In a residential neighborhood high on a Quito hillside overlooking the city, Alma has gone through a series of changes since first opening. Its current incarnation is as a contemporary Argentinean restaurant headed by Buenos Aires-born chef Miguel de Arregui. Classic Argentinean grilled cuts like the picanha and rib-eye, as well as milanesas and burgers, are the main specialties, though there are also good-value eight-course tasting menus for $42. The interior is sleek, filled with lots of wood and glass and a beautiful crowd. It's often busy here, so reservations are recommended.
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Our Rating Neighborhood Bellavista Hours Mon–Thurs noon–4pm and 7–11pm, Fri–Sat noon–4pm and 7pm–midnight Phone 02/225-2248 Prices Main courses $16–$24 Cuisine Type Argentinean Web site Alma Cocina