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Joes' Secret Garden

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Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
0989449150
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
When in Cuenca, be sure to visit Joe's

I am probably the most fortunate person in Cuenca because I dine at Joe's almost every Saturday. The food is absolutely top-notch every single week and I certainly do not miss their Chicken-fried steak, Southern fried chicken, Beef Wellington, or their Bar-B-Q offerings. Also I get to meet so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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English first
Cuenca, Ecuador
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I am probably the most fortunate person in Cuenca because I dine at Joe's almost every Saturday. The food is absolutely top-notch every single week and I certainly do not miss their Chicken-fried steak, Southern fried chicken, Beef Wellington, or their Bar-B-Q offerings. Also I get to meet so many new residents and visitors that it is always a great... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We had arranged with dinner at Joe’s Secret Garden with friends. We had heard about this fabulous event that only takes place on Saturday evenings. Joe and Joseph fill the entire downstairs of their home with tables and chairs seating up to 100 guests. They publish the fixed menu on Mondays and then take reservations until they fill capacity. From... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love Joe's and I must say I thought long and hard about going to dinner because I am not a big fan of beef and of course the meal being served was Beef Wellington, which I had never had. Both Joe and Joseph assured me I would love it and they were so right. From the salad through the... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great place to eat if you're looking to meet Gringos (which was not my thing). Loud and busy. Not an ideal setting for intimate conversation. Shared tables. Food was just OK. Nothing to write home about.

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Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Maybe Valentines was an exception because I saw no cause for any of the sour comments I have seen by other guests. I'm a picky eater and if the food is mediocre I will surely say so (see some of my other 100 plus reviews). I can cetrainly say I did not hear negative comment about anything.Yes, most of the... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Friends who live in Cuenca took us to Joe's. What really good food and ambiance, however totally geared to the expat crowd. If you need an American fix, this is where to find it.

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Somerville, New Jersey
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53 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

It was a nice evening at Joe's speaking to other expats. The service at dinner was very good, the food was average. I found pieces of bone in the BBQ and the tenderloin was on the dry side. The banana pudding was not good at all, but for the price, it was an ok meal. The bartenders were very friendly... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Know what to expect and you won't be disappointed. Check out the menu, usually posted by Tuesday each week. The food will be exactly as described and of excellent quality. We very much enjoyed the coq au vin. Seating is assigned at shared tables, and the guests mostly expats. So come prepared to be gracious and engaging, and you will... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My wife and I were invited to join a group of other gringos several Saturday nights ago. We did have a pleasant time. Joe's physical layout is pretty special. This reservation only restaurant doesn't even have its name on the outside of the walled compound where it's located. So..it's rather descrete. Upon entering the inside you discover a beautiful place.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I have been going to Joe's from the day it opened in February 2011. So this was my fourth New Year's Eve celebrated there. I have to say, they have it perfected. Of course, the setting with the magnificent palm tree in the garden, is perfect for cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres, then we were seated for the best Cesar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
  • Phone Number: 0989449150

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, International

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