Anyone who has been on a Peru tour package will appreciate the quality of food on offer here. Peruvian food is probably the best in all of Latin America, and is becoming more and more recognized worldwide, with Peruvian restaurants being opened in many major cities such as London, New York, Tokyo etc.
While you are on vacation here in Peru, maybe you could try some of our recommendations, which have been made by our staff and previous clients.
If you would like us to make a reservation in any of the restaurants listed for you, or if there is a restaurant you think should (or shouldn’t!) be on our list, please contact us.
This is an excellent restaurant, fairly new to the Cusco scene.
The opera-singing while you eat (Thursday to Saturday) is first class and really compliments the great food and the decor. There are period style pieces of furniture and nice decorative touches and even two models of Dante’s Inferno sunk into the floor and covered by glass. It is a great experience.
The restaurant is inside the Hotel Arqueologo just up the street from the famous Hotel Monasterio.
Another great place to eat from the famous Peruvian chef, Gaston Acurio (who apparently cannot get a restaurant wrong!).
This attractive place is set on the second floor of a lovely Colonial house. The menu presents twists on excellent Peruvian food.
This eatery is located very centrally, on the square behind the main square … so easy to walk to your hotel when you have tried all the cocktails!
Open-plan, street-front, Italian restaurant.
This place has a minimalist style and caters for up to 150 guests at one time. Its always nice to be able to view the kitchen in restaurants, it gives you a sense of security.
One spectacular feature is a huge Inca wall, as the restaurant is located on the site of the palace of Inca Emperor, Tupac Yupanqui. How often can you say that when dining in downtown Philadelphia?!
Excellent, traditional Peruvian dishes with a fusion twist, plus superb fresh sushi and ceviche.
This restaurant is set right on the Plaza de Armas in a beautiful Colonial building, retaining many original features, and a balcony overlooking the square itself. Good prices for the high quality of food and excellent service.
Highly recommended for an evening meal. Very romantic for a couple seated on the terrace for example. Plenty of room for larger groups too.
One of the best places to eat in the city, by the same owners as Baco.
Serves high end tapas and superb Peruvian food in a very atmospheric second floor restaurant, which sometimes can be very crowded … so reserve early!
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apart from the excellent food, they have an extensive list of wines and cocktails.
Your credit card will tremble, but it is worth it.
Fusion Andean food in a relaxed restaurant environment. Food not too expensive and very nice indeed, drinks a little pricey and sometimes the service is a little slow, but you are in Peru!
There are tables and sofas, so you can choose to be more formal or more relaxed, or even sit outside as there are gas heaters to keep you toasty (shame about annoying street vendors).
Great location in a pedestrian area, with a lovely view of colonial churches.
This restaurant is high on design points. It is difficult to describe. ‘Kitsch’ may be the word. Many of the tables you eat on are made from bathtubs filled with tropical fish with glass tops!
You just need to go along and see, eat and drink. Try the steaks with unusual sauces, they are great.
If you are lucky enough to be in town when they have a party, you must go along. They are famous all over Peru and appear on TV regularly.
If you like steak, this place is superb.
Great location in the heart of Miraflores, so you can walk off the huge lump of meat you have just eaten while wandering back to your hotel. The restaurant is more family-friendly that most on this list and you will often see whole Peruvian families enjoying themselves.
There are the usual Peruvian dishes alongside the wide range for carnivores. There is the chance to compare Peruvian and Argentine beef on the menu, and the place has a nice bar to warm up your evening in.
This is a mildly high-end Peruvian – Chinese restaurant that we love, as it really isn’t expensive and the food is great.
The decor and ambience is very nice (apart from them playing 80s music sometimes!), with even a huge red dragon hanging in the ceiling and the service is also very good.
This is another one of Gaston Acurio’s places and they serve twists on the very popular and delicious fusion Peruvian / Chinese / Japanese cuisine.
Located in a very safe and upscale part of town, it will however be a 10-minute taxi ride from your hotel.
La Rosa Nautica.
Superb seafood actually over the waves in a wooden, pier-like structure.
A little pricey, but worth the effort for the location .., and the food is very good indeed.
