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El Mercado


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Latin, Seafood, Contemporary, South American, Ecuadorean
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is fantastic, the service is exceptional and the setting is lovely and very convenient. I've always had a great dining experience there and I've eaten there several times. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank sanguinewanderer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view, decor, service, and food!!! Came here with 2 friends and we were blown away by the quality of the service and food, but mostly how it feels like you are in an upscale garden somewhere in europe! Octopus appetizer was amazing. I had...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank E9477EDamandac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate twice at El Mercado in our 5 day visit to Cuenca this week, and we enjoyed the food immensely. Lots of flavour, great cuts of meat, beautiful fish dishes, and my favourite- wonderful veggies. Our waiter, Ángel, was most attentive,...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank firstviolinist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointed after reading all of the great reviews. My rack of lamb was lacking flavor, chewy and impossible to cut as I did not receive a steak knife. Corvina was dry and way overcooked. Happy hour cocktail was tasty but short-poured during happy hour...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank jojoishere
RobertoMora1, General Manager at El Mercado, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
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Estimado Sr. Webb, Le agradezco por su retroalimentación, y apreciamos que comparta su experiencia con la comunidad de TripAdvisor Ángel,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to El Mercado for a romantic dinner on Thursday, April 25. I simply cannot tell you enough about how wonderful our entire experience was from start to finish! We had the fried goat cheese salad for a start. This salad...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank LeelovesRob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place during a business trip to Cuenca. Here’s my review about it Pros - Service...simply amazing - Cheese Table (Entree): Outstanding - Location: Great view and nice area - Good food but not outstanding Cons - Food won’t be as incredible as...More

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank Enrique_Reyes
Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

Delicious Modern Ecuadorean food with some interesting twist on the classics, impeccable service, great wine list and a lovely view. We had a blast!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank ChrissC996
Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

Fabulous food for a special evening! When it came to the dessert course, we ordered them all because we couldn’t decide! Such a rare treat all of them lovingly created. ElMercado Restaurant’s beef filets are outstandingly flavored, exquisitely plated with delicately al dente mixed vegetables...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank KayKells
Reviewed March 14, 2019

This is a very centrally located restaurant in historical center of Cuenca. It is probably the best restaurant in town. Its decoration, food and drinks selection and quality and service all are at world-class level. If you're luck you can get a window side table...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank h0tel_buster
Reviewed March 12, 2019

For location, quite a surprice once you get in. Excellent service and superb food. A bit pricy but worth it. They are generous also, gave us a free small entry and small dessert at the end. As it was Women´s day when we visit, my...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Walter B
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July 24, 2018|
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Response from melaniealeman | Reviewed this property |
Probably best to go by there a few days before, if you can, but since it's a holiday in Ecuador probably best to get the reservation asap. Calling is the safest bet.
April 30, 2018|
Response from paulI94RY | Reviewed this property |
12 noon until 11pm
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