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“Hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marcelo Batata

Marcelo Batata
Calle Palacio 121, Cusco, Peru
084 - 222424
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Ranked #12 of 407 restaurants in Cusco
Price range: $5 - $14
Cuisines: Peruvian, Fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This restaurant is INCREDIBLE!! They have an amazing mix of American, European, even African/Indian foods with traditional Peruvian mixes/accents. The decor is enough to make anyone fall in love with this locale alone. I found it because it was featured in the new edition of Lonely Planet and the food and drinks are to die for. It was by far my favorite restaurant in Cusco; I even went there twice! Absolutely delicious.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stumbled across this restaurant... We were so glad..
This place was beautiful and very friendly.
We had alpaca which was very tasty :-)
Well worth a visit, would have loved a second meal but left the next morning.
Make sure you go up to the roof for a view of the city, stunning..

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, CA
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“An Excellent Meal at an Excellent Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We happened to walk by this restaurant not realizing that it had received great reviews on tripadvisor and the owners also owned Uchu Steakhouse. Marcelo Batata is located on one of the samll streets off of the square. The restaurant itself was lovely and quaint. The meal was outstanding. We had the alpace steak with huancaina and andean cheeses and the alpaca steak with andean mushrooms. The meat was as tender and delicious. It was a little bit more expensive than other meals in Cusco, but it was definately worth it. I highly recommed this restaurant.

Visited January 2013
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Kirkwood, Missouri
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Cuisine with a View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Highly recommended by our local guide, Ernesto, this intimate eatery is on a well traveled side street in Cusco's old town. Bright red walls with stark white ceiling set off the artistic black and white photos of the Incan culture decorating the walls. Up a steep (think ships ladder) stairs is a compact, roof top terrace overlooking the roof of the Cusco cathedral, the city lights, and the Andes; a spectacular location for watching the sunset with a Pisco Sour, local craft beer, Peruvian wine, or Mojito. At an altitude of 11,000 feet the air can quickly chill as the sun goes down so don't forget a sweater or jacket. We retreated to the inside dining due to a light evening rain. The front dining area easily accommodated our party of eight (aged 10 to 75) at a long table. The service was attentive and even split the bill for us without a fuss. The mixed drink menu was extensive (some of the best we had in Peru) but don't forget to ask for the wine and beer menus. There is a new craft beer brewery, which is reportedly very good, while the Peruvian 'meritage' red wine was surprisingly good and equal (in my opinion) to Chilean and Argentine wines. The dinner menu ranged from tapas to full plates. The alpaca and lamb were exceptional; so tender and flavorful! As always, the vegetables and potatoes (over 600 varieties in Peru, the origin of the domesticated potato) were fresh and delightful. Even our youngest traveler loved the food. Prices were reasonable. We thank our hostess (the wife of the chef/owner) for her gracious attention and sharing the story of her move from Ohio to live in this World Heritage city. Our only regret: we did not have more time to stay in this beautiful city and enjoy more meals at this excellent restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wynyard, Canada
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“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A "good food" restaurant but more expensive than most we ate at. Good value if you have the funds. Has some different choices.

Visited June 2012
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Austin, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Alpaca Preparation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This restaurant had a lot of really interesting preparations for Alpaca tenderloin. Of the two we tried, both were delicious. We did not have a reservation but the restaurant gladly accommodated us - it was busy, but not full. Highly recommend for a tourist restaurant in Cusco.

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