The best Peruvian food in Miami right now

From home-cooking to an elevated take on Peruvian flavors

Jul
22
2022

Keep this guide handy for when you’re in the mood for Peruvian food in Miami. 

The best Peruvian food in the US is in Miami, except for anything the team behind Llama Inn touches in NYC. Here in Miami, you will get an introductory taste of the flavor possibilities to encounter if and when you visit Peru. But before we catch a flight, we’ll be teasing your palates with papas a la huancaina, lomo saltado, chicken a la brasa, ceviches, tiraditos, and some of the best Peruvian-inspired desserts we’ve ever had.

ITAMAE


Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 140 NE 39th St Suite 136

In 2018, this Nikkei-inspired concept debuted in a food hall in the Design District and quickly became well-known for its Peruvian-Japanese dishes. In early 2021, they opened their stand-alone restaurant in Palm Court, across from the food hall. Their modern Peruvian dishes feature fresh seafood, bright colors, beautiful presentation, and a flawless balance of flavors and textures. 

Itamae is hands down our favorite Peruvian restaurant in Miami and we love how they are constantly evolving their menu. Our favorite dishes include the White Asparagus with parmesan, pickled pear, green coriander; Octopus Bañadito with botija olive, criolla sauce; Conchitas a la Parmesana Bañadito with hokkaido scallop, parmesan, lime and you really can’t go wrong with any of the Nigiri

Oh, and you can’t leave without dessert. The Torta Helada is a must-have. It’s beautifully presented and is the refreshing finish you need with canistel fruit (tastes similar to roasted sweet potato), mamey seed, and hibiscus.

 

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B-SIDE Sushi


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 143 NW 23rd St

B-Side by Itamae is the second concept of Valerie, Nando, and Papa Chang located inside the 1-800 Lucky Asian food hall in Wynwood.

B-Side also focuses on Nikkei cuisine with an emphasis on crispy rice creations and maki sushi rolls.

You can’t go wrong with the Crispy Shrimp Roll wrapped in sesame soy paper, the Lost in Translation roll with tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, crispy quinoa, and aji amarillo mayo. Oh and don’t skip the thinly sliced Octopus Tiradito with botija olive, capers, cilantro, and leche de tigre. We also love this B-Side for a takeout option when we want sushi with a Peruvian twist at home.

 

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OSAKA


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr

Osaka is the first North American location of an internationally acclaimed Nikkei restaurant known for its Japanese techniques and Peruvian flavors. The menu features ceviche, tiraditos, makimono, nigiris, and Peruvian izakaya. The restaurant is sleek and upscale – a great spot for a date.

Order to the center of the table some of our favorites that include the Osk Ceviche with tuna, crispy quinoa, kyuri, yuzu ponzu sauce; Carpassion, salmon carpaccio with passion fruit honey, watercress, and crispy strips; and the Chirashi Causa made with yellow potato, topped with tuna tataki, crab salad, ikura, dresses with acevichada sauce. From the nigiri section, we’d get the Inca with cured tuna, aji amarillo, chalaquita, black quinoa; the Katsu with salmon belly, lemon zest, and white truffle oil; and the Hotate Truffle with Hokkaido scallop, truffle butter, and lime.

MANTA


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 102 NW 25th St

More people need to know about Manta. Located in Wynwood, this high-ceiling restaurant specializes in seafood dishes made with 100% Peruvian ingredients. 

The extensive menu was created by Chef Alberto “Titin” Ugarte Quesada, who opened the original Manta location in the city of Arequipa. Some of our favorite dishes include Conchitas a la ParmesanaCebiche Carrtillero with spicy rocoto sauce, and the Mahi Mahi a lo Macho flambe with white wine and a homemade macho sauce. 

 

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DR. LIMÓN


Neighborhood: Various locations

In 2012, Chef Carlos Brescia and partners Jose Antonio Combina, Fiorella Terrazas opened Dr. Limon’s first location in Kendall. It was one of the OG Peruvian restaurants that kept us coming back for more cebiche. They now have four locations in Miami Lakes, Pinecrest, Hallandale, and of course the original Kendal location.

The dishes on the menu are oddly named after themes in medicine, hence the name Dr. Limon, and you know what it works. Share Los Amigos del Doctor, a causa sampler; Cuarenta, a four-flavored ceviche sampler; and the Fiebre Amarilla with aji amarillo sauce.

AROMAS DEL PERU


Neighborhood: Various locations

It’s safe to say that when a Peruvian restaurant has multiple locations, that’s a good sign. Created by Marita Astete in 2003, Aromas del Peru is heavily influenced by the city of Chimbote, a fishing port on the Pacific.

Stop by one of Aromas del Peru’s five locations for a taste of traditional Peruvian dishes such as Lomo Saltado and Arroz con Mariscos.

EL TAMBO GRILL


Neighborhood: Various locations
An iconic Peruvian spot with two locations in Kendall was recommended by one of our Peruvian friends who said, this is the closest thing to her mom’s home cooking. You’re stopping by for the Rotisserie Chicken in a casual setting. Pair it with huancaína sauce and green hot sauce and fries.

 

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CVI.CHE 105


Neighborhood: Various locations

Cvi.che 105 has been around for more than 12 years. It currently has four locations in Downtown Miami, South Beach-Lincoln Road, Aventura Mall, and Dadeland Mall. 

Chef Juan Chipoco who was born and raised in Lima has created a menu that consists of ceviches, tiraditos, rices, tacus, and Peruvian specialties for the whole family to share. Order the Orgía Marina Mixta ceviche and the Chaufón De Mariscos, a seafood rice prepared Chifa style.

DIVINO CEVICHE


Neighborhood: Various locations

After working for Gastón Acurio in “Tanta” for a season, Executive Chef Christian Encalada and his brother Frank opened Divino Ceviche in 2011. They currently have two locations, one in Doral and Coral Gables.

The menu is inspired by coastal Peruvian and Andean flavors with an Asian influence. Some of our favorite dishes include the Tiradito En Tres Salsas, Aji De Gallina, and Ceviche Divino with mango and avocado.

LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO


Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr

If you’re looking for Peruvian flavors with a view, then La Mar at Mandarin Oriental should be at the top of your list. The restaurant overlooks Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, with indoor and outdoor seating available (plus three great bars!). Chef Gaston Acurio has curated a menu dedicated to Peruvian gastronomy. 

Start your meal on a lighter note with something from the Cebiche Bar or a tiradito. For your main course, we recommend the Arroz Con Mariscos with seafood rice shrimp, octopus, wok-cooked calamari, aji amarillo sauce, and criolla or the Sudado a la Nortena, “the fisherman’s favorite dish” with Florida grouper, seafood, white rice, and choclo. 

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PHOTO CREDIT Mandarin Oriental, Miami
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