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La Cuchara de San Marcos

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Vegetarian, Ecuadorean, Organic, Brew Pub
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Junin E3-121 y Manuel Jijon cul de sac at end of Junin | Barrio San Marcos, Centro Historico, Quito EC1701, Ecuador
+593 2-295-1713
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in the emerging neighborhood of San Marcos along Old Town Quito's...
Located in the emerging neighborhood of San Marcos along Old Town Quito's traditional Junin street, La Cuchara de San Marcos is a new green endeavor in Ecuador. Our restaurant features vegetarian, gourmet twists on traditional Ecuadorian dishes using organic ingredients from local farms, as well as fusion plates using organic chicken, fish, and meat. La Cuchara is also home to an art gallery and store featuring jewelry, accessories, and crafts made with recycled products by local artisans. We are also a nano-brewery, focusing on hoppy ales and the occasional Belgian, while featuring other local craft brews.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not quite what we expected

We had dinner at this restaurant, it is not what we expected according to the many positive reviews. Maybe because we were the only guests, but the vegetarian food was also mediocre. Anyway, the ladies where very friendly and there is a nice shop where you can buy good quality crafts, organic... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
carolineenwillem
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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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194 reviews 194 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant, it is not what we expected according to the many positive reviews. Maybe because we were the only guests, but the vegetarian food was also mediocre. Anyway, the ladies where very friendly and there is a nice shop where you can buy good quality crafts, organic coffee etc.

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Off the beaten tract in Old Quito. Interesting decor with home made decorations. Local beers. Wine good. Service was not fast but one felt that this was due to the food being freshly prepared. Delicious mix of flavours using locally sourced produce with something for our meat and non meat eating family members. Enjoyed trying vegetarian versions of Ecuadorian classics... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

La Cuchara de San Marcos is in a little cul de sac off the beaten path in Historic Quito. However, it's worth finding! It was quiet and comfortable, the food was delicious, and the staff was helpful and accommodating. Don't miss it!

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Ottawa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This restaurant is located in historical Quito but it took some time for our taxi driver to locate it. We are happy we persevered. The restaurant is situated at the very end of Junin street, the street takes a turn to the right and thereafter ends in a dead end. It is in this dead end, on your right that... More 

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North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The restaurant is located in a charming neighborhood a walkable distance from the main Plaza in old Quito. The atmosphere was lovely, but the vegetarían lunch entree I had was amazingly bland and one of the most expensive during my travels in Quito. I actually left the place hungry. I was charged $1.50 for a wine glass full of water... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Traveling as a vegetarian in South America is extremely difficult. This place offers traditional Ecuadorian food with a vegetarian spin - and still plenty of options for my meat loving friends. In addition, excellent quality local craft brews & delicious cocktails. If your not drinking the house brewed beer I recommend a Pisco Sour or Manhattan. But less about the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel in old town quito and took a taxi back. It is a little bit hidden but at the end of a quaint street. The food was excellent and for us our best meal in quito. The atmosphere is charming and we enjoyed the jazz music playing in the background. Selection of menu... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It took one visit to La Cuchara de San Marcos to make me a regular. The atmosphere and cuisine are first rate, the service excellent. The neighborhood is colorful, clean and safe, one of the nicer parts of the old city. The vegetarian fare is especially delicious. They serve outstanding locally-brewed beer and fire up some wicked mixed drinks. This... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

La Cuchara de San Marcos is a bit off the beaten track by being located in a primarily residential and "tranquilo" neighborhood of the Historical District of Quito. It's located in the cul-de-sac of Junín just past Iglesia San Marcos. The neighborhood itself is very safe during the day but visitors unfamiliar with the neighborhood can easily find themselves is... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

La Cuchara was one of my favorite experiences in Quito which is saying a lot given how much I loved the city. It is tucked away in a hidden cul-de-sac but is worth seeking out. We were there on the last Sunday of the month which meant that we were able to enjoy great live jazz on their outdoor rooftop... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Junin E3-121 y Manuel Jijon cul de sac at end of Junin | Barrio San Marcos, Centro Historico, Quito EC1701, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito
  • Phone Number: +593 2-295-1713

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Ecuadorean, Organic, Brew Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Located in the emerging neighborhood of San Marcos along Old Town Quito's traditional Junin street, La Cuchara de San Marcos is a new green endeavor in Ecuador. Our restaurant features vegetarian, gourmet twists on traditional Ecuadorian dishes using organic ingredients from local farms, as well as fusion plates using organic chicken, fish, and meat. La Cuchara is also home to an art gallery and store featuring jewelry, accessories, and crafts made with recycled products by local artisans. We are also a nano-brewery, focusing on hoppy ales and the occasional Belgian, while featuring other local craft brews.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?