Peruvian Cusine

At the Fourth International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid Fusion 2006, regarded as the world's most important gastronomic forum, held in Spain, Lima was declared the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas"

Mentioning the most popular dishes on this page will give you an idea of the many possibilities of food offered in Peru. Hopefully this information will help you  choose what you would like to try.




All the new restaurants now offer a variation and fusion of these dishes with more nouveau or novoandina cuisine. Be sure you try at least a few of this exquisite dishes

Ceviche - Diced marinated fish in limes served with sliced red onions and aji  limo or rocoto (chili), accompanied with sweet potato, corn and seaweed.

This dish is made in many ways and the recipe is not unique. It is done with all kinds of fish, seafood and even vegetables or chicken. A new variation on this dish is called Tiradito.

The fish is cut like  carpaccio instead of being diced, and it is not served with onions but with a variation of different sauces.

Anticuchos (Quechua for Kebab) are a popular, inexpensive dish consisting of small pieces of grilled skewered meat. Anticuchos are readily found on streetcars and street food stalls, as well as in many restaurants.The meat is marinated in vinegar and spices and while anticuchos can be made of any type of meat, the most popular type are made of cow heart (anticuchos de corazon) and served  with a boiled potato or corn and a chili sauce.

Lomo Saltado (jumping beef) its a very typical Peruvian dish originated by the influence of the Cantonese-Chinese  around the middle of the 19th century, it contains the seasoning and the mixture of the Peruvian creole cooking and the oriental one.It is beef sauteed with onion, tomato, soy sauce, vinegar, chili (aji) and served or mixed with French fried potatoes and accompanied with rice.You will find this dish at almost every restaurant in Peru.

Papa Rellena (stuffed potato) - mashed  yellow potatoes (papa amarilla) stuffed with minced meat, eggs, olives and various spices and then deep fried.

Causa-It is a mashed yellow potato dumpling mixed with lemon, onion, chili and oil , stuffed with avocado, tomato and boiled eggs. Varieties include stuffing with chicken, tuna, shellfish or many others added to the mixture. Served cold with black olives.

Pachamanca - Cooked all over the Andean region of Peru, is made from a variety of meats (fish, chicken, lamb, pork and beef), herbs and a variety of vegetables, mainly many types of potatoes, that are slowly cooked underground on a bed of heated stones. Normally done at specialized restaurants on the outskirts of Lima or at big gatherings. 

Cuy Chactado (Guinea pig)A highland delicacy. If you have a chance try it. In Lima you can try it at sophisticated restaurants like Astrid & Gaston. It will have a much appetizing presentation than in many other restaurants.  

Aji de Gallina (chili chicken) Thin strips of chicken stewed with a creamy and spicy sauce, made with aji amarillo,cheese, milk, bread, and walnuts, served over slices of boiled potatoes and accompanied with white rice.Traditionally made from farm black hens, but today  from chickens.

Chicharrones -Deep-fried (in its own fat) and heavily salted pork served with fried sweet potatoes (camote) Its also eaten as a sandwich.

Papa a la Huancaina (Huancayo-style potatoes), a dish consisting of sliced boiled potatoes, served on a bed of lettuce with a sauce made out of Aji amarillo ,milk and farmers cheese ,served with olives and a slice of  boiled egg. It is actually from chosica, in Lima, made by a "Huancaina" (a person from Huancayo)

Arroz con Pollo, or rice with chicken, is enjoyed for its rich-flavored rice made with cilantro,green peas,bell peppers and cooked with beer, combined with chicken pieces.

Cau cau - Consisting of tripe and diced potatoes and turmeric stew  served with rice. The seasoning of this dish is now also used with other meats or seafood rather than tripe.

Butifarras-a sandwich in a hamburger-type bread roll (french bread) and consisting of Peruvian ham with an onion spicy sauce.(salsa criolla)

Carapulcra- A stew  of dried potatoes, combined with pork or chicken, red chilies, peanuts and cumin.

Empanadas Peruanas  (Peruvian pastries) They can be filled either with chicken, beef, cheese or be strictly vegetarian. They have a unique taste due to the addition of olives and  hard boiled eggs and raisins.These are not fried but baked.

