Best Restaurants in Cusco (expensive)
www.cuscorestaurants.com/limo/ (Nouveau Andino)
Portal de Carnes 236, 2nd floor, Plaza de Armas, Cusco open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat
Named after the ' El Aji Limo" chilli used in making ceviche the Limo Restaurant & Pisco Bar serves up a Peruvian/Japanese fusion of seafood and traditional dishes with a modern twist. Dishes include Sushi, Octopus ceviche, and a delicious tuna tartare. You must also try one of their speciality pisco-based cocktails. One of the best locations in Cusco, Limo is on the 2nd floor with stunning views of the Plaza de Armas. Beautifully decorated, a bit on the pricey side but you're worth it.
www.cicciolinacuzco.com/ (Mediterranean / Tapas)
Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd floor, Cusco
Nicely decorated, Spanish / Italian / Mediterranean cuisine, beautifully presented. Nice atmosphere, sophisticated. Separate bar menu includes tapas. A little on the expensive side but overall good value. Go on treat yourself. Recommended. Reservations are a must May to September.
Casa Cabrera, Plaza Nazarenas 231, Cusco.
www.restaurantelesoleilcusco.com Calle San Agustin 275, Cusco Open 12.30-3pm & 7-10.30pm Thurs-Tues. Closed on Wednesdays.
Traditional gourmet French cuisine including French snails in a parsley and garlic sauce, duck foi gras. Recommended is the Andean trout filet, baby lamb chops and the superb Tournedos Rossini (beef tenderloin, foie gras and celery puree). French wine by the glass or bottle. Quality dining. Dig deep as prices are quite expensive. Cash or Visa only.
www.belmond.com/hotel-monasterio-cusco/restaurants-in-cusco (Monasterio Hotel) Monasterio del Cusco Hotel (Andean/International)Calle Palacios 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco. Great food in an old converted monastery. Main courses for about US$20. Great atmosphere and service worth treating yourself to.
www.belmond.com/palacio-nazarenas-cusco/cusco-restaurants (Palacio Nazarenas Hotel) Palacio Nazarenas Hotel (Andean/International)Calle Palacios 144, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco. Stylish restaurant located in the luxury Palacio Nazarenas Hotel. Beautiful surroundings overlooking the hotel's outdoor pool.
Portal de Panes 115, Plaza de Armas, Cusco. Tel 262992The menu includes a wide range of typical and international dishes including vegetarian dishes. Elegant folk shows are put on each evening. Reservations are a good idea. Open Mon-Sun 11am-11:30pm
www.chicha.com.pe/en/cusco (Nouveau Andino) Plaza Regocijo 261, 2nd floor, Cusco. Open 12-10.30pm Mon-Sun.Peru's celebrity chef Gaston Acurio's new venture in Cusco. Open-kitchen, tasteful modern decor, very attentive service. Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist. On the whole the food is good value but the wines can be very expensive.
www.restaurantcusco.com (International/Nouveau-Andino) Pumacurco 406, Cusco. (Up the hill from Plaza Nazarenas)
www.cuscorestaurants.com/pachapapa/ (Andean/International) Plazoleta San Blas 120, Cusco.
Baco Wine Bar & Restaurant
www.cicciolinacuzco.com/ Calle Ruinas 465 Tel 242808,relaxing atmosphere
www.cuscorestaurants.com/greens-organics/ Santa Catalina Angosta 165, 2nd floor (corner of the Plaza de armas), CuscoLooking for a healthy all-organic place to it then Greens is the place for you. Bright and colourful restaurant located in the corner of the Plaza de Armas, 2nd floor to the right side of Paddy's Irish bar. As you would expect there is a great selection of salads. Recommended are the quinoa soup, trout & mango ceviche, grilled alpaca medallion. Also serve sandwiches. Book in advance for evening tables.
