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Paiche Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paichela.com
  • Email: info@paichela.com
  • Phone: (310) 893-6100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    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 WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "A tapas menu where EVERYTHING goes well together!! FINALLY! We had 8-10 plates and they were all DELICIOUS!! I would have preferred for them to be brought out they way we ordered them, the way they are on the menu. Abrebocas & Ensaladas, Ceviches, Tiraditos, Frituras, Cocina Calientes. With that said, they all blended so well together that it didn't matter. I can't wait to go back to taste the rest of their menu!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "If you are a lover of sashimi and ceviche Paiche is not to be missed! Fresh, fresh fish. Simply prepared vegetables - the grilled spinach was excellent. The Yucca beignets with the pepper sauce were delicious. Our server was lovely - knew the menu well - was attentive to our table without being a bother. Not sure what all of the comments regarding the noise level are about but if you are concerned a table on the patio is a better bet away from the bar. We definitely will return & bring our friends!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was delicious! We had a blast and my Peruvian friend visiting from Atlanta couldn't stop talking about the food and menu. It's been a welcome addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good vibe, all the dishes we tried were very good. Service was attentive and friendly. The place has a buzz so it is not a quiet hideaway but that was really the only detraction"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "terrific creative menu , very good food, small portions, expensive ..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was great, but ery expensive for small portions. Noise level made it impossible to talk to some at ourtable. Service was bad."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "But very nice interior architecture and service. Tapas seerms to be an excuse for American restauranteurs to ensure increased profits by offering small tasting plates at near-entree prices with the tease that each place is a gustatory revelation. That there's a sucker poor every minute (as observed by WC Fields), these restauranteurs should continue to do very well."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Tasty food but tiny portions (tapas style) and very pricey. Our favorites were Paiche lettuce wrap, Wagyu and Kampachi Tiraditos, and shrimp saltado with homemade pasta. Pisco Sour was one of best in town, but again, tiny."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Don't waste your time...over priced...ordered 7 dishes...1 was completely inedible(nearly raw potatoes with nacho cheese whiz) 4 were absolutely mediocre, and 2 were tasty(seafood fried rice and heart skewers) don't be fooled by the esquire awards this place is overpriced and very average."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food, unusual dishes, great menu! Everything we ordered was excellent and delicious: the combination of flavors in each dish was amazing and unusual. We especially enjoyed the Shrimp dumplings and paiche ( an Amazonian fish) lettuce wraps. The quinoa-mushroom dish and lobster fried rice were also outstanding. I can't wait to return and try some of the other dishes. The waiter's recommendations were helpful and he was diligent in serving us until he had to take care of several other tables and then we were a bit ignored!! It tends to get noisy by 7:30 so eat early if noise bothers you."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Superb food! Amazing in every way. Prepared with the best and by the best. I was soooooooooo impressed with the quality and taste of this food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The seafood was SO fresh! And each dish was well-plated! The ambience was fun! Perfect place to hang out with friends or family!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is FANTASTIC. Only thing that would be nice would be more intimacy between the tables--add some booths or divide the big room up a bit so it doesn't feel so cafeteria-style."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great Peruvian fusion tapas - interesting choices and excellent quality. Some are a bit pricey for the portion size but if you choose a few of the more substantial plates also it all works out perfectly."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Ricardo Zarate has hit a home run with Paiche. Vibrant and intriguing tapas-style dishes were artistically presented with flavors so creatively married. Likewise with the drink menu - Who would have thought to create a drink with sesame oil? Ingenious! And rather tasty too! We have visited Picca, Mo-Chica and now, Paiche and have NEVER been disappointed with our meal, service, ambience or restaurant location. The only thing we missed was capturing videos each time we took a bite from a new dish - talk about "come food!""
