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Restaurante El Secreto
Ranked #8 of 205 Restaurants in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$35
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: El restaurante «El Secreto»es un sitio con encanto donde se puede degustar en un ambiente relajado, la gastronomía típica conquense, además de ensaladas, tapas, carnes y pescado de la gastronomía actual española. Disponemos de dos salones, con capacidad para 30 personas cada uno de ellos, uno está situado en planta a pie de calle y el otro está en una planta baja.Hacemos menús del día para grupos, comidas especiales para vegetarianos, celiacos…Comidas y Cenas del presupuesto que dispongan, nos adaptamos a sus necesidades. «El Secreto» está situado en la calle Alfonso VIII, 81 una de las calles más coloristas y transitadas por el turista, en pleno casco antiguo frente a los Túneles de Alfonso VIII y a escasos 100m de la catedral. Único lugar donde poder ver “desde dentro” los RASCACIELOS DE SAN MARTÍN y donde además podrás disfrutar de la auténtica gastronomía conquense. «El Secreto» está emplazado en un edificio que forma parte de una arquitectura conquense muy particular denominada «Rascacielos de San Martín», caracterizada por ser parte de las viviendas civiles más altas de Europa hasta el desarrollo de la arquitectura del hormigón, siendo levantadas con piedra, madera, argamasa y yeso. La altura media ronda las diez plantas (unos 35 metros sobre el nivel de la calle) y para alcanzarla, cada casa se apoya, además de en la risca trasera, en las viviendas laterales, dando lugar a edificios de dos niveles: tres o cuatro plantas para la calle Alfonso VIII y de ocho a doce hacia el Barrio de San Martín.
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I had booked ahead based on the fact that this is one of only two restaurants in Cuenca with any claim to be veggie-friendly. It was good that I did as it was busy even on a freezing cold and rainy evening. We were instantly impressed when we arrived (the first at 8.30 - so British!) as the restaurant has a very attractive decor; we had a table right by the window and could watch the sunset and the lights going on in the lower town. The waitress was charming and appropriately attentive. There is not a lot of choice for vegetarians, but there was enough and we were not made to feel like weirdos. The waitress recommended a bottle of local red wine which was delicious and reasonably priced. The food was beautifully presented and tasty. We had an aubergine dip to start and then an arroz - a stew packed with fresh veggies and mushrooms. We will certainly return next time we are in Cuenca.

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

Few places seem to be open in Cuenca on Monday except for the tourist traps in the Plaza Maya. Further down the road is El Secreto and we were very happy to find it open and not in need of prior reservation. We had a good meal and the service was good too.

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Monday is a dining problem in Cuenca, with many restaurants closed for dinner, including Olea, Romera Bistrot, Taberna Albero and Posada San Jose. But El Secreto was open and was a delight. Beautifully presented zucchini rolls, filled with cheese, an excellent aubergine salad and superb, rare grilled loin of venison. The puddings were good, as was the wine by the glass. Service was rapid and friendly. Although menus are available in English, it would be helpful to have these available alongside the authentic Spanish version - first, the food sounds so much more attractive in its original language, the English translations are a little basic and the staff are not all that comfortable in taking the order in English. But overall, a great meal and good value.

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Thank Kent_Kipper
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Garlic butter and croutons on the table to nibble at. Very nice touch. I started with a dish of artichokes that promised more than it delivered really. It came in a bechamel sauce topped with cheese and had prawns inside which were tiny because of the heat and length of time of the cooking. The juice from the prawn heads had been added to the dish which rendered a rather bitter taste. Nice idea but maybe prawns and cheese were never going to make a perfect marriage. Things improved with a wonderful wild boar loin cooked with a lovely sauce and pear. I couldn't help looking at some of the lovely looking dishes that other customers were ordering. Portions are huge. The salads looked gorgeous.

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Thank Leadboiler1
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Massively disappointed in this restaurant especially after reading such good reviews. Booked a table 6 weeks in advance and included a high-chair with my booking. Stopped by on arrival in Cuenca to confirm the booking and the high chair and was told everything was confirmed. Turned up for our meal only to be told that their one and only high chair had already been given to another table. Our table wasn´t actually prepared and they shoved a few tables together as we were walking in.

Ordered our drinks and only half of them arrived. After 5 minutes I asked about the missing 2 beers and was told they didn´t have them in and the waitress promptly walked off without offering an alternative! 5 minutes later I caught her attention again (It wasn´t even busy at this time) and requested an alternative. They didn´t have that one either. In fact, they didn´t have 3 of the 5 beers they claim they stocked.

My wife ordered the artichoke starter which was basically drenched in thick melted cheese like something from a cheap Tex-Mex restaurant. For the main my fish stew was so tough as to make it inedible and my wife and mum shared a tasteless bowl of green rice and vegetables. (something I noticed another review has commented on).

Not once during the meal were we asked how things were or if we needed anything else. Also, and more surprisingly, I have lived in Spain for three years and love the welcoming nature that Spanish restaurants show towards children. El Secreto Is not like that at all. They weren´t even acknowledged by any of the staff. It was a very cold and unwelcome environment for families with young children.

It seems to be trying very hard to stand out from the crowd but lacking both the chefs to create the more upscale food they offer and the front of house staff to make their customers feel welcome.

I have never bothered to write a review before short of ticking the number of stars, so this goes to show just how disappointed I was with the experience.

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Thank ferrariCostaRica
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