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US$5 - US$20
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Cafe, American, Brew Pub, Cajun & Creole, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 25 December 2019

A real experience. Choice of local or Louisiana cuisine, authentic, tasty, very good value for money. A captivating hushed atmosphere, notably with jazz and blues music, and a very impressive colonial decoration. Dedicated service even when the restaurant is full. Microbrewery beers. The chef kept...his restaurant open later to accommodate us. He's totally charming and has a great sense of humor, by the way. The hidden gem: a small chapel behind the kitchens. So we will come back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 16 October 2019 via mobile

There are few things that are worse than a wasted meal whilst on holiday. We, mistakenly, relied upon a Culture Trip recommendation suggesting that this restaurant offered authentic Louisiana-style food along with a handful of good local Ecuadorean dishes. Having previously travelled around the Deep...South, the dishes sampled tonight are a poor facsimile. In summary, we ate lunch for a quarter of the price and the food served was four times the quality in Mercado Central. We were greeted by the owner/chef on arrival and he is charming and we enjoyed our conversation with him about the recent political unrest in the city. Menu was sticky and there were dirty glasses on the bar, even though the place was totally empty bar us. We took the owner/chef’s recommendation to try the empanadas and tamales to start. The tamales were cold and not good. We heard the owner curse and proclaim that he had burnt the empanada (“Gosh darn it, burned it!”) from the kitchen, which we found amusing. However, we were somewhat surprised when a distinctly burnt empanada was then served to us 2 minutes later. It was 90% air, had a minuscule shred of meat, a few grains of rice and in the 4 months we have been travelling around South America was the worst empanada we have tasted to date. Horrible. I had the pork. It arrived with fries and swimming in oil and a sprinkling of burnt garlic on top. There were hairs in both my salad and on my main. Grim. My husband had the gumbo (on the menu listed as chicken and andouille), which was just rice, soup and cut up hot dog (based on the quantity of meat in the gumbo probably not even a whole hot dog) and a shred of chicken. My main took 5 minutes longer than my husband’s main. We could hear the staff communicating in the kitchen and it sounded pretty disorganised. Beer was good. Owner was friendly and waitress was sweet. We hadn’t seen the very rude responses to the TripAdvisor reviews before we came, or we wouldn’t have come. Should have taken the hint when we walked into an empty room.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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JungleQuito, Owner at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2019

Wow....terrible experiences. How is it that Someone can complain how horrible the food is....yet eat EVERYTHING as such was the case with you. Hair??? Trust me...if i was served a plate with hair....i would immediately bring it to the waiters attention....surely not proceed to eat...More

Reviewed 16 June 2019

We went to this place after taking a walking tour of the city. Great burgers. The owner is American and very friendly, has his own insight about the downtown, but is very positive in the end.

Date of visit: June 2019
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JungleQuito, General Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

Great to have you visit us. We have the best burger in Ecuador

Reviewed 5 June 2019 via mobile

Visited a few days ago, the food was average but I was more shocked by how the chef (who i think was the owner) spoke to his staff members. It was completely unprofessional and I felt very sorry for the poor man who served us.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 20 March 2019

The building is very interesting, and the story on the menu of the history is great. The service was slow, but the food and beer were good.

Date of visit: March 2019
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MATtheEXPAT, Owner at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2019

We are moving! Service is a big problem for us due to the small kitchen and two flights of stairs we have to climb! Our NEW LOCATION is only one block away on Montufar y Espejo. Bigger and better with an old Colonia atmosphere!

Reviewed 8 February 2019 via mobile

Great place for dinner. Good food (cajun food). Good local craft beers. It's a small place on 3 floors. Excellent music.

Date of visit: February 2019
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MATtheEXPAT, Owner at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2019

Great! We appreciate your visit. People from Louisiana know food and music. And....400 year old "hole in the wall".

Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

I was getting psyched for some authentic cajun food based on the menu. Then reality set in. Mediocre food served at a snails pace. Too bad, it’s a cool little joint. Fine if your there for a beer, but don’t expect more.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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MATtheEXPAT, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2019

How are we supposed to respond to this? You do not mention what you ste or what day you were there. Or....how do you.know authentic Cajun food. You probsbly have never had real Cajun food much less been to Louisiana. We have Cajun specials almost...More

Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

I get how it could work for many with the choice of some of the restaurants in the old town. It was too dark for us - had to use mobile torches to read menu. Don’t want bright lights but just to be able to...read what I want to eat and then at least see it. However that will not ever change as I get the feeling the owner feels that’s one of his USP’s and he defn chuckles when he saw people who arrived after us struggling with reading the menu. Even Dickens could spare an odd extra candle ! Hamburger was great but the mixed meat meal was a struggle to finish. Wished I hadn’t chosen it Flavour not too bad but tough, real tough - maybe more light in the kitchen!? It will keep ticking over as it’s new customers will coming in on the back of the lonely planet review (and indeed that can change) any locals we saw in there came for a drink only, I can see how it works as a cosy bar. Lady who works in the kitchen was lovely and indeed the owner was indeed friendly. No doubt offence caused by this review but got to call it as we found it. Would we recommend? It’s up to you Would we go back ? No 2 stars for hamburger and friendly staff Loss of 3 stars for darkness, a meal I didn’t want to finish and only 2 beers on Tap.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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MATtheEXPAT, General Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2018

Indeed.....we are not for everyone!

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

Were looking for a random place to eat something and have a beer. Found this - awesome! Great food ( ordered chicken wings and ribs with yuca) and beer. Looks like a small bar but has three floors, enjoyed the athmosphere and food! We will...miss this pace!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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MATtheEXPAT, Front Office Manager at Cafe Dios No Muere, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

Despite our downstairs "bar" and artisenal beer on tap....we are a Cafe....or Bistro....or restaurant???

Reviewed 2 October 2018

We didn't eat here but went for drinks. The owner is from Louisiana originally, friendly and amenable. Some beers on tap and wine available, upstairs seating area very cosy!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Cafe Dios No Muere is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5