La Canela

4.6
95 reviews
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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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KH
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Continues to be my absolute favorite restaurant in Rockville

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RG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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!

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in the DMV! The food is outstanding, atmosphere is beautiful, and service is great! You can tell they use high quality ingredients! If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out!

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife is Peruvian and we are fans of the cuisine (been to every top restaurant in Lima multiple times) great. La Canela was the first Peruvian place in DC area we visited, and at the time it seemed ok. We came back this weekend and it was not great. It might not have been any worse than last time we came here. But since Pisco y Nazca opened in downtown DC, La Canela has nothing to offer. The tiradito was overcooked (chemically, that is), the anticucho de corazon was too thinly sliced and also overcooked, the maracuya (passion fruit) sour was just bad. Not coming here again...

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NR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in town. Great food, great service, great atmosphere, great everything. I highly recommend it.

La Canela
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed La Canela and your dining experience with us! Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, a very nice surprise. Excellent food and service.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful, and the service and food were excellent. The food reminded us of our dinner in Lima. Also, since my husband is a wheelchair user, seating is often an issue in a restaurant but here the assigned table was perfect - neither next to the entrance nor in a tight corner. We will be back.

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KH
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place the beef, the cheese and meat balls, the wine and the three leche cake. Very tasty and great and friendly service

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M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, family-owned Peruvian restaurant in Rockville Town Center. My husband and I had a wonderful meal with terrific, attentive staff. The patatas bravas and ceviche are not to be missed.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ceviche I’ve ever had!!

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RG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned for a second time after an awesome experience about a month ago. Second time was just as great! Alexis was gracious, attentive and patient! Will definitely keep dining here!

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m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance and delicious food!

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HV
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

No one else was there

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I would recommend this place! It was a great spot for a first date but I was bummed that the restaurant closes at 9. My date and I were rushed out because it was closing. The food was incredible though!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent place for lunch and dinner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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h
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place in Rockville town center - great and authentic food, delicate dining environment, plus friendly staff. Definitely will recommend it to others.

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RG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Wonderful recommendations from our waitress Lilly! Will definitely be back.

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MG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! We all loved everything about it! We will keep going back!

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RM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service. Will definitely return.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice surprise in Rockville Town Center. We had a window table near the bar. Easy to hear each other. Great service with a full explanation of the Peruvian dishes on the menu. Excellent value for a delightful evening and delicious meal.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The service was great but the menu was limited and the food was not good. I ordered the ribs and it was dried out and tasteless. Needless to say we won’t be visiting this place again.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ceviche was great. Our server was very enthusiastic and attentive. I enjoyed my pisco sour. Fish was a bit salty. Really liked the ambiance.

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LA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Went for Valentine’s day. They had a reduced simplified menu. No tiraditos, no tacu tacus. Very limited options. We got a bad table for two, next to the bar in the middle of traffic of waiters and customers. Felt like best days of this place are behind. Don t know if I will return.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Canela is a first-rate, highly authentic Peruvian restaurant. My fiancee spent a year living in Peru and she says that she has not been able to find any place in the US that is comparable to La Canela for authenticity. The food is absolutely outstanding and you receive great value for what you spend in terms of portion sizes as well. The wait staff is attentive without being intrusive, a difficult thing to find these days! We have recommended the restaurant to several friends and will continue to visit regularly in the future.

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M
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Only main meal was just good
All the rest was excellent. Cevice, appetizers,cocktails, athmosphere...

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DJ
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, friendly service and wonderful food!

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CW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Peruvian food and great service! The coctel de algarrobina reminded me of egg nog - just not as heavy. The steamed potatoes in huancaina sauce was tasty as was the fried calamari. The pollo saltado was plentiful, savory and beautifully presented. Don’t miss the picarones, Peruvian style donuts, for dessert.

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PS
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seated promptly with reservation. Service attentive without rushing despite full tables. Shared delicious filet of sole ceviche. Every main dish was a winner: mixed seafood, trout and Lomo Saltado. The raspberry custard dessert was outstanding and surprisingly light.

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CH
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to La Canela in Rockville Town Square. You will not be disappointed with portions or with flavor at La Canela. It is such a warm and inviting place with a terrific menu. Our server - and in fact the whole staff - was attentive. We had delicious appetizers with large portions and lots of flavor: Papitas Rellenas and the Ceviche Mixto. Then we had the Arroz con Marsicos for a seafood paella and the Ribeye. The Pisco Sours are the traditional offerings from the bar and don't forget the list of Spanish wines. It's location is fabulous and there is two hours of validated parking. Delicious and wonderful are my experiences.

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting, varied and tasty menu, large portions, very good cocktails, and excellent waitstaff. We will be back.

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F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and ambiance. The wait staff is extremely friendly and we’ve enjoyed many meals there.

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OH
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anything free is always welcome! The fried pastry was not only a good surprise, but also very tasty.

The 4 dishes we had are all excellent:
- my older teen kept amusing herself about the 10hr slow cooked lamb shank - meat falling off the bone, tender.
- newly added pasta/beef dish was welcomed by my younger picky eater teen
- seafood dish (not the paelle) with a huge chunk of fish, along w assortment of other seafood, is a great portion and tastes great
- my reliable duck is good. I realized the green rice is too salty.

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Great menu of Peruvian dishes and excellent taste and service.

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RS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. It was our anniversary. Server was attentive and food was full of flavor

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