5 Authentic Peruvian Restaurants to Delight Yourself in Florida

In the last two years, we have spent a total of about 9 months in South Florida housesitting. In that period, we’ve had the chance to explore the large Cuban-American community of South Florida.

This year, as we continue to get to know the local neighborhoods, we discovered Floribbean cuisine. Popular in South Florida, Floribbean cuisine can be traced back to the exploration of the New World by the Spanish.

When we first stumbled onto a “Peruvian Ceviche” stand at the local farmers in West Palm Beach, our tastes for Peruvian cuisine was reignited. We had loved the food in Peru and that first bite of ceviche at the market set us on a quest to find the best authentic Peruvian restaurants in South Florida.

For a taste of Peru in South Florida, we present the 5 authentic Peruvian restaurants not to miss in South Florida.

Ceviche Stand Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestThe ceviche stand at the Green Market in West Palm Beach that started our quest for Peruvian food in South Florida
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#1: Go for the Fresh Ceviche at Ceviche 401 Restaurant, Delray Beach

When you think of Peruvian cuisine, the first dish that probably comes to mind is ceviche. Indeed, ceviche is the national dish of the Peru. This delicious and classic dish is essentially chunks of raw fish and seafood marinated in lime juice and seasoned with Peruvian chili peppers, onions and salt.

While we were on our quest for authentic food in Lima, Peru, we enjoyed fresh ceviche at different types of eateries in the city. At Peruvian restaurants, to the local market and even from street food vendors. Regardless of the location, the fish was always incredibly fresh and full of flavor.  

While in Florida, we visited Ceviche 401, a new Peruvian restaurant that had recently opened up in Delray Beach.

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Over dinner, with our friend, Vicky, a South Florida based writer at BuddyTheTravelingMonkey.com, we fell in love once again with ceviche.

We shared a Ceviche Platter with three different kinds – Ceviche Classico, Ceviche Mixto and Ceviche Aji Amarillo. Each one was incredible and reminded us of the ceviche we had in Peru. The fish was fresh, bursting with citrus flavors and beautifully contrasted by the sweet potato (camote) and Peruvian corn tastes.

If you are in Delray Beach hungry for mouthwatering ceviche, stop into this casual restaurant and be prepared to enjoy amazingly fresh ceviche.

Trio Ceviche Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestDelicious trio of fresh ceviche

Where

Ceviche 401, Delray Beach

Address: 401 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL.

Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 5:00pm – 10:00 pm and Wednesday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

#2: Indulge in Nikkei Cuisine at Pisco y Nazca, Miami-Doral

Japanese-Peruvian fusion known as Nikkei is one of the standout experiences at this modern ceviche gastrobar.

Pisco y Nazca Doral, is located in Doral, Miami which is a few miles west of Miami International Airport.

PiscoyNazca_DoralRestaurants_AuthenticfoodQuestOutdoor seating at Pisco y Nazca

Featuring a range of shareable plates, we absolutely adored the Nikkei. In a delightful blend using Peruvian and Japanese ingredients, Peruvian chef Miguel has an outstanding Nikkei dish on the menu.

Made with ahi tuna, mirin, soy sauce, wasabi peas, cucumbers, canchaca, leche de tigre, topped with a wonton-sesame crisp, this was a sight to behold.

The flavors took us right back to Peru where we first had Nikkei cuisine. The sweet and spicy flavors with the contrast of textures perfectly complemented the delicate flavors of the ahi tuna.

PiscoyNazca_CevicheNikkei_DoralRestaurants_AuthenticfoodQuestLight and flavorful tuna ceviche

If you are curious about Nikkei cuisine, Pisco y Nazca, Doral is the best place to try it in South Florida.

Where

Pisco y Nazca

Address: 8551 NW 53rd St, #A101, Doral, FL.

Hours: Mon-Tues 11:30am-10pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am, and Sun 11am-10pm.

#3: Find Impressive Causa at Chalakos Peruvian Bistro, West Palm Beach

Causa is a typical Peruvian starter made with delicious tasty mashed potatoes. The potato originated in Peru and this dish has is tied to the history of Peru’s independence.

In Peru, we enjoyed this starter in Lima and Cusco, discovering the different variations that exist. A traditional causa layers potatoes and avocados and some might be topped with tuna, chicken, shrimp or hard-boiled eggs.

While exploring the Floribbean cuisine, on a Taste History Culinary Tour,  Lori, our guide raved about Chalakos, a new local Peruvian restaurant in Northwood Village.

Curious to discover the food at this local Peruvian restaurant in the funky, bohemian village of Northwood, we decided to give it a try.

Chalakos Peruvian Bistro, is a simple restaurant that opened in early 2017. The menu is simple and features traditional Peruvian dishes at affordable prices.