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My friend and I went there for dinner the other night Monday March 24th 2014, ordered Tuna and Halibut ceviche - sashimi style, it was a outstanding experience. The Waygu beef tiradito and Lomo saltado were great. The best Pisco Sour in town."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "As other reviewers have commented, Paiche is expensive as the small plates add up quickly. Our server recommended 6 to 8 plates. We only ordered 5 small plates with one beer and glass of wine. The bill with tax came to about $70 not including tip. That said, the food is exquisitely prepared. We leaned heavily on the recommendations of our server and we appreciated her candor in steering us to the better dishes."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Was really looking forward to eating at Paiche. I had been to their other restaurant Picca and found that place to be really good. First of all Paiche has good service and I like the small plates concept. We sat inside and the noise level was on the loud side but not horrible. The menu looked really appealing and we ordered about 10 plates between 3 people. Portions were on the small side ( I know it's tapas) but other small plates/tapas/izakaya restaurants usually deliver more on the portion size. I didn't find any outstanding dishes betweent the 10 plates. They were all good but nothing great. Lacked any flavor in most dishes."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent unique cocktails to start the evening paired with friendly service. Tons of fun snacking on a huge variety of dishes with lots of flavor complexity! Ceviches will knock your socks off and the vegetarian options were delicious. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was wary of yet another small plates restaurant that charged a lot for a little food but I loved Zarate's cooking at Mochica so I was willing to give Paiche a try. Though the portions were tiny, the quality was big. Each dish was unique & well thought out unlike some restaurants that get lazy with dishes that are just variations of each other. The lighter dishes were served before the heavier flavored food which was thoughtful. We had 3 plates/person and didn't leave hungry though we weren't stuffed. My two favorites were the quinoa with pea shoots that tasted of essence of vegetables in a delicate way and the yucca beignets that were fried outside but creamy and gooey on the inside. Paiche is noisy so a good place for conversation."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious...favorite dish was the shrimp toast."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I am new to MDR and was given great reviews by the locals that Paiche was a hot spot with unique and decadent food. I called and spoke with Megan (supervisor) who took time out of her busy schedule to explain the menu to me. She also took time out to later visit out table and introduce herself! She is impressive and it shows she loves where she works and the food. She's amazing!!! Incredible food and service which Made our night out a true Dining experience!! 100% recommend this place to one and all!! Corinne"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food at Paiche is excellent although pricey. Small plates are served, each with its own unique flavor and style. This was our first time to try Paiche and we arrived promptly for our 6:45 OpenTable reservation. We were seated immediately...then completely ignored. No one brought water, no one took a drink order, and no one stopped at our table for a full 16 minutes. We were very close to leaving, when our waitress finally appeared. She didn't apologize for ignoring us, nor did she offer any kind of compensation for our treatment. We probably would have left, but one of the sharp bus-persons seemed to notice that no one was serving us and perhaps he said something. So, great food, but really disappointing service."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went there with a BBE discount and we were very happy with our discovery. We had: BURRATA ALLA GENOVESE (very good), Kale salad (good), ORECCHIETTE (delicious!), Alaskan halibut (very good by all account), hunger steak (very good), coconut gelato pie (good). We will go there again for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I had heard good things and was excited to try. Big mistake. it was like the chef took a bowl of curry powder and dumped it over every dish he served. Everything tasted the same with a horrible curry taste. The tuna on rice crackers tasted like dirty feet. How do you ruin such an easy dish? Just a bunch of weird spices with no mention on the menu. If you like curry, go for it. If you don't, run. Did I mention the serving sizes are miniscule and food is super expensive?"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The portions are really small, even for an Izakaya or tapas bar. Each item isn't expensive, but because the portions are so small, we needed to double some orders and order more dishes than at other places. The service was outstanding, but it was so noisy that we had a hard time carrying on conversations. The hard liquor was almost double what other premium restaurants charge; so stick with the beer, which had a great selection and reasonably priced. The wine was also over-priced, but they serve unknown brands from South America and Spain, so you don't realize it because there's no source of comparison."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I luv this restaurant! The cocktails are creative and delicious. The food is always delicious. My friends and I always come back for more. It's a fun place to have a ladies' night out without the noise. You can actually hear each other's conversation. The menu is eclectic with a lot of choices. I luv the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food, spicy and cool. You have to go back several times to taste everything."