Vista Hermosa

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Quito, Ecuador
Vista Hermosa - View from Vista Hermosa
Vista Hermosa - Corn chips and guacamole
Vista Hermosa - Interesting display in Vista Hermosa
Vista Hermosa - In Vista Hermosa

Vista Hermosa Quito Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Wonderful view, fun atmosphere Oct 25, 2012
The Vista Hermosa is located just a stone’s throw from the Plaza de la Independencia and was recommended to us by our guide on our visits to Otavalo and Cotapaxi, Jose Luiz. We really liked it, not so much for the food, though that was fine, but for the views and the slightly zany décor. The restaurant is located on the top floor of a fairly tall (for colonial Quito) building and enjoys wonderful views from both the inside restaurant and the roof terrace above. It is accessed via an old-fashioned lift complete with equally old-fashioned lift attendant. When you emerge from the lift you have the choice of climbing a short flight of steps to the roof or eating inside. We chose the latter on both the occasions we came here, as winter / rainy season evenings in Quito can be a bit chilly as well as damp, but I imagine in fine weather the roof terrace is a fantastic location for an evening drink or two. Even at this time of year, with the heaters provided, it would be fine just for drinking, but less suited to eating in our opinion, though we did go up to admire the view and take some photos.

We ate here twice during the course of our time in Quito. On the first visit we were lucky enough to secure a window table so could admire the view throughout our meal. We started with a shared bowl of corn chips with guacamole – there were plenty of chips (too many really) but the portion of guacamole was a little stingy we thought. We then shared a pizza – we had been going to order one each, fooled by the reasonable prices into thinking they would be quite small, but luckily the helpful waitress told us that one would be enough, and she was right. It had a good ham and mushroom topping, and Chris, a real pizza fan, gave it his seal of approval although personally I prefer a less crispy base. We had a large Pilsner beer each and paid $23 plus tip.

Our second visit was on our last night in Quito as we thought it would be nice to end the trip with another look at this great view. Unfortunately we weren’t quite so lucky and our table was one row back from the windows, but we could still enjoy the city lights from where we sat. We skipped the starters as we had eaten a large lunch, and again shared a pizza – this time the vegetarian one, which I preferred. Chris had two Club beers, I also had one, and after the meal had an excellent Brandy Alexander. Our bill this time was $30.55 plus service, my cocktail having sent it a bit higher (but worth it!)
In Vista Hermosa
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View from Vista Hermosa
Corn chips and guacamole
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