Restaurants in Quito generally open from 12h00 or a little later. Lunchtime is approximately from 12h30 to 15h00, when every restaurant is open. Exclusive restaurants are generally open until midnight.
We recommend leaving ahead of time to obtain a table, especially on weekends. Popular restaurants are full during peak hours and you will have to wait for a table.
Although in Quito, there isn't a sector defined for restaurants, many of these sites are near the areas where there is a nocturnal atmosphere, for example, on Amazonas Ave. and bordering streets you can find all types of places.
Another area where there are many restaurants is on Portugal Street, in front of the Benalcázar School. Many of these restaurants are expensive, but with an excellent food and service.
Quito also offers fast food. From all types from the well known international chains like Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, etc. and other national restaurants like Tropiburger or La Caravan.
Fast food restaurants can be found on the main streets of the city. In the big shopping centers of Quito there are always food courts. These places offer variety in food and prices.
The food courts allow you to use your imagination, because there are many restaurants, all with unique dishes: for pasta in Mamma mia, and to drink along with your meal, a bottle of wine from El Español and a dessert from Hansel and Gretel.
If you want authentic national food, the best options are to visit the outskirts of Quito, like Tumbaco, San Rafael, Mitad del Mundo or Guayabamba. These places you can find the best restaurants with national food and low prices.
Being in the outskirts, these places allow you to make your eating experience into a short trip, where you can enjoy the warmer climate of the surrounding areas.
Another advantage of these restaurants, besides the food, is that in many of the premises they have weekend spectacles. It is recommended inquiring with the restaurant when they offer such spectacles.
It is a pleasure eating in Quito with all its excellent restaurants, so enjoy.