Seafood is central to the Peruvian diet, with traditional dishes such as ceviche. And while Lima is the country’s capital city, it has also earned a reputation as an international gastronomy capital. Fresh seafood is abundant here, particularly in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores. Here, we take a look at the 10 best restaurants in Lima for the seafood lover.
Ceviche is a dish typically prepared from raw fish cured in citrus juices and seasoned with peppers, widely believed to have originated in Peru. Therefore, a trip to Peru’s capital city is not complete without trying the country’s national seafood dish. La Mar in the Miraflores neighborhood is perhaps the most well-known ceviche spot in town, and for good reason. Created by internationally acclaimed chef and Peruvian food ambassador Gastón Acurio, La Mar serves up all sorts of ceviche, from a classic version to a Japanese-inspired fusion with tuna.
Address and telephone number: Av. Mariscal La Mar 770, Miraflores, Lima, Peru, +51 421 3365
This small, family-owned restaurant, also located in Miraflores, promises to give an authentic Peruvian dining experience. As you walk into Costazul Seafood Restaurant you’ll be greeted by the owner, Carlos, who will treat you like family. If you’re not sure what to order, try the ronda fria for a taste of four traditional Peruvian appetizers – ceviche, octopus with olives, a seafood salad, and tiradito, a spicy raw fish dish similar to sashimi.
Pescados Capitales has a modern decor and there are two outdoor terraces where you can enjoy a traditional cocktail and some of the freshest fish in the city. Highlights are not limited to the creative ceviches; also worth trying are the seafood fettuccine and the shrimp eggrolls called tequeños.
Address and telephone number: Av Mariscal La Mar 1337, Miraflores, Lima, Peru, +51 1 2225731
Restaurant Huaca Pucllana is named after the 1,500-year-old archaeological ruins that are located right outside its walls. The restaurant features an outdoor terrace, which provides a view of those ruins: sit here to enjoy one of the best dining spots in the city. The menu features a variety of fish options, such as a seared tuna fillet with a herb crust.