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Paiche Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paichela.com
  • Phone: (310) 893-6100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Daily: 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 (corkage fee applies), 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful. Just wonderful. What a pleasant surprise. The food is top notch and the concept really works. Really helpful and engaged staff. A fabulous bar. And absolutely spectacular food. I don't eat a lot of Peruvian food, so the flavors were revelatory. Everything was really fresh, well seasoned and creative. My wife and I love eating out and this experience was a home run. Can't wait to introduce friends and family to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Paiche has the most intricate melody of tastes; like an orchestra each playing individually as well as in concert with each other. Outrageously delicious, perfect plates of just the right amount of food/color & texture. The ambiance is a bit loud, but what can you expect when its a bustling restaurant and everyone is talking about the flavors of each dish; one better than the next as you go down the perfectly prepared list. The exectutive chef is amazing and should be recognized as an artist of robust flavors while allowing the taste buds to distinuish each ingredient."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Outstanding in every way. Also, unfortunately, outstanding as well in the minamalist portions and the not so minamalist prices! C'mon guys - $4.00 for two small slices of bread. Notwithstanding the prices, this place is worth saving up to experience. You'll be getting some real taste treats. And don't forgo the Pisco sours."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My friend and I went to Paiche for lunch on Tuesday. It was so noisy inside (loud music) we chose to sit on the patio where it was very cold. We were told that the restaurant would not let the server pull down the shade to block the wind. My friend ordered a $19 beef entree and there was not enough beef to make a meal. My chicken dish was very good however. My friend complained to the server and the hostess. We will not be back for lunch. The server was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Read a good review in a magazine and was excited to taste Japanese/Peruvian fusion. The ambiance was cool (despite being across from a mall and attached to an apartment complex) and service was pretty good...the waiter forgot a starter but then the manager gave us a dessert on the house. The menu was interesting and we were really excited to try new combinations of flavors...and cultures! The yellow tail cerviche and the chaufa de langosta were extraordinary. The cauliflower was very good, the octopus cerviche (would have been better without the olive sauce) and eggplant tartar were just ok. The churros were delicious but tiny (definitely not the kind of American churros we are used to seeing). I would go back to try more of the menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "everything about this restaurant is perfect..the food, the service and a feeling of being welcome"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our waiter Frankie was so helpful in explaining how each dish was prepared, and what to order. The concept is small plates to share, and everything we ordered was delicious. We will definitely be back soon!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Based on my experience at Picca, when I heard about Paiche, I was motivated to meet a friend there for lunch. It was early and very serene scene. If you crave Pisco Sour this is the place"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Order the fried rice. And everything else on the menu is equally amazing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was great but the portions were too small and it was too expensive. Left kinda hungry after paying $80."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Paiche has been open for about a year, we've been three times, and we still enjoy it. The large array of small dishes with their fusion of Asian and South American cuisines makes for an interesting dining experience, and with the large number of vegetarian dishes there is something for everyone. The service is sometimes spotty, especially if the kitchen is overworked, and I can't recommend the overpriced and bland specialty cocktails, but otherwise it is fun and good value."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Food was good if you like little bites and you are a foodie and you like spicy. I don't like any of those, but I found some things that were good such as the Nieman Ranch pork belly - superb. Margarita was one of the best creative cocktails I have had. Liked the vibe for Sat night; wished we had taken a group, but our waiter was not good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What I tasted was creative, fresh and well prepared. Unfortunately I was dining with someone who wanted one dish only and this is a place where one really should try to sample a variety of items. There are diverse offerings, many unfamiliar to me, but the waiter did a great job of introducing us to the menu and making suggestions. The staff is very accommodating and are clearly great fans of the chef and his menu. The atmosphere is sophisticated, energetic but relaxed and friendly - not an easy combo to pull off. I will be returning, this time with food-savvy friends. My initial visit tells me that this menu fully deserves further exploration & I look forward to doing so. Also, so pleased the business decided to locate in the Marina."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Been to Paiche since it's opening party. Food is good, portions are small and overpriced. Haven't been in awhile, they removed some good dishes from the menu, added some new ones that were just ok and raised the prices. Waiter told us they increased the portion sizes but I didn't see that. I prefer their other restaurant, Picca. I like the food, I like the space, but $20+ for some of these small plates is just not worth it. Gjelina does it better."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "CHef Zarate'stake on Pruvian Asian fusion is one of a kind!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Paiche is Perfection in so many ways! Welcoming and unpretentious staff, not too loud and AHHHmazing food! The drink selection for someone that really isn't a huge drinker (especially when it comes to liquor) was equally adventurous and gastronomically interesting ...so, we ended up trying several! Augustine and Giovanni took such fabulous care of us and made spot on recommendations that I would have trusted either of them to father my first grandchild.... Really, lovely fellas! :) All around - great place to go for a quiet dinner or a birthday celebratory occasion as we did! One Suggestion: please go there with a designated driver; you will definitely want to try the cocktails."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food was beyond amazing. So delicious. Great atmosphere and fantastic service as well"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Paiche is a must if you are in LA. A Japanese fusion twist to the peruvian tapas scene, Paiche serves up some of the most amazing, mouth watering food you will ever taste. My few favorites include Yellowtail and Salmon cerviche, the Yuquita is always popular and awesome. Lomo Saltado almost taste like char kuay teow (flat rice noodle) from the streets of Singapore. And how can you say no to Wagyu Beef carpaccio with truffle oil. Ample garage parking and in a quaint, trendy neighborhood, you won't be disappointed with this exquisite restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Thorougly enjoyed every little bite. Great flavors and presentation. Wish the tapas portions were a bit bigger, but our meal was first-rate."