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Luis Cordero E 3-31 (at 9 de Octubre), Quito, Ecuador

vegan and organic. Serves a set lunch comprising soup, main dish, small dessert. Offers cooking classes. Free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Ecuadorian

16 Reviews

First Review by joakimikaoj

Tasty and cheap - Edit

We went here the other day for lunch. We had the set menu, which included vegetable and rice soup, main of soya meat, rice and bean salad, small dessert of stewed spiced fruit, juice and tea. All of this for $5.
The food wasn't very strongly flavoured or seasoned, but was healthy and filling. Staff were friendly (but didn't speak English). The restaurant set up is pleasant to sit and relax in
There a few nice looking items for sale in a small grocery section - baked goods, beans, grains, etc

Pros: All vegan, Healthy, Value for money

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amazing - Edit

Beautiful restaurant amazing food wish my visit to Ecuador could of been long enough for me to take a class

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Fabulous! - Edit

We had a great lunch at Quinua. You order an almuerzo- set lunch- and you get a massive portion of healthy and delicious food. Our set consisted of fig juice, a segundo, dessert, soup, and tea!
You have to order at the cashier and wait for your tray of food.
Everything was reasonably priced as well!
We are definitely coming back!

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-20

Pros: Well priced, Great portions, Vegan!

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Nice place! - Edit

Good vegan and healthy food..! I spoke to the owners and understood that they use some organic and fair-trade products...

Pros: affordable and healthy

Cons: Not much exquisite flavors

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I was really surprised and thrilled to find a Macrobiotic restaurant with simply prepared, delicious cuisine with cooking classes offered.
The chef owner, Luz, brings in organic home grown vegetables fom her family farm and really does them justice.
The prices are reasonable and the location is a meeting place for interesting characters.
Have fun!

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:) - Edit

Un lugar muy lindo. Fui a Quinua el 25 de marzo 2017. Toda la comida es vegana. Mi compañera de viaje y yo nos bajamos del taxi y estábamos buscando el restaurante; pregunté a una mujer que dónde estaba. Con suerte, trabaja allá! Fuimos con ella adentro. Fue muy amable. Llegamos un poco después de las 11 am. Tuvimos que irnos de Quito a las 12, y cuando supieron las cocineras, pudimos comer prontísimo. Estuvo rica.
$5 tres platos:
Una sopa ligera
Una torta de choclo y carne vegetal y ¨queso¨...¿?. ¡excelente!
Unas verduras saltadas de buen sabor de ajo
Una pequeña ensalada de habas y tomates
Arroz integral
Té (podías beber cuánto quisieras)
Postre: una jalea de fruta dulce y ácida con pasos y sabor de jengibre. Riquísima

La comida, bien; no muy impresionante. Regresaría, pero solo después de probar la comida de otros restaurantes de Quito.
A really cute, cozy place. I went to Quinua the 25th of March, 2017. All of the food is vegan. The person I was with and I got out of our taxi and were looking for the restaurant; I asked a woman that was on the sidewalk with us and it turned out she worked there - what luck! We went inside with her. She was really friendly. We went a bit after 11 am. We had to leave Quito at 12, and when the cooks knew, we were able to eat promptly. It was good food.
$5 for a three-course meal:
A light soup
some sort of ¨cheesy¨ corn and veggie and fake meat casserole thing (really good!)
Some sautéed vegetables with a nice garlic flavor
A small fava bean/veggie salad
Tea (as much as we wanted)
Dessert: a tangy fruit jelly that had raisins and a nice ginger flavor.

The food was good; not super impressive. I would return, but only after trying the food other restaurants in Quito have to offer.

Pros: Servicio rápido y amable - quick, friendly service, Barato - cheap, Comida saludable - healthy food

Cons: Jugo mediocre - mediocre juice

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Great food Best Value - Edit

This family by-passes the trendy high priced with a view concept and instead makes great food at a great price. I wouldn't go anywhere else in this area for any meal. Help support a great place :)

Pros: Value, Good portions

Cons: It's not a franchise in other places :)

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authentic and yummy - Edit

They don't speak English, but they are friendly and helpful. The food was very flavorful, filling and inexpensive. It was nice to feel like I don't have to be left out of eating real Ecuadorean food. You should try it!

