We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

La Cuchara De San Marcos

#49 of 1,173 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Calle Lizardo Garcia E8-08 y Diego De Almagro | Barrio La Mariscal, Quito 170150, Ecuador
+593 2-223-2342
09:00 - 21:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 17:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 84: English reviews
Panama City, Panama
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 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
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
Level Contributor
69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Level Contributor
56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
Cotacachi, Ecuador
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2013

To say that this is the number 5 restaurant in Quito is like saying that the Yankees double A farm team ought to be in the majors, just because they won their league. The food was good...not memorable...but good. The presentation was superb. The chef must have gone to design school. The portions could have been a bit larger. Service... More 

1 Thank gphil108
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Went to la Cuchara for dinner on a Saturday night. It took us a while to find, worth asking one of the locals as it requires ducking behind a flea market and up some steep steps if you're coming from the main road Av Pinchincha. The place has a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Being three vegetarians, we were impressed... More 

3 Thank Hheart_142
New York, NY
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2013

I love this casual but charming family-run restaurant. It's on a hidden little cul-de-sac in the San Marcos neighborhood of Old Town Quito, maybe a 10-minute stroll from the Plaza Grande/Presidential Palace. There's a lovely little bar with good mood lighting, great home-brewed and imported beers (the American co-owner brings back west coast microbrews from visits home), good wine, and... More 

2 Thank Han S
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We had trouble finding places vegetarians could eat outside of "Gringo Land," and found this place refreshing, affordable, and quaint. We went here on the last day of our trip unfortunately, but it was absolutely fantastic. The art gallery was alright in terms of substance; however, the building itself was peaceful and welcoming. Had I known this place existed on... More 

Thank gfxlonghorn

Travellers who viewed La Cuchara De San Marcos also viewed

Quito, Pichincha Province
Quito, Pichincha Province
Quito, Pichincha Province
Quito, Pichincha Province

Been to La Cuchara De San Marcos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
US$5 - US$15
Gastropub, Ecuadorean, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Cuchara De San Marcos staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?