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“Scenic location, horrific food at inflated prices”

Red Mangrove Aventura Restaurant
Ranked #43 of 66 Restaurants in Puerto Ayora
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: View, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 April 2016

This restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine, but it’s a far cry from what Japanese cuisine really is. The prices are nearly double that of restaurants outside the hotel and the food quality is low. One night I felt lazy, after a long day out exploring, so I decided to give dinner a try here. I ordered coconut crusted shrimp as an appetizer and a seafood risotto listed under house specials. What was served was friend breaded small shrimp with a mayonnaise based coconut dipping sauce. The risotto was Japanese style fried rice with seafood arranged in a circle, creating a ring around the mound of rice. I was aghast; the server should have informed me that neither the coconut shrimp nor the risotto was available. At $50US for the dinner, what I received was unacceptable. On another occasion, being short on time between tours, I ordered a Mexican burger for lunch. There was no description of what the Mexican burger consisted of, and the server was clueless, but I wanted to give it a go, thinking that it would be a burger with avocado and salsa. Instead it was a mound of burger, soggy bacon, friend salami, and an egg, on a bun slathered with Russian dressing. The whole thing fell apart as I took a bite and didn’t resemble anything close to Mexican. Additionally, the restaurant was out of diet coke and the local pilsner, as well as Corona.

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Reviewed 5 April 2016

Like most of the other posts The location was awesome, but the service was not the best. The food was average. Make sure to bring bug spray when going to eat, or drink, there.

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Reviewed 24 February 2016

We stopped in here for a drink about dusk. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the view is great. It took forever to get waited on, then a long time to get our drinks, and the server was clueless. We also had to go find her to pay. We observed another party leave because of no service.

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Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

The ambience and location of the place is amazing, but the service is awful, the waitress are not trained and do not even know the menu. Every question you make they have to go and and ask for details. It took a very long time to get the food and even the drinks. If you want yo see the Sea Lions up close, just walk in and take your pictures, is not even worth to order a drink , you would wait for a long time.

1  Thank Beatrix R
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

This restaurant has a lovely ambiance and outdoor patio setting but food quality and service desperately needs attention ! We recently stayed in their hotel for a week and found that the bulk of the business the restaurant receives is for the " breakfast buffet " which was included with our accommodation.

The breakfast buffet was basic, and fundamentally the same for the entire week – coffee, fresh juice, limited fresh fruit, cereal, scrambled eggs, rice, sausage, chicken, toast, coldcuts, and processed cheese. On two different occasions waffles, and pan de yucca was available. Items in the hot serving trays were often not fresh nor warm, and frequently trays were emptied and not refilled.

During our weeks stay we saw very little evening restaurant traffic for dining. This caused us to be very apprehensive of dining here. The dinner menu is Japanese dishes and sushi. On our final evening we had dinner here. We had a sushi maki roll, vegetable tempura, teriyaki chicken, and two drinks at a cost of $ 100.

The vegetable tempura was small chunks of pepper, carrot, and onion in a limited very salty, crusty batter. The sushi roll was very disappointing - soggy and not at all fresh ! The teryaki chicken was just okay. In hindsight we should have returned our food as we were both very ill.

Much better options for both sushi, and dining in Puerto Ayora. I would avoid dining here again or be very cautious.

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