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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 102
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  • 64
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Great little veggie restaurant

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Heidi_traveling
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Vienna, Austria
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  • Dining on a budget
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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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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The front desk staff at our lodging at EcoPackers in Cusco recommended this place. It was a cute hole in the wall that was very small. It was full when we dined there and we ended up sharing a table with a nice French couple. The food was good and they served complimentary bread and salad bar which was nice.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The quinoa soup was very good ( came there twice for it), the rest of the food so so. Mashed potatoes were made out of powder, not real potatoes, same goes for chicha morada.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This is the best lunch place for travellers on a budget. The almuerzos are big and delicious. And only for 8 soles. It's very popular among the locals..

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Very good and healthy veggie lunch for only 8 soles! We came here every day during our stay in Cusco! You get a soup with bread, a salad, a second plate and a tea.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We ran into El Encuentro when we needed lunch and it was great! There's a menu for less than 10 soles and it's more than worth it. Also the other food and drinks are just great. It's all fresh and very tasteful. Usually we don't go to the same place more than once when we're traveling but because it's so... More 

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Quito
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Plenty of vegan options. Plus a very affordable vegetarian daily menu that can be adjusted to be vegan friendly. Clean food :)

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St. John's, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This restaurant is quaint and cute. It also has great vegetarian food. My omelette was awesome (and big). The service here is lovely and the price is right. The set lunch is 8 soles and you will leave full. It's an amazing deal. Definitely a nice spot. Oh - the coffee is not great here.

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Lima, Peru
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Every single time I go to Cusco, I make it my personal mission to go at least a few times to this fantastic, often overlooked, vegetarian restaurant. Every single meal I've had was tasty, healthy, and well served. The servers are friendly, the portions are fantastic, and it's hard to believe the lunch and dinner "set menu"s cost so little... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
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?