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#132 of 2,772 Restaurants in Lima
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Barranco
0.2 miles from Barranco
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Waited 30 minutes to get a table and after eating I would have waited as long as it took. Food was fantastic, had ceviche, Tacu Tacu, scallops with parmesan and a delicious traditional dessert. A not miss in Barranco, or Lima for that matter.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at Canta Rana; the staff very accommodating as I had senior parent in wheelchair. Food was fresh and absolutely delicious. Ordered fried calamari, ceviche, arroz con marisco/seafood rice, gilled octopus. Definitely the best seafood restaurant in Lima.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022 via mobile

Typical Peruvian place with an extensive menu. When we went for lunch, we were the only gringos there. The cerviche was excellent. The chaufa, Salgado and everything was better than expected. Prices were reasonable

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

Great ceviche, make sure to try either the fish or mixed variety. We ordered 4 plates to share, it was enough for 5 with the free refill of beans.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 1, 2022

We came back to this restaurant after 4 years and at that time we had a great experience but last week we were left dissapointed. While food was served fresh and remained high in quality, their prices were too high and the portions were small....We were charged 20 soles for a Leche de Tigre that was served in à very small glass. We couldn't believe it. The price for the beers were also too high. The service was okay.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022

This was a very colorful and interesting restaurant. The food was exceptionally delicious. The ceviche was fresh and tasty. The calamari was crispy to perfection. Causa De Cangrejo was the best potato dish I've ever had. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 22, 2021

I used to go to Cana Rana with my family on a monthly basis. We enjoyed the food, but the restaurant needs to work on their service. Usually the place its pretty booked and you have to wait in line to get in (can be...un to 30 minutes). When me and my family were waiting in line to get into the restaurant, a woman (i think it's the owner) came to us and told us in a rude way that she was not going to serve us without any explanation. I told her politely that we came from a long distance and if there was any way in which she could help us, which she denied. Other people were waiting in line before us and they couldn't get served as well. I understand that restaurants can get full and other circumstances, but there has to be some empathy when attending customers. Other people were waiting in line before us and they got the same response. If the restaurant is usually full, they should work with reservations to avid this circumstances.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2020

I've lived in Barranco and neighboring Miraflores for more than a decade. I've owned and operated a boutique, tailor-made vacation company for much of this time, helping the foreign clients of my business visit the best local spots to enjoy honest Peruvian food and service....I've enjoyed Canta Rana for many years, happily tolerating average service, high prices, but wonderful fresh food, specifically Peruvian ceviche made from raw fish with Lime. To give a sense on price vs value. The traditional fish ceviche (with avocado) is 50 soles (approximately 15 dollars), which is twice the cost of most all cevicherias en Barranco. Fresh fish is important for Peruvian ceviche and Canta Rana provides this level of freshness. Only they provide it at twice the cost, and what has become increasingly egotistical service. Canta Rana is a restaurant with good intentions, an ownership with a long history in the community, and a long line for weekend ceviche to boot. But it is far past it's prime on providing an authentic Peruvian ceviche. From my perspective, it's become a restaurant living off it's laurels of past reputation, yet forgetting what honest Peruvian ceviche is and should be. At 50 soles for a traditional ceviche, one can enjoy ceviche one of the top rated restaurants in Peru and the world. Moreover, one can enjoy a ceviche at half of that cost at most street corners in the city, yet with service with less ego more human centered and empathetic. I truly want to be a cheerleader for Canta Rana, including it's other restaurant in Puna Hermosa, a beach town south of Lima where I also spend time. They have served an important place in Peru's ascendance in gastronomy and within Lima/Barranco tourism. But as someone with a stake in how Peru's restaurant scene is looked at by the world, I'm also very keen to ensure that our cities top cevicherias represent the best and most authentic version of Peru possible. Please Canta Rana...Improve your service, provide more fair prices and understand that your restaurant represents Barranco. I'm rooting for you! In candidness, your neighbor Nick.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

excellent ceviche, pasta, & seafood 🦞 they have been on the same spot for almost fifty years, quite a while before recent ceviche places, a big deal on this place is it being a contemporary classic without pretense

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020

This restaurant now bears no resemblance to your photos and previous reviews There were no pictures on the walls and no bar area, I doubted if I had come to the correct place but indeed it was

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2020 via mobile

Great local place, been there for 20+ years! We had the traditional ceviche with the fresh catch of the day, and the fish chicharron, both excellent. Highly recommend it.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020

Maybe my expectations were too high? I had lunch here last weekend and in short: - Good, tasty food. Had the ceviche mix, some rice, and a fried seafood mix. - Service was good, provided that we got there at 11:45. By the time we...left, there was a huge line with a least 15-20 people waiting outside. - The decor was nothing like the pictures. No paintings or pictures, no soccer apparel, just bare walls. This was supposed to be a big part of the charm of this place, and we didn't see it. We rather ate in a place closer to a canteen than a restaurant. - Prices. In line with the fancier restaurants in Miraflores or San Insidro. But since the food wasn't exceptional and the venue a bit underwhelming, it felt expensive for the value.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

Delicious flavor combinations and generous portions! I loved the mushroom ceviche! And, they even served a free side / snack of a cold white bean salad to each table.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

Quirky, perhaps best describes it’s location. Up through a small market place and wander until you locate an empty table. The ceviche with avocado is tasty. So are the fried seafood platters with squid, octopus, shrimp and fish. Order a cold beer to drink while...eating. Perhaps not quite the place to take your mother in law. Yet very good.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

This is not a fancy place, but the food is delicious. We visited this restaurant because we were in Barranco without any reservation and Canta Rana was empty. We were skeptical because everything looked simple and the waiter was an Argentinian guy not nice, however...we were hungry and was late at night. Once arrived the food and we tasted it, it has been one of the better gastronomic experiences in Lima. Then, the waiter turned nice explained the menu and gave us a Suspiro Limeño because my brother’s B-Day. We recommend to order ceviches and for dure we will be back again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Eileen C
January 7, 2019|
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Response from SofiaTKI | Reviewed this property |
Creo que solo el ceviche de champignones. La mayoría es comida del mar, pescados y mariscos.
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Response from 300taliat | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know if reservations are possible. I advice to get there early because it is full during lunch hour.
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Canta Rana is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4