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Where to eat in Lima? We made this 2022 Updated List of the best restaurants in Lima for all locals and tourists to enjoy.

Thanks to the wide variety of flavors, Peru has been recognized with the award of World’s Leading Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards 2021 and Lima has turned into the Gastronomic Capital of Latin America.

Almost at the same time, many restaurants in Lima have been included in popular Netflix Series like: Chef’s Table or the popular Street Food LatinAmerica

So please stay here that you will enjoy our List.

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Central: The Latin America's Best Restaurant is in Lima

Website | Address: Av. Pedro de Osma 301 Lima, Barranco.

Our List starts with Central, by Virgilio Martinez, considered one of the best chefs in the world and who shows all his culinary skills in the Netflix series: Chef’s table.

Central opened to the public in 2008 and since then it has been responsible for creating new food experiences using little-known Peruvian ingredients. Central has been recognized in 2021 as the number 1 restaurant in Latin America and number 4 in the world in the ranking of The World’s Best 50 Restaurants by the British Magazine The Restaurant.

Naturally, the fame of Central gave rise to a new creation: Kjolle, restaurant of Pia León, Virgilio Martinez’s wife and awarded as The World’s Best female chef 2021 by The World’s Best 50 Restaurants.

To attend it is necessary to book in advance.

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Virgilio Martinez & Pia León. Photo courtesy of Central

The Best in Quality-Price relation:
Restaurante Javier

Website | Address: Bajada de Baños 408, Barranco

Located just few blocks from the main square of Barranco, the restaurant offers the most traditional dishes of Peru like ceviche, lomo saltado, ají de gallina; besides a large variety of beers and pisco-based cocktails.

Its perfect location offers a great view of the Pacific Ocean and most of the customers are Peruvians thanks to the excellent cooking style and the reasonable prices. Certainly a great option for locals and tourists.

The Best Peruvian Creole Food Restaurants

What is Peruvian Creole Food or ‘Comida Criolla’?

‘Criollo’ was a term used to refer to something with Spanish origin, but born in the American continent. So Peruvian Creole food is the result of indigenous, European and African influences during the colonial period (16th-19th century).

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Website | Address: Calle 2 de mayo 298, Miraflores

Restaurant of Gastón Acurio, one of the most awarded chefs of the Peruvian cuisine. Just few blocks from Kennedy Park in Miraflores, Panchita is one of the favorite restaurants for locals and tourists. The menu offers you the most traditional dishes of Peru like anticuchos (Peruvian grilled beef heart), tacu tacu (rice mixed with cooked seasoned beans) and desserts such as picarones (Peruvian donuts).


Website | Address: Av. San Martín 101, Barranco

Restaurant located in the artistic and bohemian Barranco, Isolina has an early 20th-century tavern style and a special place in our list ranking position 24 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 by The Restaurant magazine.

Within the great variety that Isolina’s menu offers, we recommend you to try: Aji de Gallina and the Lomo Saltado.

Huerta Chinén

Tripadvisor | Address: Lizardo Montero 705 (Mercado N°2), Surquillo

Located in a traditional food market, a few minutes from Miraflores and Barranco, Angélica Chinén, the owner, introduces us here to ‘Combinado’, a perfect mix where tourists and locals can enjoy 2 or 3 or even 5 of the most traditional Peruvian dishes in a single combo; It is perfect for tourists who want to try everything in Lima but have little time.

Also this cozy restaurant is more and more visited every single day since it was included in the Netflix series: Street Food Latin America.

The Best Peruvian Seafood or Ceviche Restaurants

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Punto Azul

Website | Address: Calle San Martín 595, Miraflores

This restaurant has become the favorite of many locals and tourists who want to try one of the best ceviches just a few blocks from Kennedy Park in Miraflores. Breaking the rule that we can only enjoy ceviche in the, they are also open for dinner time (7pm to 11pm)

If you want to try more than the classic ceviche, we recommend you to try the Peruvian Causa, a kind of mashed potato cake filled with shrimps, tuna, octopus, among other delicacies of the sea.

Al toke pez

Tripadvisor | Address: Av. Angamos 886, Surquillo

This restaurant, located just a couple of minutes from Miraflores and Barranco, has gained a great reputation after being included in the Netflix series: Street Food Latin America.

The owner, Tomás Matsufuji, of Japanese background, is in charge of showing us how Japanese ingredients such as wasabi and soy sauce, essentials in the traditional sashimi, were replaced by red peppers, yellow chilies and limes; in order to welcome the modern Peruvian ceviche that nowadays we all enjoy.

The Best Nikkei Restaurants in Lima

What is Nikkei Cuisine?

Nikkei is the migrant from Japan and their descendants in Peru; then the term was extended to the food. The Japanese people who arrived to Peru since 1899 brought little known oriental cooking techniques and mixed them with traditional ingredients from Peru, that is how Nikkei cuisine was born.

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Website | Address: Calle San Martín 399, Miraflores

This restaurant holds a special place in Peruvian cuisine. Opened since 2009, the owner, Mitsuharu Tsumura, has been responsable of positioning Nikkei cuisine and Lima at the top of international gastronomy.

Maido’s effort has been rewarded all these years and in 2021 was recognised as the restaurant number 2 in Latin America and the number 7 in the world in the ranking of The World’s Best 50 Restaurants.


Website | Address: Av. Pardo y Aliaga 660, San Isidro

A few steps from Miraflores and Barranco, it’s a restaurant that opened more than 10 years ago in Lima and since then has a long career. Osaka also is the first Nikkei restaurant that began with the internationalization by opening restaurants in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Quito, Bogotá, Miami and in 2022 in London.

The Best Chifa Restaurants in Lima

What is Chifa?

The term chifa comes from the Chinese ‘chi’ and ‘fan’ which means ‘eat’ ‘rice’ and refers to Chinese people in Lima centre during the 30’s inviting the public to eat at their restaurants. Chifa is the Peruvian food that was influenced by Chinese onion, soy sauce, ginger root and other Chinese ingredients.

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Chifa Amistad

Instagram | Address: Av. José Pardo 170, Miraflores

In one of the corners of the Kennedy Park, it’s one of the favorite restaurants in Miraflores. Offers the option of enjoying the meal in the same lounge or you also have the option for delivery if you are in the neighbourhood. After the covid pandemic many tourists visit the restaurants, that’s why offers a menu in English for foreigners who want to taste the Chinese-Peruvian fusion.

Chifa (Chung Yion) Unión

Tripadvisor | Address: Av. Jirón Unión 126, Barranco

The favorite chifa of the neighbours of Barranco, has a tradition of almost 100 years in the same location and keeping the same design since they opened. The perfect place where Chinese ingredients are mixed with the Peruvian flavor. Dishes like lomo saltado, chicken with peach and seafood with fried rice (arroz chaufa) are waiting for you.

Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants in Lima

Many of the restaurants included in the List of The Best restaurants in Lima offer vegetarian and vegan options.

However, if you are considering to find all the possible options, we recommend you to download Happy Cow app, an app completely for free and perfect for people looking for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food.

We hope our 2022 updated list of The Best Restaurants makes the difference for you and enjoy the best food in Lima, Peru: the culinary Capital of Latin America.