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Joes' Secret Garden

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Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank stanleydoneverett
Kenneth V, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 4 July 2017

I've been living in Ecuador for about 6 years now, while I have Ecuadorian heritage, I was born and raised in Queens, New York. It was first time where I visited a predominately expat atmosphere here in the country. A friend who works there suggested...More

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 14 May 2017

It was delish! Not veal or lamb, but the most tender beef here, ever. The sauce and polenta, with spring carrots was delightful. It is just nice to meet new people, and, saying howdy to friends.More

Thank Liz G
skyydriver11, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thanks for your wonderful comments. Happy you truly enjoyed the spirit of Joe's ... like a private club in a luxurious casa where you met new expat's and mingle with old friends ... all of us away from our other country bases joined together to...More

Reviewed 8 May 2017

I was invited to join friends and their friends fro Easter Dinner at Joes Secret Garden. The food was expertly cooked and the menu was almost exactly what I would have had in Canada. Turkey with all the trimmings, fabulous ham with scalloped potatoes. Servers...More

Thank Claire M
skyydriver11, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thanks Claire. We appreciate you comments and very happy to know that you enjoyed celebrating Easter with us. We were trying to recreate the typical Easter dinner that families share in USA and our neighboring countries. Happy you liked our home and supper club and...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017

The ambience was very good.The help, great. The customers, fantastic. I went there specifically for the BBQ Ribs. Only took two bones, the meat was very small on the bones and did not take long to finish. The food baskets on the table were empty,...More

Thank roger l
skyydriver11, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your candid honest opinions and comments about your experience. I apologize for the long delay in responding but only the past 2 days have I learned how to do this on TDS on...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

The ambiance was amazing. And the food was good but they had a short supply of ribs and bread and some people only got two rib links/two bones and they ran out of bread for our table and some who got a piece of corn...More

Thank Lindsay T
skyydriver11, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Thank you for your review of your visit to JSG. I appreciate you sharing your experience with us and very sincerely apologize for disappointing you. I also apologize for the delay in responding to your posting. I had a difficult time setting up the response...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

I have to admit, my heart and food loving soul had a major sinking spell when I heard that Joe's Secret Garden had been sold. How could they, we have only been gone a year. It took my husband and I a month before we...More

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skyydriver11, Owner at Joes' Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Cannot thank you enough for the wonderful comments. It was a pleasure having you as a guest and we look forward to those future occasions when you dine with again. We were pleased to buy Joes' Secret Garden - a very successful concept and restaurant....More

Reviewed 12 March 2017

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...More

2  Thank dmb91
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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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Reviewed 26 February 2017 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...More

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Robert S
30 December 2016|
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Response from ez9091 | Reviewed this property |
Don't know...call them direct or read Gringo Post.
Robert S
30 December 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 features
Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Los Pinos 1-99 y Tres de Noviembre, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
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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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