Peruvian cuisine boasts an avalanche of global influences — from Africa, China, Spain, and Italy — not to mention the country’s indigenous Inkan culture. Take for instance the crowd-pleasing lomo saltado, a Chinese-influenced stir-fry of steak and French fries seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, and chilies, and the tallarines verdes, a vaguely Italian pesto that pairs like a dream with grilled steak. From pristine ceviches to grilled beef hearts and soulful fried rice, look no further than Peruvian cooking for a taste of all that is good in the world. Here now are the 12 essential Peruvian restaurants in Los Angeles.Read More
12 Flavor-Packed Peruvian Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles
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1. Chios Peruvian Grill
There is very good Peruvian fare to be had under chef Dante Balanezo’s care. With two locations in Van Nuys and one in Woodland Hills, Valley-dwellers can dig into honest renditions of anticuchos, roasted chicken, and ceviches.
2. Pablito's Kitchen
Initially launched as a food truck concept in 2016, Pablito’s Kitchen has since evolved into a bricks and mortar business in Burbank. The fast-casual fare features Peru’s greatest hits, as well as some innovative items like the loaded fries and the tofu saltado.
3. Los Balcones
For a little slice of Peru in LA, look no further than Los Balcones in Studio City where creative director Ricardo Zarate recently added some of Picca’s greatest hits to the menu.
4. Rosty Peruvian food
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Opened by Maritza Gomez last spring, Rosty serves traditional Peruvian fare inspired by her mother’s restaurants in Lima. On the menu are traditional dishes like ceviche, fried rice, and lomo saltado, as well as a smattering of vegetarian options. Peruse the Peruvian groceries on hand for a little something to bring home.
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5. Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
It’s hard to beat a low-key dinner at Natalie Peruvian before a show at Pantages or the Palladium. Everything on the menu is solid at this family-owned spot, including the crispy calamari and fried plantains starters, as well as the Peruvian-style fried rice.
6. Mancora Peruvian Cuisine
Former disc jockey turned restaurateur Jorge Wong serves up some of the SGV’s strongest Peruvian fare. Named after Peru’s famous beach, Mancora’s naturally-lit dining room is welcoming at all hours. The tallarines verdes con bistec, Peruvian pesto spaghetti topped with grilled steak, hits the spot for lunch or dinner.
7. Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
Whether it’s the middle of the afternoon or the peak of the dinner rush, there’s always a crowd waiting outside Mario’s for an unfussy Peruvian fix. Even though it’s been well over two decades since the restaurant first came onto the Hollywood scene, the dining room feels as vibrant and vital as ever. Quick and efficient service, coupled with dependably good food, keeps diners coming in year after year.
With chef Ricardo Zarate at the helm, this gorgeous restaurant inside the former Comme Ca space is serving some of the city’s finest Peruvian cuisine. The cocktails are dependably good and the dishes are some of the best that Zarate has made since his hiatus.
9. Pollo A La Brasa Western
Los Angeles, CA 90005
After two decades operating in a rickety shack at the corner of Eighth and Western, Pollos a la Brasa invested in new digs at the same Koreatown strip mall. Everything’s shinier at the new spot, but thankfully the signature Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken has remained the same old bird that Los Angeles fell in love with years ago. The secret to Pollos a la Brasa’s superior specimen lies in its wine-based marinade and wood-fired treatment.
10. Mex Perú Gipsy
Los Angeles, CA 90015
It’s been well over three decades since Juan Alfaro opened Mex Peru Gipsy right by Santee Alley in Downtown, and the restaurant feels as relevant as ever. The bestseller is the lomo saltado, but there are other items worth trying too like the ceviche and a gypsy-inspired pork chop dish served with a truly spicy mole.
11. El Pollo Inka
Opened in 1987 by Rosa and Salomon Jaime, El Pollo Inka has become a beloved South Bay institution. The specialty here is pollo a la brasa, rotisserie chicken marinated in herbs and citrus, and served with salad, rice, or fries.
12. Aji Peruvian Cuisine
Here at Rosita Wang’s Long Beach hideaway, well-prepared Peruvian dishes are served with really good wine, as well as craft beers. The jalea, a mix of battered and fried seafood, makes for a strong starter. Follow it up with grilled beef hearts and an entree of choice.