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“Best Lomo Saltado around”

Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
Ranked #1,597 of 10,354 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, Peruvian
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Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Great place for a simple, no hassle meal. Go before 5PM and you have your table and parking in front of the door. Restaurant inside might be out if date but it's clean and service is fast without any mistakes.

I have been to several so called 1* and 2** restaurants in town and for what you pay you get a better priced portion at Mario's.

Will go back FOR SURE.

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Thank Gotcha4444
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Mmm, the lomo saltado is the best here. Although it is a bit pricey, the portions are big enough to satisfy two people. For an appetizer I would recommend the ceviche. Their other most ordered dish is the saltado de camarones which is also delicious. You can't really go wrong here.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Food: Two of us ordered 3 dishes - lomo saltado, saltado de marisocos, and chicharron de calamares. The portions were huge and they didn't fill us up with rice or fries. There were plenty of beef/seafood in all our dishes and we could really taste the freshness. The beef in the lomo was tender and flavorful. And the fried squid was crunchy but not over-fried. We left full with plenty of food left.

Atmosphere/Service: This is a hold-in-the-wall joint. The restroom was clean. The service was friendly and efficient. We were offered spicy green sauce in containers when we asked for boxes!

Tip: Park on side-street, put your name down and expect 30-40 mins wait!

Thank A_Garfield
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The shrimps, ceviches and all the seafood were delicious but there was a tendency to overcook - ask them (especially with fish) to slightly undercook it. If you like it spicy, this place rocks!

Thank maracujagirl
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Mario's is not about ambience. It's a hole in the wall with working class people who go for the tasty food, huge portions and reasonable prices. But it's not just any ol' food. It's super authentic Peruvian food where the ceviches pack a punch, the soups taste home-made and the fried rice is wow! In fact, this place was so good that in a 6 day trip we went there twice! And we live in London where Peruvian food is one of the current crazes, so we've got some context...

The first time around, the two of us shared a ceviche de pescados (fish ceviche) and a parihuela (tomato based seafood soup). The fish ceviche had a really zingy, slightly spicy yet savoury sauce and was served authentically with a boiled potato. The tomato soup was a light broth in a huge bowl that was packed with fish, shrimp, octopus, squid and mussels. It was the perfect balance of seafood and tomatoes, with additional flavours from garlic and coriander. And the lovely soft bread they served was perfect to mop up the broth. Yummm!

The second time around, we took our family with us, so there was five of us in all. We shared two ceviches de camarones (shrimp ceviches), one parihuela (tomato based seafood soup), one camarones al ajo (shrimp with butter and garlic), one beef steak topped with tomatoes, onions and peppers, one fried rice with beef. The shrimp ceviche tasted exactly like the fish ceviche from the last time, but with shrimp, and the seafood soup also tasted the same as the last time. So the restaurant was consistent in quality of food.

The shrimp with garlic and butter was golden and crsipy, almost the texture of deep fried shrimp but with no batter. It was absolutely delicious, as were the golden little pieces of garlic.The fried rice with beef was just awesome! As good or better than fried rice in the best Chinese restaurant and there were slices of beef in it which had a smoky flavour that tasted incredible with the fried rice. The beef with onions, tomatoes and peppers was nice, probably my least favourite dish but still good.

I'm surprised to hear from other reviewers that they got bad service. While we didn't have to wait for a table either of the times we were there, the restaurant was busy and the food took a little time to come, but the bread came out pretty quickly (along with their fantastic green sauce that is a lot more spicy and garlicky than it looks, and completely addictive). Also, the waitresses were polite and smiling rather than rude or brusque. Maybe we were just lucky. Sure, this place isn't about the ambience but if you're looking for outstanding and authentic food and great value, this is the place. If I lived in LA, I'd be here every month.

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