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Hotel Inca Real, Cuenca, Ecuador
+593 7-282-5571
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The property is gorgeous, the restaurant is trendy and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. Prices are... fair. Not great, but fair. The food, on the other hand was unremarkable, other than the calamari, which was overcooked (tough), served at room temperature and tasted more like tofu. My wife's paella was similarly bland and tepid. At least the SMALL... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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356 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

We understand that the restaurant has a spectacular ocean view but it cannot be seen at night. Nevertheless the restaurant building and the entrance are quite spectacular. We found the tables inside, at least the ones in the area where we were seated, too crowded together, which detracted significantly from the three star experience. We managed to strike a conversation... More 

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NOMAPUBLICIDAD, Director of Sales at Akelarre, responded to this review

Dear, Sorry but it seems you are a bit confused. We are located in Cuenca - Ecuador a beautiful city in the Andes. And we serve Mediterranean cuisine. Visit us, Regards, More 

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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

What a great find in Cuenca! My husband is Basque and we agreed that the food was very tasty and representative of what you'd find in a Basque restaurant. The decor made us feel as if we were in San Sebastián, tastefully done. Service was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a break from Ecuadorian food.

Thank Leticia L
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Hello.Thank you for your important opinion.We do really appreciate your mood about our place.Being from San Sebastian is an Honour presenting in Cuenca a little piece of pintxos. we will be trying to do our best. More 

Vermilion, Ohio
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a lot of excellent dishes besides the tapas. I have found there hamburgers to among the top 3-4 in my experience in Cuenca. Excellent mustard salsa served on the hamburger and very good French fries. Their chicken cordon blue is also excellent.

Thank Seneschal9517
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thank you for your opinion.We are glad to know about your tasting.Thank you for your recomendation. More 

Cuenca, Ecuador
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I enjoy going to Akelarre for the various delicious tapas that they offer, and the very reasonable cost that they charge. It's a place I will take people for business meals, and also for friendly visits (heck, my business meals are generally quite friendly!). I once hosted a small conference lunch there, too. I enjoy the various tapas, from the... More 

Thank Gringo_Diner
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment.We apreciate your opinion.It is true that people likes our cozy and small restaurant as well as the food. More 

Cuenca, Ecuador
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210 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

A wonderful place for snacks, lunch or dinner, Akelarre has tapas and more! The setting is fantastic in the old colonial style with charming wood beams and frescoed walls. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. Conveniently located right in El Centro.

Thank sanguinewanderer
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Hello.we are glad to know that you have enjoyed our place.Prices are rewied every year and we try not to increase a lot the rates due tothe excesives taxes we have in Ecuador. More 

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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I ate here two nights in a row, it was that good. Big variety on the menu for very reasonable prices (however, with tapas it can add up quickly). House wine (Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile) was great and $4.50. Quiet atmosphere, quick and friendly service.

Thank Stephanie T
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place. We still keep working to improve our quality standards and provide a better service to our guest More 

Melbourne, Australia
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Eaten there twice in the last week. The food has been ok- but only just. Both times we were the only people in the restaurant

Thank MrAusDog
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thank you for your opinion.Sorry the plave was empty, depends on the different days, try it another time maybe will be full. More 

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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This place was recommended by our hotel and as we walked by, it started to rain. It was meant to be! We walked in & were seated immediately. Our boys, ages 9 & 11, were thrilled hot chocolate was not only on the menu, but delicious, as it seems to be everywhere in Ecuador. My husband & I enjoyed some... More 

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indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thank you for your information. We are really glad to know that you have enjoyed our place.For sure the kids enjoyed the chocolate , as a national product we are proud to have one of the best cocoa in the world, so we can cook it in so many different ways. Hope to see you soon. More 

New York City, New York
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264 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We happily stumbled on this place. Attached to a pretty hotel a few blocks from the main square, it's billed as Spanish tapas, but they have other items as well. we enjoyed a local soup then main dishes. My meat "lomo" was delicious. My husband has Chicken Cordon Bleu (not at all Ecuadorian) but he enjoyed it as well. We... More 

Thank Susan L
indigosag, Gerente at Akelarre, responded to this review

Thank you for your words, we are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place.we keep working to improve our menu. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotel Inca Real, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Azuay Province  >  Cuenca
  • Phone Number: +593 7-282-5571

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?