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Joes' Secret Garden

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Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
+593 95 865 1628
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Hours:
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Somerville, New Jersey
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have not been to Joe's in quite some time, decided to try again under new management. The service staff was very friendly and responsive to our needs. The food was served hot and prepared well. We will be returning soon, great place to ne other expats

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2 Thank dmb91
Cuenca, Ecuador
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Noisy and overpriced food. I also lived near the place and because it was in Gringolandia and owned by Gringos speaks for the over pricing.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Living close by, we have occasion to frequent Joe's Secret Garden, a friendly hangout for "gringos" in Cuenca, Ecuador. Last night, we had delicious ribs & that banana pudding that says "home" to many of us originating from the USA. I enjoy being seated at tables with newcomers to Cuenca, and hearing my husband give them practical advice about how... More 

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1 Thank Holly T
Boquete, Panama
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Generally what I find here is comfort food. The price is reasonable, the quality good, and the food is unlimited.

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Thank dzross
Cuenca, Ecuador
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Lets see, mashed potatoes that were almost soup, coleslaw that was dry, burnt rolls and mystery fried chicken followed by dry chocolate suprisenwith cement whipped cream at a price that is 2x what you can get the best meal in cuenca. Never again!

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1 Thank David K
Cuenca, Ecuador
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The beef was so undercooked, it was completely raw and the pastry was gooey. Everyone (5) in our party sent their plate back and we noticed the majority at the other tables did not eat the main course. The service and ambience was excellent, but we went for the food. The meal was twice the normal price and certainly was... More 

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Thank new2fly
Cuenca, Ecuador
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

It is always fun to go to the Secret Garden. We have been enjoying dinner there for close to four years. The one star rating was unfounded. The bar keeper keeps up fine. That night was Ceasars salad, was wonderful, minestrone was full of flavor. The lasagna, as advertised, was with Bechamel Sauce, which is white and does not call... More 

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1 Thank Liz G
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

One of our friends celebrated their anniversary and invited us to Joe's Secret Garden. This was our first time there. The place looks beautiful. The bar had one bartender for the whole group of about 150 people. Only one restroom. Food is blend, no flavor. We had a salad that war nice fresh and crisp. Minestrone soup followed and AFTER... More 

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1 Thank Erika Keira F
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I am a resident of Cuenca and have been to Joe's many times. This visit was very disappointing. Was there on 10/22/16 the food was poor, the ambiance has totally changed. It was alive before and it was dead tonight.

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1 Thank Jerry G
Murphy, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The best southern fried chicken I think I've ever had with all the "fixins"!! Met some wonderful people also. It's a first saturday of the month event. Check it out, you won't be sorry! Get there at 5:00 to socialize before dinner in the beautiful garden.

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1 Thank DustyRhodes704

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, International
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
  • Phone Number: +593 95 865 1628

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