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“A hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of L Eau Vive

L Eau Vive
Ucayali 370 (Cercado de Lima) | Apartado 3188, Lima 01 , Peru (Cercado de Lima)
1/427–5612
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Ranked #124 of 1,190 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Cercado de Lima
Oklahoma USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

I went at lunch, and paid a pittance for a great meal. Other than street food, this was one of the cheapest meals I had in Peru. The 3 courses were each good. I'd say this food wasn't as much "fine dining" as it was "comfort" food. The atmosphere is more like a cafeteria than a nice restaurant. My meal was a salad, baked chicken and bread pudding. I was a bit surprised to arrive and find Spanish was not spoken! Since we had no French speaking people in our party, we had to take a guess at the menu items. For lunch you get to choose a starter, main course and dessert. It's possible to determine what meat you're getting (pesce, pollo, etc) but other than that, we weren't sure. That was a large part of the fun...seeing what dish came to our table! For a touristy area of Lima, this restaurant offered a better value for the money and something different than the standard tourist food around the Plaza and Church of San Francisco. It's a bit tricky to find, but surely worth it!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
288 reviews 288 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 109 cities Reviews in 109 cities
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
“It could become a habit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

When we found out that this restaurant was run by nuns we had no idea what to expect so we had to go and check it out.
Tucked away behind a very unassuming, large black door in central Lima you cannot fail to be impressed when you first go into this wonderful haven of tranquility.
Our first visit was an evening one and surprisingly it was quite quiet but the food was absolutely stunning which was what took us back one lunch time when the place was absolutely packed.
The ladies were absolutely delightful and couldn't do enough for you. The food was stunning (i.e. prawn cocktails, sole in lemon butter, huge steaks) and they served beers and wines too which was not wholly expected. The bill was a very pleasant surprise and any tip is most gratefully received and goes to help local poor people.
The whole concept and set up of getting some lovely nuns to run a great restaurant for the benefit of local poor people is just great. Go and see them!

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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279 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 91 cities Reviews in 91 cities
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
“Gourmet food for almost nothing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

A lunch at the nuns restaurant is a very pleasant experience, both for mouth, stomach and wallet. The food is excellent. There is a lunch menu of incredible 12 soles! But also a a la carte menu that is very varied- i had onion soup (fantastic) chicken escalope in port wine and mushrooms (one of the best chickens ever) and the creme caramel. House wine for 5 soles a glass! A nice limoncello for 12 soles! The service is efficient and even If all 4 dining rooms were full, the nuns did not miss a detail. One really feels welcome and after a lunch of good food and service full of warm smiles, one can just feel really happy

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Connecticut
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129 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
“Peaceful, Delicious and Spiritual Dining!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

In the heart of the "historical" district, 50 feet from San Pedro Church, surrounded by elegant balconies, this vast dining local provide a moment of charm and fine food. The nuns are from international convents, wearing the typical garb of their country, serving the table with great care, you feel so welcome. There are daily specials, prices vary, top range for fine quality selections, cocktails available, and yes, at 9:PM they sing to the Blessed Mother. All proceeds go to support the needy. NOTE: CALL FIRST, they could be closed for certain hours or for certain holidays. Well worth the visit.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Amazing food and experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

Dining at this restaurant was one of my favorite experiences in Peru. What an amazing find. The food is excellent, and like everything in Peru, very cheap compared to the US. Additionally, as the nuns feed the poor every day, I am really ok with whatever they charge as it is passed on to Lima’s hungry. The menu is extensive with many options for all, including vegetarians. The onion soup is the best I have ever had, hands down. The nuns are really special women, too. Highly recommended.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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