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“Lovely Setting”
Review of Gastro Todosantos

Gastro Todosantos
Ranked #63 of 545 Restaurants in Cuenca
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: Ecuadorean
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: At the heart of Cuenca, on the banks of the Tomebamba River, nestled in the Barranco with a spectaculat view of the city, full of history, culture and spirituality you will find GASTRO TODOSANTOS RESTAURANT, place where the heritage atmosphere and traditional Cuenca cuisine merges.
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Our reason for choosing Todos Santos for lunch was to get a look at the building. We didn't have great expectations for the food, and we did find it a little odd that we weren't able to order a sandwich - they were on the menu, but apparently only available after 3 PM. Anyway, I ended up ordering trout (always a favourite of mine) and my husband ordered a chicken dish (something he almost never orders in a restaurant, since he says it's 'too boring'), but we were both pleasantly surprised. The food was actually pretty good. We had a fun conversation with Mauricio, the chef (who had visited Toronto) and enjoyed ourselves. The building is incredible. On our way out, we stopped at the bakery (where the nuns still work) and picked up some nice pastries.

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Thank SBJEinToronto
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We have been traveling in Ecuador for over 2 months and our dinner here was one of our favorites! Delicious food, artfully presented, reasonable prices, unique setting, and great chef, Mauricio! We will definitely go back

Thank radean
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

What a pleasant surprise! The chef gave us a private tour of the beautiful church then came to the table and explained every selection on the menu before we chose. The food was visually stunning, the taste was beyond exceptional, and the atmosphere charming! I say a must visit in Cuenca!

Thank Dawn R
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We found this place by serendipity. Met a Canadian couple at Parque Calderon and they raved so much, we just follow them here (Thanks Andrew and Susan). Mauricio, the chef is a very nice guy and a very good chef. Imagine dining inside an old, renovated convent; right by the river; all quite and with great service. They only take reservations for the tables in place (I believe 17), no more. The table is yours for the whole night. We got the Valentine's Day special and enjoyed a memorable dinner, including live musicians. From the surprise chocolate-covered strawberry to the appetizer to the awesome entrée (beef) to dessert. All was tasty, great presentation and satisfying. The nuns who run the restaurant are very friendly too and bake excellent pastries.

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Thank jorgito715
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

As the icy, snowy and downright cold North American winter draws to a close, there are many farewell dinners scheduled in Cuenca. It is a time when the restaurants we wanted to visit but had not yet done so comes to the surface and the decisions must be made where to celebrate, be spoiled and enjoy the best Cuenca has to offer. My honey and I had gone to the restaurant two days before for lunch and found it captivating. When we described the venue to those leaving they voted and we decided to go there for dinner.

Our party of 4 Canadians and 2 expats from the USA, throughly enjoyed our dinner. Not only the presentation, but the tastes were memorable and the evening was made even better by Mauricio, who came to our table told us about the mission of the restaurant, which supports the school and orphanage with the profits derived from its profits. He added that the vegetables, herbs and potatoes served are grown at the site. In addition they make the pasta and it really quite good, as are the sauces that grace them.

The venue is wonderful, (please don't forget to duck when entering the main dining area), as it has not been altered for North American heights. But if you pass the wonderful beehive oven during lunch, they fire it up to bake the bread around 1:00 pm, don't hurry it is a step back into time. Please note the dough troughs which measure in at about 6 feet and th huge bread paddles. The place is literally full of artifacts from the Churches past. Walking past the bakery on the way out will be hard to do, even if you are full from your meal, if you remember that as satisfied as you are at the moment, when morning comes you will want one of their tasty treats with your morning coffee. I literally filled a bag and when the bill came for that it was merely $2 US.

The seating is comfortable and it will allow you to sit and visit with people you have come to count as friends and whom you may not see again soon, if ever. It is a true Cuenca experience, not perfect, not uniform, but perfectly wonderful, warm and inviting. Can it get better, with constructuive input, yes I think it can, but it is a solid dinner choice and a lovely experience from start to finish. Five Star ambience and service. Bravo.

Bien Provecho

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1  Thank barbara b
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