Mo-Chica
Mo-Chica

Mo-Chica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mo-chica.com/
  • Phone: 2136223744
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week
    from 11:30-10pm Sunday through Thursday
    from 11:30-11pm Friday and Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Zarate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From multi-course sit-down dinners to cocktail parties with passed hors-d’oeuvres, Chef Zarate Catering will sate the appetite of your guests, offering a taste of modern Peru, bite for bite. From fresh ceviche del dia to endless Pisco Sours, Chef Zarate Catering will transform your next party into a gastronomic Little Lima.

    Chef Zarate Catering is led by our fearless leader in the kitchen, Chef Ricardo Zarate, voted 2011′s Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine Magazine. Since 2009, Chef Zarate Catering has happily catered over 150 events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand
  • Public Transit: 7th Street Metro Station is a block and a half away with connection to the Red,Purple, Blue and Expo metro lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking begins at 7pm Monday-Friday and 6pm on Saturday-Sunday. Limited street parking and public lots also available.
A word from Mo-Chica
Mo-chica is a vibrant, urban restaurant serving Chef Ricardo Zarate’s modern interpretations on traditional Peruvian comfort food. Mo-chica was born in May 2012—a large, industrial-esque restaurant with vibrant-hued walls tagged with graffiti (thanks to local artist Kozem), whimsical touches; an urban-artsy space serving modern takes on traditional Peruvian comfort food.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mo-Chica reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (171)neighborhood gem (83)hot spot (70)good for groups (63)great for lunch (55)special occasion (40)late-night find (26)romantic (25)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was a terrific find. The food was wonderful, the service was great and helpful for two of our diners who had gluten intolerance issues. The only problem was the noise level, which made it almost impossible to talk at a table for 5. We will definitely try it again, though maybe next time in the middle of the week and/or for a party of 2.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    met here with some friends... a couple who had tried Mo-Chica before, and a few that hadn't. We shared all our plates and tried a little bit of everything. Everyone left full and super satisfied with their meal. Our favourite were the Lomo Saltado (always a great Peruvian staple), Anticucho De Pulpo and Causa De Cangrejo. everytime i come to eat, i remember why i love this place so much.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a great time! The food was REALLY REALLY good, we would absolutely recommend this place to anyone! It is a "tapas" style place, which is our favorite because you get to try everything :) We had the sea bass ceveche and thought that was KILLER! Great spot if you enjoy food.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Chef Zarate never dissapoints!
    TheChonchudoFiles
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was here with a group of 12 friends, and the restaurant made sure we were fully taken care of. We had everything in the Happy Hour menu, and then some! Eveyrhting was amazing: Ceviche Mixto, Tuna con Pan, Colita de Res, Causa de Cangrejo, Spicy Chicken Wings, Chicharron de Pollo, Tres Leches Cake, Alfajores, Quinoa Salad, and the drinks were awesome, too! (Pisco Sour).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    willxzero
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, service, ambiance, and drinks. Would definitely come again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palate Frenzy!
    JamRob
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Each meal i've tried has been prepared magnificently--mixing herbs and seasonings--the meats, fish, poultry--exquisite. Never a dull moment for the palate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Reliably delicious food. Cocktails are also very good. i like it for both lunch and dinner.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Peruvian Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great meal! The service was terrific and the food was inspired and delicious. Don't miss the Octopus, Crab Mashed Potatoes, Seafood Paella, and save room for the Sweet Potato Fritter dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mo-Chica Meh
    Toni
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Three of us ordered a main course w/ the extras; and four appetizers. We tried each other's food. The corn soup had an odd aftertaste. Ceviches were only OK. The chicken in the potato & chicken stew was tough. Meh. We sat in a booth where the table came practically to our shoulders, the benches were so low. It was hard to get comfortable.
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  • Wonderful service, delicious food
    Lily
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had two friends visiting from San Diego and we made a reservation at 6 pm on a Saturday night. Only a few hours before the reservation, my friends called with a blown-out tire! They were not going to make it on time. I called the restaurant and spoke with Angela who was able to squeeze us in at 9 pm instead. Everyone was incredibly friendly, there was a fun and energetic ambiance, there were great cocktails, and the food was incredible! Our favorite dish hands down was the alpaca stew. I will be going back just for that dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner
    Momoftwo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything we get here is always tasty. A real pleasant dining experience. Drinks are great, ceviche is great, arroz con pollo is a knockout. Unfortunately they had sold out of the whole branzzino special but at least thru had the filet. Yum!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCEPTIONAL FOOD!
