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Raymipampa: Traditional Ecuador Food Near Cuenca's Parque Calderon

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Doors at Raymipampa Cuenca EcuadorRaymipampa is a nice traditional restaurant just off of Parque Calderon in Cuenca Ecuador. The restaurant looks out onto the park so the view is nice.

When we go out for lunch in Cuenca we like to go to Tutto Freddos/Nice Cream for pizza, but we wanted to try something different so we went to Raymipampa. It’s located right next door to Tutto Freddos.

We were happy we went in. They have lots to choose from on their menu and the prices are reasonable. There were many traditional dishes on the menu, so if you want to try some  delicious local food this might be the place for you.

Traditional Food in Cuenca, Ecuador

Raymipampa Cuenca upstairs

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the portions were a good size. While we were there we saw both locals, travelers and expats coming and going.

Raymipampa Cuenca downstairs I thought the decorations were interesting. They use kitchen utensils like flatware, plates and cups… to make their light-shades and other artwork. There were also old black and white photos up, they looked like historical pictures taken in Cuenca and other areas in Ecuador. Raymipampa Cuenca artwork

Plate artwork at Raymipampa Cuenca

Bryan and I had the almuerzo which is a three course lunch served with soup, drink and dessert for $3.50. It was really good and filling. The dessert was small but just enough for something sweet to finish the meal. The almuerzo is probably different every day so if you go planning on having it you might want to ask what they are serving that day.

An Executive Almuerzo (Lunch) for $3.50

Soup at Raymipampa Cuenca

Soup with the almuerzo

Almuerzo at Raymipampa Cuenca

Main dish with the almuerzo

Dessert at Raymipampa Cuenca

Dessert with the almuerzo

They served warm bread and choclo (corn) to start the meal, and like most meals in Ecuador, it was served with a side of hot sauce. Warm Bread at Raymipampa Cuenca Ecuador Our daughter had fish, one of her favorite meals. She loved it and had no room left for dessert. Fish at Raymipampa Cuenca

Doors at Raymipampa Cuenca Ecuador

Have you eaten at Raymipampa? Please share your experience by commenting on this post.

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Since moving to Ecuador in 2009, Dena and Bryan have made their living as bloggers. Dena is a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. She is a contributor to Bryan Haines and is co-founder of Click Like This - a photo tutorial blog.

23 comments… add one
  • Gary Aug 18, 2016, 2:48 pm

    The Raymipampa was a Peace Corps Volunteer favorite after working for weeks in the sierra above Cochapata (mid-’60s): chateaubriand, papas fritas, ensalada(cleaned) and liter of beer for $1 or 20 sucres, then. (No loft/balcony at that time.) ¡Memorias fantasticos!

  • Judy Sep 15, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Our friends took us there a couple of years ago. It was very good food,nice atmosphere and of course a good price

  • Deana Jun 29, 2014, 11:15 am

    This is my favorite place to bring visitors to try Ecuadorian food where it’s safe and fresh, always good. The fresh ceviche de cameron (shrimp ceviche)is way more than enough for two people, accompanied by llapingachos (potato pancakes stuffed with cheese) makes a nice light lunch. I like to stop in for fresh humita (corn fritter with cheese) and their very best in Cuenca hot chocolate in the afternoon. I’ve never had a bad meal there, and have been going for seven years quite regularly, at least a couple times a month. If you sit by a window it’s fun to people watch, including the shoe-shine guys that are right outside. (fifty cents for shining my black leather boots)

  • Chuck Webb Jun 25, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Beware of the potato soup with abacado at this restaurant. I got the worst case of food poisoning and lost 2 days of my trip b/c I could not get out of bed. I literally thought I was going to die. I was going to go and talk to the manager, but I only recovered just in time to make the bus back to Guayaquil. Not a place that I want to revisit on my return in November.

    • Bryan Haines Jun 25, 2014, 6:52 pm

      Sorry to hear that you got sick. I’m curious how you know that it was at this restaurant and specifically that plate of food? I had food poisoning a few years ago (traveling outside of Cuenca) and I don’t know what caused it. In fact, I spent more than $100 for blood tests and they couldn’t identify the type of food poisoning that I had.

      • Chuck Webb Jun 25, 2014, 7:43 pm

        The soup was luke warm and probably not kept properly heated in the holding pot. I ate at 6 PM and became ill at 3 AM; it was the only food in my system…not too hard to figure out. This was a GI infection so I really doubt if I would have wasted my money on blood tests.

        • Bryan Haines Jun 25, 2014, 7:59 pm

          I’m not saying that you are wrong, but it is interesting to consider that food poisoning symptoms can take anywhere from 1 hour to a few weeks to develop. You can read more at the Mayo Clinic. Without tests it would be impossible to properly identify the source of your sickness. I’m not suggesting that you should have had tests done – but you do need to be careful about harming the reputation of a business without solid grounds. It is worth considering that this restaurant is full of local office workers every week day. Mistakes can obviously happen but this is a quality restaurant with a loyal clientele and a good reputation.

