Paiche
Paiche

Paiche

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paichela.com/
  • Phone: (310) 893-6100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Zarate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Ricardo Zarate opened his catering company in 2009. Since then he has catered weddings, birthday parties, movie premieres, celebrity events and many more. He is dedicated to give the same attention to his food inside and outside of the restaurant. Please email info@chefzarate.com for more details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln Boulevard
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer free parking inside our building.
A word from Paiche
Paiche is a Peruvian Izakaya by award winner Chef Ricardo Zarate. This is his take on modern Peruvian cuisine with a Japanese twist.

For a reservation of 10 people or more, we require a prefix menu. Please go to www.paichela.com, click "Large Parties" on the top right of the page, pick a menu, and submit the authorization form to info@paichela.com. Please call 310-893-6100 if you have any other questions.
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Paiche reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (103)neighborhood gem (66)good for groups (47)hot spot (46)special occasion (46)great for outdoor dining (36)vibrant bar scene (24)great for lunch (20)romantic (20)late-night find (15)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Average, average, average
    LeoluxukVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Don't expect your drinks quickly.. Some dishes come out less than hot. But some dishes are very good (beignets). Worth trying if other places are busy
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit Over The Top
    MyNameIsMartinHarris
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The reason for the visit was a work drinks and apps with my team. The server was intent on explaining everything about the restaurant; the history, the vision, its purpose - followed by a two-part presentation of the one page menu. We found this slightly overbearing. Also, partly because we didn't take the server up on his recommendation of ordering 3-4 items per person (there were 7 of us) - I felt he was slightly disgruntled with our likely spend level. He was very attentive however, but seemed to have a few larger parties to deal with, even though the number of staff on hand seemed plenty - we were left waiting to place an additional drink order for too long. Food was decent but not in the realm of the length of time devoted to describing it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and Exciting
    KarenP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was outstanding. Flavorful, fresh, and interesting. We loved the lobster fried rice, butternut squash gnocchi, hanger steak, and paiche fish tacos. The churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce--delicious! All four of us were happy with the food. It was on the expensive side, however. Our waiter kept encouraging us to get more food. He wasn't wrong to do this but it added up! Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ahooper
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was fantastic, similar to traditional Peruvian food but with an Asian twist. I like the sharing concept. The churros were muy delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    twice in a week! Great food, great for groups. I sit at the bar and order a lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting food
    Texascountess
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The tempura shrimp was excellent as was the dish with mussels and clams, even though they forgot the clams and we had to ask for them. I had lunch with a friend, and our server, Kevin, gauged the situation perfectly and coursed out our food at a leisurely pace so we had time to spend with one another without feeling rushed. Lovely caiparinhas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavors
    luvgoodfoodfinds
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I think we'll try going in and just asking them to bring us any 5-6 plates. Everything is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, go deep into the menu
    OKNotExtraordinary
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Delicious & outstanding ceviche. Short ribs, amazing. Worth the price. Extremely knowledgeable waitstaff with a good blend of availability and peace. Lobster fried rice overrated. I'll definitely go back. Nice seating on patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Peruvian Fusion
    miriamcy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    As accustomed as I am to traditional Peruvian fare, this was an amazing tour of Peruvian influenced dishes. From the Spicy Tuna Tacu Tacu to the Paiche Tiradito, the Arroz con Pollo, and the Cheese Stuffed Yucca -- I could not pick just one favorite! Even the drinks with fresh juices had amazing flavors. We ordered three desserts - a flan, churros and the special of the day, once again they did not disappoint. However, my father was disappointed that the traditional Chica Morada drink was not available. And while, there was some comments about the small portions, this allowed us to taste more dishes! And did I mention our really handsome waiter Everett? Great service and wonderful personality. I wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a group
    Arias
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This time we went to Paiche with 6 people and it was fabulous because we got to taste so many different dishes! We all agreed that the food was outstanding and that it is a great place for a group because you can order lots of little plates with different items so you have a great variety. The service was particularly good - our waiter (I wish I could remember his name) was wonderful - made terrific suggestions (everything he suggested was outstanding) and was prompt and efficient. We will definitely return. The only negative is that it is pretty noisy but if you go early enough it is not too bad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional flavors and service
    FoodMuse
