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Picca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.piccaperu.com
  • Phone: (310) 277-0133
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Zarate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Picca offers off-site catering for small to large parties. From private dinner parties to weddings. For more information go to www.chefzarate.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Beverly Drive
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Picca
Picca is a Peruvian cantina. We encourage you to eat your beef heart out.

At Picca, Chef Ricardo Zarate serves modern Peruvian cuisine with a Japanese flair. You'll discover over 50 refined Peruvian dishes designed to be passed around the table.

From our ceviche and tiradito fare to more traditional Peruvian meals like carapulcra, roasted black cod over sun-dried potato stew, or seco de pato, duck leg confit in black beer sauce over cilantro rice, we hope you'll stop by and try Chef Zarate's cooking. We encourage you to sit at the chef's counter, and watch his entire team cook all night long.

In 2011, Chef Zarate was awarded the title of Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine Magazine. He has also been nominated twice for a James Beard Award and last year Picca was named one of the 10 best restaurants in the America by GQ magazine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I really enjoyed my dining experience at Picca. Went for the dine LA event and got a chance to sample the menu. The service was exceptional, the server came around at the right times and always asked if we needed anything.I would recommend giving this place a try!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Food was great along with the ambience. Noise level is a little overwhelming.. I felt the need to yell and I literally had to catch my breath. I really enjoyed the food, however, the pace at which each plate was presented took a while. That's the only downside to my dinner experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great experience for DineLA. There was 3 in our group so we were able to try out everything on their DineLA Menu. The ceviche and Paiche Tradito were the best out of all the appetizer selections. The Branzino was the best amongst the main entree selection. The sea bass was not that great; the texture and taste of the fish didn't stand out and the potatoes was overpowering the fish as well. The clam risoto may be spicy for some. The dessert was both good. However, I preferred the meringue b/c of the unique taste of the delectable passion fruit mousse and jelly; the chocolate napoleon was too typical of a chocolate dessert. Nice ambiance. Service was good. Noise level was really high."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Came here on a Sunday night for DineLA with 4 friends. We loved their drinks - everyone ordered something different, and we were all pleased. The food was superb as well...the Risotto was by far my favorite, but the short rib and ceviche were amazing as well. So glad they offer DineLA here. I'll definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Was hoping for so much more. We did the Dine LA pre-fixe menu so got to try 10 dishes total. A few were strong and full of flavor like the charred fish with crispy quinoa and the clam risotto (although only 2 clams per serving was a little chinzy.) We were still hungry and ordered a couple of the meat skewers - beef heart (tough as nails) and beef with sea urchin butter (flavorful). Most of the dishes were just without a lot of flavor and obviously small serving size. We much prefer the dishes at the other place, Mo-Chica downtown. Service was quite good considering how busy it was."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Scallops, ceviche and Sea bass tiradito were excellent . Some were so-so. Love the drinks. Staff was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We love this place! The food is always excellent and everything on that menu is good, great service. Love the ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "2 of us shared the DineLA Menu on our first visit to Picca. Other than the sea bass being far too salty, everything else was absolutely delicious, with bright well-balanced flavors. The cerviche was the best I've had in USA. Servers were all very polite, describing each dish as they presented it to us (and we were there on a busy Saturday night). Because we were on Dine LA Menu, it did feel like they were pushing the cocktail menu, as a way to drive up the bill -- but we had planned to order a cocktail, so it didn't bother us. Overall we really loved it and will happily return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Picca for dineLA. Arrived early & had a drink at the bar, which were good-Mr. Green-spicy, & the tequila old fashioned, until my husband found a hair in his cocktail. We got seated & found it interesting how the server pushed us not to do the dineLA. He suggested we order 3-4 dishes each to start & we could always get more. We didn't really want to order all plates up front but he was fairly persistent, mentioned we only wanted 1-2 plates to come at once so we could sit/enjoy/talk about the food. We did as he said, food came out fast-3 plates at once & we watched food get cold. We also didn't need 6 dishes-we were stuffed! Excellent-Seabass ceviche, black mussels w/bacon, crispy duck leg. Good-baby back ribs, paella. Skip-beef skewer."