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Santa Canela Restaurant-Beautiful Restored Building

//Santa Canela Restaurant-Beautiful Restored Building

The Santa Canela Bar and Restaurant is a fabulous new restaurant that opened in El Centro. The owner Freddy did a beautiful job on restoring this old building.  The building is quite large and contains a hostel, restaurant, and bar. There are multiple levels of seating both indoors and outdoors. The main dining room and bar are marvelously decorated. There is a full bar with all of the offerings displayed on the back wall.  What stood out to me was the many American brands he has. The menu is simple offering hamburgers, salads, wings and Mexican fare.  He also has specials he will tell you about.  Our party of 4 had 3 Mexican dishes and a special. Everyone loved the food. It tasted so good with the Mexican dishes having just the right amount of hotness to the salsa thanks to the owner asking us how we liked it up front. The owner Freddy was gracious, speaks English and told us quite a bit about the building and food. He has lots of future plans like offering special dinners such as crab, cuy and lamb. This is definitely one of our go back to restaurants because the food was just so good and priced well. You need to give this restaurant a try, you won’t regret it.

Santa Canela

Hours: Tues-Sat – 10am-9:30pm
Address: Calle Larga 3-82 at Vargas Machuca
Phone: 099 726 9237

Average Price

About Keith

I'm an early retiree that now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador. I was an executive in Health Care Information Technology most of my career. My wife and I love to travel and have ventured all over the world. Now that we are retired, more adventures are on the horizon.

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2017-01-10T09:28:22+00:00 January 10th, 2017|4 Comments


  1. William Fox January 10, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I understand not all parts of this place open at the same time, it would be good to know what opens when, I could not find them on Trip Advisor or Facebook. Cuenca Highlife also did a recent review as well

  2. Keith January 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure what you mean by all parts. The parts I can think of are the hostel, bar and restaurant. The hours I specified are for the restaurant. I asked Freddie what his hours were for that. I think the other article you mentioned had additional hours for the bar but I didn’t ask him about that.

  3. Jim January 19, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    The food is quite good, and reasonably priced. We were very pleased with our order of chicken-wings, followed by some very tasty ribs and fries. Even the side salad was far from mediocre with its passion fruit dressing. Freddy is friendly, and interesting to talk with. He truly does have one of the best stocked-bars in Cuenca, and makes some mean cocktails. We very much enjoyed are cosmopolitans. The bar and restaurant are quite attractive. Freddy also offers live music two-or-three times a week.

    A major consideration that people need to be aware is that they have to pass from Calle Larga through an archway to an inner parking lot. There they will find an outdoor staircase on the left that will take them up to the second floor restaurant. You may see a chalkboard menu sitting in what appears to be an entrance to the restaurant on the Calle Larga side of the building. However, you have to go a little ways further east of that area to get to the archway. The chalkboard does not direct you to the archway. We had no idea the restaurant was on the second floor and had to be entered from behind. Luckily, we found it, as we were about to seek out another restaurant.

    • Keith January 19, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Great comment. We should have included the part about going upstairs. We actually thought the place was closed at first. Thanks

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