Delicious Galapagos Islands Food

Galapagos Islands food is just delicious! All kinds of fish, lobster, and crabs can be enjoyed in the major towns.

Seafood is very popular and plentiful in the four inhabited Islands. All kinds of fish, lobster and sea cucumber can be enjoyed.


The best food in Galapagos can be found in Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island and in the beautiful capital city of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno located in San Cristobal Island

Galapagos food is incredibly diverse, and it is very similar to the Food from Ecuador

This is why you will find dishes from the highlands (meet, potatoes, grains, vegetables) as well as from the Coast of Ecuador (fish, shrimp, yuca).

But I can confidently say that the seafood in Galapagos is just spectacular and fresh. There is also a great variety of fresh fruit and vegetables produced in the Islands.

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My best single recommendation is that you try the following dishes: the ceviche (shrimps marinated in lemon and onions), encebollado (a delicious soup with fish), lobsters and the famous sea cucumbers.

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A Note About Sea Cucumbers

The Galapagos marine life is rich and extraordinary, it is directly related to the life on the Islands of this Archipelago.

Among this incredible marine life we can find the exotic sea cucumber.

The sea cucumber is a traditional Galapagos Islands food. It's a marine organism that lives on the bottom of the sea. Its size is about 5 inches long and has a dark brown or black color.

The sea cucumber is very important for the marine environment and provides a balance in the food chain of the Galapagos Marine Reserve

According to the Japanese the sea cucumber is one of the best aphrodisiacs.

There are many restaurants available where you can delight a good pizza or a hamburger with French fries, this just in case you don't want to eat the traditional Galapagos Islands food of course.

The price for a common lunch or dinner is of around $3.00 this meal is composed of 2 dishes and a juice drink.

The first dish is a soup and the second one is composed generally of rice with fish or meat and salad.

It is worth mentioning that some exotic fruits brought from Ecuador are also part of the tasty Galapagos Islands food.

Fruits like: naranjilla, tree tomato, blackberry, guanabana, passion fruit, bananas and papaya are all available.

NOTE: Excellent food is served on our recommended Galapagos Island Cruises which is included in the rates.

Every tour offered on this Web Site either Galapagos Land Tours or cruise tours have the higher standards of quality, service and of course good food.

The towns in the Islands are small and there are plenty of Galapagos restaurants to choose from.

Recommended Galapagos Restaurants

In Santa Cruz Island

    Address: Av. Charles Darwin (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6759
    Contact: Ximena Larrea

    Services: Breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, hamburgers, fruit salads, spaghettis, lasagna and much more. Vegetarian dishes served as well.
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6264
    Contact: Susana Schiese

    Services: It's a restaurant with a unique stile in Galapagos. Good seafood, meat, chicken, pasta. Nice environment with local music background.
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 2526-868
    Contact: María Schumacher

    Services: It is a vegetarian coffee-shop. You'll find newspapers, books, maps, postcards, T-shirt's, nice handicrafts of palm ivory and palm tree wood.
    Address: Bolívar Naveda y Tomás de Berlanga (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6759
    Contact: Martha Saenz

    Services: Mexican food and Ecuadorian food like: tamales, quimbolitos, humitas, coffee, beer, cocktails and sodas.
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin right in front of the Marine headquarters (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6196
    Contact: Marcos Antonio Aguilar

    Services: This restaurant has all of the typical Galapagos Islands food choices in seafood, meats, and some Italian choices. Food is very tasty and the fish, lobster, octopus, and shrimp (ceviche) are delicious.
    Address: Av. Charles Darwin, main port (Puerto Ayora)
    Phone: 5935 252-6418
    Contact: Galo Rueda

    Services: Specialty lobster and octopus cuisine. A famous dish is "Vuelve a la vida" Back to life for hangovers, it is made with seafood prepared with steam.

Here's a Galapagos Recipe "CEVICHE" (Marinated Shrimp)


  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 cups bitter (Seville) orange juice
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh hot red or green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • freshly ground pepper and salt


Drop the shrimp into a large saucepan of boiling salted water and boil for 2 or 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked.

Drain and mix with the orange juice, onion, hot pepper, tomato, salt and pepper to taste.

Let stand an hour before serving. Serve with toasted corn and popcorn on the side.

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Other Choices on Galapagos Islands Food:

  • Locro soup, made with cheese, avocado and potato, just great!
  • Chupe de pescado, a fish and vegetable soup.
  • Seco de pollo (stewed chicken accompanied by rice and avocado slices)
  • Lomo salteado (thin beef steak covered with onions and tomatoes)
  • And seco de chivo (goat stew served with a mound of rice).

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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