Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine
Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine
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Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cantaranarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9413432280
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Sunday: closed

    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Diana Durand
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any office lunch or business meetings as well as private parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Feel free to call us to reserve a room for your private party event.
  • Private Party Contact: Diana Durand 9413432280
  • Entertainment: We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm and on Sundays for Brunch until 3pm. Come join us for great food in a nice and inviting relaxing environment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Osprey Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is free of charge and is available on the side and the back of the restaurant.
A word from Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine
Canta Rana recently won the Golden Spoon Award in all of Southwest Florida by Florida Trend – a great honor given to a select number of restaurants. Additionally was recognized as a Top 10 Best Restaurant in Sarasota by the Herald Tribune.

Thanks to its Pre-Incas and Inca heritage and to Spanish, Basque, African, Chino Cantonese, Japanese and finally Italian, French and British immigration, Peruvian cuisine combines the flavors of four continents.

Canta Rana cooking combines our natural understanding of authentic Peruvian ingredients with our creative imagination. The distinct flavors and regional spices of Peru come through in every dish. We hope that Canta Rana becomes a pleasant unique place for people to enjoy and have a memorable dining experience.

We would love to see you soon!!!
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Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Took my wife for the first time on her birthday. Food was quite tasty and there were numerous items to pick from. We feasted on several of the appetizers and ended up having to take some of the main course home for leftovers. Service was good and attentive. We were the first ones in on a Friday night. Several groups came in after us. You can dress smart casual and fit in just fine. The wines offered were just fine but don't expect a big wine list. Atmosphere was quiet. The restaurant looks like a house on the coner of a street. Inside was basic but nicely done.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    Jenn1960
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I've been at Canta Rana several times and never got dissapointed! Food is really good, great taste and excellent quality! All my friends loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The food was great and the service was wonderful. The manager or owner (not sure which) came to our table and was so awesome to talk to! We were in town from Indiana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great welcome to Peruvian food
    Neilroff
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Have no fear of Peruvian food. This is a great find and a wonderful introduction to this cuisine. The ceviche is recommended and the entrees were all totally consumed by the people in our group. Prices were very reasonable given the quality of the food. After dining here, you will not be able to stop talking about it to your friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding authentic peruvian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    outstanding authentic peruvian cuisine! attentive waiter I wish we lived close by!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bestmeal in Sarasota! Diana
    unhappydiners
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    bestmeal in Sarasota! Diana and Arturo are great hosts and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was fantastic! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Food was fantastic! Service was somewhat slow but very friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was presented in an elegant
    niteoutinItalyVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Food was presented in an elegant manner and the taste was fantastic. Service was outstanding. The mussels appetizer was delicious and can't be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our server was an extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Our server was an extremely charming, terrific, eager young man. The appetizers were interesting in taste and presentation. The main courses were absolute duds. The Tacu Tacu Marino a la Diana was a mess. Too much rice and beans simply swimming in a thin, tasteless sauce. The fish was equally tasteless. The flank steak was chewy, charred, and accompanied by a ridiculous amount of lukewarm tomatoes and chunks of onions. At $160 including tip, not a cheap meal. Given that we were alone in the restaurant, the chef's indifference to the main courses was inexcusable. Not recommended.
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  • Wonderful Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Wow! Read the reviews and used open table to get a table for 4. My husband I were visiting his parents in Sarasota and I thought it would be fun to try a new restaurant. Every dish was great! we had creviche mixta which was promptly devoured. The pork and lamb dishes where excellent the sauces enhanced their flavors. The other two dishes we tried were seafood rice dishes. The fried rice dish would have fed 2 people w/o appetizer. I enjoy every bite and I know my inlaws are planning to go back with friends, there lunch special looks like a good deal And to top it all off there was live music, a very tasteful guitarist who sang some of his own songs and covers that just finished the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Paella Piurana was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    The Paella Piurana was very flavorful. There was plenty for two people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This Restaurant is Awesome!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This Restaurant is Awesome!!! The food, the service, the ambiance, the owners; a cute couple which makes you feel like family, in fact... better than family ; ) lol I Highly recommend it!!! The tacacho con cecina mmmmmm so gooood!!! Very bold smoky flavor combined with the onions OMG a die for!!! My friend had the a aji de gallina, terrific presentation in a handmade wood bowl!!! My server who is not Peruvian, guided me throughout the menu with not only a lot of knowledge, but with cravings also, lol She said: "I never tried peruvian cuisine but since I work here I'm a big Fan because it tastes so good and is prepared from scratch!!!"
