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Moliendo Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
South American, Colombian, Latin
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Honorato Vasquez 6-24, Cuenca, Ecuador
07 282-8710
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am a local and when I'm not craving anything I come here. There is such a variety of arepas. Personally I love the Moliendo cafe Arepa with beef steak. The carne con papa is enormous and its a meal for a buck fifty. The empanadas are also delicious. Oh! ask for colombian cheese bread, it goes nicely with their... More 

Thank carnleycarnley
Laguna Beach, California
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love to eat here. Clean, nutritious food, well prepared. Simple, friendly atmosphere and usually packed by locals and tourists, young traveling college students and families alike. great Colombian coffee....order it "cafe tinto", even if you usually order milk in your coffee, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Thank MiriamwithLove
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

April and I ate a wonderful, flavorful dinner Sat night here. Greeted by the awesome owner. We left pleasantly full. We will return!

Thank Ken G
Harrisburg, PA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate here a few times during our stay in Cuenca. The food is plentiful and tasty. Unbelievable amount for a few dollars. Friendly and helpful staff!

Thank bsotlb
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I have already eaten there three times in our four days in Cuenca - and we would want to come back. Cheap, local quality food and super nice staff. A waiter switched the plantains on our plates for potatoes on our second night there since he noticed we'd left them the day before!

Thank Anna-Mia B
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, small place but service friendly & quick. Great for lunch👍 Ring the bell on ceiling as you leave to show appreciation for food!

Thank Jeanine J
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Great food. Can't beat their $2.50 Almuerzo. Lots of expats eat here and say they haven't gotten sick, so we felt comfortable dining here with our children. The cafe con leche was great too!

Thank Mama2twocuties
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

There are lots of great places to eat in Cuenca, but Moliendo is one of the places to go if you want to be in touch with the Cuenca expat scene. The food is outstanding and you can get a filling meal for $4.00. The server I always have had REALLY likes his job and likes people in general.

1 Thank Dave M
Greensboro, NC
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is the place if you want good food that is prepared quickly and is inexpensive. It is small and popular, so getting a seat during normal lunch time is a problem. Get there before 12:30 or after 2:00.

Thank NCProfe
virginia beach, va
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

They have a fabulous 'merienda', including soup, juice, beans, rice, salad, maduros and choice of meat for $3.50. The food was fast, tasty and inexpensive. The arepas were very good as well and they offer a variety of flavorful toppings for them.

Thank mr and mrs h

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
South American, Colombian, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Honorato Vasquez 6-24, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
  • Phone Number: 07 282-8710

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