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Big Ralph's Hostal & Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Avenida 15-A y Calle 53 | Calle 53, Salinas 240207, Ecuador
+593 99 618 8111
Wed - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

We were advised by our Latin Frontiers guide to seek out Big Ralph's in Salinas. He was right! Not only was the food five star, but the owners were too! They helped us find a laundry, guided us on how to find most everything from a bakery to mud baths and made us feel welcome every time we showed up... More 

Thank Christine H
Sandpoint, Idaho
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

We enjoyed our stay. Good location as we were in walking distance of the beaches, restaurants, people watching and beautiful Pacific. Town kept fairly clean, the beach areas only have one public banos. Of course each eatery can accommodate with their facilities. Ralph and Family were very kind and helpful, highly recommend the place.

Thank Mary J
Muscat, Oman
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I had a great stay and the food was excellent. Ralph and his wife could not have been friendlier or more helpful, the location was well-located and secure with great wifi, and my room was very clean and comfortable (quiet with good air-conditioning). I had delicious fish & chips and dessert. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Tom R
Penticton, Canada
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

What a great find! Very good fish and chips British style! Excellent Gnocci the flavours were amazing only thing I would suggest is less chicken more Gnocci! Ralph and his family are very friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. Lovely garden in the back.

Thank Sandi H
South Chailey
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

For me this is the best place to eat in Salinas. I last came two years ago and thoroughly enjoyed every meal I had. Two years on , the menu has changed and it is Ralph's usual high standard in presentation and in taste. The restaurant has a lovely easy going atmosphere, the staff are attentive and courteous. This restaurant... More 

Thank Helen D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Quaint, family owned restaurant. Tucked away from the bustle of the Malecon. All menu items are great; especially the "fish or shrimp and chips". The owners were friendly and speak English. A must when visiting Salinas, Ecuador.

Thank johnaN4759AL
Hamilton, Canada
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Great dinner very attentive to us. I had the best fish and chips ever, the batter was amazing. Presentation was superb. Ralph and his wife talked to us for quite some time. Very friendly, and welcoming. I highly recommend it.

Thank FraL0g
1 review
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Great food with EXCELLENT presentation. A fantastic place to eat. The portions were more than adequate and the staff was very friendly!

Thank Cinnamon A
Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Frankly, there is nothing that you can say but great things about the Hostal and Restaurant! Ralph and his wife are the best of folk. The property is in the city but has an awesome mellow ambiance with plants and outdoor seating for the hostel guests. The food was served perfectly and with a flourish...we had the braised beef (cut... More 

Thank dglabmom
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Love Big Ralph's, the food is delicious and the attention is very good. Highly recommended . The place is small and the owner is the Chef so if its full it might be a bit long , it's good to get there early .

Thank Alexia C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Seafood, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida 15-A y Calle 53 | Calle 53, Salinas 240207, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Santa Elena Province  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +593 99 618 8111
RALPH JONES, British Chef, having worked in culinary institutions in the UK, opened his own business in Salinas - Ecuador. A casual restaurant offering modern and traditional British food, in addition to quality and high standards based on extensive experience.

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