Even though busload after busload of tourists regularly fill this decades-old city landmark, it's still one of the best dining experiences in Lima. A rambling Victorian building with a maze of rooms does the hosting, set on a pier in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Diners can look out the many windows and see surfers on the waves and the misty cliffs of the Costa Verde towering above. Impeccable service and a lengthy menu are just a couple of the reasons the restaurant has expanded to Colombia and Argentina. There are a few meat and pasta dishes, but seafood is the specialty, prepared every which way you can imagine: raw, grilled, steamed, fried, baked, as sushi, as ceviche, in a stew, or in a sauce. The sunsets, especially when paired with a potent pisco sour, are some of the best around.
- Nicholas Gill