Flooded with light due to its fabulous tall windows looking onto Plaza San Francisco and airy five-and-a-half-metre-high ceilings, the elegant restaurant provides the backdrop to a memorable dining experience. Though refined, the atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and there is no formal dress code.
Discover the tastes of Ecuador
Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant
Casa Gangotena’s signature cuisine elevates Ecuador’s traditional recipes and techniques to fine dining, blending ancestral and modern with a superb alchemy of ingredients, textures, aromas and flavors. Inspired by a trilogy of cooking seasonings, infusions and spices, many picked from our gardens, we take the knowledge of our cuisine’s heritage and know-how, acquired over generations, and present it exquisitely.
Recipes for iconic dishes like empanadas and locro de papa, sourced from experts across the country, took months to perfect and refine to their present form.
The restaurant offers four periods of dining: breakfast, brunch, lunch, Café Quiteño high tea and dinner.
Meet the chef
Cuisine by Design
Casa Gangotena’s menu was masterminded by gastronomic director Byron Rivera, whose 18 years of experience have seen him cook in diverse and challenging settings from the Galápagos Islands to the rainforest. Byron’s vision for Gangotena’s cuisine is “cocina mestiza” – a mixture of indigenous Ecuadorian items infused with Spanish influence – to reflect Ecuadorian culture and society.
“I don’t want to call it a fusion, it’s more like a synergy of European and traditional dishes. But it’s not traditional, it’s an homage to Colonial cuisine, but changing the techniques and ingredients,” he says.
The innovative chef is constantly looking for techniques to continue the evolution of Casa Gangotena’s cuisine – watch this space for the next chapter!
A special place for each occasion
Casa Gangotena is not only a hotel, but a place to experience Quito in your own way, with spaces to read, dream, and contemplate the astonishing surroundings.
A calming refuge
A calming refuge from the buzz of the city, the garden is a place to sit back, drink a tea or an ice-cold beer, and contemplate life. The trickle of water from the stone fountain makes for a soothing soundtrack to ruminate to.
The Crimson Room
Perfect for intimate dinners or small celebrations, the Crimson Room is a private space that can also be used for group briefings (pre Galapagos or Amazon, for example) or board meetings. The former dancing room of the Gangotena family is also suitable for small wedding receptions and can seat up to 25 people.
The third-floor, panoramic terrace’s romantic views sweep the city and provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy a tea or coffee, cocktail, or vintage wine. Challenge yourself to spot all of Quito’s iconic churches, including Santa Clara, La Merced, San Agustin, Santo Domingo, La Compañía and the neo-Gothic Basilica. If you’re fortunate, the snow-capped peak of the Cayambe volcano will shine in the distance to the northeast.
Drinks to indulge
A den for sophisticated travelers, the cozy bar is fitted with the softest leather stools and booths among tartan walls hung with original paintings from Casa Gangotena’s illustrious history. Secluded nooks and light-filled window seats, as well as the noble wooden bar itself are the ideal spots to indulge in an Old Fashioned or one of the sophisticated specialty cocktails recently created by the charming bar staff. And as an added treat, brush up on your first-hand knowledge of one of the world’s favourite spirits with our world-class gin tasting. A pleasant way to end the day indeed!
High Tea in the Patio
Casa Gangotena breathes new life into this classic quiteño equivalent to the British “High Tea”. The embodiment of relaxed refinement, we offer a selection of Ecuador’s premium coffees, infusions made with herbs picked fresh from the garden, as well as dainty pastries and sandwiches, served in the orchid-filled patio.
Our Wine Selection
Casa Gangotena features more than 100 labels of fine wines carefully selected by our connoisseur sommeliers, including vintages from across South America and even exclusive Ecuadorian labels, as well as classic digestifs. As a passionate wine expert, our Executive Chef will be happy to recommend the perfect pairing for your meal.
What would Sunday be without a deliciously late breakfast spilling over into lunch? Casa Gangotena is delighted to present our new Sunday Brunch, a buffet stuffed with North American, European and Ecuadorian classics, from bacon and pancakes to corviche and tigrillo with tropical juices and a mimosa thrown in for good measure. Reserve in advance to guarantee your place.