Lima London

4.2
1106 reviews
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Peruvian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Peru comes to London with LIMA, a new restaurant concept presenting Peruvian cuisine in a contemporary style.

The exciting flavours created by Head Chef, Robert Ortiz and Virgilio Martinez (Executive Chef and ranked #5 in the World 50 Best List and #1 in Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list) have won us many happy customers. And while our diners are most important, we have had many favourable reviews from critics (“An almost unimprovable meal” – Matthew Norman, The Daily Telegraph) and numerous industry awards.

Lima London was first awarded a Michelin star in 2013 – the first and only Peruvian restaurant to achieve this.

Please note that children under 12 are welcome in the restaurant until 7 pm.

Special Offers

The Peru Experience: £45

Chef Selection of 8 dishes.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 24 May 2019

Ends: 24 November 2019

Availability: Sun-Wed 17:30-21:00

Weekend bottomless Lunch: £45/£65

At weekends the Lima Recommends menu becomes the lunch offer at £45pp.

If Bottomless £65pp Prosecco or Beer (during your standard 2 hours table time)

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 25 February 2019

Ends: 22 August 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15

Lunch: 2 courses £18

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 25 February 2019

Ends: 22 August 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:15

What 1106 People Are Saying
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OT
London
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Only go if you care more about the photo than the experience. One hour wait for starters followed by another hour's wait for main course. Food pretty but underwhelming flavour (yes especially as compared with other peruvian restaurants in London) and overpriced

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LW
London
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for the tasting menu which had some interesting bits on there but didn't quite deliver for the price point. Good friendly service but food was a bit lacking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was poor. We arrived at 8:15pm and ate our mains around 10:20pm. Although this was supposed to be due to a mixup, we noticed a number of errors from the start - ignored drink orders, no drinks menu etc. The lady serving us was very nice but obviously we were disappointed.
The food was nice but the mains are very overpriced. we had sort of lost the appetite and enthusiasm to eat by the time they arrived. I also don’t understand how they charge £23-26 for a smallish main then ask for another £4 for a starchy side. Why isn’t it included? Ceviche was nice but not particularly memorable. Portion size was tiny.
Sadly I can’t recommend the place.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing experience. Did not at all live up to expectations. Food was bland - only the ceviche was good- which is the least one should expect from a Peruvian restaurant. Wine menu uninteresting and very small glasses served.

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A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Quality of ingredients are excellent. Flavours are overcomplicated.

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EL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food reflecting the high quality food we had in Peru recently. However the services was patchy and even amateurish. The wine bottles were not shown for the wine flight and we had to ask for the first wine. Food not explained although we later got written info of a kind. More like a very good cafe than michelin but we would still recommend it if you want a good experience of Peruvian food.

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GS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attentive and pleasant staff who dealt with us very well when a particular dish was not to our liking. The rest of the food was superb.

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NN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but I made a special request for a birthday occasion, then called the restaurant to confirm they could help and then during the dinner they forgot it.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good lunch, and my client liked something out of the ordinary while retaining quality. The food was unusual, tasty and elegantly presented. Given the prices, I'd expect a little more refinement in the dishes. I liked the relatively quiet room, and the warm, friendly attentive service. Will go back.

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DN
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious Pisco Sour, starters were a tad spicy, and the suckling pig main course was the star of the night.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had the Peru Experience Menu paired with wines – a total treat.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I've been to Lima a couple of times in the evening and it's been great on all fronts. On this occasion, we booked a table for four at lunch, and the service was terrible. Starters came out sporadically - half of us had finished while others were still waiting (20 minutes in one case). The main course was so late that my colleague had to leave without eating - we'd been in the restaurant for over an hour at this point. The staff while pleasant but seemed unaware. I was also confused by the menu; it recommends two starters, a main and a side per person. This was a ridiculous amount of food for lunch. The tamales were really heavy, while they weren't bad they were pretty unspectacular and stogey when compared to other more fragrant and beautifully presented dishes on the menu. Overall, I'd expect more from a Michelin Star restaurant. Please sort out your lunchtime service.

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AP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and reasonable service but I think the waitress was hangover (or overworked)

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go There.

And because they force me to write 50 characters or more... