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El Mercado

#17 of 2,002 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
+51 221 1322
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

El Mercado is a top rated restaurant in Lima, and for good reason. The food and service were both great. I was there for a late lunch on a weekday and the place was packed with a long wait time. However, we asked to be seated at the bar, and were then moved to our table in less than 10... More 

Thank nblovestotravel
Springfield, Illinois
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317 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in Lima. Close to Mariscal La Mar street in Miraflores and a couple of blocks from the market. This is the new cevicheria from in my opinion the best chef in peru, the same chef and owner of Rafael, Rafael Osterling. We have been here multiple times and can recommend the following dishes: Ask for... More 

Thank Clevlander
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Mercado was the first restaurant in which I have eaten after my arrival in Lima. Enjoyable but not that great then. I just came back to it last week and feel I have to put a critic in TA. Many problems that are quite common in ''cool'' peruvian restaurants in Lima are there in their splendor : impossible to... More 

Thank fabrice m
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely patio with trees and plants, crowded and cheerful place. Prepare to wait at least an hour on a Saturday for lunch time. Food was very good, different versions of classic ceviche and plenty of fish and sea food. Desserts are awesome.

Thank Leopoldo B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was probably my favorite restaurant in Peru, and the food in Peru is unbelievable. I ate here my first day in Peru, and I spent the rest of my trip trying to recapture the magic and deliciousness of this ceviche. It's so freaking good. And that's just the best part. The pisco sour, octopus, and deserts were all amazing.... More 

2 Thank Daniel S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A relative living in Lima recommended this place over La Mar so we decided to give it a shot. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the restaurant opening but we had already made a reservation too. We were seated right away once they opened the doors and we were all immediately impressed with the menu and decor. We ordered... More 

1 Thank Tiffany Q
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

I wasn't sure if give 5 points or not but it's my favorite! What the hell!!! For lunch on Saturday's is really good, getting a reservation is a pain in the neck but if you go before 1 pm, you will wait a few minutes Lady host believes she is the owner and you have to smile at her in... More 

Thank Guillermo V
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Another place you must go for lunch excellent food friendly staff and must try to go early before opening for lunch that way you don't wait to be seated

Thank Glo29
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Having been to Maido, we can comfortably say that El Mercado was an amazing (and better) experience. From the delicious Pisco sours to the dessert, El Mercado blew us away with the quality of its presentation, typical yet innovative Peruvian dishes and impeccable service. A must for any travellers passing by Lima.

Thank gregfa10
Lima, Peru
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

A lot of people told me that Mercado was the best cevicheria in Lima, I been living in Lima for more than a year now and a lot of the ceviches that I've tried on the street or in local cevicherias are a lot better. Don't get me wrong the food is really good and the service is great as... More 

Thank Pedro F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American
Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima
  • Phone Number: +51 221 1322

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?