The best restaurants in Lima all bring exceptional value to the table, whether that be found in the quality of the ingredients, the creativity of the chef and culinary team, the inspiring ambience or the entire story narrated from the beginning until the end of the experience. In counted, unique cases there are opportunities for some of the best dining in Lima when all of these factors unite for one incredible meal. To take matters a step further, there are great rewards for those who decide to leverage Lima’s year-round mild climate and offer guests a respite from the hustle and bustle by providing chic and cozy outdoor seating and rooftop patios. You don’t have to venture very far off the beaten path to become completely enamored by these top restaurants in Lima that serve their delicious bites with a side of fresh air.
The outdoor seating at Cala is accompanied by spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Playing up the proximity to the sea, the front-row experience extends to the palate by way of the restaurant's enticing seafood menu. Don't skip the starters, as the sharing platters provide the perfect intro to Peruvian flavors. Boasting a chic yet inviting interior re-design, at Cala you'll find no detail has escaped its creators, from the ambience and service, to the colorful ingredients and killer cocktails. It's the perfect way to cozy up to Lima's coastline and get a breath of fresh air.
Tucked into a quaint, green corner in the heart of Miraflores, La Plazita is always a winning option. Just blocks from the iconic Larco Avenue, you’ll find a relaxing patio that has something for everyone. The restaurant’s casual, elegant style puts the menu front and center with fresh Peruvian fusions that allow the country’s rich biodiversity to be the protagonist. La Plazita, without a doubt, is one of the best restaurants in Miraflores with outdoor seating.
No visit to Lima would be complete without the Nikkei experience. The Peruvian-Japanese fusion has brought us innumerable culinary gifts thanks to both cultures’ millenary appreciation for the sea. If you can’t get a table at one of Latin America’s top restaurants, Maido, don’t fret as Lima has some amazing options for you to get a taste of Nikkei cuisine and one of those happens to have a beautiful terrace. Osaka sits right on the edge of the San Isidro district and from the sensory-packed descent into the depths of this underground lair, you can tell it will be an experience. The food, the drinks and obviously the terrace make this a great spot to spend an evening in Lima.
If you have a special appreciation for attention to detail and you’re craving seasonal dishes, there's a corner in Barranco that will give you a meal to remember, Siete. The quality of the ingredients and their delicate preparation are the stars. It’s apparent that the execution of each dish was planned down to the exact position of every element on the plate and the flavors follow suit making it a well-rounded experience. Take your dining experience the extra mile and pair your meal with the hottest Peruvian wines and piscos on the market, from Bodega Murga. Siete shows us native Peruvian ingredients reimagined and recomposed. The bonus is the al fresco patio.
First and foremost, who doesn't love a good play on words? Pescados Capitales is a seafood restaurant, as you may derive from the name, but even more spectacularly, the experience is based around the Seven Deadly Sins, or in Spanish, pecados capitales. Gluttony is the obvious ring-leader, but don't be surprised when you're lusting after every item on the menu, greedy to eat to your heart's content and even a little envious of what the others at your table ordered. Fun without being frivolous, you can order creative yet representative Peruvian dishes that will blow you away.
For some, sitting down to a meal is about so much more than the flavors and aromas because the preparation for the dishes began long before, when the seeds were planted, well before harvest. Conscious dining is a trend becoming ever-more present as guests want to know more about the origins of their meals and the micro-economy affected by their conscious decisions regarding consumption. Lucky for Lima, there is a centrally-located garden paradise that cooks up just the kind of dishes that care for the environment as much as the consumer. Limaná is a lovely option with well-being at the heart of the matter. While they cater to all tastes, our vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free (among many others) friends will be delighted with the care that goes into every dish.
Last but certainly not least is easily one of the most incredible outdoor patios of them all – the Huaca Pucllana. Nestled within an archeological complex dating back 1,500 years, you’ll dine at one of the best restaurants in Lima while overlooking pre-Incan ruins. With the intricate, gourmet twist given to some of Peru’s most traditional dishes, it’s hard to say which stands out more, the food or the views. While this fine dining establishment is the perfect option for treating yourself to an incredible experience for lunch or dinner, in the evenings they also have an outdoor bar where you can grab a drink just to see the site illuminated at night or join us on a Lima food tour for a visit.
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