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El Mercado

#19 of 2,172 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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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely these days on the foodies' tourism circuit. When we went for lunch, 50% of those eating there were foreigners. My companion had the usual pisco sour, I had a maracuyá sour which was really good. Wonderful papas rellenas (stuffed potato). This one had different seafoods inside with an excellent sauce. Then for desert we shared a "chocolaterie" - sort... More 

Thank MJS1944
Lima, Peru
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been to El Mercado several times and always came out more than satisfied. This last visit, however, I noticed several changes in the restaurant. The food wasn't as good as it used to be; my favorite dish - the octopus- was tougher, served with less sauces and on a simple serving dish, as opposed to the hot stone plate... More 

Thank VictoriaAMS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat. On a four day trip to Lima we went there twice for lunch. Only open 12:30 to 5. Both times we sat at the bar so we could see the magical food creations. The grilled octopus is a must try but everything we ordered was full of flavour. Friendly staff, great service, casual atmosphere.

Thank Robert D
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not ordinarily a huge seafood lover, but El Mercado has possibly become one of my favourite restaurants ever. I have been twice when visiting Lima, once two years ago and then again December just gone and it was absolutely delicious. Ceviche, charcoal grilled fish, tuna steak burgers, scallops... everything is fantastic and apart from the seafood, the pisco sours... More 

Thank cathyayumi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was so incredibly slow, that I almost left without paying. Waiting 45 minutes for an appetizer to arrive? Waiting 20 minutes for the check? No way. Although the ceviche was wonderfully fresh and the grilled octopus to die for, the waiting game really muffled the flavors. Not going back – there are other, less arrogant places in Lima.

Thank foodgrmpee
Darmstadt, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another recommendation...well...the ceviche was quite good, so was the grilled octopus...but service was terrible: it took over 45 min to get the food and even to get the invoice we needed to wait for ages...a pity that such a restaurant lives off their fame and don't put the effort on service anymore...

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A warm welcome, though busy, great ceviche, grilled octopus, perfectly cooked fish. Tre leches really good, not so cloying as elsewhere.

Thank Kate W
La Reunion, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Silly us.....made no reservations for one of the top restaurants in Lima but the staff worked miracles and seated us at the bar. Fortunately/unfortunately we were able to watch the creation of one incredible dish after another right before our eyes and consequently ordered dish after dish....each being better than the one before. The staff was patient with our questions... More 

Thank BillLaReunion
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We're in Lima often and usually hit La Mer or Capitales for ceviche and seafood, but that gets boring after a while and tried El Mercado. The atmosphere is great, but the service is a bit slow (took too long to get our menus) and the waiter lacked a point of view on what was good, which would have been... More 

Thank Rebecca R
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just loved the place. New and easy going this Cebicheria is great! The food was excellent and the service to accompany, what an experience and to think the day had started badly. We had the ceviches that were to die for and the fish of the day excellent. Well worth the wait and I would surely go back. Better than... More 

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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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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?