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We have been twice. The first time was Dine LA and we spent $100 on lunch for 2. We did enjoy the food a lot so we returned after and tried to order more conservatively. It is still a pricey place. We had a 30% off deal but still spent $65 for lunch. We got one less glass of wine so it would have been closer to $75 if we did the same as last time. The server both times was excellent. The food is prepared skillfully and is very creative. Now you can get a lunch deal for $15.00. I will try that next time. I am still trying to crack the code on a great meal at a more affordable price."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went here on a date with my husband and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food is excellent and although our waitress wasn't as helpful or friendly THIS time, we have been on several occasions and the service is normally great. Must try the Hamachi ceviche, waygu beef and lobster fried rice!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Paiche - (1) Our table was ready for us when we arrived 15 minutes early for our reservations (2) All of the staff was friendly (how un-LA!) - from the hostess to the waitress to the water servers. There was none of the attitude that usually accompanies a good restaurant in LA - the waitress didn't give us "that look" when we opted for ice water over bottled, she reminded me to use my Blackboard Eats code, and was helpful in ordering. I really appreciated the anti-snobbery of the staff. And, our plates were cleared quickly when we finished the food! (3) The drinks and food were terrific!! Every dish was unique (and some didn't sound all that great on the menu) but each was fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our six-person party arrived for our 2 PM reservation five minutes early, had no drinks, yet it took us until nearly 4 PM to complete our lunch. Service was much too long with the place nearly empty and five chefs in the kitchen! The food was interesting but did not compensate for the long intervals between the small plates. It will be a long while before we return to this place again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The ambience of the restaurant was chick and fun. The wait staff was terrific in helping us understand the menu and how to order. The drinks were generous and strong! The food was very good, but we weren't wowed. I think our expectations may have been unrealistically high due to the restaurant recently being cited as one of the best in L.A. in Food and Wine Magazine. However, I would still recommend Paiche to anyone who enjoys small plates, trying new and different dishes and just enjoys a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood gem to entertain out of town guests. The ambiance is eclectic, hip, and romantic. The food is exotic and unique with choices from rare to grilled items. My only warning is do not come here really hungry. The prices are definitely up there for an entree that is the size of your hand, not both hands, one hand. They suggest you order 6-8 dishes per person, yikes! If you calculate that, you'll be spending at least $120 per person. For me it was great to try once, but there was not really a dish that stood out to me. Otherwise, it's worth giving a visit."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Thought this place offered some really excellent food and had a friendly vibe. It's definitely trendy and hip, so it has that, too, but I wouldn't let that dissuade you. We had the ensalada de quinoa (vegetarian and delicious), three kinds of ceviche sitting atop their amazing aji amarillo/ponzu sauce, the squid ink risotto (also good), their take on pao de queijo (very rich), as well as the pork belly topped with pomegranate and cilantro microgreens (super rich). This is Peruvian Japanese fusion. While I can get down with the izakaya thing, I miss the more Peruvian elements. Like a patatas huancaina, or something of that feel and direction. I only ate here once. It was a good first impression."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great ideas on the menu but execution didn't seem quite right. The sashimi courses were overloaded with sauce which absolutely dominated the dishes. There was no need for the fish to be there when the flavor and freshness was drowned out. Just a drizzle of the tangy sauce and I think the sashimi would have been very delicious. The best dish we tried would be the yuca beignets (yuquitasa) which had a terrific texture and came with an awesome serrano dipping sauce. I'm not sure why the sauce is not listed on the menu under the item description. Drinks took a while to come from the bar. We had already finished our first dish by the time they arrived."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My second visit to Paiche this year was just as tremendous as my first. The aji amarillo in the ceviche is on my Last Supper wish list. The nonalcoholic kale, asian pear, apple, ginger drink is terrific. Lobster chaufa, definitely a favorite and the quinoa/mushroom salad also solid. My least favorite dish (if there is such a thing at Paiche) was the shrimp papardelle (camarones saltado). Stick with the ceviches, the fried/grilled fish dishes as these are their specialities and they are done fantastically. Service was an A+++. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly--best service in L.A. Thank you Paiche for a great experience, you wowed my friends from Chicago and DC. They LOVED it, and so did I. Will be back again several times this year! :)"
    Dined on 3/2/2014