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Aside from the very touristy Rosa Nautica, few restaurants have taken advantage of Lima's beachfront. Trendy Cala helped change the game when it opened in 2006 on Playa Barranquita, so close to the Pacific Ocean that waves roll right up to the bar and open-air dining terrace. Though it has gone through a few chef changes and a redesign, the two-level space with wood floors and white curtains still packs in a crowd of pretty people. The menu is quite playful, hopping from classic Peruvian seafood plates like ceviche and grilled octopus to a long list of risottos and cuts of Wagyu beef. Some hit the mark. Some don't. The downstairs turns almost club-like during weekend nights, with top DJs spinning electronic music and the bar serving a full range of original pisco-based cocktails.