The Best Restaurants in Cusco

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City: Cusco // Category: Food // Reading time: 5 min

 

Cusco is known for its impressive history of the Incas, for its New Wonder of the World Machu Picchu, and for its beautiful Andean landscape. Apart from sightseeing activities or hiking tours, the city of the Incas also offers a lot of culinary experiences that will cherish your palate. 

In recent years, more and more restaurants have opened up and the options of where to go out to eat in Cusco have become numerous. That’s why we prepared a small and exclusive list of restaurants based on our personal- and our travelers’ experience. No matter if you like vegan food, pizza, typical Peruvian dishes, seafood or something else, with our list of the best restaurants in Cusco we’ve got you covered!

Plaza de Armas at night Cusco

Note: We are not affiliated with any of the restaurants mentioned below. This list is based 100% on our personal opinion and on the feedback we have received from our travelers.

 

List of Cusco’s Best Restaurants  

LIMO Peruano Nikkei

Limo-Restaurant-Cusco

Interesting facts: Enjoy your food on the balcony with a view over Plaza de Armas. 

Average Price: $11-17

Kitchen: Peruvian-Japanese fusion kitchen

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: A couple of days in advance.

Try this: Trucha Yamimono (grilled trout in Andean chili-sauce) or variety of sushi-fusion and tiradito (Peruvian version of Sashimi). 

Atmosphere: Modern

 

Chicha, by Gaston Acurio

Chicha-Gaston-Acurio-Cusco-Restaurant Interesting facts: Gaston Acurio has many restaurants all over Peru. Chicha is a great example of him being a genius in the kitchen. 

Kitchen: Peruvian  

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: At least a couple of days in advance.

Try this: You have three options to choose from: 1. Chefs Menu 2. Menu a la Carte 3. Tasting Menu. From the menu, we’d recommend the grilled Octopus with pickled radish or Lomo Saltado ($14-20)

Atmosphere: Modern

 

Morena Peruvian Kitchen

Morena-Peruvian-Kitchen-Cusco

Interesting facts: Offers modern contemporary Peruvian kitchen but also delicious vegetarian options, such as Quinoa chaufa, Sacred Valley salad or Causa vegetarian appetizer. 

Average Price: $11-15

Kitchen: Peruvian 

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: One day in advance is enough. 

Try this: Lomo Saltado (served with Quinoa and huancaina sauce) or Trout with Quinoa and Avocado.

Atmosphere: Stylish

 

Cicciolina

Cicciolina-Cusco-Restaurant

 Interesting facts: You can get some drinks and tapas at the bar, go with a formal dining experience or buy some fresh bread at the bakery of Cicciolina. 

Average Price: $10-20

Kitchen: International and Peruvian dishes 

Best time to eat: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

Reservation: Make a reservation for dinner at least a couple days in advance.  

Try this: Duck prosciutto or trout ceviche; Alpaca fillet with Andean wild pesto and colorful potatoes; Scallops in a dark ginger, honey, sesame sauce. 

Atmosphere: Modern

 

Uchu Peruvian Steakhouse

Uchu-Peruvian-Steakhouse-Cusco-Restaurant

 Interesting facts: It has a classy ambience and it’s famous for the different meat dishes, such as delicious Alpaca Steak. 

Average Price: $12-22 

Kitchen: Peruvian, Latin American, Steakhouse

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Alpaca steak, Causa de alpaca, Mango & Avocado salad. 

Atmosphere: Classy

 

Chia Vegan Kitchen

Chia-Vegan-Kitchen-Cusco-Restaurant

Interesting facts: Famous for their fresh smoothies & organic coffee.

Average Price: $4-7

Kitchen: Pizza, Soups, South American, Vegan dishes

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Quinoa Burger; Chicharron Vegan Sandwich; Avocado Mousse Pie. 

Atmosphere: Cozy

 

Green Point Vegan Restaurant

Green-Point-Vegan-Restaurant-Cusco-Restaurant

Interesting facts: You can sign up for a cooking class where you will learn some of their recipes. Definitely try their self brewed Kombucha - it's delicious! 

Average Price: $7-12 

Kitchen: Vegan 

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Tacu Tacu or Pad Thai. 

Atmosphere: Casual

 

Nuna Raymi

Nuna-Raymi-Cusco-Restaurant

Interesting facts: They work with local companies and help out local communities in Cusco.

Average Price: $9-15

Kitchen: Peruvian

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Seco de Cordero Norteño from grandmother Maria; Alpaca and Tagliatelle Abancay style with 3 cheeses

Atmosphere: Cozy & warm

 

La Bodega 138

la-bodega-restaurant-cusco

Interesting facts: Restaurant run by a family who used to live in the same building. 

Average Price: $7-15

Kitchen: Italian 

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner 

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Pizza La Bodega 138 (made in a clay oven), Pasta La de Huancash. 

Atmosphere: Cozy

 

Mr. Soup

Mr-Soup-Cusco

Interesting facts: Their soups are great dishes to get used to the altitude and your stomach will be thankful for that. 

Average Price: $3-5

Kitchen: Different soups 

Best time to eat: Lunch & dinner

Reservation: Not necessary.

Try this: Andean potato soup; Quinoa soup; Lentils soup or chicken soup.  

Atmosphere: Cozy

 

Enjoy Cusco´s Variety of Delicious Restaurants

While you are in Cusco, there is so much more than just exploring the different historical sites and enjoying the unforgettable treks. If you want to, you can make every restaurant visit in Cusco an experience, without having to spend a ridiculous amount of money. 

There are many different restaurants to choose from and in our list you can find some of the most delicious ones regarding the variety and quality of food. The good thing is that in Cusco everything is within walking distance, so you will be able to try out different restaurants if you want to. Give them a try and let us know what you think in the comments below! 

And in case you’re interested in more restaurant recommendations for Lima or Arequipa, make sure to read our related blog posts.

 


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Created on , posted by Andrew

Sure many people are at first a little bit shocked when they see the guinea pig… but honestly guys its so delicious! Give it a try when you are already in Peru! Good that I found these restaurant tips.. Thank you!


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