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C$4 - C$11
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Cafe, International, Ecuadorean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed November 29, 2023

What a find, this family-owned cafe is bringing the best of the world to Tena. The owners are constantly researching and updating their cafe to cater for the traveller and locals alike. Empanadas are great and their food is yummy. but the start for me...was the cakes... OMG, they are amazing, their local chef has taken some traditional cakes from around the world and made them a unique eating experrience. It was hard to stop at just one... They have now ventured into making and canning their own Charapa Tea, also a treat. It is so great to see such an entrepreneurial endeavour taking shape, they will be a place to watch (and eat at) in this neck of the AmazonMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

OMG! this is the best review ever! Thank you Lea for taking the time to share your experience in Cafe Tortuga. It really fills up our soul when we see that all the love, hard work, and passion is being recognized and appreciated by our...More

Reviewed November 6, 2023 via mobile

Awesome cafe, they do a special for lunch with food and hot drink which was great value for money. The hot drink was a latte which was incredible

Date of visit: November 2023
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Henry! Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed our TORTULOVER LUNCH, a great option at a great value. Hope to have you back again! Safe travels!

Reviewed May 22, 2023

This cafe has a great vibe and located in a good location near the malecón. The staff were friendly, and the coffee and food was wonderful.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Hi ! thank you so much for finding the time to leave this amazing review! que really appreciate and hope to have you back again soon!

Reviewed January 2, 2023 via mobile

I was here for dinner. Nice, cheerful ambience & decor. Some outdoor seating. Both the salads & veggie burgers were good; around $7 each including a side of yucca or fries, and a flavored tea.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Café Tortuga, Dueño at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2023

Hi Florentine! thank you for taking your time in leaving this amazing review! We are grateful you were able to appreciate all the love that fills every detail in Cafe Tortuga. We hope to have you back again! Have a great trip!

Reviewed December 30, 2022

Service was really slow but they were busy when I was there. Had the mushroom crepe, not good per American standards. Didn't care for their coffee either. Noisy place.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 3, 2022 via mobile

We miss Tortuga already! The atmosphere and people you meet here were all part of the experience! There was a wonderful selection of food for breakfast, brunch and/or lunch (the times we visited) and the accompanying drinks, whether coffee or Guayusa, were a perfect combination...with the meals. You must try the Panecook! It was our repeated go to during our journey there.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Hi Myntric! Thank you so much for your awesome review! we really appreciate it! Our Panecook is one of our more special and savory dishes. Now you have the option to fill it up with creamy Sumaco mushrooms. Hope to have you back! Safe travels!

Reviewed November 5, 2022 via mobile

I go to Tena often, I live almost an hour and half away. Each time I go to Cafe Tortuga it's like going to see your best FRIENDS!...I go up to 3 times a month, the same time I go to Tena. All the Staff...are AMAZING, great Humans ❤️. They serve the best food, specially vegetarian and vegan!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Hi Francisco! Thank you for the glowing review! We're thrilled to be your go-to spot in Tena. It's heartening to hear that our staff has made each visit feel like a reunion with friends. We're proud to offer the best in vegetarian and vegan options....More

Reviewed October 1, 2022 via mobile

Increíble food with a losts of options in the menu, even better service. Magical spot in the jungle right by the river!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Thank you for your fantastic review! We're delighted you enjoyed our diverse menu and experienced exceptional service. Our jungle setting by the river aims to create a magical atmosphere. We appreciate your kind words and hope to welcome you back for more memorable moments! ✨

Reviewed July 18, 2022

Filled with plants and colorful walls, Cafe Tortuga serves a variety of healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch options. They round out their menu with fun drinks (coffee and otherwise) and wonderful deserts. My favorites include the cold cafe Hawaiiano and the tres leches torta....The service was friendly, quick, and accommodating. Can’t wait to visit again!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our plant-filled and colorful atmosphere. It's fantastic to hear that our healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch options, along with our fun drinks and desserts, left a positive impression. The cold cafe...More

Reviewed April 23, 2022

My daughter and I stopped here while waiting for our van back to Quito. Food (burger and a sauted mushroom panini) and drinks (guayusa tea and ginger lemonade) were tasty. I liked the sustainability touches (the only single use item we saw were paper napkins)...and the staff were pleasant and had no issue with us hanging out for an extended period. I'd happily come here againMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're thrilled that you and your daughter enjoyed the food and drinks, from the tasty burger and sautéed mushroom panini to the refreshing guayusa tea and ginger lemonade. We're especially glad to hear that you appreciated our commitment to...More

Reviewed February 15, 2022

This place is really delicious. There's a few vegan options--the mushroom panini, vegan burger, yuca fries (best in Tena), and a few others. Wanted to try the Desayunos but they weren't available. They had really good Guayusa tea and smoothies.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Hi! thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing review!. We were surprised you couldn't try our breakfast considering we have delicious breakfast options all day! we hope you can visit us again so that we could have a second opportunity to offer...More

Reviewed January 6, 2022 via mobile

The place is beautiful and very comfortable. The food is delicious and the owner is super friendly and charismatic.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Café Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2023

Thank for for your awesome review! we love that our cafe positive energy attracts friendly costumers like yourself! We hope to have you back again!

Reviewed December 14, 2021 via mobile

I've been coming to "La Tortuga for over 11 years it's the best place in Tena to have any type of meals (vegetaria. The service is great, very clean and the is awesome!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Cafe Tortuga, Propietario at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2021
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Hola Frodricamus ! Gracias por tu reseña ! Bienvenid@ siempre !

Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

Fantastic breakfasts and excellent service! Been here many times and I'm also happy with the experience. Meals are a value and the coffee menu is excellent

Date of visit: November 2021
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Cafe Tortuga, Propietario at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2021
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Muchas gracias por tu reseña. Apreciamos mucho la confianza. Trabajamos todonel tiempo para ser cada vez mejores.

Reviewed November 2, 2021

Let me break it down: no salt, no flavour, we waited an hour for our order and it was mediocre at best? We ordered a big order and sadly nothing stood out. The meat in the hamburger was terribly dry, the quinoa burger had no...seasoning, the banana and coffee shake had no coffee, we got a teaspoon of vinaigrette to barely cover a giant salad???. By the time we got our food (50 minutes later) all of our drinks were gone so we were choking on all the very dry and bland food. Once we literally were done eating, the waitress sheepishly approached us to offer the beer we had asked at the BEGINNING of the meal. I'm very confused as to why this place is so popular? But if you wanna save yourself money and a very disappointing experience...skip this place. This is a trap for foreigners, so let them have it I guess and go try something else in Tena.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Cafe Tortuga, Owner at Cafe Tortuga, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2021
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Nos sorprende un comentario tan injusto. Personalmente les pregunte que podiamos hacer para que esten satisfechos. Se exactamente cual fue...More

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Cafe Tortuga is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5