A Mi Manera
www.cuscorestaurant-amimanera.com/en/ (International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino) Calle Triunfo 393, 2nd floor, Tel 222219Swiss managed restaurant combining typical local foods with international cuisine (NovoAndino). Recently refurbished. Nice interior design with a spotlessly clean open kitchen. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, well recommended.
http://www.fallenangelincusco.com (International) Plazoleta Nazarenas 221 Tel: 258184
(International/Criollo/Nouveau-Andino) Portal Confituria 233, Plaza de Armas
Best Restaurants in Cusco (mid-range)
Corner of Cuesta San Blas and Choquechaca. Tel: 806960 Good selection of snacks and dishes, generous portions, well presented. Nice decor, relaxed atmosphere. Well recommended. Great English full breakfast served all day. Other dishes include houmus and ciabatta bread, French fries and guacamole, Jack's antipasto (selection of yummy things), veggie burgers and home-made soups. All freshly made in the smallest kitchen in Cusco!!
La Bodega 138
(Italian) Herrajes 138, Cusco open 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat La Bodega is a laid back Italian restaurant that serves up a great thin crust pizza cooked in a traditional adobe fired oven. The pastas are good and they offer some nice fresh organic salads. Its a tad on the expensive side but the atmosphere is friendly. Sometimes a freshly baked pizza, a cold beer and some good company are the only things that count. Cash only.
(Andean/International) Calle Suecia 339, Tel: 292870 (Quechua for happy guinea pig!) excellent place to try out typical Peruvian dishes including the house speciality 'cuy al horno' (baked guinea pig) which emerges from the oven amidst the flashing of cameras and squeals of delight or disgust. Good service.
(Italian) Calle Plateros 339, Tel 23 4861Freshly baked pizzas made in traditional wood burning oven. Pastas and soups. Good atmosphere, long tables bring you jostling elbow to elbow with other travellers.
(Japanese) Calle Plateros 326, 2nd Floor, Cusco. Open midday-3.30pm & 6.30-10pm Mon-Sat. Serving Sushi & Saki but plenty more besides.
Best Restaurants in Cusco (budget)
Cuesta San Blas 525, (2nd floor), Cusco. Tel: 238383 Highly recommended. Very clean with spotless toilets. Granja Heidi (Heidi's Farm) offers fresh, nutritious meals as well as wholesome breakfasts. They also have a great 4 course set meal at lunchtime for US$7. Spacious with plenty of natural light. Becoming very popular so it is a good idea to book a table in the evenings. Good selection of vegetarian meals including delicious stuffed peppers.
Calle Saphi 448, Cusco (follow Calle Plateros along to the end, 5 mins from main square). Open midday-10pm Tues-Sun The place to go for a huge bowl of soup. Quinoa soup yes please. Japanese curry soup with udon noodles (veggy) delicious, comforting chicken soup, tomato, creamy pumkin, so many to choose from. Served with freshly baked bread. Soup, soup, soup. Thank you Mr Soup, great value.
La Quinta Eulalia
(Andean) Tel: 224951 Choquechaka 384, If you want to experience a real Cusquenan restaurant pay a visit to La Quinta Eulalia. It has outdoor tented seating, local dishes including guinea pig, traditional music and home brewed chicha. An experience you'll remember. Open only for lunch 11am-5pm
Restaurants in Cusco (Fast Food)
Well these fast food restaurants don't exactly fall into the best restaurants category but we've included them just in case you are feeling a little homesick or need to pile back on the weight after all that exercise
(Fast Food) 1st floor, Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Armas, Cusco (far left corner of the Plaza when looking at the cathedral), www.mcdonalds.com.pe MacDonalds have more than 25 restaurants in Lima and just one in Cusco which conveniently located in the Plaza de Armas. Due to planning regulations it tries its hardest to blend in with the local architecture so its not as easy to find as you'd expect. Popular with the locals just as much as with the tourists.
(Fast Food) Portal de Carnes, Plaza de Armas, Cusco, www.kfc.com.pe Kentucky Fried Chicken has restaurants throughout Peru including 2 in Cusco. The easiest to find is in the Plaza de Armas.
(Fast Food) Plaza de Armas, Cusco www.bembos.com.pe Peruvian fast food chain with restaurants throughout Peru offering burgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes, salads, etc. Several burger menus have a Peruvian twist.
(Fast Food) Real Plaza Shopping Centre (located out of town)
(Fast Food) Real Plaza Shopping Centre (located out of town)
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