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El Arabe

#94 of 1,103 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Reina Victoria 627 & Carrion, Quito, Ecuador
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is good, but kind of pricy for the quality. I did not like the decoration (non-existent) and the atmosphere is like a fast-food grill. kind of. Although the service was good, but I don't think I would go here again.

Thank Josefina S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am from the middle East and familiar with the cousin. Very expensive and very low quality. Many better restaurants nearby.

Thank hamid878
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Went with my girlfriend and ordered a mixed platter, a shawarma, tea for two and tree tomato juice - the food was rather ok-ish, really nothing special but no exatly terrible either. Same thing with service - has much potential for improval, to say it politely. Prices are rather high for what you get really, but the area is kind... More 

Thank oesteflan
Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We returned last week from a 10-day jaunt through central Ecuador and the Amazon rain forest. Outside of the bacon-like taste of some grubs we tried, we dined on mostly "tipico" Ecuadorian cuisine. Back in Quito, and starved for flavor, we chose El Arabe, near the Foch district. Definitely not disappointed. My wife and I ate like royalty, including drinks,... More 

1 Thank Mike J
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The food is simply amazing , best oriental food I've tried so far !!!! Everything is freshly made , the mayonnaise they have is hand made and even the hot sauce is one of the best ever , they have a vegetarian menu it's absolutely delicious! What I recommend is to try the Plato mixto and the taboule ensalada 👌👌

1 Thank Christina E
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

I was duped by the 4stars and half, I thought this was a genuine Lebanese restaurant The shawarma was dry and cold , batata hara and the humus were tasteless Never ever

Thank Ahmed Y
Quito, Ecuador
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I could describe every dish on the menu, but it wouldn't be fair to them because the flavor is beyond words, the lamb specialties are amazing every one has its distinctive characteristics, going from fresh flavors, to Mediterranean typical gastronomy , kind of makes you fell somewhere else rather than Ecuador. The Tabule is the best salad there, the portion... More 

1 Thank GonzoTri
Quito, Ecuador
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Good prices and good quality of food. I like very much the desserts and the lamb specialities. Good ubication and attention.

Thank frankiedavila
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Delicious food here in massive portions. There is a huge variety of middle eastern food for vegetarian and meat eaters. Everything was fresh and tasty. Highly recommended for sharing a few plates (salads, dips, main courses).

Thank ddraper3
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96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Good Middle Eastern food. It was a tad pricy, but the entire area has higher prices since it's touristy. The hummus and the falafel were really good. I tried the sample plate which was decent. I tried my friend's shwarma wrap and it was delicious. I would recommend ordering that.

Thank Lindsey S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Reina Victoria 627 & Carrion, Quito, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito
  • Phone Number: 5932549414

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?