Where to Eat Now! – Our Pick of top restaurants in Peru

AUTHOR Daniel Andino

Peru offers a unique cultural experience and is a culinary delight with many of the top restaurants in the world!  We offer 6-night trip extensions to Peru – Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and of course Machu Picchu.  We encourage guests to explore Peru after their Galapagos cruise and we can help you by taking the hassle out of the planning process.   

We are excited to share our top picks for restaurants that will wow you with flavor, innovation, and local ingredients. From Lima to the Sacred Valley, the best way to experience this country is through your tastebuds!

Restaurants in Lima, Peru

Lima is foodie-paradise! Three of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants are located in Lima, so make sure to take your time exploring the culinary scene.

Astrid & Gaston – Though Astrid & Gaston has French roots, Chefs Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche now serve up contemporary Peruvian cuisine that explores Peru’s culture, flavors, and local ingredients. Now housed in Casa Moreyra, the 17th century San Isidro estate, this Relais & Châteaux restaurant was voted #7 on the World’s Best Latin American Restaurants list in 2017. From the roast suckling pig-stuffed arepas to the Cajamarca chocolate mousse, you won’t be disappointed.

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Central – Central is ranked #6 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2018—the third year on the 50 Best list! The restaurant was also ranked 2nd best restaurant in all of Latin America last year. Chef Virgilio Martínez’s prepares dishes that highlight Peru’s diverse ingredients, and he offers delightfully unique tasting menus based on the altitude at which the ingredients are found. From the sea to the Amazon, experience Peru through your tastebuds!

Photo Credit via The World’s 50 Best

La Mar –  La Mar, another restaurant by Gastón Acurio, is famous for its ceviche—a must have when in Peru. The menu here is constantly changing based on the fresh catch of the day. In addition to their ceviche, La Mar offers sushi made with local fish, langostinos, and chicharrones for a taste of Peru. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but we can assure you the seafood is worth the wait!

Photo Credit via La Mar

Bonito Pescaderia – You don’t have to eat at a large or high-end restaurant to get incredible food! Bonito Pescaderia is a small sustainable seafood restaurant that serves superb, simple, and fresh seafood at reasonable prices. In fact, the owner spearfishes much of the fish served here!

Photo Credit via Traveling and Living in Peru

Restaurants in Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco might be best known as the former Incan capital but the cuisine here is as notable as its history!

Cicciolina – Dining at Cicciolina is more than just a meal—it’s an experience! Located on the second floor of an old colonial house in Cuzco, Cicciolina promises sophisticated food with an ambiance to match. Whether enjoying a glass of wine and tapas at the bar or sitting down to a formal meal in the dining room, high-quality service is a priority here.

Photo Credit via Cicciolina

MAP Café – Located in the Museo de Arte Precolombino, MAP Café enclosed in glass and offers a dining experience unlike what you would expect from a restaurant located within a museum. Known as one of the best restaurants in Cuzco, here you will enjoy a Peruvian meal infused with innovation and creativity.

Photo Credit via MAP Café

Restaurants in Urubamba, Peru – Sacred Valley Region

Come to the Sacred Valley for the history and the sights and stay for the food. These unique restaurants shouldn’t be missed!

Mil – Another restaurant by Chef Virgilio Martínez, Mil offers a unique eight-step tasting menu focused strictly on regional ingredients like potatoes, corn, cacao, and alpaca. Lighter dishes are served due to high altitudes affecting flavor. This is sure to be a memorable meal served up with beautiful scenic mountain views. Keep in mind, this restaurant is only open for lunch so plan accordingly.

Photo Credit via Mil

El Huacatay – If you are looking for something different, head to El Huacatay where you will enjoy cuisine with Peruvian, Mediterranean, and Asian influences. Located off a side street in Urubamba, you’ll dine on alpaca carpaccio and Andean trout served in an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere that straddles the line between casual and formal.

Photo Credit via El Huacatay

Extend Your Trip in South America

If you are looking to extend your time in South America, we are happy to help you plan an extension in Peru. Whether you want to visit the ruins of Machu Pichu or explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we can make the planning process easy for you.

Do you have questions about our extensions or traveling with us in the Galapagos Islands? Reach out today and let us plan your ultimate vacation!