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“Great Rocoto Relleno!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chicha por Gaston Acurio

Chicha por Gaston Acurio
calle Santa Catalina 210, int 105, Arequipa, Peru
51 - 54 - 287360
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Ranked #15 of 205 Restaurants in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $20
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
San Francisco, California
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“Great Rocoto Relleno!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Sitting outside in the courtyard is very pleasant, even on a cool night it stays warm due to the heat lamps. The service was friendly, and relatively attentive. I only tried one dish, the Rocoto Relleno, but it was amazing! I decided to go to Chicha for the Rocoto Relleno because of time constraints and because my guide said that it was the best option nearby. However if you're looking for a cheaper (and probably more authentic) Rocoto Relleno check out one of the Picantarías in town

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Having lived in Arequipa for a while I visited this restaurant many times. There are several other good restaurants in Arequipa but this would be my choice every time.

Added to this the waiting staff are excellent and the surroundings are beautiful. Santiago is one of the most hospitable waiters I have encountered.

Visited March 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Great food and drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We came here with a party of six for dinner on a Friday night. We were seated quickly and served promptly. This place is right near the heart of Arequipa. The bread selection was awesome and the bar was above and beyond full service. The waiters and us didn't have too much of a language barrier. Pricier by Peruvian standards but appropriate by US standards. Everyone loved their food. Portions were big, and they had all the Peruvian staples (and Arequipa river shrimp). I got the beef breast my tour guide told me was a local staple, and it was great.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What is all the hype about?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We had lunch at Chicha. The setting is lovely. The service was fine. The food was good but not better than many other restaurants in the city, which are a lot less expensive. Chicha did not live up to my expectations based on the other TripAdvisor reviews.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai, China
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“Great restaurant,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Came here twice while in Arequipa, and we were thrilled both times. They serve fantastic pisco sours and have a great wine menu (their cheaper malbec selection is great). Their food was so good, we chased down Gaston Acurio restaurants for the rest of our time in Peru. The rocoto relleno is amazing (if you like spicy food), and the ceviche and corn ravioli are also certainly worth a try. The cuy frito (fried guinea pig) was also quite worth a try for anyone adventurous out there! This restaurant is a must-do in Arequipa. Its not the cheapest restaurant in town, but I wasn't disappointed- for 2 people: 2 pisco sours, 2 starters, 2 mains, and a bottle of great Malbec for 50usd each. At least half the price of anywhere in NYC or London, but then again, that's expected for Peru.

Downsides: the service is a bit slow at times, and it really helps if you know Spanish. The atmosphere inside isn't as nice as it is outside (which isn't a problem during the milder times of year).

All in all, I had two great dining experiences here and would highly recommend it to anyone in search of great, modern Peruvian food.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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