Best restaurants in Peru

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    Central

    Part restaurant, part laboratory, Central reinvents Andean cuisine and rescues age-old Peruvian ingredients not used elsewhere. Dining is an experience, evidenced by tender native potatoes served in edible clay. Chef Virgilio Martinez wants you to taste the Andes. He paid his dues in Europe and Asia's top kitchens, but it's his work here that dazzles.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    Maido

    True artistry and exquisite flavors make Maido an excellent stop for top-notch nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) fare that has put it on World's Best lists. The menu of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura ranges from sushi to tender 50-hour ribs, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and ramen, with a Peruvian accent. Desserts – such as the yucca mochi or a white-chocolate egg with sorbet yolk – delight. It supports sustainable fishing.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ayacucho

    Via Via

    The upstairs plaza-facing balcony has the best views in Ayacucho to accompany your meal of Peruvian-European fusion cuisine, made from ethically sourced, organic ingredients. You’re sure to find something to sate you – perhaps quinnoto (risotto with quinoa) or salteado de alpaca (strips of alpaca meat stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, potatoes and chili) – alongside a crisp South American wine.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Sacred Valley

    MIL

    New in 2018, this lauded Virgilio Martinez restaurant is more an experience than a meal. A set menu showcases the incredibly diverse local Andean ingredients using cutting-edge cooking techniques. Lunch is eight 'moments,' small plates, paired with beverages with alcohol (S269) or without (S124). Built on the flanks of the Moray ruins, its location is superb. Set aside two to three hours.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cuzco

    Cicciolina

    On the 2nd floor of a lofty colonial courtyard mansion, Cicciolina may be Cuzco’s best restaurant. The eclectic, sophisticated food is divine, starting with house-marinated olives, and continuing with crisp polenta squares with cured rabbit, huge green salads, charred octopus and satisfying mains like red trout in coconut milk, beetroot ravioli and tender lamb. With impeccable service and warmly lit seating.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yarinacocha

    Cafe Elixir

    You don't find this sort of cafe very often in Peru, let alone in Yarinacocha. Lovely coffee (the city's best), freshly squeezed juices and 100% homemade food are all served at reasonable prices. Some of the creative, veggie and vegan-friendly concoctions include Peruvian or Jamaican curry (go and find out) as well as the house take on pad thai.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    Astrid y Gastón Casa Moreyra

    The standard-bearer of novoandina cooking in Lima, Gastón Acurio’s flagship French-influenced restaurant, run by Lima native Diego Muñoz, remains a culinary tour de force. The seasonal menu features traditional Peruvian fare, but it’s the exquisite fusion specialties that make this a sublime fine-dining experience. The 28-course tasting menu showcases the depth and breadth of possibility here – just do it.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    Isolina

    Go old school. This is home-style criollo (spicy Peruvian fare with Spanish and African influences) food at its best. Isolina doesn't shy away from tripe and kidneys, but also offers loving preparations of succulent ribs, causa escabechada (whipped potato dishes with marinated onions) and vibrant green salads on the handwritten menu. Family-sized portions come in old-fashioned tins, but you could make a lighter meal of starters such as marinated clams or ceviche.

  • Restaurants in Lima

    IK

    Combining ancestral traditions with the Peruvian vanguard of molecular gastronomy is a tall order, but most feel that IK pulls it off with style. The restaurant is a tribute to a well-known local chef and its restorative atmosphere of living plants, natural sounds and light projections bring something new to the dining experience. Dishes are well balanced and meticulously presented.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    ámaZ

    Chef Pedro Miguel's wonder is wholly dedicated to the abundance of the Amazon. Start with tart jungle-fruit cocktails and oversized tostones (plantain chips). Banana-leaf wraps, aka juanes, hold treasures such as fragrant Peking duck with rice. There's excellent encurtido (pickled vegetables) and the generous vegetarian set menu for two is a delicious way to sample the diversity.

  • Restaurants in Lima

    La Mar

    A good-time cevichería (restaurant serving ceviche) with outstanding service and wonderful ceviche and tiraditos (Japanese version of ceviche), alongside a light and fresh chifon chaufa (fried rice). This Gastón Acurio outpost is not much more than a polished cement patio bursting with VIPs. Try the delicious riff on a bloody Mary – the sublime bloody locho, seafood shells and all. Desserts deliver too. It does not take reservations.

  • Restaurants in Lima

    La Panetteria

    One of the neighborhood favorites, this bakery serves up a wide variety of breads, from traditional baguettes and French rolls, to playful experiments such as pesto or aji (Peru’s slightly spicy pepper) loaves and gorgeous pastries. It's busy on weekends with the brunch crowd (eggs aren't on the menu but are available).

  • Restaurants in Lima

    Pescados Capitales

    On a street once lined by clattering auto shops, this industrial-contemporary destination serves some of the finest ceviche around. Try the ‘Ceviche Capital,’ a mix of flounder, salmon and tuna marinated with red, white and green onions, bathed in a three-chili crème. A nine-page wine list offers a strong selection of Chilean and Argentinean vintages.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trujillo

    Mar Picante

    This hugely popular place has recently undergone an overhaul and is now all polished concrete and industrial metal beams, but the food remains outrageously good. If you come to Trujillo without sampling its ceviche mixto (mixed ceviche) ordered with a side of something spicy, you haven’t lived life on the edge.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Aguas Calientes

    Indio Feliz

    Hospitality is the strong suit of French cook Patrik at this multi-award-winning restaurant, but the food does not disappoint. Start with sopa a la criolla (mildly spiced, creamy noodle soup with beef and peppers). There are also nods to traditional French cooking – like Provençal tomatoes, crispy-perfect garlic potatoes and a melt-in-your-mouth apple tart.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Huanchaco

    Restaurante Mococho

    This tiny place sits secluded in a walled garden where the legend of chef don Victor is carried on by his widow and son, Wen. It’s not cheap, but it’s fresh and excellent. The specialty is steamed whole fish in sauce, which is big enough to serve three. Come early – it closes once the fresh fish runs out.

  • Restaurants in Chiclayo

    Fiesta Chiclayo Gourmet

    Few things are as satisfying as scraping those last bits of slightly charred rice off the bottom of an iron-clad pan and savoring all that’s great about a rice dish such as arroz con pato a la chiclayana, made here with farm-raised duck that must be a black-feathered quacker not a day over three months of age.

  • Restaurants in Huaraz

    Café Andino

    This modern top-floor cafe has space and light in spades, comfy lounges, art, photos, crackling fireplace, books and groovy tunes – it’s the ultimate South American traveler hangout and meeting spot. You can get breakfast anytime (Belgian waffles, huevos rancheros), and snacks you miss (nachos). It's also the best place in town for information about trekking in the area.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trujillo

    El Celler de Cler

    This atmospheric spot is the only place in Trujillo to enjoy dinner (coupled with an amazing cocktail) on a 2nd-floor balcony – the wraparound number dates to the early 19th century. The food is upscale, featuring pasta and grills, and delicious. Antiques fuel the decor, from a 1950s-era American cash register to an extraordinary industrial-revolution pulley lamp from the UK.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Paracas (El Chaco)

    Inti-Mar

    One of our favorite places to eat on the entire coast, this breezy spot on the far side of the bay is a working scallop farm with a handful of tables right next to the water. It serves a bunch of different seafood dishes but the fresh scallops served natural with lemon and olive oil are phenomenal.