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "it is now European fusion cross over with Peru. the thing is they rush the delivery so fast, i feel like it is MacDonald. i have to tell the waitress to slow down, but other people still keep at it, eventually we literally have to stop eating and leave food on the plate to slow down the pace for them. I think it is amazing efficiency, but the rush seem to only apply to Restaurant week people as other people who are on regular menu didn't seem to be hammer so heavily with empty dish take away immediately and then the next plate deliver with in 30 seconds."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had the Picca Dine LA menu, I have recently returned from vacationing in Peru, and wanted to try the foods I enjoyed there. My recommendations are the ceviche and rice with clams. I left wanting to try the rice with Sea Urchin, but was not part of the tasting menu. The Pisco sour was as good as the ones I had in Cusco, I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was Outstanding, Service unbelievable, ambience was perfect for a date or group of friends. Overall although the noise level was high I couldnt be more thrilled with my experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I reserved for two, a week before. We arrived to be seated at a table from which another couple had just been re-seated. We soon knew why - it was freezing, under the air conditioning (we were moved to another table mid-meal). We waited 20 minutes for water, another twenty minutes for pre-meal cocktails. The DineLA menu was four tapas and a dessert. These were nothing special, and so small that we ended up sharing an additional (overpriced) "surf and turf." Two of the tapas were served on small bits of bread, as if to fill up the unsuspecting. Worst, I had to ask for our wine FOUR times before it was brought, well past mid-meal, having asked for it to be served with the food. Some of the worst service I have ever had; food not worth price."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food at Picca is nothing but amazing. We ordered family style and each dish that came out was delicious, flavorful and unique. I love the Causa Bar menu, which was my favorite, as well as the other dishes on the menu. My only complaint would be that the scallops were too salty. I don't know if it's always prepared like this, but it was definitely very salty. It left a salty residue in my mouth after eating. Could be isolated. I'll try again next time."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is my 5th time to Picca and it still never disappoints. It's my 1st time going for DineLA however, and the menu was spectacular as usual. The menu had a diverse selection of items that included typical favorites and new creations. Great for those who like to sample different dishes and portions are decently sized for parties of 2 or 3. I will go back until I've tried everything on the menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food is outstanding and table service very good to excellent. Restaurant suffers from inadequate seating options and hostess staff who will, despite your reservation, give you the worst table in the house every time if you don't stop them. Picca food is for sharing multiple small plates. Their typical table for 4 simply makes that an uncomfortable experience as there is not enough space. And don't agree to sit upstairs- leave if that's all they have as that whole experience isn't worth your money."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went to Picca for Dine LA and took part in their special tasting menu. Despite the fact the dishes were obviously being prepared en masse, the food was excellent. I can only imagine that the cuisine is even better during normal weeks. Thank God the food was good, though, because the rest of the experience was awful. We sat upstairs where it was at least 80 degrees, if not warmer. The waiter told us the A/C was on full-blast, but it must have been broken because our entire group was sweating. I even had to take my shirt off! (I had an undershirt on, thankfully.) Everyone around us also looked hot and uncomfortable. Additionally, our waiter seemed rushed and inattentive the entire evening."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was decent, nothing to write home about. It wasn't bad by any means... but it also wasn't amazing, like I had hoped. However, we were seating upstairs and it was hot and humid up there. The server poured us glasses of luke warm water. I had to repeatedly ask for some ice. After which, he brought be 4 ice-cubes. FOUR. There were 4 of us at the table... so I guess 1 ice cube per person. This one ice cube obviously melted rather quickly. He never brought us more. I would have given the place 3 stars... but the lack of ice resulted in me subtracting 1 star."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Picca has a wonderful menu of tasty Peruvian treats. Small plates and sharing is the way to go."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "dine LA menu was great! However, there are more to try, so we will come back again and again to try out the rest in the menu. all was perfect and delicious!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Multiple people recommended Picca over the last 6 months. I was excited to try this up and coming restaurant but was disappointed by the food. The service and ambiance were great, but each dish was bland, sour, or overpowering. We ordered 6 different dishes and each one was disappointing. It was edible, but nothing close to what I was expecting."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It's ok. I had researched that this was a good place for happy hour but then got there and there is not a happy hour."