Chupe de Camarones (shrimp cioppino)  A very popular dish of the Peruvian coastal cuisine. It is made from a thick freshwater shrimp (crayfish) stock soup, potatoes, milk, egg  and chili pepper. 

Tamales: Boiled corn with pork or chicken meat and wrapped in a banana leaf. Similar are the Humitas, are corn mixed with spices, sugar, onions, filled with pork and olives and finally wrapped in the leaves of corn husks. Tamales are a common breakfast food, often served with a spicy onion sauce (Salsa Criolla)

Seco de Cabrito- (goat stew)  A pot stew after marinating with chicha de jora or beer and other spices including lots of fresh cilantro and garlic.This has become a very popular type of stew and now you an find "Seco" made with beef or chicken.

Olluquito .-Olluco is a yellowish tuber. A stew of finely diced ollucos with charqui pieces (traditionally alpaca, or less frequently llama meat or ground beef or cheese) served with white rice.  

Rocoto relleno-(stuffed Rocotos) Rocotos are one of the very hot (spicy) chillies of Peru. In this dish they are stuffed with spiced beef , onions, olives, egg white and then cooked in the oven with potatoes covered with cheese and milk.  

Tacu Tacu: Beans mixed with rice and refried. Served with pan-fried steak, fried egg and fried bananas. A classic very filling dish.Variations are now served in many restaurants, try Tacu Tacu de Mariscos (seafood)  

Chifa: A Peruvian version of Cantonese-Chinese food. Many chifas are located all over Peru.  

Sancochado (parboil) A beefs,sausage and varied vegetable parboiled.Its offered at restaurants during winter time. You are served a clear soup and separately the different meats and vegetables.

Sweet Dishes  

Picarones - A sweet, ring-shaped fritter with a pumpkin base,served with a molasses syrup.

Alfajores - Basic recipe makes use of a base mix of flour, lemon rind, margarine, and powdered sugar which is then oven-baked. Alfajores consist of two or more layers of this baked pastry, and is usually filled with either manjar blanco (a caramel-colored, sweet, creamy filling made with milk and sugar) or molasses.

Suspiro Limeño- A very popular and typical sweet  dessert made of milk, egg whites, port and cinnamon.

Turrones - Turron de Dona Pepa, an anise and honey nougat that is traditionally prepared during October.

Lucuma -Its a Peruvian fruit from the Inca times. Its used for desserts, never eaten raw. Lucuma juice, ice cream, and corresponding lucuma shakes are very popular throughout Peru. Chirimoya is another Peruvian fruit used in many deserts.

Mazamorra Morada- a jelly-like dessert made with-purple maize.(same as Chicha morada)

Tejas- Candy filled with manjar blanco and coated with a fondant-like shell. Also made with a chocolate shell (chocoteja).


Peruvian Drinks:

  • Chicha Morada- Made out of purple maize. Very sweet and popular, non-alcoholic
  • Chicha de Jora - Made out of a yellow maize and fermented. Has alcohol
  • Inca Kola - A very popular yellow color Soda pop.
  • Pisco Sour - An alcoholic cocktail made with Peruvian Pisco , limes and sugar. Excellent but beware, its not a lemonade.



  • Sea Food
  • Peruvian Food
  • Chinese food
  • Internation Food



Pescados Capitales : One of the best seafood restaurants in Lima. The food is fantastic and the service is great. No reservations accepted on weekends, so you must get there early or wait in their comfortable waiting lounge. Av. La Mar 1337, MirafloresOne of the only seafood restaurants that opens at night.

Kapallaq: This restaurant is frequented by a clientele that appreciates a sophisticated, yet traditional seafood cuisine. The menu features many fish and shellfish clay pot stews, seasoned with native Peruvian herbs and flavours, as well as dishes that reveal a Spanish influence in the generous use of wine, olive oil, saffron, and garlic. Chef Lucho and wife Deniss are your hosts. Opens only for lunch, from Mondays to Saturdays. Make reservations as it only has 10 tables.
Av.Petit Thouars 4844 Miraflores. Phone: 4444149

Franceso: Very fine restaurant with excellent seafood and pasta dishes. Opens  for lunch only from Mondays to Sundays.Reservations are a must.
Malecon de la Marina 526,Miraflores  Phone: 4428255 or 2212697 

La Mar : Gaston Acurio's latest addition The dishes meet every requirement for success: abundant, inexpensive, and delicious. Indeed, you need to get there quite early (particularly on Saturdays) unless you don't mind lingering for 2 hours on the bar.
Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores   Phone : 4213365


El Senor de Sulco: Their cuisine both recovers and preserves the authenticity of Peruvian dishes, and combines local flavours and tastes with modern culinary techniques to create original recipes that maintain a strong Peruvian stamp. It's open from Mondays to Saturdays for lunch and dinner and Sundays (lunch only).

