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El Mercado

#16 of 1,172 Restaurants in Lima
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Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
+51 221 1322
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
good food but bad service

We went a party of 3 we asked as appetizer a plate of sea scalops to share, and we were surprised to sée the plate arrive within less than 5', obviously it had been prépared initially fort someone else. The problème was that we had to wait twénty minutes, even with insisting to get the Wine we had... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We went a party of 3 we asked as appetizer a plate of sea scalops to share, and we were surprised to sée the plate arrive within less than 5', obviously it had been prépared initially fort someone else. The problème was that we had to wait twénty minutes, even with insisting to get the Wine we had ordered. By... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is one of Peru's superstar Chef's and soon to the world. He is a genius and amazing chef! The presentation and ingredient's are all incredibility delirious. If you in Peru make sure you make a reservation as its booked solid. it a favorite for locals an tourists. Its open just for lunch and is simply one of the best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Rafeal Osterling is one of my favorite chefs. Between the meal at El Mercado and dinner at Rafael, I would move to Lima just to eat. The octopus, tuna carpaccio and the ceviche were spectacular. I also recommend the Aji De Gallina for the non-seafood lovers. We had a large group so we were able to taste many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The food is beyond delicious, the octopus is amazing, cooked to perfection. The cebiche Mercado is a perfect combination of fresh fish and panfried squid, i simply love the Tiradito Exotico, a mix of seawater delicacies, the sandwich of chicharron zafado is very good but small, desserts are all good, the drinks complement perfectly. The only thing is you have... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My husband and I already knew and loved La Mar (one of Gaston's other restaurants) so we decided to try El Mercado for lunch on the one day we had in Lima. What a great choice! The space is airy and comfortable, the service was polite and attentive, and the food...oh the food! Everything we ate was fantastic, from the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The atmosphere was very clean, modern and nice. We came for late lunch around 3:30 PM and got seated immediately. The service was friendly and fast. My Wife, Niece and I were the only tourist in the restaurant. The crowd of locals consisted of Peruvian upper class people having lunch and drinks (early happy hour). The seafood was deliciously prepared!!!... More 

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Cannes, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

yesterday we stopped at El mercado de Lima and wanted to know what about all this publicity about El Mercado? what a deception! really does not worth much this place,keep your dineros!,what we had :pulpos,ceviche norte, crab all very poor quality,not very fresh,not well cooked,the pulpos was like rubber,what a pain & deception,on top its very very expensive for what... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Went here for lunch, tried various seafood dishes; their Parmesan-covered oven baked scallops are to die for! The place has a fun, breezy atmosphere.

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Munster, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The restaurant is great for a fresh Peruvian lunch on one of the hot days in Lima. Located in Miraflores the place is easy to reach and quite chilly on a hot sunny day. Therefore I would recommend not to go there at night or in winter since it could be too cold. The food was delicious and of high... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went to Mercado for lunhc with our group of 9. Asked the waiter to bring out their 5 best ceviches, and they did not disappoint - all were very fresh, innovative, and delicious. The causas were also excellent, as were the small sandwiches on the menu. A relaxed yet festive dining experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima
  • Phone Number: +51 221 1322

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?