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El Mercado

#20 of 1,239 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
As featured in Best Food 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

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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
Simply the best in Lima

You can't come to Lima and don't try the food here. It is spectacular! My all time favourite is the grilled octopus, much better than the ones I've had in Madrid! The ceviche is delicious, you should try the one called El Mercado which comes with flounder and fried squid. Desserts are super rich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Ushi
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Lima
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

You can't come to Lima and don't try the food here. It is spectacular! My all time favourite is the grilled octopus, much better than the ones I've had in Madrid! The ceviche is delicious, you should try the one called El Mercado which comes with flounder and fried squid. Desserts are super rich and yummy. This is a place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

If you're in Milaflores, looking for a lunch spot and willing to pay a bit more for something delicious, this is it. Went yesterday around 12:30, and although it was full, we only waited five minutes for a table. Shared the limeñísima salad, scallops and tuna sashimi with my husband, along with a glass of white wine. Everything was fresh,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very attentive waitress. Although the place was busy, she was very patient with me as I was asking for suggestions and making questions. The food was excellent. The neighborhood was not pretty, but don't be influenced by this.

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Very disappointing recent visit - everything seems just a little worse than before. The place seems to now be catering to tourists with a menu full of items not bad but just not as good as before - flavors are muted, service is a little less personal... it has lost the special touches which made it an amazing restaurant. Still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very good food and all fresh. Everything was perfect. Service was also very friendly and we got even a very cheap drive-home service. Food is expensive but worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

First off I will unequivocally say the food we had at lunch was incredible. We went for lunch around 2 and decided to sit at the bar so we can ask the chefs what's fresh and see what's going on. Our waitress didn't come see us for 20 min and after asking if we wanted water came back 15 min... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just fabulous apparently I have to use more than two words to satisfy trip advisor. This restaurant is good but I do know of one better. Ha ha!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I booked a table by email 2 months ago and kept a copy in my Inbox. I never thought I would need it as evidence. When we arrived at El Mercado at 1pm, the hostess could not find my name on the list. I told her I had booked online. The manager came over and asked me if I had... More 

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What I liked most about El Mercado is the arquitecture. It's roofless so you feel like you are eating outside, in the open. Very nice selection of furniture and decorative objects. The food was also very good. The only con is the noise. It gets fully packed and I really had to shout to get myself heard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I'm not afraid to say this is THE best seafood restaurant in Peru. I recommend picante de mariscos and don't miss the suspiros as a dessert.

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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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