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El Mercado

#15 of 2,227 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
+51 221 1322
12:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 12:30 - 17:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is only for lunch...very relax environment, great ceviche....I very recommend it. The chef is Rafael Sterling from the restaurant Rafael also in Miraflores

Thank tom b
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best restaurants of Lima. From Chef Rafael Osterling, "El Mercado" have a amazing atmosphere. You start with drinks and free portion of fries potatoes while wait a table (I always had to wait at least for 30 minutes). The plates is delicious and the "Curry Tay" is one of the better. Enjoy !!! Absolutely recommendable !!!!

Thank Brenno M
Barcelona, Spain
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, fresh and unique. The ceviche was exquisite and the cooked ceviche tacos were just excellent, mouth watering. Service was superb. Rafael Osterling the owner, stopped by the table to greet us. I strongly recommend it. A must when visiting Lima.

Thank vianahome
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lima at her best ... go with a group of friends and share as many dishes as you can. Everything is amazing, fresh, deliciously prepared and presented. Simply top notch - a must go when here.

Thank Albert J F
Seattle, Washington, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great spot for a long lunch. I loved sitting at the bar facing the galley. It was captivating watching them prepare beautiful thoughtful dishes. We saw them placing the lobster on the grille and had to get some for ourselves.

Thank Tatiana S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely these days on the foodies' tourism circuit. When we went for lunch, 50% of those eating there were foreigners. My companion had the usual pisco sour, I had a maracuyá sour which was really good. Wonderful papas rellenas (stuffed potato). This one had different seafoods inside with an excellent sauce. Then for desert we shared a "chocolaterie" - sort... More 

Thank MJS1944
Lima, Peru
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I've been to El Mercado several times and always came out more than satisfied. This last visit, however, I noticed several changes in the restaurant. The food wasn't as good as it used to be; my favorite dish - the octopus- was tougher, served with less sauces and on a simple serving dish, as opposed to the hot stone plate... More 

Thank VictoriaAMS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

What a treat. On a four day trip to Lima we went there twice for lunch. Only open 12:30 to 5. Both times we sat at the bar so we could see the magical food creations. The grilled octopus is a must try but everything we ordered was full of flavour. Friendly staff, great service, casual atmosphere.

Thank Robert D
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I'm not ordinarily a huge seafood lover, but El Mercado has possibly become one of my favourite restaurants ever. I have been twice when visiting Lima, once two years ago and then again December just gone and it was absolutely delicious. Ceviche, charcoal grilled fish, tuna steak burgers, scallops... everything is fantastic and apart from the seafood, the pisco sours... More 

Thank cathyayumi
Darmstadt, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Another recommendation...well...the ceviche was quite good, so was the grilled octopus...but service was terrible: it took over 45 min to get the food and even to get the invoice we needed to wait for ages...a pity that such a restaurant lives off their fame and don't put the effort on service anymore...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 17:00
12:30 - 17:00
12:30 - 17:00
12:30 - 17:00
12:30 - 17:00
12:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hipolito Unanue 203 | distrito de Miraflores, Lima 15074, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Lima Region  >  Lima
  • Phone Number: +51 221 1322

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