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“Overrated tourist trap”
Review of Huaca Pucllana

Huaca Pucllana
Ranked #65 of 3 003 Restaurants in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: Peruvian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Miraflores
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Years ago this was a dreamy restaurant with good food. Not anymore. Second visit in 6 months confirmed the decline. It has become too big and too much of a production line. The need to pack 'em in has destroyed the elegant, relaxed air it used to have. The huge outdoor covered terrace added on to the original one means that unless you are right at the edge you might as well be inside. Worse, the main space is often used for events in which case you have no view and the noise, while the inside area is crowded.

The food, in spite of a good new chef, is very disappointing. The menu is short on traditional dishes without a compensating excellent new cuisine selection. It is heavily fish (not seafood) with rather similar sauces. Our starters were fine if uninspired but the fish (pasta, corvina) was dry - a crime in Lima. The arroz picante was completely devoid of picante - tourist alert - and had little flavor. The suspiro was good - light and not too sweet.
The service was poor. "you done?" is not what one expects at these prices. By the time the waiter appeared to take a win order after cocktails the main course was already in the table.The menu says service included in large letters but it was clear that no one took that seriously.
I dont usually slam restaurants but the Huaca is expensive (s./50-70 for most mains) and well below the standard of most comparable and cheaper places.

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Thank Simon N
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The best thing about the restaurant is the architecture or rather the setting. You can escape from the chaos of Lima for a bit while being here.
I would recommend to go during the night as the Huaca is lit up and becomes a magical experience to dine in this setting.
The fiod is also good but the portions are huge so maybe consider sharing.
Service is good as well.

1  Thank victoriagarcia23
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, friendly service, incredible surrounding with a view on the historical site of the Huaca Puclliana, literally few meters away from the outdoors tables.
Service was reasonably fast although the place was large and with several full tables.
Parking just outside.

2  Thank mcitaly2016
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

The restaurant sits at the foot of Inca ruins. The food is good but the view and experience is the main draw

Thank IraW_11
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

We visited Huaca Pucllana on 14 January for our anniversary dinner. I had sent a note to the restaurant 2 weeks earlier about the occasion so they welcomed us with some complimentary champagne which was a classy touch. We had a wonderful meal. My wife is vegetarian and she had plenty of options too. Eventually, I settled on a quinoa crusted fish and a pisco sour, which was really nice.

We were somewhat surprised when we got the bill though. We had been served some bread which we didn't order and thought was complimentary (as is the case in most restaurants around the world), however, we were charged close to $7.00 for it. We didn't mind paying, given the great quality of food, and the exceptional service, however, did not like this surprise, especially since we didn't order the bread.

All in all, I will recommend this restaurant to anyone who wishes to visit Lima, however will advise them to clarify the price of everything on the table.

Thank Aditya N
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