Restaurants in Lima
No trip to Lima would be complete without tasting ceviche and sipping on pisco sours. Not to worry, many restaurants in Lima offer all of the must-try dishes and drinks.
Dine at Astrid y Gaston a restaurant with traditional dishes such as roast suckling pig and spicy rabbit spring rolls. Named one of the fifty best in the world, this Lima restaurant is located in a historic building in the San Isidro district. Chef Gaston Acurio has developed a menu of innovative dishes that will not disappoint.
Located in the Miraflores district, Huaca Pucllana offers amazing views of the pre-Inca pyramid for which the restaurant is named. The dining space is decorated minimally with simple white furnishings and oversized windows. Try the seared tuna with the Andean herb crust. It’s a regional dish that tastes delicious.
A play on the term deadly sins, Pescados Capitales is Peruvian seafood restaurant that uses ingredients fresh from the ocean. The menu includes dishes such as fresh ceviche, grilled squid and lobster tails drenched in delicious white wine sauce. The restaurant is full of light with wood furniture, a bamboo ceiling and a lovely outdoor terrace that is perfect for a meal eaten al fresco.
You can’t come to Lima without sampling Peru’s most famous dish—ceviche.
And this is the best place to try it. The bamboo-roof restaurant is a
hot spot for Lima’s beautiful people and doesn’t take reservations. But
Formerly trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, chef Rodrigo Conroy now prepares inventive Mediterranean-Basque cuisine at this namesake restaurant in the Miraflores district.
Although the minimalist white façade evokes a Miami vibe, this Miraflores restaurant specializes in traditional cuisine from Chiclayo, one of three provinces in Peru’s northern Lambayeque region.
A play on the Spanish phrase pecados capitales (deadly sins), this seafood restaurant replaces the word pecados (sins) with pescados (fish).
A self-made Lima legend, chef Teresa Izquierdo Gonzáles opened this restaurant in 1978 to serve classic, home-cooked Peruvian and Creole dishes.
Housed in a 20th-century villa surrounded by landscaped gardens, Manos Morenos is both a traditional Creole restaurant and a lively peña folklórica (a folklore-inspired music club).
Culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out this diminutive dining room—tucked inside a residential building in working-class Santa Catalina—for the city’s finest ceviche, sliced and seasoned by chef Javier Wong. It’s only open for lunch; reserve a spot well in advance.
Situated in the upscale Miraflores district, this Peruvian restaurant is named for the 1,500-year-old archeological ruins located just outside its walls. A large terrace provides up-close views of the pre-Inca pyramid, which is illuminated after dark to create an even more dramatic setting.
A chain from the owners of Astrid y Gastón, with reasonably priced sandwiches (beef-and-onion criollo) and a few imports (Spanish tortilla). This location's umbrella-shaded alfresco area is a welcome respite from the crowds.
The 15-table restaurant is housed in a 1940’s mansion. Don’t let the traditional atmosphere here fool you: The Asian- and Mediterranean-inflected Peruvian dishes, such as lomo saltado made with rice vinegar and pisco, are exquisitely prepared by the chef-owner Rafael Osterling Letts.
With farm implements hung on rough stucco walls, the primitive décor mirrors the old-fashioned cooking. This is the place to try beef heart, a local specialty (it tastes similar to liver but is milder in flavor), or tiradito, a variation on ceviche served with a rich cream sauce.
Admire the Pacific from all-glass dining rooms while sampling regional grilled grouper with onions and tomatoes. If the gray mist that shrouds Lima for much of the year sets in, the sopa a la criolla, a soup of tomatoes, beef, and angel-hair pasta, will chase away the chill.
Walls are plastered with posters of Hollywood and soccer stars, and generous helpings of the country's most famous dish, ceviche (raw fish with lime juice, onions, and hot peppers), come with sides of sweet potato and corn.
Praised as one of the world's most innovative chefs, Gastón Acurio has established outposts of his restaurants in Madrid and Santiago. In a colonial-era house, traditional dishes like roast suckling pig with tacu-tacu (Peru's version of beans and rice) get a modern twist.
Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Malabar has a passion for wild Amazonian produce.