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12 Flavor-Packed Peruvian Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chios Peruvian Grill

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7755 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 849-5071
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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.   

Chios Peruvian Grill
Chios Peruvian Grill
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2. Pablito's Kitchen

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3803 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 859-7755
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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.

Pablito’s Kitchen
Pablito’s Kitchen
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3. Los Balcones

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11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
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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.

Los Balcones
Los Balcones
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4. Rosty Peruvian food

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4119, 5511 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 568-1220

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.

5. Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant

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5759 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-8340
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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.

Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
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6. Mancora Peruvian Cuisine

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240 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 940-5402
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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.

A frying basket filled with hot dogs and French fries.
Mancora Peruvian Cuisine
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7. Mario's Peruvian & Seafood

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5786 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 466-4181
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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.

Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood
Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood
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8. Rosaline

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8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 297-9500
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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.

Rosaline
Rosaline
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9. Pollo A La Brasa Western

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764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-1531

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.

Pollo A La Brasa Western
Pollo A La Brasa
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10. Mex Perú Gipsy

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414 E 12th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 748-1773

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.

Mex Perú Gipsy
Mex Perú Gipsy
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11. El Pollo Inka

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1425 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 516-7378
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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.

El Pollo Inka
El Pollo Inka
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12. Aji Peruvian Cuisine

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2308 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 439-8545
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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.

Aji Peruvian Cuisine
Aji Peruvian Cuisine
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1. Chios Peruvian Grill

7755 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405
Chios Peruvian Grill
Chios Peruvian Grill
Elita L./Yelp

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.   

7755 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405

2. Pablito's Kitchen

3803 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Pablito’s Kitchen
Pablito’s Kitchen
Pablito’s Kitchen [Official Photo]

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.

3803 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

3. Los Balcones

11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602
Los Balcones
Los Balcones
Los Balcones [Official Photo]

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.

11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602

4. Rosty Peruvian food

4119, 5511 N Figueroa St, 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.

4119, 5511 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

5. Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant

5759 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant
Antho L./Yelp

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.

5759 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Mancora Peruvian Cuisine

240 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
A frying basket filled with hot dogs and French fries.
Mancora Peruvian Cuisine
@GastronomyBlog

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.

240 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

7. Mario's Peruvian & Seafood

5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood
Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood
Boss And Boss E./Yelp

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.

5786 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Rosaline

8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Rosaline
Rosaline
Rosaline [Official Photo]

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.

8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

9. Pollo A La Brasa Western

764 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Pollo A La Brasa Western
Pollo A La Brasa
Raul T./Yelp

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.

764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

10. Mex Perú Gipsy

414 E 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Mex Perú Gipsy
Mex Perú Gipsy
Mex Perú Gipsy [Official Photo]

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.

414 E 12th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. El Pollo Inka

1425 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
El Pollo Inka
El Pollo Inka
Wan L./Yelp

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.

1425 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248

12. Aji Peruvian Cuisine

2308 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Aji Peruvian Cuisine
Aji Peruvian Cuisine
Monika P./Yelp

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.

2308 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

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