2022
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lisaf126
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
We had an absolutely amazing Booby Trap experience! So much so that we went back the next night. We were celebrating birthdays and the owners, James and Marlene made it a very special occasion for us! We made a reservation the first night and we were welcomed with a sweet Happy Birthday sign at the entrance. It wasn’t crowded either night so reservations weren’t really required during the time that we were there, however we emailed James in advance just in case. The food was DELICIOUS both nights! We watched the gorgeous sunset from our table. Everything was perfect! We enjoyed getting to know James and Marlene. We now have forever Galapagos friends! Thank you so much for making our vacation so special!
Written February 18, 2020
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94jamesh
Well for whatever it’s worth, you guys are welcome anytime! When you're happy, we're happy! Thank you for "Telling the World" on TripAdvisor.!
Written February 21, 2020
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Mary Anne S
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
This restaurant was included in our tour's meal plan. Our lunch Cerviche was very good but the drinks were very weak I even wonder if there was any alcohol in them. We returned for dinner which was probably one of the worse meals I have ever experienced. Appetizer was white bread taost cut into pieces with a dipping sauce. The potato soup was tasteless, chicken was under cooked( raw), the shrimp entree had maybe 5 small shimp and it too was tasteless. Dessert was lime jello. We were a family of 10 and the only ones in the restaurant. This was maybe a good place at one time but don't go there now except for the view
Written July 20, 2022
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james h
So sorry that your experience wasn’t as good as you expected! The owner has returned to run her restaurant and things are back to normal. I know that doesn’t help you and we are deeply sorry that you were disappointed. Hope you enjoyed Galápagos and will return some day.
Written December 21, 2022
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JonandGwynne
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
We ate here five times!!! Couldn't get enough. The organic salad was filled with fresh shaved green, tomatoes and the dressing was a local balsamic. The french fries were a whole potato prepared. The fish, meats were equally delicious.
Written March 4, 2022
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james h
Glad you enjoyed the Booby Trap experience! We work so hard for that, and it's so rewarding to be appreciated! Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review!
Written June 30, 2022
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Sophie
Chattahoochee Hills2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 couples
We had an early arrival on NYE due to a long travel day. We were greeted with a warm welcome. We proceeded to order Lobster as it was the last day for fresh Lobster. It was delicious! The views are spectacular. Romantic. And our overall experience was next level. At the end of the meal, the owner, Marlene came to say hello & to check on how we liked our food, etc. We engaged in a lengthy, and inspiring conversation about how she was living her dream. So sweet. And amazing! Definitely check this place out on your next visit to Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador! 💛
Written January 6, 2022
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james h
The Booby Trap Experience! So glad you sat back and enjoyed the view and great food! Thank you for sharing your experience with others and we wish you continued safe travels!
Written January 10, 2022
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Pedro E
Helena16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 none
A friend and I went to the Booby Trap just after dark mid-week. There was only one other couple there when we arrived, but for the majority of hour stay we were the only patrons there. Staff was friendly. We sat and had a beer and a burger and listened to the band at the Pink Iguana across the road. It was a slow night. I found the hamburger to be not to my liking. It wasn't simply ground beef, but had some sort of off-putting spice in the burger and 'sauce'. I could only force a couple bites. The fries were good. Beer was good and cold. I don't ask for much, just a good burger.
Written February 21, 2023
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james h
I want to assume that you did not complain to the waitress or owner. Did anyone ask you if the food was ok? I’m sorry that the burger was not to your liking. I'm quite sure that my wife would have offered you something else or at least not charged you since you did not eat it. If you are still in town please go back and talk to my wife her name is Marlene and she speaks English. There is WiFi at the restaurant. Please send me an email and let me know if you are still on Isabela. Hinkle.james@yahoo.com
Written February 22, 2023
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