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“4.5 Excellent find on the outskirts of Barranco”
Review of El Villano

El Villano
Ranked #271 of 3,111 Restaurants in Lima
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 20
Cuisines: Seafood, Peruvian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Down a dusty street well away from the touristy part of Barranco you suddenly come upon 3 bustling restaurants. El Villano is the most discreet and quiet of the three and by far the best. BTW only go there by taxi: it is on the edge of a sketchy area that is not for tourists.

Behind a concrete facade you find a cool, tall, airy space. Minimalist decor make it appealing and quite welcoming. The crowd is very much locals in the know. The chef/owner wastes no time in greeting you and giving advice based in your tastes. The pisco sours are good although that is not what distinguishes Villano - the food.

The menu is largely seafood. We had a ceviche of mariscos (fresh, well prepared, tasty but personally I prefer fish) and a tiradito of seafood with a touch of picante (excellent and a nice twist in the traditional dish) as well as some excellent wantons. We lived on to a tacu tacu with langostinas which was delicate and beautifully seasoned, and an arroz con mariscos which was exquisite. The seafood was cooked to perfection - succulent and moist.

Bill for three including beer, pisco sour and chilcao was S./ 290 including tip. Excellent. Going again

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We loved this place! The food was fresh! The place has a marine feel! The decor was Just right! I had fettuccini a la huancaina with lomo. The owner is very involved in day to day operation. I was there for a private party and for dinner another day!
Food was amazing! Great flavor! Best pisco sour!

Thank Nani1108
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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding delicious
The service is great
We went there 3 times on our stay and we will go back on our next visit to Peru

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Reviewed 22 September 2015

It was 3 of us, we had Choritos a la Chalaca, Ceviche Mixto, Sea Bass with Garlic Sauce and Seafood Risotto......just perfect!
Javier the owner was there and he came to our table to check on us and give us some suggestions. The staff very friendly and professional. In a city known for its food, El Villano will be around for a long time.

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Thank Sabi P
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Reviewed 3 August 2015

Wife and I walked here from 3B's B&B in Barranco. The walk was a little on the longer side, but we knew that going in to it.

You definitely feel yourself getting out of the tourism bubble on your way here. Out of nowhere, there's this little street with what appears to be three restaurants, El Villano being one of them. We entered and were seated. We were the only tourists in there with a lot of locals on long business lunches. The atmosphere is really cool, minimalist and very open.

We chatted with the waitress and opted for (2) ceviches and a seafood cake concoction, all from the appetizer menu. We were sufficiently full by the end. It served as a fantastic light lunch.

For those new to Peruvian ceviche, it is very tart. Lots of lime and it hits you hard. I really enjoyed it, and from my experience this is top notch ceviche.

The owner of the restaurant greeted us when we walked in and gave us a warm goodbye. It wasn't until we read more later that we realized it was the owner.

Overall, a great experience. For the price, I feel like we hit the jackpot. I was obsessively checkign ratings and pricing afterwards, and it looks like we were pointed in the right direction on this one.

Would certainly visit again. I supposed I'd get a heartier dish to round out the ceviche appetizer route.

Thank Antonio Y
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