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was referred to Paiche by someone who heard it was amazing - they were right! The unusual combination of Peruvian & Japanese flavors makes for an exceptional evening- from the Palma Fizz cocktail, with perfect notes of ginger, pomegranate and hint of rosewater to the Paiche lettuce wraps with a smoky grilled spicy anticucho sauce. The ceviche is served sashimi style with a lovely marinade. Our server, who was exceptional in her guidance and attention, led us to try a special tiraditos- slightly seared Albacore with a leche de Tigre sauce that fused the Asian & South American flavors beautifully. We finished with a green tea crepe, with a Lucuma mousse and slightly spicy chocolate sauce topped with raspberries- divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Hotspot
    luchocVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The treatment I received for my guests was spectacular. I was hosting a mini birthday party and the wait staff was terrific. The food was brought in shifts and every morsel was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near perfection
    BKinLAVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    while the location and open-patio could make a passerby mistake Paiche for a cheesy restaurant, it is far from it. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING savory that we ordered was fantastic, especially house-made rock shrimp pasta lomo. They take the Peruvian favorites, shrink the portion size and AMP UP the flavor + a twist. The Ceviche/sashimi were all FRESH and delicious. Also loved that i could get any of the creative cocktails "sans alcohol" as a soda. It was unfortunate that the dessert options missed the mark (pana cotta, tapioca pudding, churro) and weren't my kind of desserts, but it didn't matter really b/c i was SO STUFFED from all the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dinner at Paiche for first time. Was with sons and family. Very loud place and with my hearing impairment made it difficult to communicate. Food was good but very expensive for what one gets ... Ordering the small plates adds up quickly. Most of the sauces were overpowering so the fresh fish got kind of lost. I was looking forward to some nicely cooked paiche fish but was not on the menu except smothered in things. Had a few guests that were not raw fish friendly and the menu selection for them was quite limited. One ordered the arroz con pollo and thought it was mediocre. Service was friendly and efficient. I might recommend to a friend but with a warning regarding the above.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    MJD2inPDRVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This restaurant had been recommended to us several times so we decided to try it for our Friday date night. The staff was so nice and welcoming. The food was realy great and service wonderful.We enjoyed shrimp dumplings, short ribs (the best!), cheese beignets, quinoa salad and several other unique combinations of deliciousness. We look foward to trying more dishes soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unusual exceptional food
    MDRfoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food is unusual and exceptional, truly a one of kind experience, mixing together aspects of Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi, and Peruvian cuisine, with exciting combinations of flavors and spicing. The service was timely and professional. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the menu, which was a great help given the unusual dishes. My one criticism is the noise level, which makes having a conversation a challenge. I will return for the food, but hopefully at an off hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a Date Night or Group
    Sharon08VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Paiche is a terrific restaurant for a date night or group dinner. The staff is warm, friendly and knowledgable. The food was well prepared, flavorful and delicious. The lettuce wraps and lobster fried rice were our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fusion done right
    SarcasticGourmet
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food is inventive and delicious. The dishes had complex flavors without falling into the trap of being too busy for no reason. We brought our picky eater kids who were very comfortable trying all the dishes, and left with new appreciation for food prepared well and presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre and Expensive
    Localdiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was mediocre at best and ridiculously expensive for what you got. Wait staff was attentive, but everything they said sounded like it was from a script. Wouldn't bother going back and would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent & unique food,great staff
    levorotatoryVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The waiter was attentive but not overwhelming and actually pretty funny. The floor manager followed up carefully on my allergy (gluten) and checked in as well. The food was excellent (great recommendations from our waiter) and my pisco sour was well crafted, just different enough to be interesting. I drag my partner to many pricier, foodyish restaurants. He's generally a good sport but this was the first time I've seen him excited about the food. He even asked our waiter about ingredients in the Ceviche Criollo. The food was bright and delicious. The traditional Peruvian and the Japanese styles are blended well but still distinctly identifiable. The atmosphere was pretty serene but still vibrant. Very hip-LA feel to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    pookshill
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I realize that this is a "Small Plates" restaurant but the portions are astonishingly small for the price. I left hungry after spending a lot of money. I didn't think the food was that great either, but then again, it's just a bunch of small bites of appetizers - not a real meal in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We love the restaurant, service and everything in general!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HillyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant offers the most unique tastes which are outstanding at all times. We love to eat here and look forward to our reservation days in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting Better All the Time!
    leejaybVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had eaten here 4-5 times before, but this particular night, and each time trusted our wise servers to suggest favorites (which they're very eager to do on their Peruvian menu), every thing we ordered was incredible. I took my best friend from SF, whose brother-in-law is an award winning chef in Oakland, and he was really impressed, too. If you're in the mood for something different, with really delicious food, and great cocktails, then this is your find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    MJW1VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Flying into LA to meet friends and staying in Marina del Rey, wanted good place to sit drink eat and be able to catch up-Paiche was perfect. Great special coktails, great wine menu, and the food is unbelievable-Peruvian-Japanese fusion is absolutly wonderful. If I lived in the are I would be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find!
    PeteeyeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My colleague and I had a really nice meal here. Food and service were top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food
    NobumasaVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Mixture of Peruvian and Japanese food. All portions are small, and we had to order several dishes per person. It is for those who would like to taste different type of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paiche Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My review will consist of the number of characters I find appropriate - why "at least 50?" Our dinner experience was surprising and we liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful, distinct food, fun night
    monkk
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Terrific service, attentive yet unobtrusive. Great spectrum of flavors that pleases many palettes. Casual and vibrant ambiance, dining experience lends itself well to support great table talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food and Drinks were outstanding as usual and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • habanero margarita!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Love this place. Delish tapas style dishes. The habanero margarita drink rocks! Service is awesome. The only think I didn't like was the beignet dessert. Thought it would be sweet and would have some sugar on it but no. It was more like an appetizer instead of a dessert. That's it. That's my only complaint. Will definitely return again and again :) Oh and I love how happy hour starts early - at 230pm :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food But Be Aware!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Paiche has a wonderful menu with delicious foods. It is a bit pricey for what you receive (all the plates are small tapas-like plates, so share), but as a treat this restaurant proves itself. One of the things that occurred to our Open Table reservation was that it was cancelled after we arrived. We did not know this until the next day. We had to complain through Open Table and this was a big hassle. Make sure the hostess does not do this to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Lilikoi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had some of the best food we've ever had at this restaurant. We started with the shrimp dumpling (4 pieces). Delicious! We also order the "saltado de quail", "chaufa de langosta" and the "short ribs". This was more than enough for two people. We could have just ordered three plates only. For dessert, we had the cheesecake (with lucuma puree and raspberries). It was incredible. Absolutely awesome. Our server, Megan, was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good ceviche
    Vegiqueen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went to Paiche specifically for the ceviche and because we also love Mo Chica. Ceviche was creative and bursting with flavor, just as we'd hoped. The pickled vegetables were a nice complement to the ceviche. They were crunchy, tasty and not too salty. Also got the pork belly, duck and halibut entree. All were stellar. Only complaint was mixed drink ordered for $13. It was refreshing, but there was such a large square block of ice in the center that each time I tried to take a sip, the ice was in my face blocking the liquid. I'd be surprised if there was even a half cup of liquid in the drink, because the ice block was so large. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food nice waiters
    marianna
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I really liked this place and our waiter was great. Like everyone else, I'd have preferred bigger portions. Maybe Paiche could have a few entrees that are "full size"?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One bite memories
    PamLovesFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Two birthday celebrations, great atmosphere, excellent waiter, tasty unique cocktails and food was a series of one bite memories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great fun
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ii've been 3 times lately, first on a recommendation then to bring friends. Asisan fusion tapas, lots of fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem
    Team
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great to have this welcoming, excellent restaurant close to work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roger
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good but not exceptional. Dishes are quite small and overpriced for the quantity one gets.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the best places we've been to. As good as Mo Chica is Paiche is 10 times better. Take it from 2 hard core foodies Paiche is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.