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Exceptional experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    An Exceptional experience!! I love Peruvian cuisine and have gone to other restaurants in town,but this restaurant is Outstanding!. I had the seafood tacu-tacu which was very fresh and a generous portion ,it felt like a party of flavours in my mouth. My wife also wanted tacu-tacu but the only tacu-tacu choice in the menu was with seafood and she is alergic to it. We asked the server the possibility of making the tacu-tacu with lomo saltado which is not in the menu. The server talked to the chef and they were nice to prepare this for my wife in a very busy night. (Well Done!!). We shared a dessert sampler which was fantastic!! I highly encourage everyone to come and try this hidden treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My friend recommended this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    My friend recommended this restaurant and I was a little hesitant since i had never tried Peruvian cuisine before. But, we had a pleasant surprise with the food because it was fresh and outstanding!!! My Lomo Saltaro was just perfect and my husband dish was shredded chicken which was awesome and well presented!!! The owners were very gracious and treated us as a part of the family. My server had a very good knowledge about the food and the wines which made it easy for my husband and I. The owners are very friendly and attentive!! Also, we already signed up for the culinary tour to Peru in September, I can 't wait ; )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit. First time we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Second visit. First time we thought the food was very good. This time just fair. The restaurant was empty (it was a week night). Hopefully, just an off night for the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique wonderful food
    RicV
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Canta Rana is a great find for anyone who isn't centric in their food tastes. Fusion cooking being what it is, you can expect a unique dinner served with great textures and flavors. You may even find a new favorite among their unique dishes. We absolutely adored the cerviche. We have been to Canta Rana three times now, and have tried different foods each time. Everything on the menu is superb. The owners visit every table and I know if something wasn't to your liking, they would bend over backwards to fix it. Great flavors, care in presentation, a eye on the service, Canta Rana is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Enjoyable dining experience.
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Enjoyable dining experience. Nice to have music playing in the background not overpowering converastion. Food very traditional Peruvian. Service outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delicious little find. Was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    A delicious little find. Was first Unsure about going into a home as a restaurant, but we pleasantly found out that it was well worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neat Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The restaurant is in an old house that doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you walk in, it's modern. Space is limited, loved the one man band. Small bar area that only serves beer and wine at moment. If you are sitting in the front room it's distracting because the main door to the restaurant is located there and your eye looks up each time the door opens and customers are standing waiting to be greeted. Overall it was a neat experience. I did say the service was fair because our waitress left the tasting wine on the table for me to pour into my glass other restaurants pour for you and ask if you like it. Also seemed like long amounts of time between when we saw her.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant's setting,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    This restaurant's setting, on the north side of Fruitville in a one-time ranch home, is convenient to downtown, although with none of the downtown ambience. The dining room is small but not cramped. Decor is a bit amateurish. Sad to say, the food is a bit bland: no unusual combinations of spices, herbs, and strong flavors found at the best restaurants, including the best Peruvian spots. The service was enthusiastic and helpful.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • This is a relatively new restaurant
    sjgahhVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    This is a relatively new restaurant in Sarasota. The owners are a charming husband wife team, she's the chef and it is obvious they are proud of their place. Food is Peruvian and very tasty. My husband found his dish a bit heavy and the meat somewhat chewy butI loved my shrimp dish mixed with bananas and plantains. The adventurous eaters will love it!
