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Joes' Secret Garden

Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
+593 96 950 6605
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fried chicken” (26 reviews)
“osso bucco” (5 reviews)
“fixed menu” (4 reviews)
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Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been there two Saturdays in a row; once for their fabulous fried chicken (best in Cuenca) and for an Italian pasta meal that was excellent. Check out their weekly menu.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A unique restaurant in that they serve Saturday dinner at 4 pm. Arrive early for drinks and socializing. Set menu, all you can eat. Food and service were great.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Ken V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your comments .... and very happy you had a great experience. Our usual Saturday hours begin at 5pm with social hour, mixing and mingling and making new friends ... which is truly the uniqueness of Joes' ... we do live upstairs and downstairs...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

Took a new friend to Joe’s this past Saturday night. Didn’t know what to expect as I had never had his country fried steak before, but as usual, it did not disappoint me!!! Certainly you wouldn’t want to make a habit of eating country fried...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Ken V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Wow! thanks for the wonderful review... very happy you and your friend enjoyed the food and service ... and the aways popular fried chicken dinner ... We look forward to your return and another good experience.

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

Joe’s Secret Garden is a private home with a beautiful garden in the back yard. They serve dinner for up to 100 people and they’re known for their Southern fried chicken which they serve monthly. Except for special holidays, they usually only serve dinners on...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank RobH110
Ken V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thanks for the kind comments Rob .... truly appeciated. We are fortunate to have wonderful, loyal guests like you that are integral to the family and success of Joes' Secret Garden. KP and I promise to strive to improve each week and continue to earn...More

Reviewed April 28, 2018

Great meal. Big pieces of tender meat in a delicious gravy. Warm bread, and a tasty beet salad. Ken made my wife and I a special dairy free desert we had requested when we made our reservations. The place to dine on Saturday night if...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Ken V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thanks for the great review .... you truly captured the spirit of Joes' Secret Garden when you suggest that expats' will find a 'taste of home' here, with comforting, home like surroundings and an opportunity to make new friends, exchange information about Cuenca, Ecuador and,...More

Reviewed April 23, 2018

Surprised birthday dinner arranged by my wife on March 3rd 2018.Great evening with friends.Surprise Happy birthday song by the singing sensation Lyn Nadeu and friends. Menu was Joe's Famous Fried chicken with all the trimmings! BYOB with a cork fee. They won the awards for...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Don F
Ken V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Thanks for your kind comments... happy you had a good birthday celebration. It's always a pleasure to serve you and your wife.

Reviewed April 22, 2018

We were in a party of eight for dinner. There was a mixer from 5:00 until 6:30 when dinner was served. Unfortunately, it was raining so the outdoor garden area was not available. The first course for dinner was a bowl of chili which proved...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Gerald N
Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

We made reservations for the four of us at least a week or two in advance and we were impressed with the service,food ambiance and the entertainment. The singer for the evening was Lynne and she was fabulous. She sang songs that really got us...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

My cousin and his wife booked this restaurant for their New Years Eve celebration. It is a small restaurant and apparently you can usually linger in the garden but it was a cool night so everyone was inside. They handed out appetizers and had a...More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

A 3.5 in my No Fives Allowed world, and that's because we weren't there for Joes' inner-circle favorite, Fried Chicken. This casual and relaxing hide-away is a house with a garden. The twice weekly affair is a sit-down, 3-course dinner atmosphere; informal, at best, and...More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Kenneth V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2017

Thank you for visiting us and your kind comments. We have a lot of regular guests from Texas that enjoy the comfortable southern charm of Joe's ... and of course the signature "famous fried chicken" dinner ... hope you'll be able to join us for...More

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Robert S
December 29, 2016|
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Response from ez9091 | Reviewed this property |
Don't know...call them direct or read Gringo Post.
Robert S
December 29, 2016|
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Response from Joseph S | Property representative |
Hi Robert. Please know that we sold the business a few months ago. Apparently tripadvisor has not updated our information. Please visit the website by googling Joes Secret Garden. We are sure the new owner has quite an... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
  • Phone Number: +593 96 950 6605
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a unique dining club open to everyone... reservations only, presents a unique menu every Saturday ... a social hour or two proceeds dinner and allows guests to meet other expats in the comfortable bar/lounge or comfortable gardens. Dinner is in the beautifully decorated main house in multiple rooms; the fern room, library, living and dining room, wine room,sun room ...community or preferred seating, your choice. affordable prices. you'll meet some wonderful people from all over the world with great advice about expat living in Ecuador. guests can preview the menu and make reservations on line. address is given at time of reservation
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