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Akelarre

Hotel Inca Real, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #65 of 238 restaurants in Cuenca
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Quito
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Cuenca on a Sunday afternoon. Everything was closed. We run into this restaurant and coffee shop and proved to be a great alternative. Place nice, food fresh and tasty, small portions. Service good and staff friendly.

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New York City, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Like others I headed here Sunday night when the Italian in the La Posada turned out to be closed. Sunday night (only) they over paella with a decent selection of clams, shrimps, calamari, mussels (try to fine the pencil sized chorizo). 1/2 carafe of vino tinto @$10 USD was a good buy. Staff a little quirky but nice. Place named... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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58 reviews 58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We wandered into this restaurant after 5 on a Sunday. The other restaurant that we had planned was closed. Tapas were advertised, but were not on the menu. We had some crepes and I had the trout, which was delicious. the crepes were ordinary. The girls had crepes for desert which they must have liked, since nothing was left. The... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Stumbled on this place by accident. I'm glad we went in. Nice casual European style tapas bar. Worth a stop.

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We had spaghetti and meatballs (average - very garlicky meatballs) and chicken cordon blue with fries and steamed veggies (good). Extensive drink menu. Bread served with zesty sauce. Good coffee. Recommend the crepe desserts. Attentive staff. Nice seating area around bar with overflow in colonial center courtyard. Jazzy blue music background music

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Breda, The Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We eat here a union soup en a ceviche a vegetarian crepe and a steak The union soup was not good and te cheviche was not special The crepe was not good and the steak was very salty also the ''sauce'' was very salty If i had a chef like that i would fire him directly.

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Dublin, Ireland
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324 reviews 324 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Dinner was tapas at Akelarre. We had four dishes: potato bravas, txapela (fried asperagus, Serrano ham, eggplant and brie), tempura shrimp, and breaded squid – all were excellent. This is probably the best meal we have had in South America so far! The room is full of interesting photos and artwork (the television is off). The music is classic jazz.... More

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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83 reviews 83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Paella was advertised as a Sunday only special. There nothing authentic about the dish. It was almost like everything was from a can. On another visit we shared Tapas that were good.

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Crawford Bay, BC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Walking by several times, we'd noticed the place was busy, so finally seized the opportunity to try it. We had 3 tapas - the shrimp & bacon skewer, smoked salmon and the ham & cheese croquettes, all of which were delicious. Happily, we'd saved room for dessert. I had the creme brulee. Divine! Warm, with a hint of orange and... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The surly (read non-existent service) was trumped only by misrepresentations in the menu. We ordered a tapa with goat cheese only to find out it was in fact queso fresco, the Ecuadorian equivalent of Velveeta. When the waitress visibly rolled her eyes when we disturbed her conversation with two other staff, we couldn't leave this highly overrated place quickly enough.

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