Inspired by Ecuador’s stunningly-rich and diverse ingredients, Casa Gangotena has developed its own creative take on signature cuisine. We aim to continuously explore and experiment with the flavors, scents, textures and ancestral cooking techniques that make up Ecuador’s gastronomy and culture.
Our restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, brunch (only on Sundays), Café Quiteño (“high tea”), and dinner.
Chef Emilio Dalmau’s passion for life is reflected in the creativity he brings to the kitchen and in the excellent rapport he enjoys with his team. His search for the roots of our traditions and cuisine have taken him on a journey of discovery; forever evolving into incredible creations that never fail to surprise and delight the senses.
“Personally, I always make it a point to be happy about what I do. Through my cooking I communicate this happiness. And when it comes to gastronomy in this country, I want to set the culinary bar and inspire people to come visit us for our food.”
Our innovative culinary team is constantly on the lookout for techniques that will help foster the evolution of Casa Gangotena’s cuisine! Keep an eye on this space for the next chapter!
The Crimson Room once served as the ballroom of the Gangotena family. It has now been renovated to serve as the perfect space for intimate dinners or small celebrations. It also makes for a superb space for meetings, wedding receptions or educational lectures, with room for up to 25 people.
A calming sanctuary from the buzz of the city, our walled garden is a place to sit back, drink a tea or an ice-cold beer, and contemplate life. Surrounded by native trees, plants and flowers, the burbling stone fountain provides the perfect, soothing soundtrack.
The third-floor, panoramic terrace’s romantic views encompass the city and provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy a tea or coffee, cocktail, or vintage wine. Challenge yourself to spot all of Quito Old Town’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.
A den for sophisticated travelers, our bar invites you to relax amid its leather chairs, comfortable banquettes, wood paneling and oil paintings. 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 prepared by our bar staff. As an added treat, why not brush up on your firsthand knowledge of one of the world’s favorite spirits with our world-class gin tasting? A pleasant way to end the day, indeed!
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Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant breathes new life into this classic Quiteño equivalent to British “High Tea,” which is served at the tables or sofas of our orchid- and flower-filled patio. We offer a selection of premium Ecuadorian coffees, infusions made with herbs and flowers (some of which are fresh from the garden), as well as exquisite pastries and sandwiches.
What would Sunday be without a deliciously late breakfast spilling over into lunch? Casa Gangotena’s Restaurant Sunday Brunch is a festival of North American, European and Ecuadorian traditional food, from bacon and pancakes to corviche and tigrillo, accompanied by tropical juices and unlimited sangrias. Please be sure to reserve in advance, as spaces do tend to fill up rather quickly.