Puerto 511 is a new Peruvian restaurant in Baltimore over in lower Mt. Vernon. The restaurant is easy to miss if you are not looking for it and can get quite packed due to the small size (5-8 tables, depending on party size). Be sure to make reservations if you are looking for a specific time for dinner. Additionally, the restaurant is BYOB with a $2.50 corkage fee per person drinking.
Atmosphere: Puerto 511 is a very small restaurant with 5-8 two person tables that could be pushed together for larger tables. Some light music is playing in the background but the atmosphere is not amazing romantic (though I think they are still decorating). This would be a good place to catch up with a small group of friends or for a more laid-back date night.
Service: The service is wonderful. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team, originally from Peru (they recently moved about 8 years ago). The wife introduced herself to us when we arrived and her husband came out later in the meal. She provided nice details about each dish and asked about our desire for spicy food. She constantly checked back during the meal to make sure we had everything we needed, but was not overbearing at all.
Food: The food was amazing. Though we have not been to Peru, I have heard from others whom have lived there that this is very authentic. They make all their sauces and dips in house and serve traditional dishes like ceviche. We had the Lomo Saltado and Huancaina Spaghetti for entrees and the Ceviche Classico for an appetizer. The ceviche was spicy and incredibly good. I would agree that the portions of the entrees are smaller than the average restaurant in Baltimore, but the food is really worth going for. Be sure to specify spicy level if you like hot foods.
Price: Appetizers run around the $15 mark but are large enough to share between two people. Entrees are around $18. With wine that we had brought, a meal for 2 including an appetizer and two entrees was about $65.
Overall, Puerto 511 is a great Peruvian restaurant in Baltimore. The owners are incredibly nice and are looking to get to know the customers that come through the door. Be sure to make a reservation if you are looking for a certain time for dinner and bring wine or beer, as the restaurant is BYOB.