You will need to ask us for transfers to and from the restaurant as it is located 10 minutes drive from your Miraflores hotels.
The evening buffet at Junius is a great experience, as the food is accompanied by a show of several traditional dances and music from some of the many different cultural zones around Peru.
Our favorite is the tijeras (scissors) dance from the Ayacucho area of the Andes: the skill and fitness of the dancers is highly impressive.
Make sure you don’t have too much breakfast, if you intend to eat lunch here: it is one of the biggest and most varied buffets you will ever see.
This is not really a tourist restaurant, and as Peruvians like to eat well and plenty, it is a great choice for refueling for more sightseeing.
It is located in the up-market financial district of San Isidro and gives you the chance of trying many regional dishes, alongside many international ones.
This place is housed within a large black house which looks like a castle! Found in the high-end district of San Isidro (the name Lima 27 is the zip code for the area), this is extremely fashionable dining, but at fairly reasonable prices.
The menu is extensive, as is the wine list, and you are able to try quite unusual dishes presented very nicely indeed. The ambience is sophisticated but relaxed at the same time and the service is impeccable.
It really is a nice evening out.
How many times have you eaten excellent food in the grounds of a 5th Century pyramid? Exactly! So try it now.
The food is great and the setting even better (you will pay for it, though!). You can eat outside in view of the adobe pyramid, with hot coals or gas heaters to ward off the chilly evening; or eat inside with the huge wine cellar.
Gary’s favorite place in Arequipa: he and his wife Malka eat here every time they visit the Arequipa.
An evening meal for two or for your family, reserving the window table, overlooking the Church and the square, is a lovely experience. The meat dishes actually cook in front of you on a oven baked stone, and the range of meats you can choose from normally includes Ostrich. Plus you have to wear a comedy bib which you can take a way as a souvenir. There are vegetarian options too, and the wine is great.
You cannot go wrong.
Zig Zig – Creperie Crepisimo.
Same owners as above and another top place.
More for lunch really, as they have a daily fixed menu which is great value taking into account the quality of food. The restaurant is located in a beautiful building on two levels, plus there is an outside terrace, where you can enjoy the sun.
Very reasonable prices and great service.
Casa Andina Private Collection Restaurant.
In line with all the services of the Casa Andina Private Collection hotels, the restaurant is excellent.
The hotel and restaurant itself are housed in a living museum: the place is 400 years old and used to be the city mint. The paintings and adorments are period, and the impression of stepping back in time while eating excellent food is a lovely one.
If you don’t end up staying there with Escaped to Latin America, let us make a you a dinner reservation a anyway. Take your camera.
Nice food, trendy furniture (for Puno anyway!) and music and good service.
The restaurant is on the main tourist, pedestrian street, Jiron Lima, so is easy to find. Local Peruvian ingredients presented in an imaginative and delicious way. You can also get good coffee and deserts and watch the world go by through the large windows onto the street.
Next door to Inka Bar and also good food in a modernistic two-level place. Comfy sofas upstairs and a great place for snack, if you are not that hungry.
Take advantage of the WIFI internet, if you are traveling with your laptop.
This French / Peruvian owned restaurant serves up some of the best food in town, best described as Peruvian cuisine with French touches, served in Western portions.
The two-story restaurant in the center of town has a very homely feel. The four-course set menu is large and includes quiche Lorraine, sopa criolla, lemon or garlic trout, ginger chicken and apple pie.
This is our favorite place in Aguas Calientes for an evening meal. Good atmosphere always.
If you are hungry at lunch time and need to recover from a long tour up at Machu Picchu, or fuel up before you go up in the afternoon, this is the place!
There is a huge range of Peruvian food on offer in the buffet. The food is not as sophisticated as Indio Feliz, but it gives you the chance to try lots of different Peruvian food in one sitting.
Make sure you haven’t had too much breakfast!
Sumaq Hotel Restaurant.
High-end, designer food by the famous Peruvian chef, Rafael Piqueras. It is a bit expensive but it is lovely food presented as a work of art.
If you are staying at the hotel with Escaped to Latin America, you will be able to try it anyway. But even if you are staying elsewhere, you can still pop along.