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Has a wide array of amazing and authentic Peruvian cuisine in stylish, modern setting."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I eat out a lot and I can be pretty picky. This placed rocked in every aspect of the word. There was not a thing I tried that I did not like. Great job chef Mendez!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our waiter was so knowledgeable about everything on and off the menu that I feel like I got an education. He guided us through a difficult menu to a superb dinner."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have eaten here twice in the last few months. The Music level is absurd. The menu is very interesting but needs direction from your server to sort out. Went on a Thursday the first time and the waiter was outstanding and guided us through the process. Went on this Monday hoping it would be quieter, but although the place was half empty the music was louder. Service was the worst I have experienced in LA in years. Staff and management needs training desperately. If you are not going to offer a gluten free menu (yes I am allergic) you have to train your staff on these basic issues. With Wine, it is called a decanter not a vase. when you order 9 dishes the first 7 should not come all at once and then you forgot about the last two."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic! The food amazing as usual."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food and drinks were original, innovative and amazing, but I was a little disappointed that the hostess could not call a taxi for me and my wife after we had spent over $350 in her restaurant. She told me that I could "google" one."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Do yourself a huge favor and try the chef's tasting menu -- fun, imaginative and delicious. Great place."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food at Picca is great. The staff knows how to explain it and to make sure that the many small plates come out in an order that makes sense. However, it's tough to actually enjoy the meal. All of the walls are acoustically hard; the noise level makes conversation with ones fellow guests difficult and unpleasant. If sharing the plates with just one other person, they work. For any larger group it's tougher to make things go smoothly. Picca is one of those off places where good cooking and service still don't lead to a great meal."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had a great time as always. Server very helpful in recommending top items."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great place. Fusion of Peruvian and some Japanese, with fantastic cocktails. Took a business dinner there, everybody loved it!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Been to Picca quite a few times over the last couple years, food and drinks have been consistently great, service always friendly and precise, with servers very knowledgeable about the menu, in an energetic atmosphere. Consider myself not a loyal customer for any brands or establishments, do know that I will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I have dined at all 3 of Ricardo Zarate's restaurants in LA (Paiche, Mo-Chica and now Picca) - Mo-chica is amazing, and Picca somehow managed to surpass that! Service was excellent, drinks were fabulous and the food and flavors were exceptional. Everything was cooked to perfection. Portions are nicely sized; not overwhelmingly large or irritatingly small. The waiter did an excellent job of explaining everything and recommending certain dishes and letting us know which were the most popular choices."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful! Food and service great and friendly. Had the churros for dessert. Awesome! I don't even like churros."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We are regular diners at Picca and are never disappointed. The food is outstanding -- and every time we visit we try some new dishes and find them consistently pleasing. This time we tried a salmon dish with quinoa and were blown away with the taste. When it's just me and my wife, we like to sit at the Chef's Counter and watch the artful preparation of the food. And the service (ask for Molly or Gilberto) is spectacular, always friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and responsive to your needs. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Picca to others and have been fortunate enough to bring many friends there, who have since become loyal followers."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant can be great for a small group or a group of 12. The staff is friendly and well informed. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Picca has an amazing cocktail list -- the pisco sour and Oaxaca old fashioned are must-drinks -- and an astoundingly tasty menu. The fish, chicken and beef are all terrific, and so are the Japanese eggplant and the mushrooms. This is a delightful spot that has proved itself through the test of time. It's been around a few years now, and has moved from "gotta try it" to "gotta go back!""
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to coming to this restaurant, but two out of the 5 dishes we ordered were too salty too eat. The ceviche and the paella were so salty that they were inedible. The waitress was very nice and brought us complimentary cava and comped us a glass of red wine, but that doesn't necessarily make up for messing up the food. I was very disappointed and will not be going back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food and service is good, but it is way too expensive and the portions are too small."
    Dined on 6/17/2014