During our stay in Arequipa, we were recommended to eat in the La Nueva Palomino restaurant. It is a place where you can taste the culinary specialties of this region of Peru. The clientel is predominantly local, as it is a usual place where people celebrate special occasions. We were advised especially to try the shrimp soup (admittedly,it was exquisite) and shrimp chicarrones. It is also possible to eat any kind of meat (beef, chicken, alpaca, guinea pig ...) grilled and roasted. The presentation of the dishes is very elegant and the service is good. The restaurant is very cozy and spacious. The desserts are highy recommended.
This is a trendy restaurant in Arequipa so it's best to make reservations. The famous Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio serves a modernized version of the traditional Peruvian food, focusing on local products grown in the area in which its restaurants are located. The restaurant is very cozy and has different atmospheres. Casona is located in Santa Catalina, made of the ashlar limestone typical of this area. You enter through a courtyard with a central fountain, and once inside, you can opt for the terrace or one of several dining rooms. The service is exquisite and the food ranges from different types of corn-based breads, to die for, up to desserts, all presented elegantly. For Peru, their prices are expensive, but as far as value is concerned, it's really not. We paid 60 € for two people, with two courses each, dessert, coffee and drinks.
Good choice of seafood and fish disheswith a varied menu that will please your palate. Highly recommended is thetrio of rice dish,the one shown in the photo attached, and its variety of ceviche and spicy food. Accompanied with frozen lemonade.
We came to this restaurant in desperation just to eat something. It was also located in front of our hostel. But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't care for the chicken, or its name, but they were serving everything. I had the best steak I've ever eaten in Peru. It was really all very delicious, but a little more expensive than other places. We spent about 20 soles per person, but it was worth it.
Exquisite food, but order the gourmet menu as it's all very fresh and good quality. Very attentive and cozy place. The prices fluctuate between 12 33 soles if you order a la carte. A good place to sample the typical food of Arequipa.