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We visited late in the evening and were seated right away. The service was friendly but somewhat inconsistent with several waiters attending our table, they were confused a couple of times with our order. The food itself is good, with some dishes being actually very good and a couple, just so-so. The dishes are described as "tapas" and that's what they are, some on the very small side. The main courses could be described as "raciones" by comparison, still on the smaller side. Our waiter told us we needed 2-4 per person. I could easily had had 5. It adds up, so be prepared to pay nicely for your food and drink (check out the bar menu). All in all a good experience if you are by LAX and need a late night dinner."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Super small plates. Even for happy hour the prices were quite expensive for the amount of food served. The food is quite good but I'm not sure it deserves the prices they charge. And happy hour is supposed to lure customers in on the early side (it only goes till 6) so make it worth their while by offering a bigger discount."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Went there around 5pm on a Sat. Happy hour was still in effect so we pretty much ordered off that menu. I have to say, every single thing we ordered was very good. To start, the Peruvian Maid was excellent. Such a well-crafted drink. We ordered the yuquitas, shrimp dumplings, paiche lettuce wraps, arroz con pollo, and the albacore and salmon ceviche. It was enough for dinner for 2 people of medium hunger level. Everything is served in tapa sized portions so if you are starving, get ready to break out your wallet because those small plates add up. But overall, I would go back for drinks and apps."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is, by far, my favorite restaurant on the west side. The food is incredible. I have never had a dish that didn't blow my mind. The scallop ceviche is amazing as is the wagyu beef. Another favorite is the kampachi which is served on a slab of himalayan block salt. It's amazing. And my final recommendation would be the chaufa de langosta. Hoestly though, anything you order will be fantastic. I could extend this list further but it would soon encompass the entire menu. Visit this place, experiment and enjoy. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent Service and the food as well as the cocktails were outstanding. Really fun for a group of people or special occasion. My wife and I are definitely coming back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wine list needs dome work. Servers need a little more training on describing the South American wines."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Met a colleague here for a dinner meeting. Food was great and the service was attentive. Not too loud to carry on a conversation, but not so quiet it is uncomfortable."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had no idea what to expect but what I got was very good. The Asian influence over Peruvian was delightful. Make this a place you try. You wont be sorry."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Loved Paiche, and service was sublime! Perfect indoor/outdoor vibe, gorgeous nite so outdoor tables are really nice. Server really knew the menu, ingredients and did an awesome job. We are lucky to have Paiche in the neighborhood. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "unique flavors, experimental and not afraid to season."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Was not disappointed ! Food was exquisite. Try the ceviches and tiraditos. Amazing flavors! Would comeback over and over! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We loved the duck, tamale, wagyu beef, yellow tail ceviche, dumplings and tapioca pudding! We felt abandoned a few times by our server, but overall great place. We'll definitely go back to try other dishes."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "My only Peruvian food experience was Picca but Paiche surpassed it by far. I had a fantastic meal and experience here. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Great food, great service, wonderful combination of Peruvian and Japanese fusion. Lobster rice....is ridiculous!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Wow! Who would have thought putting Peruvian and Japanese food together would have been such an amazing culinary experience!! This is a fantastic restaurant! We had such an amazing meal--the Ceviches "Sashimi Style" are incredible, there is no fresher fish anywhere. Our waitress Marni was not only at our beck and call, but was so helpful with everything on the menu from start to finish as it can be a bit daunting. In fact, the service all around was impeccable, our water glasses were never empty and there was never a dirty plate on our table! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday with a few close friends. Everyone loved everything we ordered EXCEPT for one dish which you shouldn't waste your time or $ on. Especially delicious and you should definitely get is the Taku Taku and the Quinoa Risotto. Don't get the Chicharron de Pescado as tempted as you might think it is. First of all chicharron is supposed to be crisp and crunchy (think pork rinds). This chicharron was a total misnomer, probably so people order it. All it is is fried breaded fish chunks, greasy and soggy. But everything else was delicious."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "very very surprised...since it was located below Stella I figured it would just be okay kind of like Yardhouse, and Le Pan Quotidien. But wow was I surprised. This spot definitely competes with some of my other fav's over on Abbot Kinney, like Gjelina's, Willie Janes, and Primitivo. The small plate Peruvian/Japanese menu is amazing an absolutely unique. I mean come on, Peruvian Japanese, does that even exist anywhere else? We had the signature Kampachi dish, and wow was it presented beautifully, and with great contrasting and bursting flavors. My wife and I shared our way through the menu and had to force ourselves to stop and save some dishes for next time. If you go, be sure to ask if Megan can be your waitress, she's amazing!!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Some dishes are reasonably priced and taste ok - nothing divine in my opinion. The fresh fish and beef are by far the best, and most expensive. Good cocktails - but all around more expensive than I think its worth given the other dining options in the area. (Easily $100 a head) Acoustics are terrible - too loud to hear dinner conversation, so don't come expecting to talk a lot. Service is also slow when they are busy - we went on a Friday night and it took over 20 minutes to be served our first cocktail - I'm ok waiting for food to come out, but not when you are sitting at a table with no drinks. Expect to spend 2 hours if you order multiple items. Otherwise, its a busy place with a good scene - and is fun for a night out. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing and flavors were so representative of the finest restaurants in Peru. Service was the best. Will go back again and again and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Not the place to have a quiet conversation - the acoustics are a bit much. But the food did not disappoint."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "… even surpassing the maestro's mid city masterpiece PICA, PAICHE homey & laid back in The Marina like being on vacation … PICA is movie stars and dealmaking … but the grilled Corazon is delicious just the same. PAICHE has no bad dishes (the churros are ok but who cares), the ceviche is not traditional - instead, offering slices of uber fresh sashimi with unique Peruvian informed sauces sure to please the LA Nippon-go cognoscenti … the Peruvian paiche (of which the joint is named) is unique, with a white succulent flesh. A must eat!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014