La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
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Member Reviews (30)
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 14, 2014
After trying (and loving) La Mar Cebicheria in Lima, I was really looking forward to try this offspring of famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio. While I really enjoyed the food here, the restaurant experience in Lima was more authentic and exciting. The drawback here was the enormous size of the place, though it didn’t feel too crowded and the noise level was reasonable. We ordered several items from different menu sections to share – it was a great way to taste many dishes. The favorites were mixed causas, cebiches, skewered octopus and empanadas de k’apchi. It was a treat to dine here.Recommended for:Foodies
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Mar 13, 2014
I have been eyeing La Mar for quite sometime and finally decided to take a spontaneous dinner date trip. We started off with the Pisco Sour due to many recommendations. One drink and I was set for the whole night. We ordered:
- Cebiche tasting = which was four types of cebiche. My favorite was cebiche nikei.
- Arroz Jugoso = love the seafood selection
- Pescado = grilled catch of the day, which was salmon. A little overcooked.
- Causa tasting = whipped potatoes topped with seafood or vegetarian ingredients. Never had anything like this before and I enjoyed it very much!
Would love to come back for a dinner party with my friends because I love the decoration and the outdoor seating. Also, love their chips and 3 types of dipping sauce! Heavenly good!
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jan 31, 2014
Beautiful restaurant right on the waterfront. I stopped in for some happy hour bites are they bar. They were tasty but also a bit pricey.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 22, 2013
Ceviche at La Mar is by far the best I have tried. I later found out from an article in Time that it is the brain child of Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio. So on this trip to SF, I made a point to go again, even though I was by myself. The challenge of eating by yourself is that you can't sample a lot of the delicious food. After much debate, I settled on the two Peruvian favorites: ceviche and anticucho de corazon (grilled cow's heart).
To start, I took the waiter's recommendation and went for ceviche de chifa. Wow, that was tasty! Mahi Mahi in sesame leche de tigre, with peanuts, Chinese onion and crispy wonton. The leche de tigre is made from 17 different ingredients. The mahi mahi was marinated in the sauce for just a couple of minutes before it is served. That is why the fish still has that sashimi freshness but also are extremely flavorful.I couldn't stop stuff it in my mouth.
Next the anticucho de corzaon cooked to perfection. It is really easy to make it chewy, but here the heart pieces are tender but also has a bite to it. The spicy sauce they use also adds some additional kick. It is very satisfying and filling.
I wish I had more room for other delicious food, but these two are certainly the must have in my opinion of La Mar.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
This is one of Peruvian chief Gastón Acurio's famous restaurants.
I have no words for the Cebiches, they are divine, and so is everything else.
For dessert, have an authentic suspiro limeño and you'll be fine.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 09, 2013
I will start with the atmosphere, which is amazing. The restaurant overlooks the water, has high ceilings and a fun, bustling atmosphere. The food, however, is a bit sub par. Best described as modern, Peruvian fusion, La Mar offers a variety of ceviches, which to me felt a bit more like a cross between ceviche and sashimi, with big slices of raw fish, rather than fish cooked in lemon juice. We got the lamb chops. They were small and overcooked. The restaurant is expensive, so I would expect top quality food. Instead I got mediocre cuisine in a fun atmosphere.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 29, 2013
One of the best restaurants in SF - certainly the best Peruvian. Definitely do the cebiche sampler, the octopus skewers (I've never had octopus prepared so well), lomo saltado and lamb shank. Actually, do everything and anything, because everyone in our party of 14 absolutely loved what they got. If you don't do dinner, at least do drinks. Pisco sours are yummy.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Jun 22, 2013
La Mar is huge with a great location on the water. The decor complements its position by the sea - lots of blues for instance - and it's very buzzy, despite being so big. The Peruvian food is very good quality but not quite as strong as I'd expected for Gastón Acurio. One I'd try again though.
- La Mar Cebicheria PeruanaJan 04, 2013
La Mar really is an awesome restaurant space that's well-designed and beaming with a bright, exuberant atmosphere. It's very classy, but still keeps a fun energy within its walls -- perfect for a Peruvian restaurant.
The food, however, wasn't as great as I expected for a place with such nice decor and with fairly steep prices. But before I get to the rest of the food, I'm going to start off with the main dish that my waiter (Jason K) suggested that I order. I asked him if I should get the Ma Po Tofu, since I was pretty intrigued to try out a Peruvian-influenced Chinese staple, but he STRONGLY suggested that I go for the Enoki Mushroom Clay Pot. I looked at him with a sense of uncertainty, but he was quite persuasive. Now, I've always had this slight paranoia that waiters are told to push certain items on the menu, not because they're actually delicious, but because they either have a high markup value or they're trying to get rid of it in the kitchen. After this Enoki Mushroom Clay Pot dish, I honestly believe that La Mar participates in that philosophy.
I'm not saying that the dish was horrible, but for $25, it just really is not that good. Very faint flavors -- nothing really Peruvian at all about it. The two pieces of shrimp in there were pathetically small and overcooked. It's a dish that I would expect to be served at some cheap Chinese restaurant in Chinatown; not to be suggested so enthusiastically by our waiter. Yes, it's my fault for ordering it when my gut believed otherwise, but I just don't like it when I feel like waiters suggest a (unanimously-confirmed by our table of 7) lackluster dish, when there are so many other choices that are much better. It just ruins the experience and my trust in the establishment.
Ceviches (Ceviche Limena, Ceviche Clasico, Ceviche Mixto) = Each of them were okay. I've had much better ceviche at other SF restaurants like Fresca and Limon, but La Mar's weren't too bad. The Tuna Ceviche was my least favorite -- it didn't have much of a flavor and the tuna didn't seem fresh.
Empanada Sampler = Pretty damn good empanadas here, albeit a bit pricey at about $11 for two small pieces. I think they were a bit overly fried, but still tasty nonetheless.
Lomo Saltado = The steak was cooked a little too well done, so it lost some of the buttery flavor that Lomo Saltado should have. I also thought that it probably would have been better with less soy sauce.
Tallarin Saltado = Way too much soy sauce -- this dish was extremely salty.
Arroz Jugoso = I'd say this is probably the best dish of the night, although the mussels were a little overcooked. It definitely had a nice flavor though.
This review has been really tough to write, because I've heard amazing things about La Mar and I was pretty excited to eat there. Other than the waiter suggesting the Enoki Mushroom Clay Pot, I thought that the service was quite good. The venue is incredible and I'm sure the daytime views would be amazing.
Unfortunately, the food was just disappointing, especially at such steep prices.