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you want to impress a foodie then bring them to Mo-Chica. The food is delicious.....delicate and light, yet filling! My only wish is that there would be break to sop up every liquid on the plate! I can't ever get enough of this food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something new and different
    JANE
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The six of us shared 5 different small plates with the causa de cangrejo being my favorite. However, there wasn't one that we didn't like. We also shared the quinotta and carapulcra. Both were new to us and we would order them again. For desser,t the lucuma napoleon was a hit. Service was excellent .
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban Peruvian
    ASquared
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you're looking for food that's a little different but not so new you don't know what you're eating, Chef Ricardo Zarate’s original restaurant in a newish modern industrial space -- is a good downtown choice. It's traditional Peruvian food with decent handcrafted cocktails. Chicarron de pollo is not to be missed, as well as the steak and fries of Lomo saltado, Pan con tuna is a delicious appetizer; a bit disappointed in the deficit of seafood in the Arroz con mariscos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud Energetic Fun
    MrNomNom1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went on a saturday night. Food was bangin', crowd was bangin' service was bangin'. NOt a quiet bite, a seen and be seen loud exuberant time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The essence of Peru!
    Penelope
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I ate here with a friend who had just come back from Peru and was excited to re-live her experience through their food. Mo-Chica is not your typical Peruvian food place. All of the dishes are small plates and are meant to be shared. My previous perception of Peruvian food is that it is heavy and hearty. This is not the case at Mo-Chica. The food was very flavorful and light. I highly recommend the Pisco sour. This cocktail was so unique and flavorful. There's even a surprise on top. The CEVICHE CARRETILLERO, a sea base ceviche was my favorite dish. The sea bass was so fresh and light. The way they prepared it made it taste like it was cooked in an oven. Amazing. On top of it all, the service was excellent. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they serve alpaca meat!
    luv2tryexotics
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the only place in LA that I found to offer alpaca on the menu. It was nice, clean organized but also small and pretty pricy for the portion sizes. It aims to please the young urban food scene & normally I'm not drawn to that but we were intrigued by the alpaca. Our dinner was ok, the estaufo de alpaca was a bit of a let down but the estaufo de res was really good, i highly recommend it. my biggest complaint was that they didnt offer the alpaca burgers for dinner, just lunch. The staff was very friendly and helpful but for some reason the kitchen is very strict on not serving the alpaca burgers anytime other than weekday lunch. We have day jobs outside of LA so we'll be taking advantage of the Labor Day holiday to sample the burgers.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justxjessVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was pretty good, but I wasn't blown away. Service was impeccable. Nice casual dinner. Will most likely go back. Fav dish of the night was the alpaca stew estofado. Must get dessert: lucuma napoleon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoy the Peru dish
    ChenVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Second time here. Like the mashed potato+avocado+crab meat. The CEVICHE MIXTO is so so so good. The risotto is very interesting.
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  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I did not know what to expect from this restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised. I dine out 95% of my meals and I have to say this is one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The ceviche is one of the tastiest I have ever had. The fish was tender and just had an incredible lime flavor. The server recommended the potato and pork belly stew and it was outstanding the mix of flavors were so good I almost didn't want to eat desert and lose the flavor in my mouth from the stew. We decided to have the Napoleon desert and it was another fantastic surprise of taste. It was light and flaky with an explosion of filling. Great job I will be back
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  • sschechterVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ate at Mo-Chica on Saturday. We are still talking about it today. Almost everything was outstanding - especially the mixed seafood ceviche and the trotter stew. Lived in LA for a # of years and ate at most of the top places and this was as good a meal as I have eaten in LA. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    creative, beautiful and tasty food, as usual. It also is healthy at the same time.
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  • Great every time!
    BiggerfanVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was my 6th time there, mad they have not disappointed. I have always taken first timers, and they have enjoyed the great food. Mo Chica does not disappoint!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best restaurants !
    ForrozVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We go to dinner before the theater and like to try different places. Tapas keep getter better. One bite is more delicious than the next. It's a must!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute find
    dine2wine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great find in the culinary desert that is DTLA. Amazing service, quick and friendly but not obtrusive. Food was delicious. I was so excited about my experience at Mo-Chica that immediately after receiving the first course (awesomely good ceviche) and before the main course (classically delicious lomo saltado) I could resist but send my peruvian friend a text message about 'my discovery'. He already knew and sang praises about it. Highly suggested for sure.