Sitting in the beautiful outdoor patio, we placed our order, and enjoyed the warm Florida evening. We were eager to taste the unique Peruvian delicacies.

Causa Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestHumongous Causa de Camaron stuffed with shrimp

After starting out with a delicious Ceviche de Pescado (fish ceviche),  we were tempted by the Causa de Camaron, or seasoned mashed potatoes layered with shrimp.

The portions were very generous and we were glad to share this impressive Causa de Camaron. The taste was exquisite and reminded us of the flavors we enjoyed in Peru. The potatoes were well cooked, perfectly seasoned, and the abundant fresh shrimps made it a real treat.

Chalakos Peruvian Resturants Authentic FoodQuestInviting patio at Chalakos

Marcos, the Peruvian Chef is a Chalako, which he told us refers to the people coming from a coastal town a few hours from Lima. Today, Marcos is juggling two businesses but is focused on growing his restaurant.

The historic and charming town of Northwood is an up and coming area just north of West Palm Beach. Enjoy the delicious Causa at Chalakos as you explore original art, unique stores in this  quaint and laid back area.

Where

Chalakos Peruvian Bistro

Address: 511 Northwood Dr., West Palm Beach, FL, 33407.

Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10pm, and Sun 9am-9pm.

#4: Enjoy Authentic Anticuchos at Ceviche Arigato,  Palm Beach

Anticuchos is one of the most unique street foods we enjoyed in Peru. It is a dish that is very much a part of the national story of Peru.

Anticuchos are pieces of grilled beef heart  served on a skewer. They are a popular street food and eaten with a boiled potato on the end of a skewer and with aji, or hot sauce.

This tradition comes from the African slaves who were brought by Spaniards to Peru in the 16th century. African slaves would take the innards given to them by their Spanish masters and transform them into delicious morsels of meat using seasonings from the Andes and Spanish.

At Ceviche Arigato, this is one of the dishes we absolutely loved and it is also a house specialty.

What we especially loved was how fresh it was and it reminded us of the anticuchos we had eaten in Peru. The beef heart was tender and perfectly seasoned. And, when paired with the Peruvian potato favorite, Papa a la Huancaina, it makes for a hearty traditional dish.

Anticuchos Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestDelicious morsels of anticuchos (grilled beef heart) with potato huancaina and peruvian corn.

This hidden gem is located in a quiet dim, strip mall plaza, which can be difficult to spot. Once you drive into the empty parking lot and make your way into the door, you’ll be delighted by what awaits.

This modern restaurant serves more than anticuchos. Enjoy the perfect acidic bite in the Ceviche de Pescado (fish ceviche). Try to resist the temptation to devour all the cancha, the appetizer, made of toasted Peruvian corn. Be sure to leave room for Picarones, small and crispy Peruvian-style doughnuts.

Ceviche Arigato Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestGreat decor at Ceviche Arigato

Where

Ceviche Arigato

Address: 1447 10th St., Lake Park, FL, 33403.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Friday & Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

#5: Sip on Pisco Sour at Cabana El Rey, Delray Beach

We cannot talk about Peruvian restaurants without mentioning Pisco Sour, the national drink of the country. This is without a doubt the drink that we had in each and every restaurants we visited for this quest for authentic Peruvian restaurants in South Florida.

At Cabana El Rey, the warmth of the Peruvians greet you as soon as you walk in. The waiter welcomed us with a large smile and invited us to sit down for a drink. Meanwhile, the jovial Peruvian chef came and introduced himself.

Cabana El Rey has their own twist on the Pisco Sour. This is certainly the most unusual Pisco Sour we tasted. Enhanced with Chicha Morada, and pineapple, this combination sweetened the taste of the Pisco Sour and made for a colorful drink.

Pisco Sour Chicha Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestPisco Sour reinvented

Cabana El Rey is located in downtown Delray Beach. With a nice patio and outdoor seating, this is a great restaurant to enjoy a leisurely Nuevo Latino meal.

If you’re looking to taste a traditional Pisco Sour, we found our drinks at Ceviche Arigato the closest match to our Peruvian experience.

Pisco Sour Peruvian Restaurants Authentic Food QuestTraditional Pisco Sour with bitter and a lime zest

Where

Cabana El Rey

Address: 105 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Hours: Monday – Wed. 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday until 11:00 pm, Friday until 12:00 am, Saturday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sunday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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In Summary

Since the worldwide recognition of Peru as a World’s Leading Culinary Destination, Peruvian restaurants have been burgeoning across the US.

With readily available fresh seafood and a strong Peruvian community, South Florida is the perfect place to experience Peruvian cuisine without traveling to Peru.

Rediscovering Peruvian cuisine through the lenses of the local Peruvian community in South Florida has been quite an exciting journey. At each restaurant, we observed how each chef recreates memories from their native country through creative interpretations of authentic Peruvian cuisine.

