Located inside the castle, with a pleasant esplanade that "invites us" (and we didn't use because it was full and we had to go inside) it is a simple restaurant with local food.
We decided to eat as locals, a set of tiny dishes with several different cooking ("tapas") and enjoyed them.
It was cheap, but I think that, with a formal meal, the prices would rise a little.
Favorite Dish: Pincho moruno
We had come to Meson Jose before to have a couple drinks in the patio. It is on a rather popular street with a few different bars and restaurants. If this place is full, feel free to try your luck at the others on the same street.
The patio fills up quickly when the weather is nice. Lunch is served until 4pm. Dinner can be served in the back dining area (walk all the way in past the bar). The front bar area will only serve taps and rationes.
The back of the restaurant is much quieter than the front, having the corridor block much of the noise. The tables have large paper toppings, but is otherwise nice.
Favorite Dish: The portions are on the large side, so only order one plate unless you are very hungry. If you want to share, then feel free to get a salad or some other rationes.
The egg dishes are good, served with patatas and various meets (jamon, etc.). They more closely resemble western hot breakfasts, but are here served for dinner.
The other dishes are good, as can be seen from the photo of the sepia.
We had several times lunch here at the bar or on the terrace. Good "racion's" and tapas of typical regional dishes with a local wine of the Mancha.
There is a restaurant room "comedor" in the back which we didn't try.
It is useful to understand and speak some Spanish in this place.
Employees of the Ayuntamento are coming here for the noon break.
C'est un bon endroit sur la Plaza Mayor, dont le restaurant porte le nom, pour manger dans la salle arrière "comedor" ou consommer boissons accompagné de tapas ou "racion" au bar ou à la terrasse extérieure.
Ce fut à plusieurs reprises notre resto pour le lunch du midi basé sur des "racion" de plats typiques régionaux accompagnés d'un bon vin de la Mancha. Tout ceci à prix modérés.
Nous n'avons pas essayé le restaurant pour le dîner.
Il est utile ici de comprendre et parler quelque peu l'espagnol.
This restaurant is located in the nicest of the hanging houses. It is a "3 tenedores" 3 forks according to the Spanish classification (not to confuse with the 3 stars Michelin).
It is more expensive than usual but the pleasant setting, the service and the quality and originality of the dishes are well worth the expense. Be sure this is NOT a tourist trap.
The restaurant has two floors. The upper one is non-smoking, most tourists are sitting here. To get a table at the window, with a breathtaking view on the Huecar gorge one has to reserve well in time.
The lower and larger room is for smokers. (Must have changed end 2010).
Kind service speaking English.
Ce restaurant situé dans la plus belle des Casas Colgadas affiche "3 tenedores" 3 fourchettes selon la classification espagnole (rien à voir avec les étoiles Michelin). Il est certes plus cher que la moyenne mais le cadre, le service et la qualité et l'originalité de la carte méritent cette dépense supplémentaire qui reste très raisonnable comparée à d'autres pays. Soyez rassurés ce n'est PAS un piège à touristes.
Les restaurant comporte deux étages. L'étage supérieur non fumeur est celui où se trouvent la majorité des touristes. Pour obtenir une table à la fenêtre avec vue grandiose il faut réserver bien à l'avance. L'étage inférieur, plus grand, est fumeur (nouvelle reglementaion fin 2010).
Service aimable et parlant anglais.
Favorite Dish: It is worthwhile to try the local dishes. Good wines at reasonable prices.
La carte se caractérise par des plats régionaux qu'il vaut la peine d'essayer. Bons vins à des prix abordables
This restaurant is a bit off the beaten path but not too far away.
A long time local person took us here.
I had a game bird for mains and the others lamb. It came with chips. We had local wine and some kind of dish with potatoes and eggs. It's very local food with affordable prices and the food and wine goes down VERY well.
It has a very family run restaurant feel to it.
They also have some animals, such as chickens and i suspect the eggs came from there.
"Especilidad en comidas caseras"
Favorite Dish: Partridge, just wanted to try something different.
Salad was great as well as always in Spain.
another local secret. This place gets packed with locals at breakfast time for a reason.
The hot chocolate you get is thick. Not my favourite i've had but one of the better ones in Spain. The churros really go down well with them.
Favorite Dish: i think they only make churros.
We tried to get here early as the restaurant is very small. But at 8pm (which is early for Spain) there was already a queue. This mainly cause there is only one table and the rest is standing room only.
Favorite Dish: All the tapas. Order a beer and you get a (free but not really if you know what i mean) tapas.
Each time you order you get another different tapas. It fantastic to try different foods.
I'm not referring to dining but to a good Cafe Cortado. As we reached Plaza Mayor, and after viewing the cathedral's interior , we decided to take our coffe here. Indeed, a good fine cortado! Can't have good ones everywhere like for example ordering Carachillos. A cozy, small and lovely space just at the side stree of the Town Square beside the Ceramic Shop Adrian.
One of the most famous hanging houses has been transformed into a restaurant that offers traditional Cuencan fare. I would not say it is the best restaurant in Cuenca for the quality of its food, but you would not like to miss the opportunity to enjoy a good meal in one of the city's landmarks and delighted by the wonderful view of the Huécar canyon.
Favorite Dish: The traditional cuisine from Cuenca includes dishes as the morteruelo (a sort of paste made with game) the duelos y quebrantos (a dish made of eggs and chorizo), atascaburras, bacalao al ajo arriero (a cold dish of smashed potatoes and codfish) and different kinds of sweets like the "nun's sighs".
But my favourite dish are the lamb intestines, which are rolled around a vineyard stick and then grilled.
This extraordinary restaurant proposes revised versions of the traditional dishes from La Mancha. Not in vain it is one of the most reputated restaurants in Spain.
Favorite Dish: Let yourself be surprised by the degustation menu.
We didn't enter this bar, but I was very attracted by its look.
If I needed to have a drink or to eat in the area this should be the place.