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El Mercado

#17 of 2,205 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
+51 221 1322
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lima at her best ... go with a group of friends and share as many dishes as you can. Everything is amazing, fresh, deliciously prepared and presented. Simply top notch - a must go when here.

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Thank Albert J F
Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot for a long lunch. I loved sitting at the bar facing the galley. It was captivating watching them prepare beautiful thoughtful dishes. We saw them placing the lobster on the grille and had to get some for ourselves.

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Thank Tatiana S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 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 

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Thank MJS1944
Lima, Peru
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

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 

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Thank VictoriaAMS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 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.

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Thank Robert D
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 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 

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Thank cathyayumi
Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

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.

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Hesse, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

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

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La Reunion, Guatemala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday
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?