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Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant

Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
+593 6-292-0739
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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“pizza” (26 reviews)
“shrimp” (6 reviews)
“salad” (6 reviews)
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International, Pizza, Italian, Fusion, South American, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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11 - 20 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 10 May 2016

We ate here twice when in Otavalo and thoroughly enjoyed the food both times, all different dishes. Service was good and staff friendly and attentive. Far more than a pizza place with all sorts of regional dishes.

Thank Sumac319
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Really enjoyed every dish that we ordered at this restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was quite warm.

Thank Blackmote
Reviewed 2 March 2016

We ate dinner here twice. The atmosphere is cozy with a big rounded oven where they cook the pizzas. The walls are partially lined with a matted material which helps cut down on the noise of most restaurants. The pizza was good! I had a...More

Thank kibbe
Reviewed 25 February 2016

I will be going back to try all the pizzas. Super thin oven baked pizza which at first sight you suspect you´ll still be hungry after, but no, the size is perfect. The balance of ingrediants excellent and I loved the ambiance and service. Just...More

Thank Michelle A
Reviewed 21 February 2016

This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere. We were looking forward to trying the pizza after everyone raved about it. What a disappointment! We ordered the Cuatro Statione pizza. The crust was tough and did not taste fresh. The toppings were so sparse. On one quarter...More

Thank Andeangirl
WendyOtavalo_Ecuador, Owner at Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2016

I'm sorry your pizza was a dissapointment, we are known for the good quality toppings and it is surely not good that yours was poor. I hope you made your remarks known to the staff, because they should have given you a new pizza for...More

Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

We had a very pleasant experience dining at the Arbol de Montalvo! The wood oven pizza was very tasty. They use artisanal plates from Cuenca and have a good eye for detail. Highly recommended if you are in Otavalo!

Thank Shakouki
Reviewed 9 November 2015

The pizza is really good. The courtyard is very nice for lunch. It has a good feeling to it. We were there in off season, so it seemed like no none was staying there, and the restaurant was very quiet. We ate both lunch and...More

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

We had a salad and a couple of pizzas and they were excellent. It's Italian style pizza, with very thin crust and not packed with toppings. Not very filling but very tasty. The ingredients were top notch and the dressing on the salad too. The...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2015

I've been going to this restaurant for 15 years and have never had a bad meal here. I always opt for the pizza (wood-fired and delicious) and sometimes the hubs and I split a salad (the avocado salad is fab) but I've sampled just about...More

Thank Ruffwriter
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Restaurante Arbol de Montalvo is a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere and Mediterranean touch owned by a Dutch couple located in downtown Otavalo inside their hotel Doña Esther. Even though their location is right in the middle of town, once inside you won't notice...More

Thank SirStancelot
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Paula R
3 May 2016|
Response from WendyOtavalo_Ecuador | Property representative |
Hi Paula, it means we accept Paypal payments, but we do have to ask 5% extra. If you have a smart phone or any other device, you can use that to pay through Paypal. We're working on accepting the "live" credit cards, so to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 11:00
18:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Juan Montalvo 4-44 | hostal Dona Esther B&B, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Otavalo
  • Phone Number: +593 6-292-0739
  • E-mail
A piece of history... When we, as new Dutch owners of Hostal Doña Esther, bought the place about 12 years ago, we didn't really have a restaurant in mind. We planned a small B&B, but the restaurant and kitchen were there, so we thought to give it a try. The only thing we knew then was that we liked good food - a lot! and the preparation of it. After finding a name - Arbol de Montalvo - we started to reorganize the restaurant, we made an almost completely new menu and started our adventure. Visiting the provincial shops and markets, we soon found the right places for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and other ingredients, like herbs and spices. Besides that, after a while, we found the best people to prepare the recipes we thought of - dishes with a mixture of known local flavors (like avocado, corn, quinoa, chocolate) and new international flavors (moreover the herbs and spices we use and the imaginative combinations we sometimes make). With all this input for a good restaurant we soon found the right balance between savory and healthy food and we hope that the choice you make from our menu will stick as a lasting experience and - if possible - will bring you back to our restaurant in the future. Your food will be: prepared by: Lilian, Susana, Jenny & Freddy (pizzas) served by: Adriana & Lucy invented by: Arthur & Wendy
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