La Canela

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, my first experience with Peruvian Food. It was definitely worth the trip. The staff and service were top-notch. I’ll recommend this spot to everyone⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Like eating in Peru!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved La Canela! We enjoyed our dinner. The experience was lovely, the food delicious! All staff very friendly. We will come back for sure!

T
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As Peruvian food lovers, finally getting to La Canela was a treat. The decor is lovely and transportive. We enjoyed cocktails first, and never felt rushed by our server. The amuse bouche was outstanding. I do wish it could be on the menu. The pork rib appetizer was absolutely delicious and almost a meal in itself. The Lomo Saltado with fettuccini was the best I've ever had, and that includes Peruvian food we've had in Central and South American (although not Peru itself unfortunately). Will definitely return and bring friends.

T
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Peruvian going. Worth the 45 minute drive.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such awesome time there! We'll definitely come back. The food was delicious!

ME
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had not been to La Canela in quite awhile but will return sooner. We have ceviche and an avacodo stuffed with crab - both outstanding. Then seafood entrees which were also outstanding. Give it a try - you will like it.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Valentine’s Day

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic atmosphere. Wonderful customer service.

NG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Canela has it all: the taste, the ambiance, the service - what more could you ask for? For our Valentine's Day dinner, we were advised to ask for a window seat on the 2nd floor and it felt warm and cozy but with a nice view of the street below - perfect for a romantic dinner. Our server was sweet and responsive, friendly but not overly-engaged. Dishes had an ethnic flare to them but totally compatible with American tastebuds - really delectable. We'll definitely be back. Oh, and the price was quite reasonable, too. Hard to beat this place for all-around satisfaction.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an outstanding experience at La Canela on Valentine’s Day. Our service, drinks, appetizer, entrees and dessert were all perfect. Everything tasted delicious and the ambience was quiet with a live musician playing guitar adding to the experience. I highly recommend dining here and if we lived in the area we surely would again sometime soon!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, Good price. Nice atmosphere. Great date place What more could you ask for.

AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The family that runs the restaurant knows exactly what to do to keep people coming

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was terrific. Food was really good and the portions were generous. Looking forward to going back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!

KC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really feel like La Canela is a hidden gem. When you come to town center it's sort of hidden away. The food is fantastic and service was excellent. The folks that work here are always friendly and warm. The ambiance is adorable. I love to come here. Highly recommend this delicious Peruvian restaurant.

T
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely our “go to” Peruvian restaurant. We alway leave fat and happy. Their Papitas Rellenas and Anticucho is fabulous.

l
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our food very much but felt rushed. I had not finished my appetizer when they brought my dinner. The food was delicious but not very hot. I will continue to go back because of the food.

OT
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always; we will keep coming back! Til then!

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was the fist time at LaCanela and the food was excellent - both the Cervich and Fish entre were very good. The waitress was overloaded and we did not se much of her but that may not be the norm

TL
Washington DC
16 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Mediocre service. Fair atmosphere

B
Washington DC
30 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
26 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
71 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
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Washington DC
15 reviews