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    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • great food. cool atmosphere.
    ChristineIsPinkVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All the food items were amazing. The service was so friendly and relaxed yet totally on point and never kept us waiting or wanting for anything. A totally reasonable price point for a James Beard semi-finalist. We ordered food for both vegetarians and meat-eaters, although we did stick to the classics. Absolutely no complaints from our group of 6, which is quite a feat. Good place for a date or catching up with friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Wow!
    Unicorn1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had to rush a bit because we had concert tix, which was a bit of a bummer as each dish deserved more time to savor and let soak in, but even in fast forward, AMAZING!! Vibrant tastes and colors in every dish. Our server was fantastic, we told him what time we needed to leave, he said no problem, recommended his favorite 8 dishes or so (of which we ordered almost every one) and we were off! Everything was wonderful, you can't go wrong (the only non-outstanding dish we had was the burrata w/ beets, the greens were a little too bitter and overpowering) all the way to the deserts. Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Peruvian Spot
    DateNightDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was really impressed with the food. Each tapas style dish had it's own unique flavor profile. It's a great date night dinner since it isn't too loud and the ambience was dim. The mixologist was on point with his drink and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. I'm looking forward to revisiting this place again. Great seafood selection! Diver scallops had a sauce that I could be put in a cup and drank the whole night, but it wasn't on the regular menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • BillB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    They serve a great house white wine, a Spanish Basque.
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  • Excellent
    gimmesomeMOchica
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was superb and Kevin was great. My friend forgot her phone and he ran out to us to bring it to her. What a guy!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Not coming again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Overpriced for what you get... smaller portions than other Peruvian restaurants. The food was great, don't get me wrong... Delicious! But... Liked it better at the old location. Waiter barely knew how to pronounce dish names, did not feel authentic. Felt like it was trying to be hard to be cool.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Staff was very attentive and competent. The food was not quite to our taste, but the desserts (tres leches cake) were yummy.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Delicious Tapas & Cocktails
    isurreal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great for foodies! Tapas are all delicious and well made. Staff is on point and helpful. Note that venue is a little tight so make sure to make a reservation!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    MoeMoneyMoeFood
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were seated late, so we got free drinks to make up for it which was great. Best food I've had at DineLA. Every single dish was phenomenal!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Amazing Food
    maredog
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I went for DineLA and it did not disappoint. From start to finish, my meal was bursting with flavor. I had the ceviche, braised shortribs, and tres leches cake. I would definitely recommend Mo-Chica to others.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!
    MiaRomes26
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Absolutely great food. My bf is a total foodie and I was left with the task of picking out a restaurant. Ran across it through the DineLA website and he loved it. I'm a vegetarian and the options for me were super tasty as well.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing ceviche and more!
    kiki2cc
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Mo-Chica is wonderfully inspired cooking. Ceviches are incredible and the flavors are layered, fresh and clean! The short rib was amazing as well. Our server was engaging and warm. We had the restaurant week/Dine LA specials, but I've been there an ordered off of the regular menu as well. Moving the the east coast and will definitely miss this place. Price is good too.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • 6 dishes, 6 winners
    MaryLouise
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Mo-Chica is a happening downtown restaurant. It's a bit on the noisy side but for our group of three it was bearable. The food was topnotch with truly exotic flavors. We orders six dishes to share. All were given thumbs up reviews. Favorites were the quinoa risotto, beef saltado and the grilled prawns. We rounded out the meal with a grilled artichoke, roasted beet salad and yellow-fin tuna sashimi style. All dishes are a small plate serving and our server was correct in advising 2 plates per person. We didn't leave hungry but were not uncomfortable either. The staff were pleasant and attentive. We will come back. It sounds like lunch is a real deal at $18.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Great Food, Attentive Staff
    Rashimpulse
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Definitely recommend this downtown LA restaurant for couples or groups - great food, inventive dishes. We dined as a group for four and ordered a variety of dishes, much like tapas, and shared. A wonderful opportunity for your tastebuds to sample the varietal cuisine. The staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. We had many questions since this was our first time and our waiter was very helpful. I would definitely recommend a reservation on weekend nights - we got there about 5:30pm which was a perfect time before it got crowded. Had no trouble conversing, noise level was moderate. Interior design is clever and whimsical (if seated in the back room take a look up while walking back and you'll see what I mean).
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely place!
    Noturgirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I really had a great experience here. The food was delicious and waitress was very sweet and cool. Definitely recommend this to anyone who digs Peruvian cuisine!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.