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El Meson de Don Tomas

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Santa Catalina Angosta # 169 | Cusco, Cusco, Peru
+51 84 241757
11:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was raining and gone 9:45pm and we were desperate for food. In its defense the service was super fast by local standards. The food, however, was below average and stuck in circa 1974. Chicken with champignons was over cooked and side serving of vegetables cold and mushy. Decor kitsch. You deserve better. Go someplace else.

Thank Daniel F
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130 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was recommended by our tour rep as a good place to visit and to be fair he was right. Really nice welcome, free pisco sour and a very attentive waiter was on hand to help as and when. The quality of the food was very good with an excellent selection of beers and wines. The musicians that move... More 

Thank BigPaul9967
JoeRosello, Director Comercial at El Meson de Don Tomas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and specially for your comments, we are glad you enjoyed our Menu and service, looking forward to seing you soon ! More 

Santa Rosa, California
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Pleasant Peruvian restaurant just off the square (on same side of the street as the Basilica). I enjoyed cuy (yep – guinea pig) and my partner had alpaca. Both were prepared with great care and delicious. Wine is reasonably priced – (really all over Peru) and evenings a local band plays while you dine. A wonderful evening! Didn't see tourist... More 

Thank UnFitz
JoeRosello, Director Comercial at El Meson de Don Tomas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit at the Meson de Don Tomas, we are glad that you have enjoyed our dishes and spent great evening with us, we thank you for your comments ! More 

Lima, peru
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83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

It is a verytouristic restaurant, full of turistic guides with groups of tours, it seems guides receive a comission for taking tourists. Chicha morada (local beverage) was worse I have ever tried, and other local dishes where not to good standards. It seem that because only tourists go here, they offer whatever they want as local dishes. Would definetely not... More 

Thank Cayetana
JoeRosello, Director Comercial at El Meson de Don Tomas, responded to this review

We appreciate your comment, and thank you for visiting us at El mesón de Don Tomas, we apologize for not meet your expectations, definetely we will do our best to improve our dishes ! More 

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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

everybody recommended this restaurant and to avoid a long run we took their advice. The service was good, to european standards, the portios really immense! But the tastes were nothing in particular. Though that might have to do with the traditional peruvian recipies them selves. After 13 days in Peru I had the same flat impression of all the traditional... More 

Thank Mantis a
JoeRosello, Director Comercial at El Meson de Don Tomas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your comment, we are glad you have enjoyed your visit at El Mesón de Don Tomas. More 

Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

All guides recommend this restaurant, I think that they are getting something from the place. Disappointing and delicious food. It seems that everything is done for groups of tourists arrived and forget the food. Good local music, but every time it seems that trying to sell you something.

Thank Miki_Glaser
JoeRosello, Director Comercial at El Meson de Don Tomas, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting El Meson de Don Tomas, we really appreciate your time in posting about us, we we are glad you have enjoyed our peruvian cuisine, our restaurant is visited mainly by tourist couples, groups, and local reservations, we sorry if you felt uncomfortable somehow. More 

Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

In Cusco, we would walk from the hotel to Plaza de Armas daily and couldn't help noticing this restaurant. A greeting lady in a colorful traditional costume was always there at the front to grab my attention. Every time we went by, this place was always packed so one evening we decided to give it a try. We had a... More 

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American Canyon, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We didn't know what to order so we followed the waiter's suggestion: Guinea pig. The people on nearby tables were amused when the food arrived. It was pricey so even though hesitant we tried it; I was disappointed because I expected it to be crunchy & tasty, instead it lacked flavor. We also ordered banana split for dessert w/c again... More 

Thank Irma L
Santiago, Chile
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This looked very nice from the outside but it was disappointing. The service was terrible and I mean terrible. My friends main courses arrived before my starter. The food was okay but nothing to rave about. It took almost 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive and again for the pudding. To be fair we didn't complain to the manager.... More 

Thank pennyjhurst
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13 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Recommended by many tour guides and hotel staff but let me tell you the most likely reason. They (most likely) get a commission. When we arrived there was almost nobody seated, maybe a couple of tables were occupied. The staff started to join tables and suddenly a group of about 25 Eastern Europeans (I know where they are from, but... More 

Thank Jaime_RC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Peruvian, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Catalina Angosta # 169 | Cusco, Cusco, Peru
  • Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Cusco
  • Phone Number: +51 84 241757
El Meson de Don Tomas is a traditional Peruvian Restaurant located a just off Cusco main square, with a wide variety of traditional dishes of our region, cocktails and Peruvian wines, come a and enjoy of our famous Peruvian Cuisine in a warm atmosphere, with a friendly service, and also with live Andean music

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