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Las Monjas

Borrero 6-41 y Juan Jaramillo a lado de cruz roja, Cuenca, Ecuador
072 822 750
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Ranked #42 of 242 restaurants in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Fusion
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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87% Recommend
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English first
Auburn, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The ambience was very good and host very friendly. Food is mostly Ecuadorian and prepared well. Wine was cheap Chilean wine but drinkable. Pretty hefty check at the end for the good food. A little bit of gimmicky with the free wine with purchase of 3 meals. Worth a try if in area but would not go out of my... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When we entered the restaurant they turned on the lights for us! We were the only guests this night and though the service was good the waiter was very reluctant to open any wines for us to purchase by the glass, consequently requiring us to by a bottle...interesting upsell technique. The food was a hodgepodge of ingredients not especially well... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

I went to this restaurant with some folks I met at my hostel. We had a great time. Our server, Adrian, was excellent. He was very accommodating to any request we had including an order of a custom salad that included anything that was green! A great evening!

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St. John's, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My wife and I decided that we would walk a block or so further away from our usual eating areas around The plaza. The small entry door to the resturant was deceptive of the lovely decor we found upstairs. This was my meat night and it was the best I had tasted in Ecuador, chased down with a lovely Chilean... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Finally got to try Las Monjas restaurant on Borrerro y Juan Jaramillo with friends visiting from Seattle. The menu is intriguing because of locally grown ingredients put together skillfully and imaginatively. A free appetizer included toasted bread with 4 different and unusual sauces like pumpkin seed, pumpkin pickle, tree tomato and the 4th I can't remember. They kindly served us... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

During the 3+ years my wife and I have been living in Cuenca, Las Monjas has always been a great choice for a first class lunch or dinner with friends, out of town visitors, or just the two of us. The modern decor is very attractive, the El Centro location is convenient, and the ambiance is quiet and calm. The... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This attractive upscale restaurant is up a flight of stairs. There was only one other couple there when we visited and the next night there did not seem to be anyone there when we walked past. This is a mystery, because the food was creative and very good. The Cuencana soup, had pork, cabbage, pear, and (a bit too much)... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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80 reviews 80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We ate here tonight, starting with a shrimp appetizer and then having salmon for the main course (my wife and I usually split a meal because there is too much food otherwise). Both were fabulous and some of the best seafood we have had in Cuenca. The prices were quite reasonable with $5 for the shrimp and under $10 for... More

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Lima, Peru
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The food was actually pretty good and the waiter we had at our table was outstanding in his efforts to attend to our needs - six of us. We had delicious raviolis, the special ribs were frankly quite tasty and the locro de papas (Ecuador's national potato soup) was among the best we've had during our entire trip. However, the... More

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Defiance, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We lunched at Las Monjas in Cuenca, Ecuador on 28 Dec 2013. The entrance is a small door across from the church. One then goes right up the stairs to a beautifully decorated restaurant on two levels. Linen tablecloth, linen napkins, crystal stemware in a natural wood setting. The menu is extensive, including many seafood items. I chose the Tres... More

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