          • Chuck Webb Jun 25, 2014, 8:19 pm

            I am sure that it was an honest error and I am not out to ruin anyone or seek relief. My wife works in the restaurant industry and is an expert in proper food handling and she was there. So your readers can take my comments with a grain of salt, but for me, I am convinced of my opinion and stand by my comments. We all know that these things happen and it was indeed unfortunate, but if I have a review, I would feel an obligation to offer it. No, I am not positive that it was food poisoning without your recommended tests, but I did get violently ill from what I am sure was THAT restaurant and THAT dish. Enough said!

  • Suzie Jun 15, 2014, 8:57 pm

    We’ve been in Cuenca for 3 weeks and will be here another 5. We go to Raymipampa for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes just for a papaya milkshake or a delicious little hot rum drink. We try something different each time and hv never been disappointed. The staff calls us by name now when we go in. They are terrific and every meal we’ve had there has been wonderful. All the restaurants have been great, but none compare with Raymipampa’s. 🙂

  • Charline Nov 5, 2013, 12:44 pm

    $3.50 for a full meal with hot, fresh bread and dessert is expensive? I just payed $6 for a turkey BLT wrap. I can’t wait to move to Ecuador!

  • Ryan Nov 3, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Thanks guys for all the great work you do for all us dreamers back here in canada ..my wife and are planning a visit to ecuador within next year to scope out a nest forpart time retirement ..one question u perhaps havnt really covered or i have missed it , is a true outlook on hospital care there and the cost involved or amererican docters ?..that is important for us to know ..even tho were only mid fourties now..lol..thanks

    • Bryan Haines Nov 26, 2013, 7:45 am

      We’ll be covering that in future posts. We have had great success with health care here. I don’t know the US system, but we’ve received better care here than we were used to in Canada. And much faster.

  • Kathie Sedwick Nov 2, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Like a lot of the restaurants we’ve tried in Cuenca, the food at Raymipampa was, to our tastes, WAY too salty (including the trucha). Yes, it was filling, but overcooked and heavy on the starches (white rice, corn, potatoes).

  • Jaci Nov 2, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Yes, enjoyed more than one meal off the menu on our trip in May 2013. It became our “comfort food” stop during the trip. Looking forward to enjoying an almuerzo when we arrive permanently in January 2014.

    Enjoyed watching your hike video. So beautiful. Ahhhh…

  • Quanah Nov 2, 2013, 2:29 pm

    What is the currency? I see you use the dollar sign. On a differing note, my dad built a pipeline there in the early 70s. At the time if was the most logistically difficult pipeline ever built in history. I want to see this pipeline someday.

  • John Nov 2, 2013, 11:16 am

    My local guide and friend Carlos Lara took me to Raymipampa for lunch and it was great. The atmosphere was open and airy, there was a great view of Parque Calderon, and the food was delicious and plentiful. The service was good and the staff very friendly. I’ll be back to this restaurant for their almuerzo del dia.

  • Quanah Thompson Nov 2, 2013, 10:38 am

    People who move to Ecuador are they allowed to open a restaurant and become part of the economy or is that sort of thing restricted? Here in Texas you can pretty much immigrate and open a business and earn what you work for.

    • Bryan Haines Nov 2, 2013, 1:53 pm

      Yes, if you have the right visa. There are lots of requirements to fulfill – just like everywhere else.

  • John Thompson Nov 2, 2013, 10:30 am

    I had a late lunch there every day that Holly was in the hospital. Just typing that sentence brought back a ton of memories. I sat alone and watched how the staff interacted. The old man bringing in fresh fish in a box I know I couldn’t lift. The young man bringing in change. The young couples heading up the stairs, the children in their uniforms coming home from school. The staff was very kind to me. I didn’t tell them my circumstances, but it wasn’t difficult to see my mood. Raymipampa’s was a safe place for me when I was all alone in Cuenca.

    Dena, thanks for the memories and the chance to express those feelings.

  • TruthTeller Nov 2, 2013, 7:32 am

    I live in Vilcabamba, EC., but was in Cuenca in July and a friend and I ate breakfast here. Never again. Our eggs were hard boiled, we had asked for soft boiled and scrambled. Yes we are fluent in Spanish. Croissants were burned and the cheese was the typical Ecuadorian (not aged) stuff. A waste of money.

    Yes, almuerzos are different every day. $3.50 for an almuerzo is overpriced. In Vilcabamba (an expat haven and therefore, expensive) an almuerzo is between $2.50 and $2.75. In Loja (where almost no expats reside0, an almuerzo is $1.75. The portion size in both Vilca and Loja are much larger.

    • Bryan Haines Nov 2, 2013, 2:07 pm

      There is difference between telling the truth – and just complaining. Even the best restaurants get it wrong sometimes.

      Aged cheese is not a typical Ecuadorian food. Why would you expect to find non-typical food at a typical restaurant?

      $3.50 for an almuerzo isn’t overpriced – it depends on where you buy it. We’ve seen almuerzos as high at $7.99 in Cuenca, but the typical is $2.50. Just like everywhere else in the world, the prices and quality of food varies across Ecuador.

      • Lino Nov 4, 2013, 8:20 pm

        Hello Bryan, the chandelier photo reminded me my wife and I were there last year in May visiting and purchasing a property in San Miguel 15 min from Cuenca. I had always though it was Tutto Fredo but now I know. I wanted to let you know there is a restaurant in Honorato Vasquez around the corner from Coffee Tree called El Tunel it only opens for lunch almuerzo is $2.50 good food.

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