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Restaurants in Peru

Peru has an amazing cuisine which has evolved from both Incan and immigrant traditions from Europe, Africa and Asia. Peru's geography produces such natural ingredients as seafood, tropical fruits and rare varieties of Andean grains and potatoes. Peru restaurants offer natural food that is quite healthy.

Some of Peru's most popular dishes are part Asian including arroz chaufa and lomo saltado. Ceviche is a hugely popular dish especially in the summer. Anticuchos are marinated grilled meat kabobs. The best restaurants in Peru serve fresh local cuisine. Restaurants in Peru have something for every taste.

Pachamanca is the Quechua language word for a traditional Andean cooking technique, in which vegetables and meats are placed underground with very hot stones and slowly roasted. ("Pacha" means "earth" in Quechuan, and "manca" means "pot"). It is an ancient Inca cooking method. Pachamanca can also be cooked over the fire in a sealed clay pot, which is called pachamanca in olla. Typical components are: potatoes, assorted meats such as pork, lamb, and guinea pig, habas, tamales, and corn on the cob. The ingredients are layered with herbs such as huacatay (a local mint-like herb) and oregano and covered with very hot stones. Pachamanca restaurants offer samples as you drive by.

Peruvian rotisserie chicken became hugely popular along the East Coast of the United States. It’s called El Pollo Rico, or Peruvian Chicken.

Arroz con camarones is a paella-like dish of rice and shrimp is very popular in Peru, where it's typically prepared with crayfish. Add peas or bell peppers to this recipe if you like, or some chorizo sausage.

Lomo Saltado is a Chinese-Peruvian stir fry. Seasoned with soy sauce and yellow aji peppers, this dish has both Peruvian and Asian. Kids love it because you can stir fry French fries in it!

Humitas are an early, pre-Hispanic food similar to Mexican tamales. Fresh corn is ground and mixed with salt and lard. The mixture is wrapped in corn husks and steamed and served with salsa.

Classic Peruvian ceviche is a raw fish recipe. The fish is "cooked" in the acid of citrus juice and served with a cold beer on a hot day. The dish originates in Peru but is thought to be a development from Spanish escabeche, which is a vinegar-marinated dish.

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    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Praised as one of the world's most innovative chefs, Gastón Acurio has established outposts of his restaurants in Madrid and Santiago. In a colonia... More
  • Canta Rana

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Walls are plastered with posters of Hollywood and soccer stars, and generous helpings of the country's most famous dish, ceviche (raw fish with lim... More
  • Chez Wong

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out this diminutive dining room—tucked inside a residential building in working-class Santa Catalina—for ... More
  • El Rincón Que No Conoces

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    A self-made Lima legend, chef Teresa Izquierdo Gonzáles opened this restaurant in 1978 to serve classic, home-cooked Peruvian and Creole dishes. Co... More
  • El Señorio de Sulco

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Admire the Pacific from all-glass dining rooms while sampling regional grilled grouper with onions and tomatoes. If the gray mist that shrouds Lima... More
  • Fiesta

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Although the minimalist white façade evokes a Miami vibe, this Miraflores restaurant specializes in traditional cuisine from Chiclayo, one of three... More
  • Jose Antonio

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 loca... More
  • La Mar, Lima

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    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 ... More
  • Malabar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Malabar has a passion for wild Amazonian produce. Here, “blini and caviar” means pancakes made of native b... More
  • Manos Morenas

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Housed in a 20th-century villa surrounded by landscaped gardens, Manos Morenos is both a traditional Creole restaurant and a lively peña folklórica... More
  • Pescados Capitales

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A play on the Spanish phrase pecados capitales (deadly sins), this seafood restaurant replaces the word pecados (sins) with pescados (fish). In kee... More
  • Rafael Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    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 P... More
  • Restaurant Huaca Pucllana

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Situated in the upscale Miraflores district, this Peruvian restaurant is named for the 1,500-year-old archeological ruins located just outside its ... More
  • Restaurante El Huacatay

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
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    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Formerly trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, chef Rodrigo Conroy now prepares inventive Mediterranean-Basque cuisine at this namesake restaurant in th... More

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