La Canela

4.7
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128 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Welcome to La Canela, where our greatest wish is to share, with everyone who walks through our doors, a little piece of our beloved Peru.

La Canela, which translates to ‘Cinnamon’, was opened in winter of 2007 as a sister restaurant to La Flor de la Canela. The food we offer is a combination of authentic Peruvian cuisine and old family recipes.

At La Canela, we strive to provide delicious food that was made to order and made from scratch.
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TL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All of our food was excellent, but the ceviche was one of the best I’ve had!

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for a better waiter. He was courteous, friendly, attentive, etc etc.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Mediocre service. Fair atmosphere

B
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Peruvian cuisine; great ambience and attentive service.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very nice. Cocktails have too much ice and are too expensive.

PE
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in this restaurant and was not disappointed. Although some of the portions were a little on the small size they were delicious. Service was excellent and server was attentive and helpful in explaining the various dishes. Will go back again when in the neighborhood.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The windows on second levels needs to be fixed. You can feel all the air coming in and gets cold.

VS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very professional and courteous. Water was refilled often. Food was freshly prepared, well-flavored and delicious.

JO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The rice and shrimp were overcooked, the meat was hard and I requested spicy sauce but it was never served.

AB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! Food is amazing and the service made us feel like we’re the only table. Loved it. 😊

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the decor and ambiance of this restaurant. I ordered the arroz and it was amazing! I asked for extra sauce that was sent with it!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Peruvian food from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.

OT
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always

JN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

DELICIOUS, good portions and food came fast! The only negative thing was that they were OUT of 2-3 items on the menu, and this was an 8pm reservation on a Saturday night so I would expect them to have Everything.

EW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Fantastic service and wonderful ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immer ein Besuch wert!

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LN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is incredible! Great service and wonderful food.

g
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Peruvian restaurant with excellent menu, well presented. Parking nearby.Try their pisco sours!

E
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about La Canela. Hands-down the best upscale Peruvian food you’ll ever have. The decor is also gorgeous and romantic. You will never have a “meh” server there, either. Very professional staff, the best food and sexy ambiance. Will leave you wanting for nothing.

KC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing lunch! Ceviche was bright, the lamb shank and shorts flavorful, and the special dessert was out of this world,

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service and awesome desserts.

AR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

La Canela came recommended from several Peruvian friends. We were a party of 4. Two of us had lots of experience with Peruvian cuisine and two had never tried it before. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals, sharing seafood, chicken and beef plates. While all the dishes we ordered were excellent, the Seco stood out as being extra special. We'll have to come back and try the other half of the menu.

OT
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

It was ok.... La Alimeña is cheaper and better!

OT
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always terrific! Ceviche and salad for a light lunch on a hot day: perfect! Service was outstanding as usual. We thoroughly enjoy coming to this testy.

L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there twice the same week. The first time with a colleague who was attending a conference with me. We both loved it do much we decided to go back with a larger group of friends and colleagues the following day. Excellent food, very typical Peruvian. And the service was superb.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was good!! The hostess lady was very accommodating, and Rebeca our waitress was soo nice. We didn’t have to wait for the food that long. The portions were good and everything was well cooked and delicious!! The only downsize was the lightning is very poor. Too dim for my liking and some of the spots in the restaurant were too dark. But despite that we really enjoyed our date night!!! We had so much fun!! A truly Peruvian gem in the heart of Rockville!!! My husband loved it too and we agreed on making La Canela our Peruvian spot for date nights!!

JH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there four times and everything time has been wonderful. Great food and excellent service. The restaurant is beautiful and very relaxing. I live a hour away and will gladly drive to la canela time and time again. Trust me you won't be disappointed😊

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While a hidden gem from the outside, the inside of La Canela takes you straight to Peru where you are treated to an authentic, home-made dining experience and exposed to other aspects of Peruvian culture such as the music and architecture. Definitely somewhere to be for a special occasion. The service and menu selection are exquisite and diverse. All in all, a first class dining experience.

M
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family meal a La Canela. Our server was excellent, offering great suggestions and explanations of dishes. Our group of three adults and two school aged boys all thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Muy buena la calidad de la comida, los diferentes platos que conforman la carta muy bien preparados. La infraestructura y decoración muy peruanos. Quizá a manera de recomendación, se podría complementar la buena comida y bonita decoración con música peruana, el día que fui a comer escuché solamente merengues y música en inglés.

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LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2 people. Only problem is appetizer and main dish came together when we had requested separate

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of choices of gluten-free dishes. All food was delicious

KH
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. We had the beef with fries and basmati rice with peppers and onions. The house margarita is excellent and the pasta with chicken was good although very rich. Tres leche desert is exceptional.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food at reasonable prices. Also, authentic Peruvian food with some standard fare options available. Attention is superb. Good wine selection too.

s
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Authentic up scale Peruvian food. Make sure to try the trout and short ribs.

SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Continues to be my absolute favorite restaurant in Rockville

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RG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, the portion are perfect,and the service was friendly and prompt.

AL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. It’s the perfect place for an evening out with friends!

OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We dined at La Canela in celebration of my husband’s birthday. The food and drinks were good, but the service was a bit slow. Still not enough to make us not go back, we enjoy the food here and look forward to our next visit

The ribs and yucca are big enough for a meal... Still, I had to add a side of tacu tacu—- yum!

My husband enjoyed the lamb and we both loved the crab croquettes!

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Seemed short staffed making the service slow, although our waiter was very friendly and helpful.
Portions are very large. Best restaurant I have been to in ages based on the quality of the food. The short ribs excellent, and the fresh cerviche absolutely the best and plentiful for two!
Look forward to going back.