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Picanteria Tradicional - La palomino

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Calle Misti 400, Arequipa, Peru
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Antwerp, Belgium
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158 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We went to La Palomina because we heard two locals in the city center talking about it. They said it was really good so we really wanted to try. We arrived and the whole restaurant was full with a nice busy atmosphere: nearly no tourist, all locals - great! We had "el triple": a plate filled with typical dishes from... More 

Thank NelVerbeke
Naperville, Illinois
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Great traditional restaurant called a Picanteria. Picanteria apparently translates to something like "pick anything or everything from the menu for a combo plate". Or you can order just one item off the menu. Beware of portion size throughout Peru. Servings are generous here. The food was soooo delicious!!! Pictures are of a Picanteria plate and the fabulous shrimp soup. Dessert... More 

Thank prspt
Stuttgart, Germany
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Had grilled beef dish, comes excellent with a beer! Big plates, you will not leave starving!!!! Good service, nice atmosphere

Thank Jens V
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

We went into this restaurant by mistake as we were in fact looking for the Nueva Palomino (which is just 2 doors from this one in a perpendicular to the main road) but no regrets! They are both owned by the same people, but this one is more targeted to local folk hence a more rustic feel to it which... More 

Thank Filipe A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

It was the first time eating Arequipa's regional food..and the experience was unique..service it was really good and helpful..food was good really good..The only thing I do recommend is to go early because they always busy and you might not find the plate you really want to try.

Aromas CA
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92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Had an outstanding meal including rocotto relellno, tripe, scalloped potatoes, pork ribs, washed down with traditional chicha. Huge portions, excellent quality. Lots of locals but still accessible for more timid gringos.

Thank Aromasguy
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

Good place, food is ok, If you are looking for a real "picanteria" this is the option the service is fine and daily there are lots of tourist. We ate a fried guinea pig and the local fermented chicha. Everything was awesome.

Thank bryam t
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

Great value with an extensive list of typical delicious Arequipa dishes at a great value, the rocoto relleno is amazing as well as the palomino specials.

Thank James B
Boston, Massachusetts
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178 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

La Palomino is the perfect example of a traditional Picanteria. There is nothing fancy about the place, but the food it authentic and the crowd is all local. If you want a more upscale lunch, try the Nueva Palomina next door.

Thank Nancy M
Miami, Florida
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

My mother and my partner ated the fried cuy. I had the plato americano, which was a sampler as well as a glass [huge one!] of the local fermented chicha. Awesome food and price. A must. The nueva palomino is next to this one but I liked this one better. One thing, they dont take credit cards.

Thank JeanMiami

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Misti 400, Arequipa, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Arequipa Region  >  Arequipa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?