Lima

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On the high end, meals average around $18; on the low end, dinner can be had for under $10.

Top Restaurants in Lima

Astrid y Gastón

Peru's top chef, Gastón Acurio, has opened restaurants around the world, from San Francisco to Santiago. To experience his cuisine at its source, food lovers make pilgrimages to this landmark restaurant, opened in 1994 by Acurio and his wife Astrid, in Lima's Miraflores neighborhood. The dishes here - including the evocatively named Childhood, featuring shrimp and calamari subtly flavored with tamarind, molasses, and peanuts - exemplify the refined eclecticism that's a hallmark of modern Peruvian cuisine. Plus, the wine list is impeccable.

Cantuarias 175, 011-51-1-444-1496, www.astridygaston.com
Tags: expensive | notable wine list | peruvian

Canta Rana

Join the locals at this charming, shack-like restaurant with its fútbol paraphernalia and wooden tables, for an extensive selection of ceviche and fresh seafood (there are 15 types of sea bass alone).

Génova 101, 011-51-1-247-7274
Tags: moderate | seafood | local favorite | peruvian

Chocolat Café

Chocolat’s sandwiches, salads, homemade chocolates, and coffee are great all day, but the midday menu is a score – enjoy an appetizer and main course for only $4.

Pasaje Nicolás de Ribera El Viejo (Los Escribanos) 121, 011-51-1-427-4471
Tags: budget | great value

L'Eau de Vivre

Run by French nuns who serenade customers nightly, this simple, centuries-old mansion-cum-eatery serves dishes like trout baked in cognac and duck in orange sauce. With all profits benefiting the poor, it’s also a worthy cause.

Ucayali 370, 011-51-1-427-5612
Tags: moderate | french

Las Brujas de Cachiche (Witches of Cachiche)

Using ancient recipes and ingredients from pre-Columbian Peru, the chefs cast a spell over diners (which includes everyone from Limeños and businessmen to foreign government officials and visitors) with sumptuous Criollo dishes.

Jr. Bolognesi 460, 011-51-1-447-1883
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | peruvian

Restaurant Huaca Pucllana

Set amidst (and named after) 1500-year-old ruins, this colonial-style restaurant offers Peruvian Criollo dishes like lamb-rib with pumpkin stew, excellent wines, and post-dinner tours of the ruins.

, 011-51-1-445-4042, www.resthuacapucllana.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | history | peruvian

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