El Perol Peruvian Restaurant
Hidden gem. Don't let the decor fool you. Really tasty food. And Peruvian beer!
Really enjoyed the food. It’s all about the chili’s! Service was great. We’ll return.
Loved the steamed fish dinner! So yummy. The desserts were also fabulous!
What a wonderful celebration dinner we had! We were a party of 15, on a Tuesday evening, with online reservations made Monday evening. El Perol followed up with a phone call on Tuesday & we walked in at 6:30 (stragglers til 7) to a setup of 3 tables connected & down one whole side of the lovely restaurant. No doubt as to where we belonged! We were seated & ordering quickly, as we had to be elsewhere by 8:30. The food was excellent (I had fillet pescadero w/beans & rice) & then received a birthday dessert so tasty I'm already looking forward to next year! The survey asked about noise level. I suspect we were the noisiest group that evening, so don't rely on my judgement for that. Thanks to the staff & my friends for a fantastic dinner!
Delicious fresh Peruvian food in a casual dining atmosphere. We will be back for sure!
This is a nice informal place to get Peruvian cuisine. The food is well prepared and not pretentious. Also, large portions can be hard to finish.
Very good, filling food, big portions, lovely staff, family atmosphere
Delicious food, nice customer services and great place
We really enjoyed our meal. The food is delicious, authentic Peruvian food and the staff is delightful. Thank you for another great meal!
Muy rica comida, excelente servicio, la comida tenía sabor fresco y los postres deliciosos, gracias por el buen servicio
It’s difficult to find a quiet restaurant that’s affordable these days, but this is it. With many unique Peruvian offerings and drinks, and ample servings, you’ll find it difficult to sample many foods unless you have 4 or more. Some standouts include ceviche pescado with 4+ oz. of fish, and crunchy corn nuts, large corn kernels. I recommend the chicken empanada and stuffed papa rellena which is like eating a shepherd’s pie. The side of fried plantains is not to be missed. Past visit we had the lamb stew with large shank of meat enough for two to share. Wash it done with chicha morada. They even play Peruvian music. Finish with rice pudding if still hungry.
I would love to return to try more dishes, as I'm not familiar with Peruvian cuisine. The dishes we had were very tasty and fun to try. The fish ceviche flavors were clean and simple: just some lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and enough spice to make it interesting. The chicken saltados had a lovely flavor, but the bed of french fries "stole" some of that from the chicken. We also had the fried seafood, which was delightfully crisp with a tasty coating and lots of thinly sliced red onion on top. A fun beverage was the Inka Cola, which was neon yellow and smelled like bubble gum, and tasted like a mix of strong cream soda and cotton candy (and yes, it has caffeine). The decor was simple -- like a neighborhood diner, but with textured yellow walls to give a "rustic" feel -- but the owner clearly cared deeply about the food and sharing Peruvian cuisine with the Bay Area.
Food was really good. Traditional Peruvian faire. Different than what is typically available around Marin.
Nothing special. They were not very busy on an early Saturday night. They were trying hard but that was about it. I was looking forward to their Ceviche but turned out to have a large piece of lettuce to fill in space. I was surprised when they brought my main course before I was halfway thru the Ceviche. So, I took the rest of the Ceviche home since I didn't want the main course to get cold.
We were so impressed with our first visit to El Perol!
We had been to a matinee at the film festival around the corner and we’re looking for a restaurant walking distance from the Rafael Film Center that had good ratings on Yelp — and it made it extra nice that it was also listed on OpenTable.
The service was great including being able to speak a few times with one of the co-owners.
Wish we had had a bigger group so we could’ve tried many more items but the highlight was the pescado/fish ceviche which was one of the best we’ve ever had anywhere in the world!