Our Story

Founded by Jimmy Illescas, the Tropical Restaurants heritage stems from some incredibly soulful talent in the kitchen and a passion to bring the very best to the people who demand truly authentic Latin dishes our customers have come to love. The story of Tropical and the early beginnings is a rich history of tradition and culture.

Originally opening up in Woodhaven, Queens in 1996, the success has enabled them to open 4 other locations spread out in Queens.  Each one, hoping to bring the rich Ecuadorian history of tradition and culture to their community.

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Founder Jaime Illescas and his chain of traditional Latin Restaurants have won many excellence awards over the years.

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Recognized by The City Of New York, Tropical Restaurants have been recognized as cherished assets to their communities!