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.
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.
Very good food at reasonable prices. Also, authentic Peruvian food with some standard fare options available. Attention is superb. Good wine selection too.
Excellent food and service. Authentic up scale Peruvian food. Make sure to try the trout and short ribs.
Continues to be my absolute favorite restaurant in Rockville
The food is delicious, the portion are perfect,and the service was friendly and prompt.
Delicious food and great service. It’s the perfect place for an evening out with friends!
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!
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.
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!
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...
This is one of the best restaurants in town. Great food, great service, great atmosphere, great everything. I highly recommend it.
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!
First visit, a very nice surprise. Excellent food and service.
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.
Wonderful place the beef, the cheese and meat balls, the wine and the three leche cake. Very tasty and great and friendly service
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.
Best ceviche I’ve ever had!!
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!
Very nice ambiance and delicious food!
No one else was there
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!
Excellent place for lunch and dinner !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very nice place in Rockville town center - great and authentic food, delicate dining environment, plus friendly staff. Definitely will recommend it to others.
Great food! Wonderful recommendations from our waitress Lilly! Will definitely be back.
Absolutely fantastic! We all loved everything about it! We will keep going back!
Delicious food. Great service. Will definitely return.
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.
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.
Ceviche was great. Our server was very enthusiastic and attentive. I enjoyed my pisco sour. Fish was a bit salty. Really liked the ambiance.
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.
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.
Only main meal was just good
All the rest was excellent. Cevice, appetizers,cocktails, athmosphere...
Great restaurant, friendly service and wonderful food!
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.
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.
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.
Interesting, varied and tasty menu, large portions, very good cocktails, and excellent waitstaff. We will be back.
We love the food and ambiance. The wait staff is extremely friendly and we’ve enjoyed many meals there.
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.
Great dining experience. Great menu of Peruvian dishes and excellent taste and service.
Excellent food and service. It was our anniversary. Server was attentive and food was full of flavor