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La Cuchara De San Marcos

#51 of 1,058 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gastropub, Ecuadorean, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Calle Lizardo Garcia E8-08 y Diego De Almagro | Barrio La Mariscal, Quito 170150, Ecuador
+593 2-223-2342
11:00 - 17:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
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Eugene, Or
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I can't say much for the food as I don't go here to eat. Let's just say, there are plenty of other places to enjoy a good meal (at a lower price nonetheless). However, what I do know about the place is that it has a good stock of three different local artesan brews. Now, this is no Portland, Or... More 

Thank Gkrupa30
Quito, Ecuador
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

The neighborhood is interesting, it took us a while to find it, even though we are from Quito. We went on a Sunday at lunch time and there was hardly anyone in the restaurant. I ordered a rucula and beet salad, it was OK but not great. We also found the portions very small. Perhaps their chef was on holiday... More 

Thank Ana123456789
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

The only problem I have with this place is the hours. I have to wait, stomach grumbling, between meals to eat their delicious food. It's super filling. So the grumbling isn't from hunger. Just from greed. If only they had a 24 hour food truck. Id be broke and fat in no time but man what a good time that... More 

Thank MonikaNorwid
Quito, Ecuador
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206 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

It is a house with different rooms with art decoration, you can order drinks and vegetarian food, very nice place in a legendary neighborhood.

Thank VerCit3
Panama City, Panama
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

A restaurant that has a nice atmosphere, ecofriendy (a bit too simple, but nice). The menu has ecuadorian food, however a bit changed as the meat is vegetable meat instead of animal meat...there is pasta too, but I don't recommend it, as it was a bit greasy... We told the waiter that we didn't want it, and they appologized, didn't... More 

Thank Domenica-S1
The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013

We had a great lunch with friends in this amazing place. It has the best of all worlds: Wonderful unique food (you will not find in any other place in the country). A unique environment in the best place of the colonial city, that takes you back to the old Quito; all the finest secrets of modern cuisine; art and... More 

Thank Victor C
Cleveland, Ohio
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

You'll find this at the very end of Calle Junin. Walking down the street is worthwhile in itself, as the San Marcos neighborhood is the nicest in Old Town. Even if wasn't the restaurant is worth going out of your way. I had empanaditas and a breaded, fried tilapia. I'm not usually a fan of tilapia, as when I've had... More 

1 Thank CarilloPuerto
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

I have to say, it took us 20 minutes and a lot of walking but we found it and boy was it worth the trouble. This is by far the best vegan meal I had ever, and my friends said the same thing. The service was awesome, and the place is just wonderful, and I even purchase some beautiful jewelry.... More 

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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

This restaurant is a away from the main street. The location is perfect for a lunch outdoors on their patio. The menu has vegetarian as well as limited meat dishes. Both of our salads were delicious. Our entrees were nicely prepared and tasty. The dessert was good. I would rate the restaurant higher but I am a foodie and reserve... More 

1 Thank Drew M
Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

Seems like there are no big signs on places in Quito like there are in the US. Down to the end of the street, in the cul de sac, up the stairs and inside. Ate in the bar room. Ambiance was great - dark and quiet. A few good beers outside the usual Pilsener selection. Helped us out with locating... More 

Thank Andy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Gastropub, Ecuadorean, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Lizardo Garcia E8-08 y Diego De Almagro | Barrio La Mariscal, Quito 170150, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito
  • Phone Number: +593 2-223-2342
After four amazing years in the beautiful San Marcos neighborhood, we've moved! We are now centrally located in the Mariscal district--close to the Plaza Foch but still a bit away from the crowds and noise. Our new home is a two-story house that features our restaurant upstairs, and a cafe, gallery, and fair trade store downstairs. And shhh! We've also got a secret terrace! You can now make your own juice on our bicycle blender with views of Quito!

Our new menu has many of our classic vegetarian dishes, using organic local produce, along with our popular pastas and sandwiches. The downstairs cafe offers hand drip and Japanese siphon coffee, and a wide selection of herbal, fruit, and medicinal teas and infusions from across Ecuador.

We also continue to have Quito craft beer, and our own artisanal brews. They sell out quick, but a high octane Belgian Triple or Triple IPA from our 10 gallon is only ever a few days away. Look for us on Facebook where we announce what's ready.

And every Friday morning we open up the doors to our garage and feature some of the farmers from whom we source our produce and products. So come by and get your organic veggies straight from the source!

We are excited to be part of the bustling Mariscal district and will be extending our evening hours for summer!

Thank you for these amazing years of support and we look forward to seeing you in our new locale!

The La Cuchara family.

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