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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Cusco

A Mi Manera Restaurant and Lounge

Relaxed restaurant with a creative assortment of Andean dishes and vegetarian specialties like the popular Andean quinoa gnocchi (considered sacred by the Incas, quinoa is a grain with a mild, slightly nutty flavor). 

Triunfo 393, +51 84 222219, www.amimaneraperu.com/
Tags: moderate | peruvian

Chez Maggy

Offering a bit of everything – including trout, alpaca and pasta – this eatery’s real notoriety stems from mouth-watering brick-oven pizzas, so good they sparked a chain of Chez Maggies throughout Peru.

Plateros 348, 011-51-84-234-861
Tags: budget | local favorite | pizza

El Huerto

En route to Machu Picchu, visitors frequently pass through the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba. Here, Rio Sagrado is one of the latest in a string of luxury resorts where cuisine takes center stage. At its restaurant, El Huerto, chef Claudia Canessa (the rare female chef at an haute Peruvian restaurant) takes a more rustic approach, incorporating a large variety of organic vegetables, spices, and fruits grown on the hotel's compound into ravioli, spaghetti, and other such dishes.

Km. 75.8, Carretera Cusco – Ollantaytambo, 800-237-1236, www.riosagrado.com
Tags: notable chef | hotel restaurant | peruvian | organic

Greens

With vibrant green walls, modern paintings, candlelit tables, chic couches near the fireplace, and trendy beats, this stylishly romantic spot stays fresh thanks to London-trained chef Tanya Miller’s extraordinary dishes and funky vegetarian plates.

Tandapata 700, 011-51-84-243-379
Tags: romance | moderate | notable chef | trendy

Illariy

Overlooking Hotel Monasterio’s impressive colonial courtyard, this acclaimed restaurant mixes international and Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy tender alpaca tenderloin and steamed sweet potato topped with grilled shrimp in creamy chili sauce.

Calle del Perú, AL, 011-51-84-241-777, www.monasterio.orient-express.com
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge | peruvian

Inka Grill

The city marked a culinary milepost in 1998 with the opening of Inka Grill, now part of a six-restaurant collection, all in Cusco, that includes the innovative, elegant MAP Café. The restaurant puts a modern spin on a traditional dish dating from pre-Columbian times: cuy (guinea pig, still sold by street vendors in the Andean foothills), here served as a confit with mint and a local white bean called tarwi.

Portal de Panes 115 Plaza de Armas, 011-51-84-262-992, www.inkagrillcusco.com
Tags: peruvian

Macondo

The funky décor and creative cuisine at this intimate, tropical-themed restaurant add to its bohemian coffeehouse ambiance. Dine on dishes like juanes (chicken, rice and salsa wrapped in a Bijao leaf) as the rhythmic background beat gets you primed for a night on the town.

Cuesta San Blas 571, 011-51-84-229-415
Tags: moderate | trendy | peruvian

Map Café

Occupying part of the patio of the Museo de Arte Pre-Columbino, this local favorite’s glass-enclosed perimeters provide an intimate setting for a conglomeration of Peruvian, French, and Italian dishes paired with one of Cusco’s finest wine lists.

Plaza Nazarenas 231, 011-51-84-242-476
Tags: expensive | notable wine list | global fusion

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