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Royal Palm Restaurant

Royal Palm Hotel
Santa Cruz Island
Tel: 347 587 8595 (U.S.)
Tel: 593 2 252 0000's insider take:

Nestled in the highlands of Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos, this tony restaurant at the Royal Palm may seem out of the way, but it's actually near one of the island's major attractions—the giant tortoise sanctuary—making it a great spot for a post-visit lunch or dinner. Like the plush surroundings of the hotel's jungle villas, the food is anything but rustic—appetizers include Galápagos slipper lobster salad and the Royal Palm ceviche marinated in lemon, ginger, and sesame oil; entrées are more Euro-focused, with dishes such as roasted suckling pig or beef cheeks in port wine, and spicy pasta di mare. There's also a 12-page wine list, and a large swimming pool open to lunch guests—that's a lot of luxury for such a remote and far-flung place.—Cathay Che

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