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  • Thia was fantastic evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Thia was fantastic evening. Awesome atmosphere, service and wine list all complimenting a marvelous cuisine! I am a bit of a coward with food so held my breath and hoped for the best when I learned we were eating Peruvian; boy was I being silly, what a marvelous and diverse cuisine! Being a vegetarian I had the veggie chaufa and my husband had some Ceviche which were both fantastic! What an interesting and varied menu, we hope to come back soon to do a bit more exploring! It was a fanastic romantic evening with great atmosphere (including some awesome relaxing acoustic music), great service & food.....oh don't forget the Flan, it is amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    ReviewsofGuillermo
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    This was our 2nd time here, we were anxious to return, and Canta Rana did not disappoint. The only disappointment was not being able dine in the lovely outdoor patio area, as it was not possible due to cold weather. My wife went for the Ceviche Pescado....nice light fish (Corvina I think) with just the right amount of lime - the presentation with the fish, red onions, sweet potatoes and Canchita was a sight to behold and was absolutely delicious. I had the lamb roast (secco de cabritto) which was a delightful dish in a beer/cilantro based gravy. We paired this with a nice Spanish Garnacha wine and finshed with a flan to die for - great meal, good service all in a romantic setting with very nice acoustic music. Looking forward our 3rd tim
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great place!! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    This is a great place!! I came for lunch with a group of friends and we were nicely surprised. This antique house has character inside, it is nicely decorated and everyone that work there are always with a smile. The menu offers different peruvian dishes not found anywere else in Sarasota. We were a group of 10 and this server was sharp!! He knew the food well and guided us in our selections. We shared Tostiches as an appetizer (Tostones with Ceviche) and bolitas de Yuca. I had the lomo saltado for lunch and the other dishes for my friends looked delicious and well presented on the plate. They had a nice wine list of south american, spanish, italian and california wines.I highly reccommend it!! We'll be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice home converted to cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Nice home converted to cozy restaurant. Outstanding food (try the lamb!), reasonable prices and friendly, professional service. Outdoor seating looks nice too but we did sit inside. Great new Sarasota restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu items not
    billypa
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Interesting menu items not found on most restaurants, including a few Peruvian restaurants. But most importantly, having found the few things on the limited menu that one would enjoy, sit back and enjoy the quiet ambiance amidst great and hospital service. As for improving the menu, some lighter additions (e.g. salads) to the appetizer listings, and perhaps a few more wine varietals to that list. Another plus, plenty of available parking on location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a reservation but unfortunat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    We had a reservation but unfortunately when we arrived there were only seats n the bar or on an enclosed front porch (the weather was quite cold so the outdoor dining space could not be used). The owner and server were very nice--and did move us once a table in the main room opened up. We enjoyed the food--interesting and good. The lobster ceviche was fresh and tangy. And anything with plaintains is good as far as we were concerned. Modest wine list-not a lot of selections but what they offer is good and fairly priced.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Bring a book or iPad to dinner, you
    Skip1VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We were excited about trying Cana Rana because of the great reviews and we enjoy Peruvian food. This was an awfull dining experience for us. We had reservations at 6:45 on a Sat night. When we arrived at 6:45,the restaurant was one fourth full. After 15mins, the female wait person brought us a menu, 5 mins later, water. Ordered an appetizer and a glass of wine. At 7:40, we left because our appetizer and order had not arrived. The restaurant was almost empty when we left. We should have left earlier when a couple we did not know, got up and left before their order arrived. I do not know how long they were waiting, but they were visably upset. We go out often and are patient,but this was ridiculous. No wonder it was empty. Never again.
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  • Although we weren't expecting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Although we weren't expecting a set menu for New Year's Eve, they were accommodating to my vegan husband. The food was excellent and I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • New Year's eve was our first
    RangerFromTheNorthVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    New Year's eve was our first visit but we enjoyed the prix fix menu. We are looking forward to returning to try the other items on the menu.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went on new year's eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We went on new year's eve so they had a limited price fixed menu. The food was all acceptable, but not inspired. The wine included was very easy on the pallet.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate restaurant with warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Intimate restaurant with warm and inviting owners. Great ceviche. Interesting fusion type menu which reflects the diversity of Peru.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fairly limited menu, pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Fairly limited menu, pricey for what the food is but very attentive service from the owner nad staff and great atmosphere, so a good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • OIff-the beaten track
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    A small neighborhood restaurant is off the beaten track. The owner and his wife (the chef) were very warm and gracious. With only about 6 tables, this small place in a find. The paella was a knockout.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visitor and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    First time visitor and we will likely return because the menu is interesting. Food and service both good and I hopr this establishment develops strong roots
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  • I booked this place for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    I booked this place for my friend's 30th birthday and the atmosphere was fun outside, but the service was terrible! I get that they make everything in house, but the food did take a while. Getting the checks was a disaster as the waitress could not sort them! She also dropped empty glasses on my friend's head! We were there for almost 3 hours! I would not go back, even though the owner seemed really nice.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Delicious Peruvian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    Delicious authentic homemade food. It tastes like your eating right at home. Love this place!!!:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Was really suprised at how great the food was!! everything was perfect and we went in with a group of 13!!! everything was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Peruvian infusion.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Great Peruvian infusion. We'll be back again as we loved what we ordered and want to try other items on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was so pleasantly surprised;
    KimDVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2012
    Was so pleasantly surprised; this should not be Downtown's best kept secret!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate