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El Encuentro

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Santa Catalina Ancha 384, Cusco, Peru
(084) 24 7977
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty, cheap and friendly!

We stumbled upon El Encuentro on our first night in Cusco and so glad we turned down all the other hagglers on the surrounding streets. The restaurant offers quite an extensive vegetarian menu from soups, salads, burgers to the house specialities. We choose the set menu which included a soup, main... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Helen G
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place had ok atmosphere, pretty good food, and was awesomely vegetarian (the main reason for our patronage). There were some vegan choices, but mostly veg with ovo and lacto. Some creative use of meat-substitute. The lentil soup was good, the veg burger was dry and the bread fairly dry and hard. The fries were very nice. Service was fair.... More 

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Thank ramonasb
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

I went here for lunch quite hungry as I had not eaten breakfast. The waitress took a long time to serve me, serving people who came in after me. I tried to order the set menu and appeared to not comprehend me. I then tried another dish to which she screwed her face up. My Spanish is quite bad so... More 

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Thank Sarah J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We stumbled upon El Encuentro on our first night in Cusco and so glad we turned down all the other hagglers on the surrounding streets. The restaurant offers quite an extensive vegetarian menu from soups, salads, burgers to the house specialities. We choose the set menu which included a soup, main and tea for 6 soles. Bargain! We topped it... More 

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Thank Helen G
Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

El Encuentro is a small vegetarian restaurant near the main square in Cusco. The streets directly off the main square are lined with very good restaurants but whose prices are completely out of place in Peru. El Encuentro is a welcome break from this. The food is cheap but tasty. The decor will not be for everyone but it's certainly... More 

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Thank free_the_bees
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

We visited el encuentro whilst in cusco and would absolutely recommend it! As a vegetarian it is sometimes hard to find restaurants which cater for such tastes in Peru (most places think vegetarian means you eat chicken!) so el encuentro was a breath of fresh air. It's quite cosy inside so be prepared to share a table at busy times.... More 

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Thank HannahI92
La Prairie, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Nice to find some vegetarian food in all this polo mahem. We had the guacamole and some rice. The chips with the guacamole were really good.

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Thank StompaWampa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Lovely little cafe serving a huge range of veggie food. Offers free wi-fi. It got very busy during lunch times. We visited on 2 different occassions. Portions are huge. The burgers and lentil soup were delicious.

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Thank Deepa S
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We ate lunch here on our first full day in Cusco, sharing a plate of guacamole and chips, a generous pitcher of chica morada (purple corn juice), and each eating our own veggie burgers. We sat at a table that could seat 5 or 6 so ended up sharing it with a local man who was there for the multi-course... More 

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Thank JacquelinaUSA
Vienna, Austria
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We were looking for inexpensive lunch in the centre of Cusco and stumbled across El Encuentro, a cute little vegetarian restaurant. They have a variety of meals on the menu, but we decided for the set meal including soup, main course, salad and tea for 8 Soles (!). Not only was it delicious, it was also an amazing combination nutritionally... More 

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Thank Heidi_traveling
Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Excellent food with very large portions at a good price. I highly recommend this. The 4 of us in our family all enjoyed our meals.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Santa Catalina Ancha 384, Cusco, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Cusco
  • Phone Number: (084) 24 7977

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Vegetarian, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?