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El Tamal Lojano

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De Noviembre 05-12 18 | and Imbabura, infront of parque Bolívar., Loja 110150, Ecuador
+593 7-258-2977
08:30 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 20:00
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Los Angeles, California
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48 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I got a lot of referrals to this place so maybe had expectations set too high. I got tamales. They were good but not spectacular and not particularly different than a tamales in Los Angeles. Service was completely indifferent. Its a nice place but wouldn't trip over myself to go there. I had much better food for less at the... More 

Thank Robert H
Level Contributor
20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

It'll get the job done if you need something to curb a craving, but nothing to write home about. This is a local chain that serves what you typically find in Loja cafes: coffee, humitas, bolones, and, of course, tamales. It's all fine, but I do find this chain's ambience usually leaves something to be desired. Think cheap cafeteria. A... More 

Thank Abby S
Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

I wanted to try as many restaurants listed in my book as possible. I am not a big fan of this type of food (humitas, quimbolitas, and tamales), but these were good. I even bought some to bring back to Quito with me, and they packaged them well.

Thank Anita A
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

I'd love to give a review of the food and service at this place, but unfortunately all three times my wife and I paid for a taxi ride from our vacation rental to its main location, it was closed even though the published hours of operation indicated that it would be open for business. Our three attempted visits were at... More 

Thank Cook00087
Loja, Ecuador
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015

As authentic as it gets. Loja is famous for Tamales, and Tamal Lojano IS the name. Also very good Humitas and Quimbolitos. Try an Empanada. All very good.

Thank Lilgano
Quito, Ecuador
Level Contributor
50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2015

I went there under recommendation of some people who live there. And I honestly went there all of the following 3 days I stayed in Loja. I think the price is really cheap and it is good. If it was better in the past I cannot tell, but what I've eaten these days has been delicious. Besides, the place is... More 

1 Thank RivetingPie
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

I had breakfast here with some friends and we all enjoyed our meal. The tamales were fantastic and the breakfast deal also came with coffee (not instant), a blended frozen juice which was very good, and some scrambled eggs for 4 USD. We all ended up getting seconds as we enjoyed the food so much. My only complaint is that... More 

Thank Mitch W
Quebec, Canada
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175 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015 via mobile

Having been around in this area, this place rocks... The place is clean, well organized and well decorated, people are working efficiently and they care about costumers. For those who complained about service, think again and shop around... The menu is easy to choose from and prices are low. There is a special combo for "early birds" and after 10h30... More 

1 Thank Luc B
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2015

Is a small cafe in front of a park, so you may plan to go during the day. The food is limited and the place might close before it's regular business hours if they run out of food so don't wait until the last minute to go here.

2 Thank Esteban V
Loja, Ecuador
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2014

We visit this restaurant very often during brunch.Yes!! we sometimes escape from our office to enjoy good coffee and tamales. You can also find "empanadas de verde" (plantain patties), executive breakfast and many other delicious treats. Prices are cheap. You will leave this place satisfied and with a smile on your face.

1 Thank lojano1974

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$5
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: De Noviembre 05-12 18 | and Imbabura, infront of parque Bolívar., Loja 110150, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Loja Province  >  Loja
  • Phone Number: +593 7-258-2977

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?