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Picca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.piccaperu.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "Staff were not courteous to guests. Talking near tables about their social lives and being loud. Staff need to tone it down a bit; they were overbearing. Staff were not professional and walked in front of patrons while talking to other staff. That is inconsiderate."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Very very slow service. Also quite poor. A number of times we even had to beg for cocktails and water and still ask a second or third time before they'd arrive. getting water was impossible. The food was ok. Some very salty, some too heavy. Fish was good. We were told to order around 4 plates per person. There were 5 of us. With cocktails at $15 and having taken the advice and clearly ordered way too much food, and the overpricing of the food itself, the bill was insane. Had the service itself been better, maybe apologies for the bad/slow service. excuse as to why its so slow or bad, reasons as to why plates were piling up on the end of our table and no one was taking them away, we might have understood. Overall a very mediocre experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We visited Picca for what is now our...5th? time I think. Each time we have thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. This time we tried a few dishes we had not tried, which were only okay. That was about 1-2 our of the 9 we ordered. All others were unreal. We made a reservation for 6pm, right when the open since we had a toddler with us. The service could not have been more friendly to us and to him, making him feel like he was in the mix, which is no surprise as each time the service has been amazing. This is just a great restaurant."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything was delicious, especially the Ceviche Criollo and the Anticucho Diver Scallops. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food here was good, especially the ceviche but the service was a bit lackluster and the chocolate cake dessert wasnt as good as what I get at Trader Joe's for $2-3."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "a very metro atmosphere. the waiter was very helpful with suggestions. we had several excellent dishes. the halibut tiradito and anticucho diver scallops were especially delicious. the ceviche paiche was too sour, made us sweat. drinks were good, but overpriced for the small serving."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Lots of places say they serve tapas but the slim menu leaves you thinking it's just some appetizers. Picca has an enormous menu of fantastic little plates that span Asia to Europe."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Found Picca on a larger list of can't-miss Los Angeles restaurants and decided to give it a shot on a double date. We are very thankful we did, as this Peruvian-fusion style food was absolutely delicious. While it was just a tiny bit on the pricey side, the quality and heartiness of the food went a long way towards erasing any memory of the check from my mind. There is something for everyone on the extensive menu and my only regret is that we didn't have enough people to warrant ordering more dishes. The cocktails were tasty, as were the Peruvian beers. Overall, definitely planning a return visit."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Amazing Peruvian food. Absolutely recommend the Causas !!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The service is impeccable. It's a fun place with a unique menu; something for everyone."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "A completely great experience. The food was fantastic and so unusual and new so that was exciting. The presentation was gorgeous, which I always love. All the service was great. I love that all the liquor is South American in keeping with the food origin. In particular, I had requested a side table because I have a hearing problem and was completely accommodated for that. I love the look of the restaurant starting with the great exterior; I immediately felt I was going somewhere "else", perhaps in another country, not just another trendy, soulless, westside LA restaurant. The inside is really nice too - spacious but not drafty; cozy but not too crowded."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food here is terrifically interesting, tasty and consistent. Because it is a tapas restaurant the inviting menu with many, many offerings is daunting and the very pleasant and efficient waiters must deliver a long spiel to explain it. On our two visits they performed the long menu monologue well, but way too fast for a first timer to understand. I imagine they do it so often that it's hard to be enthusiastic and slow, especially during busy periods. During those busy times, when the restaurant is packed, food and drink usually appear, but sometimes not on time, which is annoying. Also the place is very, very noisy. Reserve for an early seating. You will not be sorry."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Came here for the DineLA menu. The ceviche was great, very fresh, although toward the end the citrus flavor was quite strong. We tried the crab causa, which tasted like a really fancy seafood potato salad once you eat it. Interesting concept and I'm glad we tried it, but I don't know if I would try another one. The ice cream sandwich was good, once we figured out that you can't really eat it like a regular ice cream sandwich. You have to eat it like a chocolate chip cookie with ice cream - that is, separately. I liked the chocolate sauce to dip the cookie in."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The culinary variety pushes everyone outside their comfort zone and introduces new favorites to even the most cautious of palates. There is a dish for everyone at Picca."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Get the restaurant and only 50% full, they put us in a corner, we ask to be moved and they say we are full, those tables were empty all night!! The waiter comes and gives us menus and asks if we have been here before, and I say maybe 5-6 times, HE SAYS, I DON"T need to now how many times!! Most of the food over cooked, over caused and very expensive for the portions!!! Things have changed here from last time, and the manager when we made a comment, said, well thats our policy!! Stay away!!!! Take your money, where people care!!!!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Came here for a surprise dinner with my boyfriend - tried 7 dishes and 2 desserts. Lamb, skirt steak and octopus were standouts. Beef heart stole the show. Ox tongue was delicious, as was the beef tartare. The scallops and sea urchin was good - I'm not a big urchin fan, but it was prepared beautifully. The flan is unbelievable. As someone who doesn't even like flan I couldn't stop stealing my date's. I got the chute is and they were PERFECT. So sugary, so delicious. Overall the meal was perfect. Our waiter had recommended dishes at the beginning that we loved - we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My first impression was I'm going to be left hungry... But was able to savior the food and enjoy every bite. The place is trendy great customer service, good menu. I highly recommend Picca and also recommend making a reservation, the place gets busy. I did that and didn't wait more than 2-3 minutes til my friend and I were seated. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, Pisco Sour was perfect! tables are very close together so you have no privacy and it can get loud which it makes having a conversation difficult. This my third time there I loved the peruvian food."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Picca is my favorite restaurant. The first week it opened, a group of girlfriends and I thought we'd try it, and we have not stopped going back since! Gilberto is an amazing, very helpful server!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food as great as ever, best fish I have had in a long time. My favorite place to eat."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our table at 9p.m. was not ready. We were at the bar, ordered drinks and then was asked to bring our drinks over to our party. Drinks spilled in traveling over to our table...on another patron's jacket."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Poor service - with reservation, it took more than 20 minutes to give us a table. Hostess was frantic trying to coordinate, she stated that they were understaffed. Once seated, food came all at once, instead of paced. But overall, experience was great."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Loved the food and service. I am Peruvian and I ate better than in Peru"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great service that was informative and super friendly. The small plates were excellent, especially the corazon and ribs. Wish the portions were alittle larger for more sharing."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Inventive flavors. Expertly prepared food that was carefully thought out and just delicious!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Make sure you make a reservation before going coz the place is always packed! We went there for the first time over the weekend and we were not disappointed by the experience! The food was really tasty, although some dishes were a bit on the salty side. The service was great. More importantly, I had one of the best cocktails ever. Make sure you try the Avocado Project. It's simply divine. Given the quality of the food and drinks, the prices were reasonable. I'd totally go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This place is great for those who enjoy a tapas-style experience. Their food was delicious. We were big fans of the seco pato (duck), the chorito (octopus), and their salmon. I despise octopus but not only was their interpretation edible, it was delicious. Their causas ("sashimi" that is on yellow mashed potato squares) are good and come in two-bite portions per order. Their halibut tiradito (thinly sliced fish) was good. Their tres leches was also good but you have to try their churros... by far the best churros I've had."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything we ordered from the menu was deliciously and beautifully prepared. Our server was very thorough about explaining the menu---she was very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. She was also very on point service-wise, considering it was a busy Saturday night. The manager, Kimberly was very hospitable and friendly. Even the owner and head chef made an appearance. We dined at Picca to celebrate a birthday, and everything was great: service, food, and ambiance. My guests and I had a wonderful experience, and we'll definitely be dining here again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "While the front desk staff was a bit standoffish and not very welcoming (that is so 1990's), the food carried the evening. The fried quinoa salad was magical....full of flavor and texturally spirited. The skewers of diver scallops and black cod were beautifully prepared and very tasty. I wish we had bigger appetites to try 10 more dishes."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Picca did not disappoint. Food was delish, service was attentive, and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Not an ordinary Peruvian restaurant, here the cuisine reach an another level . The Japanese influence is omni present. The small portion and presentation of the dishes are innovative for a Peruvian restaurant . The cocktails with only South American spirits are excellent, and the server was very professional ."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Between the unique drinks and food flavors...this is a great place for foodies to sample and share food. We would all go back just for the Crispy Ceviche Causa and Pedro Serrano cocktail."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Exotic and creative drinks that will enhance your mood and make you vibrate with every small but tasty dish in a friendly, casual, and joyful ambience. Peruvian Chef Ricardo Zarate has started this Novo Peruvian Fusion and recognized as the Best Chef on 2012"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The service was really great , the food excellent I recommend this place after long time I taste de natural flavor of all ingredients and the food is fresh and the pisco is oh man! fantastic ."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Picca had great drinks and the food was pretty good. We ordered from each section of the menu and though the food was brought out really spaced out, everything was great and we left very full and satisfied."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "During Dine LA Picca is one of the best restaurants to experience because you get to choose 2 appetizers and 2 Entrees and 1 dessert. If you go with someone, then you get to split dishes and you end up trying 8 dishes and 2 desserts. Picca's menu offers unique tastings and they are very generous with servings, so you feel satisfied with your meal. The ceviche was refreshing, the beef short rib cooked to perfection, and the passionfruit creme brulee was divine. It is fun to try so many dishes and our service was exceptional. If you want more of a quiet area--request the balcony/upstairs as the restaurant is pretty energetic."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We had the dinela menu. The food was very tasty and interesting in most cases. The waiter recommended broccolini as one of our entree choices which was the only thing I didn't really like (and thought it was a poor value). I don't like a heavy char on vegetables and it was black. The ceviche was a little salty and sauce almost too overpowering but at least it wasn't boring. We did go for an early dinner but at least at that time of day staff was very pleasant."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Picca manages to do a fantastic job taking the basics and making them extraordinary. Though it's hard to have to pick, one of my favorite plates turned out to be an arroz con pollo. Between the sous-vide chicken and the uniquely and perfectly flavored sauce on the rice, I'm a little sad that I'll probably never have a comparable arroz con pollo again. Animal lovers may be a little off-put by dessert, as I suspect they use unicorn tears in the crème brûlée. Personally, I think the ends justify the means."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food tasted great and had great presentation. I tried during DineLA so it was awesome to try many dishes in one visit. There seemed to be citrus flavors in almost every dish which while tasty, got repetitive. The restaurant was noisy and rather tightly packed--almost a little too trendy for my taste."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about this restaurant - the food was fabulous, the service outstanding. I now know why several of my friends consider this one of their favorite restaurants in LA!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014