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L Eau Vive

#167 of 2,230 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cercado de Lima
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Ucayali 370 | Apartado 3188, Lima 01 , Peru
+51 1 4275612
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
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135 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place has reasonably authentic French food, but not precisely gourmet. The charm of the place is the airy old building and the fact that the restaurant is run by French-speaking nuns...many from former colonies in Asia and Africa...so it has a diverse feel that my son enjoyed. The furnishings and feel are quite basic, however, so I could not... More 

Thank thomasr888
Cary, North Carolina
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106 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This was one of my best meals in two and half months of travel in South America. I came here on a special date with my girlfriend and I absolutely loved my meal. Now finding the restaurant wasn't too difficult, but we had to ring a doorbell and talk into an intercom at night to get in. A nun came... More 

Thank Lcdthethird
The Hague, The Netherlands
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88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

What a delightful, different, unique restaurant. Delicious, home-cooked French and French-colonial (read Vietnamese with a hint of Afrique) food, graciously served in a beautiful old colonial building in the heart of Lima by nuns from Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Guinea. Beyond the daily menu, the real treasure here is the 'a la carte' menu, where French classic like Coquille... More 

Thank Jon T
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A place ran by nuns mostly from Vietnam and Africa run this place located right in the heart of Lima. If you are visiting, stop by this place on your way to the churches that surround this restaurant. They have basic menus that change daily at very affordable prices or you could order a variety of food ordered right off... More 

Thank Fernando D
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

This restaurant has always belonged to some French nuns who serve Peruvian and French food. At lunch time is full of Limeños who work around the area and at night time they serve French food. Prices are very affordable and the nuns are mainly from the French colonies in Congo and Vietnam. They are very nice and hospitable. At night... More 

Thank CecilHorus
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278 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This place is run by nuns and we stopped by for lunch one day when we were exploring the many beautiful churches in downtown Lima. There were 4 of us and we all selected the daily menu but selected different dishes. I've attached photos of a few of the dishes we tried. I particularly enjoyed the salmon which I had... More 

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Rome, Italy
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

We found "L'eau Vive" in the Lonely Planet's list of good restaurants and happened to get invited by a friend there, for lunch. This restaurant is situated in the heart of the city center and is run by french nuns. The place is clean and has a joyful ambience, the nuns are very polite and talkative (even if some of... More 

Thank CgLaura
Taoyuan, Taiwan
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Not only because the food is yummy and the price is reasonable (menu of the day including starter, soft drink, main course and dessert, costs you 18 sol only!!), but also because the lovely nuns there. I speak no French and very little Spanish, the nuns anyway welcomed us with warm smile and body language. I wish I could eaten... More 

Thank echooolo
Cuenca, Ecuador
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87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

The restaurant was recommended to us by helpful staff at the Central Bank Museum, which is nearby and we are very happy that we heeded their advice. The staff was efficient and friendly and the French cuisine was terrific. I enjoyed a steak that was tender and flavorful and the potatoes Dauphin were memorable. After lunch we asked for help... More 

Thank Vinnie P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

This is a restaurant run by barely a dozen nuns to support their activities in their convent. Food is great and prices are accesible. I especially enjoyed their excellent desserts. It is located in a pink building with a rather small sign. I used google map to locate it. If you want to try some french food in the historic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ucayali 370 | Apartado 3188, Lima 01, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima>  > Cercado de Lima
  • Neighbourhood: Cercado de Lima
  • Phone Number: +51 1 4275612

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?