Malecon Cisneros 1470, Miraflores   Phone: 4410183 or 4410389

Jose Antonio: Probably the most renowned criollo restaurant for foreigners, Jose Antonio is a must for food lovers and gourmets. Here you won't find crossover or fusion cuisine, but just the simple traditional dishes that Peruvians have been enjoying for decades. Open from Mondays to Sundays for lunch and dinner.
Bernardo Monteagudo 200, San Isidro   Phone : 2640188 or 2643284  www.

Las Brujas de Cachiche : The extensive menu includes all the traditional dishes, some of which are even prepared following the ancient recipes. Mondays to Saturdays for lunch and dinner, Sundays lunch only.
Calle Bolognesi 460, Miraflores, Phone 4466536 or 4471883

Manos Morenas : Cooks and waitresses dressed with colourful head wraps, a traditional costume of the Afro Peruvian women that used to work in coastal haciendas and are busy preparing and serving some of the great dishes.
Av. Pedro de Osma 409 , Barranco

Huaca Pucllana : Located in a breathtaking setting within the ruins of the Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological compound built between 200 and 700 AD by the early inhabitants of Lima. The adobe pyramid, digs and walls of the complex -one of the main administrative and ceremonial centres of the Lima Culture. The cuisine is a reinterpretation of the Peruvian Criollo tradition combined with local flavours and ingredients with contemporary techniques.
General Borgono Cdra 8 s/n, Miraflores Phone 445-4042

Rincon Chami : Located in the heart of Miraflores, offers excellent Peruvian food at very reasonable prices.This is real local food in a simple restaurant frequented by locals.Each day they offer a specialty dish.Esperanza 154 Miraflores Phone : 4444511

El Cafe del Museo: Located in the beautiful garden of the Larco Museum, this very charming and elegant restaurant will offer you a pretty attractive menu including all the local specialities and a large choice of cocktails. The atmosphere is very arty and the food is absolutely delicious and very affordable. AV. Bolivar 1515 - Pueblo Libre - - Phone: 462-4757


Wa-Lok : Of the few remaining restaurants that maintains the original cross-over of Cantonese and Peruvian cuisine, developed in the first half of the 20th century by the Chinese immigrants that established around Capon street, in what now is Chinatown. In fact, the restaurant still keeps its original locale in Jr. Paruro, just in the heart of the Chinese quarter, but a more accessible one in Miraflores.
Av.Angamos Oeste 700 , Miraflores  Phone:4471329 or 4471314

O Mei: Outstanding their Pekinese duck, prepared according to a century-old recipe originated during the Ching dynasty. It also offers oriental food from other Asian countries. Prices are on the high side.
Av.Javier Prado Este 5902, La Molina   Phone: 4370188

Royal: An upper class excellent Chinese restaurant located in San Isidro.
Av.Prescott 231, San Isidro   Phone :4229547

Lung Fun : A very big and traditional Chinese food restaurant located next to one of the biggest casinos in Lima.
Av.Republica de Panama 3165 , San Isidro   Phone : 4418817

Hou Wha: Now the most visited Chifa by the locals. Excellent variety of good dishes.
Carlos Tenaud 490  Miraflores   Phone : 4400442


Astrid and Gaston: This restaurant was founded in 1994, its food was largely French. Gradually they discovered Peruvian flavours and culinary traditions, the kitchen now incorporates local dishes and ingredients and produce excellent Peruvian-International dishes. It is now considered one of the best restaurants in

La Gloria : La Gloria stands out as one of the most sophisticated and convincing International cuisines in Lima. It is located in an old mansion in the heart of Miraflores.
Atahualpa 201 , Miraflores    Phone : 4455705 or 4466504

