I get a lot of questions about the “must eat” restaurants in Lima. Lima is a gastronomic tourist’s South American destination, here is the list, from the fanciest (as in they are listed on the list of 50 best restaurants list) to some that I recommend, including breakfast places. Or you can go according to this list from Eater. All these places (even La Grimanesa) are not hole-in-the-wall places, and some are downright white tablecloth fancy pantsy. Plus, if you are in Lima for longer than two weeks, you will want to explore more, once you’ve been to these places…
1: Central, Ca. Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores
2: Raphael, San Martín 300, Miraflores
3: Maido (it’s Japanese-Peruvian), Ca. San Martín 399, Miraflores
3-7: La Mar, Av. La Mar 770, Miraflores, is a cevicheria which is part of Gaston Acurio’s empire, as are: Astrid y Gaston, Madam Tusan, Tanta, Papachos, Los Bachiche (Italian-Peruvian and no longer part of his empire-sold to an Italian) and his newest place, La Bodega.
8: Cosme (best secret place), Tudela Y Varela 160-162, San Isidro
9: Malabar, Av. Camino Real 101, San Isidro
10: El Mercado (also a Rafael Osterling restaurant), Hipólito Unanue 203, Miraflores
11: Osaka (Japanese), Av. Pardo y Aliaga 660, San Isidro
12: Amaz (Amazonian food), Av. La Paz 1079, Miraflores
13: El Seniorio de Sulco (on the malecon with a view of the ocean), Malecón Cisneros 1470, Miraflores
14: La Isolina, Av San Martin 101, (serves heritage Peruvian dishes): as it’s in Barranco, go during a summer lunch time.
15: La Grimanesa (the only slightly hole-in-the-wall place), Ca. Ignacio Merino 466, Miraflores (practically across the street from La Mar). These are the award winning beef hearts on skewers. If you are going to do it, do it here.
16: Chez Wong (known for cooking in his home). Ca. Enrique León García 114, Santa Catalina
17: El Pan de la Chola (go for breakfast or for a light dinner), Av. La Mar 918, Miraflores. His newest location in Calle Miguel Dasso serves completely different breads etc. Rumor has it that he, Jonathan Day, is opening a pizzeria near Avenida La Mar…
18: La Lucha Sangucheria (go for breakfast or a late night dinner to enjoy the 50s look)
19: La Pannetteria (go for breakfast) in Barranco.
20: La Red, Av Mariscal La Mar 391, Miraflores (down the street from La Mar)
21: Cordanos (it’s downtown so good for when out touristing)
22: La Picanteria, Calle Santa Rosa 388, Surquillo
23: Pescados Capitales (various locations including on La Mariscal La Mar, down the street from La Mar)
24: La Preferida (go to the location in San Isidro)
25: Las Brujas de Cachiche (good for Friday night dining straight from the airport)
26: La Leche, a cevicheria in Surco, well hidden, on the second floor of a building near the El Polo mall.
27: La Segunda Muelle (it’s a chain but delicious!)
28: La Panka (also a chain)
29: Chifa Titi (Chinese), Javier Prado Este 1212, San Isidro
30: Osso, Tahiti 175, La Molina: for meat.
31: Pardos Chicken (famous Peruvian chicken rotisserie)
32: El Rocoto: named after the famous large picante red chili from Arequipa.
33: Maria Almenara (for breakfast)
34: Blu (gelato), in Barranco
And then the non “Peruvian” places (for those who are here for more than a week):
35: Geronimo’s (it’s “Mexican” but really more of a tapas place), near La Mar
36: Aji555, Av San Luis 2879, San Borja (delicious and Thai — really!!!), second location in San Borja.
37: Cafe Mozart (Italian and Euro flavor)
38: Spizza (in San Isidro). Great Italian style pizza.
39: Taller Razeto, in La Punta.
40: La Mora (also for those who like a good northern European style meal or schnitzel) is a chain with reliable food and more cozy European cafe feel.
I’m sure that there are more which I am missing, but will get told about… I’ll add more as I find more… and I did…
41: Las Vecinas, in Barranco, just down the small street by La Isolina. A cafe which is pet-friendly and eco-friendly. And they serve eggs for breakfast, and all the way till 2 pm!
42: Don Cucho’s, in Pachacamac. It’s way out by itself, an adventure to find, and sprawling.
43: Tzu Chifa, Larcomar Mall, Miraflores. It’s elegant, got great views of the ocean, and the food it Chinese.
44: Jian Xing, Chinatown or “Barrio Chino” where it’s not fancy like at Tzu but it’s economical.
45: Arirang, Calle Las Orquídeas 447, San Isidro. Authentic Korean barbecue.
46: Tambo Rural, Kilometer marker 52, Panamerican highway, south. Fresh bread out of the oven, stuffed with olives and cheese. Plus coffee so local that you might not understand the accent.
47: Juicy Lucy, Av Mariscal La Mar 1328, Miraflores . Go for the name alone. It’s burgers.
48: El Batan, Km. 198.5, Carretera Panamericana Sur, Chincha Alta. The MOST delicious lomo saltado to date. It’s located at a gas station in the middle of a town.
49. Amorelado, ice cream shop across from La Mar. Just because you will need something to do while you wait for your table at La Mar… try the lucuma. Then you can tick that off the list.
50. 500 Degrees, on Av. Camino Real. They have breakfast from 7-12. Then lunch. It’s a sunken patio. The juice is good, the salads are good.
51. La Ciccolina, Cusco. It’s upstairs from a courtyard. One of Gaston Acurio’s kingdom.
51. I can’t recall the name, but it’s in Cusco and the pizza as divine. As was the quinoa encrusted deep fried shrimp on the salad. There was a wood burning pizza oven. Plus, the place was open at 10 pm.
And counting… I’m not including the places I’ve been where the food was awful.