The brainchild of Bill Letiery, one of Quito's most prolific restaurateurs, Carmine is housed in a gorgeous turn-of-century mansion with sweeping bay windows and ivy-covered walls. Inside, the restaurant is just as vast and grand. The comfy, art Nouveau “living room” functions as a full service bar, leading out into five different dining rooms, all in different parts of the house. On warm days, ask to be seated on the gorgeous terrace directly opposite the house; the airy wood-and-glass structure is the perfect place to have a meal in Quito.
Tucked away in a quiet ranch house, Zazu is one of the highlights in Quito's culinary scene. Peruvian chef Rafael Perez cooks unique, modern, beautiful food that has attracted the city’s toniest crowd. The dishes are a slice of foodie heaven and detailed to a tee: the crowd favorite lobster is delicately adorned with slices of tangerine, while cooked to perfection sea bass is garnished with tiny purple flowers.