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“Bring on the raw fish”
Review of La Mar

La Mar
Ranked #11 of 2,556 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Miraflores
Stamford, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Bring on the raw fish”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

I am a person who has sworn off eating raw fish of any type, mostly because of a mental block. I loved La Mar because their food made me a convert. Bring on the sushi now!
We visited La Mar in October and did not have any trouble getting there. Handed the address to our taxi driver and he got us there. There was a wait of maybe 30-40 mins and it was peak lunch time and the place was packed. A waiter comes around to take drink orders while you wait and serves you, with some chips right at the wait area. So waiting was no big deal.
They start you off with an assortment of chips- plantains, yucca etc and 3 dips which vary in the degree of spiciness. Don't be afraid to mix them up. One comment for non Spanish speaking people. The menu is completely in Spanish with no English what so ever and most of the waiters don't speak English. And anyway expecting them to stand their and translate the whole menu for you is just not feasible.
To be safe we just ordered the degustation menu. 5 types of cebiche. They were all good. And like most people here the tuna was outstanding. So was another one in an orangy liquid. The tuna just melted and was the perfect introduction to raw fish for me. Even if they say its "cooked" its not really cooked. We also had a yucca and Fish dish which was really good too. Skipped dessert as we were too full. I did not like the pisco sour that everyone raves about. It was too sour for me. Lip puckering sour.
I am so crazy about their cebiche now that the first thing I did when we got back was to get a reservation in the New York La Mar. Hopefully that will hold up to the quality of the Lima La Mar.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Travelzen101
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Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Expensive, but too good...”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

If you want to eat excellent cebiche (and are ready to pay 2-3 times the normal Lima price) and some excellent desserts, then this is the place to go!

Visited October 2012
Thank Dominik125
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The best!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

We ate at La Mar on a Monday for lunch. We got there as it opened, so no wait for us!
We got the 5 ceviche sampler and it was so pretty! Of course, they were all delicious but my favorite was a tuna teriyaki ceviche. Apparently, that's the one that Peruvians like the least. Oh well.
Our other dish was good too, a ravioli lobster thing.
The location could've been better but not too hard to get to from our hotel in Mira Flores.

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Thank Susiean
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
346 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Fabulous food at a a good price”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We had read about the chef and wanted to try his food, especially the ceviche. Well it was a amazing, we had the selection of ceviche and it was the best we had ever tasted. The rest of the food was fantastic too including the octopus and the rice and seafood. A wonderful lunch, attentive staff, very good price, highly recommended.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank JamesOwen
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Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Very good food, mix between japonese and peruvian food. Very good ambient. Great Service. The ceviches was delicious.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Guiv37
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