We ate at many restaurants in Arequipa and never had a problem with the food in regards to food sickness. Be sure the food is well cooked and stay away from unwashed fruit or uncooked vegetables, such as lettuce in the lower end restaurants. In the basic restaurants we refrained from ordering fresh salads even though we were very tempted. We never had a problem eating fresh fruit and vegetables in the higher end restaurants.
Some local dishes you can consider trying are the Cuy, roasted Guinea Pig and the Ceviche, raw fish cooked in lemon juices (usually trout). You will see restaurants called Cevicherias or Cebicherias – they specialize in raw fish soaked in lemon juice. While in Arequipa also be sure to also try some additional authentic Peruvian specialties such as the Adobo stew, the somewhat spicy Recoto Relleno (Chile Peppers with meat and potatoes), Pisco Sour (Peru’s alcoholic National drink), and the Chica – a purple somewhat sweet drink made out of corn juice. Arequipa also has very good “cheese” ice cream which you can typically buy from street vendors.
El Cebillano is one of the more popular seafood restaurants in Arequipa. It is located at Calle Misti 110, in the Yanahuara district, just below the Mirador de Yanahuara. They serve a variety of seafood as well as excellent drinks. Be sure to try their Peruvian seafood specialty in the Oyster shells.
The dining is in their inner grass courtyard and umbrellas are available at each table. The service is excellent. This restaurant can often become crowded on the weekends.
El Restaurador is located at San Francisco 319-A which is one of the streets that touches the Plaza de Armas. This is a tourist restaurant with reasonable prices.
El Viqedo Jayari is a great restaurant serving a variety of Peruvian dishes. A bar is also available at this restaurant.
La Trattoria del Monasterio is a high end Italian eatery set among the walls of the Santa Catalina Convent in the heart of Arequipa. It is owned and run by the famous Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio who also has his own TV show. Dining here is quiet and intimate and serves what is probably the best Italian food in Arequipa.
Mirador Misti is an excellent tourist type restaurant serving a variety of Peruvian Cuisine, International dishes and desserts. Excellent Trucha (trout), Ceviche, Cuy (Guinea Pig), and Rocoto Relleno. You can also try their Alpaca steak (Alpaca is an animal that resembles a Llama and its wool is commonly used in clothing).
They have two levels for dining – we recommend the top level as its the highest and gives the best views of El Misti and the rest of Arequipa. They are located on a small street with other restaurants and shops at Pasaje Catedral N 111. Phone: 405290
Sol de Mayo is located at Jerusalen 207 and is a gorgeous restaurant serving clientele for over 100 years. The main buildings were refurbished in 1997 and it shows. There is a main dining courtyard set among the courtyard gardens – sometimes live bands will perform on a small stage here. The food in incredible. Be sure to try the Adobo dishes, or their fish dishes. Some of the stews are also quite tasty.
The only thing lacking in this restaurant is their lack of service – the waiters were a bit slow to bring drinks and the main meal, they forgot orders, and after telling our waiters 3x within about 30 minutes that we were ready to leave and wanted to pay the bill, we had to get up and walk to the main cashier. At that point the scrambled to find our bill and we finally were able to pay and leave. For more information please PHONE: +51 54 254148 or email: email@example.com
El Tuturutu is located at Portal San Agustin 105. This is a tourist restaurant located right on Plaza de Armas. They serve breakfast, lunch & dinner. A variety of foods are served including local and international cuisine. Sometimes live music is played during the nights. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or PHONE 054/201-842