Restaurants in Lima abound by the tens of thousands. As one of the world's hottest foodie cities, the competition is fierce, and the variety is fascinating. This South American coastal capital comes out ahead when you stack Lima against other culinary destinations. If you still aren't convinced about Lima's savory street cred, the World Travel Awards has declared Peru's City of Kings as the Leading Culinary Destination in the World for the last eight years. Want even better news? For the most part, the concentration of best restaurants in Miraflores is within walking distance of the malecón (boardwalk). The same can be said about the best restaurants in Barranco.
If there is one thing we enjoy, it's trying new restaurants (we do run a lima food tours, after all). It's about turning yourself over to the experience, including the ambiance, the service, the decor, and of course, the dishes. These are our top 15 picks for places that pass the test across the board for an unforgettable time in Peru: beautiful and original restaurant design, a mix of locals and foreigners, unique menus using Peruvian ingredients, delicious cocktails, lively atmospheres, and mouth-watering recipes.
LA MAR (Gastón Acurio)
770 La Mar Av. – Miraflores / 421-3365
Cuisine type: Seafood
206 Jr. 28 de Julio - Barranco / 277-1628
Cuisine type: Nikkei: Japanese-Peruvian
XOMA (Ralf Zúñiga)
179 Elías Aguirre – Miraflores / 970 653 913
Cuisine type: Peruvian Haute Cuisine
2011 Pérez Araníbar – San Isidro / 997 650 654
Cuisine type: Vegetarian, Sustainable, Peruvian