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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
International Homestyle Cooking in Cuenca

This is one of those meals where it is so good you can not stop eating. I literally stuffed myself so full that it really distracted my drive home. I would say that it is a bit pricey for Cuenca but personally, I think it is well worth it on special occasions. It does give you a little taste of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Jonathan M
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of those meals where it is so good you can not stop eating. I literally stuffed myself so full that it really distracted my drive home. I would say that it is a bit pricey for Cuenca but personally, I think it is well worth it on special occasions. It does give you a little taste of... More 

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A group of friends attended the Saturday night dinner at Joe's Secret Garden. BBQ was the menu and having eaten much BBQ before I came to Cuenca I was looking forward to the experience. The restaurant is very attractive and an enjoyable venue. The service was very good but just a little on the slow side, probably due to the... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Wonderful as always. Joe and Joseph welcome guests to their home and are very gracious to guests. Service is great, especially since everyone is served at the same time and dishes are also brought to the table a second time. The food is always excellent including dessert and coffee. Any Saturday night that you can get a reservation at Joe's... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I moved to Cuenca in March and have spent every Saturday night since at Joe's Secret Garden. It's a delightful place to meet new people as they have cocktail hour before dinner and then serve up to 100 people a night with their wonderful cuisine. I've had many memorable meals there: Southern Fried Chicken, Beef Wellington, Greek Night, Chicken Fried... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

I do not frequent on a regular basis but will not miss their Saturday Southern Fried Chicken which they have about once every five weeks.Their all you can eat chicken,mashed potatoes,cole slaw and biscuits and gravy are out of this world.Their dessert also never disappoints.What also makes an evening at Joe's a very pleasant experience is his group of impeccable... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

It is is no secret anymore! If you miss home cooking, North American style, you will love eating here. It is family style, so if you want a small table be sure to indicate that. Alot of gringos eat here, so if you forgot your English 😉you can practice. Food is always great, and they only are open Sat., so... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We did not actually eat at Joes' Secret Garden but attended a Cindy Benson concert. It was such a delightful experience that we can not wait to join them for their weekly meal.

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Although I'd been to Cuenca numerous times in the past I never knew this restaurant existed until a few days ago. It truly is a very well-kept secret. One of our best friends finally took us there shortly before leaving town to move to Mexico. What a treat! The dinner is prix-fixe, set menu in which you take “pot-luck” –... More 

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I've been going to this restaurant semi-regularly for almost 3 years. This is THE place to go in Cuenca on Saturday nights for great food and gringo camaraderie. The menu is different every week, from friend chicken to mediterranean to Mexican to Barbecue. It's a prixe fix price for all you can eat and the food is gourmet quality. There... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Joe's fried chicken with all the fixin's is very good, but their other offerings are decidedly so-so. The staff is courteous and the gardens are beautiful, but the food usually leaves a lot to be desired. With a bill that typically runs between $12.50 and $14.00 before wine, drinks, or tips, you can do much better in Cuenca these days.... More 

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

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  • 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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