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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
We Love Joe's Secret Garden

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Liz G
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Cuenca, Ecuador
via mobile
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cuenca, Ecuador
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Cuenca, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have been going to Joes since it first opened, and in my opinion, it just keeps getting better and better. I love their all time favorites, such as the Fried Chicken and the BBQ, but what I like even more, if that is possible, is their other specialties, such as the Greek night and the Beef Wellington, for example.... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I love this restaurant. It is only open one night per week, and they are almost always fully-booked, so make reservations in advance. There are two men named Joe who run the restaurant, hence the placement of the apostrophe after the "s" in the name of the place. They are great hosts. The restaurant is set with in a large... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We have been to Joe's probably 6-8 times and we have alway enjoyed it, but the recent Greek Night was our most enjoyable. The food was on point with each course. Perfect falafel, hummus and baba. The entree of moussaka with a very tasty bean dish was great. A honey, nutty baklava finished the meal. Great company, great night.

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'm a newcomer to Cuenca, but have already been to Joe's Secret Garden twice and will go again this Saturday. Want variety? Then Joe's is the right place, because each Saturday a different prix fixe meal is served and it's always delicious! My first visit was for Southern Fried Chicken and all the trimmings. My second visit was for BBQ... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I visited Joe's Secret Garden last year and some of the charm has faded. It's a restaurant in a home setting, but there are so many tables that it makes it difficult to move around and the acoustics make it almost impossible to hear the person next to you. What happened to the china? We were served on cheap Melmac.... 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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