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“Worth the price, great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gecko Cafe - CLOSED

Gecko Cafe
Price range: $3 - $6
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Cafe, Asian, Cambodian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Seattle
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Worth the price, great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

When we first arrived we were pleasantly greeted and seated by our host. She kindly pointed out her name at the back of the menu where it also stated that the Geko works with underprivileged Cambodians, paying them better then fair wages, and they pay their taxes (which apparently most restaurants don't)

The prices where a little high at first glance, but understandably after reading the text in the back of the menu.

My wife and I were both more then happy with the portion and quality of our food. Everything tasted fresh and it was really, really good!

My only complaint would be when they brought out the bill. They had two tip cups, one for the cooks and one for the servers. After reading that they already paid better then fair wages, this felt like they were trying to squeeze money out of the tourists.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank The_Gospel
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service, and company”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

I came here solo and a few hours later finished having drinks with three other people. The service was excellent, the food was all delicious, and it seemed to be THE restaurant to eat at in town. I would recommend it to others. :)

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank x57114
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Olive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Excellent service, lovely balcony to sit at, varied menu with excellent quality food, including Cambodian and western dishes all beautifully presented and prepared. Very good value, highly recommend.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Olive O
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Service was a bit random”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

We used this place a number of times during our stay, as it was a public holiday and most other places were closed! A lovely place to sit and eat and the staff were very friendly if not terribly efficient. The food was good but tended to come out fairly randomly! My husband had usually finished his meal by the time mine arrived and vice versa. There was also a shop section to buy t-shirts and handicrafts

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Katrina S
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Best food we've eaten in Cambodia so far”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We ate here two nights in a row as we enjoyed it so much. This is a great little restaurant with outstanding food and lovely staff. The prices are slightly higher than other places we've eaten in Cambodia, but the 10% tax is already included and the food is worth it.
Plus Gecko Cafe supports its staff and their families by paying higher wages than a lot of places and gives them opportunities for training etc, so it's a good cause too.
The restaurant is on the first floor with both indoor and outdoor seating. We took a table overlooking a junction of the road, which gave us some interesting activity to watch during dinner! The decor is colourful and modern. There's also a nice gift shop downstairs.
On our first visit it was Martini Monday and all martinis were $2. We tried the coconut, tea, bikini and lemon/lime varieties, and all were very good (coconut and bikini were my faves).
The food was all fresh, tasty and really well prepared... they've got some talent in that kitchen! The portions are really generous.
We tried Khmer options: Cambodian vegetable soup, Cambodian spring rolls, Cambodian wantons, sweet and spicy chicken, lemongrass chicken, basil fried rice with chicken, stir fried fish with lime sauce. I would recommend ANY of these dishes as they were all excellent.
On our second visit we also treated ourselves to dessert: apple crumb cake and Mexican apple roll, both served with vanilla ice cream. Both to die for. And when they say in the menu 'big' scoops of ice cream, they aren't kidding.
We left absolutely stuffed and very happy from both our visits.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank bunnydarke
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