Rodrigo : Restaurant Rodrigo is sophisticated and elegant, with an European lounge-style decor that attracts young and adults.
Francisco de Paula Camino 231 , Miraflores   Phone : 4460985 or 4464011

Rafael: An excellent and preferred restaurant for  Limenos.Located in a colonial mansion in the old part of Miraflores, this warm restaurant surprises for the delicate fusion of Peruvian and international dishes.
San Martin 300, Miraflores    Phone 242-4149

La Rosa Nautica: The view of the ocean through the big windows and the relaxing sound of waves breaking against the pile make you feel as if you were in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. Preferred by many tourist but not by the local fans.
Espigon 4 Circuito de Playas, Miraflores Phone 447-0057/445-0149 

Malabar :One of the favourites in Lima. An excellent choice for  eclectic cuisine that takes inspiration in  Peruvian, Italian, and Cuban heritage. Cheff Pedro Miguel Schiaffino offers complex and surprising in variety dishes. You will also find the Peruvian classics with iCennovations.Just named the 72nd best restaurant in the world.
Calle Camino Real 101 San Isidro.Phone:4405200

Central  : A favourite but its expensive for Lima standards. They also serve small dishes but you can have a 3 dish meal and enjoy it to the maximum delite.Located in Miraflores.Calle Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima 242-8575, 242-8515



Inca Grill   (International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino) Tel: 262992
Portal de Panes 115, Plaza de Armas. Inca Grill offers the best food in town and although expensive I think you'll think it's worth it. The menu includes a wide range of typical and international dishes including vegetarian dishes. Elegant folk shows are put on each evening. Highly recommended by South American Handbook. Reservations are a good idea. Open Mon-Sun 11am-11:30pm

Cicciolina   (Mediterranean / Tapas)
Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd floor, nicely decorated, Spanish / Italian / Mediterranean cuisine, beautifully presented. Nice atmosphere, sophisticated. Separate bar menu includes tapas. A little on the expensive side but overall good value. Go on treat yourself. Recommended. Reservations are a must May to September.

 Jack's Cafe 
Corner of Cuesta San Blas and Choquechaca. Tel: 806960 Good selection of snacks and dishes, generous portions, well presented. Nice decor, relaxed atmosphere. Well recommended. Great English full breakfast served all day. Other dishes include houmus and ciabatta bread, French fries and guacamole, Jack's antipasto (selection of yummy things), veggie burgers and home-made soups. All freshly made in the smallest kitchen in Cusco!!

Kusikuy   (Andean/International) 
Calle Suecia 339, Tel: 292870 (Quechua for happy guinea pig!) excellent place to try out typical Peruvian dishes including the house speciality 'cuy al horno' (baked guinea pig) which emerges from the oven amidst the flashing of cameras and squeals of delight or disgust. Good service.

Chez Maggy   (Italian) 
Calle Plateros 339, Tel 23 4861Freshly baked pizzas made in traditional wood burning oven. Pastas and soups. Good atmosphere, long tables bring you jostling elbow to elbow with other travellers. 


Granja Heidi 
Cuesta San Blas 525. Tel: 238383 Highly recommended. Very clean with spotless toilets. Granja Heidi (Heidi's Farm) offers fresh, nutritious meals as well as wholesome breakfasts. They also have a great 4 course set meal at lunchtime for US$5. Spacious with plenty of natural light. Becoming very popular so it is a good idea to book a table in the evenings. Good selection of vegetarian meals including delicious stuffed peppers.

El Cuate (Mexican) Tel: 227003
Procuradores 386, Good value Mexican food with an economical daily set menu. Big portions. Open daily 11am-midnight.

La Quinta Eulalia (Andean) Tel: 224951
Choquechaka 384, If you want to experience a real Cusquenan restaurant pay a visit to La Quinta Eulalia. It has outdoor tented seating, local dishes including guinea pig, traditional music and home brewed chicha. An experience you'll remember. Open only for lunch 11am-5pm


Indio Feliz : Cuisines: French, Peruvian

Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Business, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining

Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours, Dessert

Located : Lloque Yupanqui 4-12, Aguas Calientes 01, Peru

084 211 090

Tree House: Cuisines: Peruvian, Vegetarian

Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Business, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients

Price: 4 - 19 US$

Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert

Located: Calle Huancaure 180, Aguas Calientes 51, Peru



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