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Legit option in Quito - Edit

It's a spacious "house" where Quinua is located in. There are plenty of tables; for warmer days there are outdoor seating options.
They offer a daily changing menu which consist of entree, main and dessert, although entree and dessert are only small bites.
The day I was there all the ingredients were fresh and the menu was healthy and sufficient. In comparison to other eateries nearby Quinua is rather expensive (4,75$, whereas you can easily find a menu for about 3$). However, the quality is slightly better than elsewhere, the atmosphere is nicer and the staff are more knowledgable (don't speak English though).
You'll get free refill (tea only).
They sell organic vegetables and some other vegan stuff (bars, seeds, vegetable milks aso.) as well.

Pros: quality of food, staff cares about you

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All VEGAN - Edit

I ate here several times and always enjoyed the food. The soups are my favorite item. There are signs on posters saying vegetarian, but to my knowledge it's all vegan. I was staying in the San Juan neighborhood by La Basilica near Old Town and I would either walk (25-30min) or take a 2.25 cab ride there. Lunch was $4.75

Pros: Vegan, Nice staff

Cons: Only Spanish Speaking

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One of the healthiest vegan options in Quito. - Edit

I've lived in Ecuador for several years now and have to say this is my preferred lunch or breakfast spot, simply because they offer nutritious and filling food for a good price. Other than some lightly fried foods, most of their dishes have very little added oil and use local, healthy ingredients. A full menu, which includes soup, a main dish, a small dessert, colada/juice, and tea, costs $4.70. This seems like a lot in Quito, but it's definitely worth it, especially considering the few healthy vegan and even vegetarian options around. There are also cheaper options if you don't want the whole menu ($3.50-$4).

The vibe inside is ok, a little too dark for my liking, but it's quiet and there's a well lit section with windows, which is nice.

Also interesting are their cooking classes and their brand fo products, which include healthy snacks, amaranth milk and more.
Updated from previous review on Monday November 02, 2015

Pros: Healthy food, Filling, Completely vegan

Cons: Gets monotonous quickly, Slow staff

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vegan food in quito - Edit

The only vegan restaurant in Quito.
Large range of choices but the food is not exceptional even if they propose original things with local ingredients.
The amaranth milk is very nice.

Pros: original, staff

Cons: nothing exceptional

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Great food, organic ingredients, pleasant ambience - Edit

Quinua is a lovely place. They start with quality organic ingredients, and then prepare them with love and without anything artificial, and serve them as a balanced meal with a nice blend of pleasing flavors and textures.

I honestly don't understand the unsatisfied review below. Quniua's food isn't overly seasoned, and maybe that's why one person found it lacking in flavor, but since the ingredients they use are fresh, organic, and delicious, there's little need for seasoning.

The atmosphere is pleasant and the staff are gentle and sweet. I could happily eat here every day (and probably will while i'm in Quito).

There's a notice board in the back that describes the courses in the daily set menu, and also offers a few extras. You place your order at the counter and then pick up your tray when they serve it (though you can also just sit at a table they'll bring it to you).

Don't miss the pastries, desserts, and other items in the display case. They also have a few shelves of natural foods produced by an Ecuadorian women's cooperative.

Highly recommended.


Pros: Tasty organic Ecuadorian cuisine, warm people and atmosphere, inexpensive

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Tasty, healthy, inexpensive - Edit

We were served a pre-set lunch of: soup, greens (maybe collard greens), a potato/fake meat thing, rice, steamed veggies, jam, and a vegan ceviche (tomatoey/cilantro soup served cold; the non-veg version would contain seafood), and juice. They also had tea that you could serve yourself. All of it was good, and it was a lot of food for only $4.25/person.

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Worst food I had in Ecuador - Edit

Granted, there is little vegan food to be found in Ecuador, but I would have been better off going to just about any other restaurant. I took my three non-vegan traveling companions and they could barely look at the food, much less eat it.

Sorry, my expectations were low, considering the cost, but please, put a little more effort in creating an appealing and nutritious meal!

I would rate this one cow, but for reasons I don't understand, the lowest rating I can give a vegetarian restaurant is two cows.

Pros: cheap

Cons: no service, unable to identify food, no taste

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Only vegan place in Quito? - Edit

As far as I know of, Quinua is the only 100% vegan place in central Quito. It is a friendly place, no fuss, nice colors on walls and lamps. Food was good, service friendly. I thought it was a little weird that the lunch didn't come with a juice, but instead tea. Oh well. I will absolutely be back soon!

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