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“Maybe expectactions were set too high” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Santa Lucia

Hotel Santa Lucia
Mariscal Sucre | Antonio Borrero, Cuenca, Ecuador
07-2828000
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Ranked #44 of 282 Restaurants in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The restaurant located in our central patio takes us to a gourmet world where the service and attention are its main characteristics; on the menu we can find a variety of Italian courses apart from the most exquisite international wine selection, having a wine cellar with over 300 varieties of wine.
Fairfax, Virginia
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23 restaurant reviews
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“Maybe expectactions were set too high”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Maybe our expectations were set too high based on past reviews. Yes, the setting is fantastic, maybe a reason for the being selected as the final scene in the Ecuatorian movie: Que tan lejos.

All started impressive with the meat carpachio and the "fritata mixa", a sort of combined fried seafood like calamari. Bith well done and tasty.

Unfortunately, we both ordered the risotto, one woth squid in its own ink and the other marinara. Both portions huge, but lacked flavor, and the risotto seemed more similar to comun rice.

Maybe we could have had beter luck staying with a pasta dish... And we went in with high expectations.

Visited September 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Kelseyville, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great food and ambience, convenient location in Historic district.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Looking for great food in a wonderful restored hotel in the middle of Cuenca's historic district? This restaurant fits the bill. We tried pasta, rissoto, and several interesting starters. All were great. Good wine selection also at reasonable prices. Wonderfully attentive service. Sit in the courtyard. Lots of room between tables. We loved our leisurely lunch. And it was very reasonable.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Looking for a new restaurant, we decided on the restaurant at Hotel Santa Lucia and were so surprised at the elegant, romantic setting, and attentive service. Our first thought was that we were in for a more upscale evening than we thought. Yet the menu prices were very reasonable - especially for the dinners offered. The wine list was top of the line, but with two affordable local Ecuadorian choices as well (we only knew of one before!), which we had and enjoyed. We both had pasta (seafood, and pesto) and they were excellent. We have found a new favorite spot!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We got dinner in this restaurant and service and food eas perfect, Giovanny the maitre'd its an exceptional host and the food its great. I order pasta and my wife gnocchi. We also had cocktails and wine. I strongly recommend this restaurant and hotel.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stopped here for lunch yesterday and had a wonderful tasty meal. The service was excellent , the daily special of trout was some of the best I have had the pleasure to consume.

We would recommend this establishment for a really nice meal

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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