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Ecuadorean, South American
Dinner, Lunch
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 January 2020 via mobile

Sombre music, gold ceilings, uniformed staff, furnished with lightweight outdoor furniture layered in linens - The Marquis feels deeply confused. The prices indicate a higher class of meal however, the furniture, music, quality of the food and the highly bizarre interior makes the whole experience...feel like theatre- helped in no way by the fact that the place is barely visited, which encourages an exposed feeling of being an unwilling participant in someone else’s performance. The staff were kind and polite and I could forgive everything if the food was in any way enjoyable, but both plates arrived with considerable parts of them entirely tepid, borderline cold. No sign of the sloth- which is neither here nor there, but if you’re going to see it, know that it’s not a sure fire thing (which for the sale of animal welfare is a perhaps a good thing)More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 26 December 2018

This restaurant could succeed anywhere in the world except that some of its qualities derive from Ecuadorian-grown products. For example, the beef in Ecuador is outstanding and that which Marquis uses is the very best we have had. This was our 3d visit to Marquis...in as many years. It is absolutely consistent in providing excellent food and service. The owner is a no-nonsense expert on not only foods of his country but has had international experience which contributes to his offerings. He particularly attends to the South American wines available in this country and always is spot on in recommending excellent buys. Especially recommended are the lamb (cordero) and filet mignon (lomo fino de rest). Be forewarned that you should not eat much in the meal before going since the meat portion is of a challenging size. Their handling of baked potatoes is unexcelled as is the case with the vegetable medley they serve. A desert of a brandy infused cake with raisins and walnuts accompanied by almost ice cream was excellent as well.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 8 November 2018

I ordered a Ceasar salad and was very disappointed....The dressing was not homemade and the croutons were from a box....But the most disappointing part was that the lettuce was not romaine....The owner could work on his people skills too...My server was very nice and did...her best. For the price I would be afraid to try other things on the menu.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The fact that this place has good reviews and was recommended in our guidebook is bizarre to me. We thought we'd splurge for one night and get food that is far out of our price range back home. BAD IDEA! Unless you have a Western...palate that absolutely can't stand the thought of eating outside of your bland, midwest-American comfort zone, I can't understand how you could like this place. It tasted worse than bad American chains like Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, etc. (I've never ordered dinner at Denny's, but I bet The Marquis is on par with that). I ordered the lamb and my partner ordered the T-bone steak. Both were very overcooked, hers to the point of being almost inedible. Vegetables were bland and unseasoned, and the cheesy potato was equally uninteresting. People without any formal training in cooking make better food than this all the time. Finally, the prices are OUTRAGEOUS. We literally paid EIGHT times more for dinner than we did our previous night in Tena, and the food was worse. This was the only meal I regret after 3 weeks in Ecuador. I was going to give it 2 stars because the sloth did come out in the end (which was fun), but TripAdvisor's scoring guide states 1 is "terrible" and 2 is "poor." Overall, I consider it much closer to terrible than poor, so 1 star it is.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

I am not a big beef eater and my experience with beef in Ecuador up to this point had been not remarkable. The Marquis changed all that. This was our first meal on this trip and we were with friends/cousins from England who really like...their steaks. The Marquis is in a non descriptive area of Tena with a doorman and very attentive servers. We were seated right away with no reservation even though it felt like they knew we were coming. The steaks were large and perfectly cooked with just a hint of smoke to them. The baked potato was creamy and delicious. The meal for four with wine and tip was less than $90. It was amazing!More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed 28 January 2017

My fiance and I visited for a date night while we were in Tena. The food was lovely, he had a medium rare steak and I had a fettucine alfredo style pasta dish. The wine was very good and the portions were enormous, so I...was quite happy with the food and drink itself. However, the service was a bit lacking. The servers didn't approach us to ask how the meal was at any point, and we had to wave them down when we needed more water and a new fork. There were 2 servers and only 8 guests maximum during our time, including ourselves, so it wasn't an outstanding experience on that front. The art on the walls is intriguing and the bathrooms were very clean and well-maintained. The large mirror on the wall in the ladies room is very appreciated, although it's placement is a little odd (right across from the toilet). Overall, a good place to visit but it probably needs to offer some additional training to its servers.More

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed 27 November 2016

It has been a little more than 2 years since we last were in Tena. We went to experience some tropical heat and to eat at the Marquis. It is, "vaux un voyage". This time I had the "lomo fino" (loin steak) and is may...be the best steak I have ever eaten including in NY, San Francisco, Tuscany, Paris and Rome. It was cooked exactly to medium rare (every inch of it) and was WAY TOO MUCH FOR ONE PERSON. The baked potato (unusual in Ecuador) was sauced with a perfectly-balanced cheese sauce. The steamed vegetable strands were cooked perfectly with a delicate seasoning. My partner had the lamb steak which I, of course, tasted. It was also excellent and the equal of the one I had eaten two years prior. Wine is priced very reasonably including a Chilean red wine, a surprise winner called "Ochogavia" at $20 the bottle. Not even a varietal-specific wine but of high quality. On our last visit in 2014 with a large group of visitors to Ecuador everyone (including a vegatarian guest) ate very, very well. It's worth going to Tena to experience the beauty of the rainforest ecology through river cruises but also to eat at the Marquis. The service is the kind that you expect in NY's best restaurants.More

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed 8 January 2016

So if you looking for a place with excellent service and delicious menu, than this is one of the very few places in Tena that can accomplished you high expectation. Not cheap compare to other traditional Ecuadorian restaurants but affordable enough comparing to "first world...countries "More

Date of visit: August 2015
Reviewed 26 May 2015

The food here is amazing! I had the filet mignon in red wine sauce-sooo good. Even the vegetables on the side were delicious! It takes a long time to get your food, especially when it's busy. And there was one creepy waiter who placed the...napkin in your lap himself. But overall, you can't beat filet mignon for under $6!More

Date of visit: January 2015
Reviewed 13 April 2015

More expensive than any other place in Tena, but a bargain compared to what you would pay for a similar meal in the US! Lots of flavor, very large portion sizes, good selection of dishes. It was surprisingly quiet when we went, but that didn't...make it any less delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2015
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5