While some dishes left us wanting more, others took us back to Peru, with great pleasure.

Rediscovering or discovering foreign cuisine at home country is a great way to travel through food.

Have you had Peruvian Food in the U.S. or in your home country? Let us know in the comments below, your favorite dish.

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25 comments

  1. Hey Authentic Food Quest, you put Florida’s Peruvian side on the map. Awesome job with this review and capturing the essence of Floribbean cuisine. Thank you so much for coming along on the Taste History Culinary Tours.

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    • Thank you so much, Lori, for your feedback. Through Taste History Culinary Tours, you introduced us to the rich and amazing Floribbean cuisine and history. Thank you for all that you do with the tours and we will continue to support the discovery of this amazing local cuisine. Thanks for having us on the tours. Best regards.

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    • As surprising as it may sound, Peruvian cuisine is leading the gastronomy scene worldwide. It is something worth discovering and we highly recommend any of these restaurants on your upcoming trip to Florida. Safe travels and let us know what you think!! Cheers.

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  2. The causa dish looks incredible! It has all of my favorite things: potatoes, avocado, eggs, and shrimp though I’ve never had a dish with them together. Going to visit Florida and go to Chalakos Peruvian Bistro just to try it. I’ll let them know you sent me 😉

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    • Awesome to hear Kim. Please say hello to Marcos for us. One tip, go early so that you can grab a table outdoors. Beautiful outdoor space that is to be enjoyed. The serving sizes are huge as well. Plan on sharing or go hungry. Have fun and let us know what you think. Cheers.

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  3. Del Ray Beach is on my radar this winter and I’m making note of your suggestions. You two always find the BEST food finds of anywhere in the world! I think of you often and wonder where you are.

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    • That’s awesome that Delray Beach is on your travel plans for the winter. You must visit Ceviche 401 – the place is laid back but the food is amazing. Do let us know what you think. We’re doing well Sara, traveling around, but always focused on the food 🙂 Cheers!

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  4. Well, I never tasted any of the Peruvian dishes but from your pictures and explanation, I found them tempting. The Traditional Pisco Sour with bitter and a lime zest and Delicious trio of fresh ceviche looks really nice

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    • Oh wow, you’ve never had Peruvian cuisine? This must change and a visit to Peruvian restaurant near you is a must 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the article, now the next step is to eat the food. Try it and let us know what you think!!

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  5. I haven’t really ever researched Peru, so I don’t know much about Peruvian cuisine. But if there’s a country that turns mashed potatoes into a towering sauce drizzled main dish, I need to visit. Until then, I know I can try this delicious looking concoction in Florida. Also, I love ceviche and the trio at Ceviche 401 is making my stomach growl. Yum!

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    • Like you we adore ceviche – when its fresh and cooked perfectly in chili…it makes for the perfect combination! Next time you are heading out to eat, try a Peruvian restaurant in your area and prepare to be delighted. Of course, if South Florida is on your travels plans, any of these restaurants will whisk you away to Peru. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Wow, this is amazing. Really brings back a lot of memories about our time in Peru. I did not know the level of Peruvian cuisine in USA is so high. We nearly have Peruvian restaurants in Belgium… Cheers

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    • That’s good to know Koen that you have many Peruvian restaurants in Belgium. What a treat! What parts of Peru did you visit on your trip? Amazing food throughout. Peru really is a delicious country to explore. Thanks for stopping by Koen.

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  7. Wow, this is amazing. Really brings back a lot of memories about our time in Peru. I did not know the level of Peruvian cuisine in USA is so high. We nearly have Peruvian restaurants in Belgium… Thanks for the info !

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  8. OMG! Everything looks sooo yummy! We were in Florida last year, and wish we had known about these restaurants! The ahi tuna at Pisco y Nazca makes me so hungry! And the two different types of Pisco Sour sound interesting. Are these alcoholic drinks?

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    • I guess it means its time for another trip to Florida!! Pisco Sour is an alcoholic drink made from Pisco brand. You will find many variations of the drink, though the classic is the most popular. On your next trip check out any of these restaurants for delicious authentic Peruvian cuisine. Cheers.

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  9. Dios mio, this brings back good memories: Travelling Peru. Already on my flight to Peru I was sitting between two Peruvian ladies and all they were recommending were – nope, not the museums, not the cathedrals – it was: food! Peruvians are so much into food, and that makes their cuisine so delicious. When I see the ceviche and the anticuchos in your pics, my mouth waters; and the pisco – hmmmm. Gracias para recordarmelo todo <3

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    • You will love Peru and the food. Prepare to delight in some of the best food you’ve ever had. Let us know what you discover. And when you find yourself craving the taste when you are back in the U.S., head over to Florida for some of the best local Peruvian dishes. Safe travels.

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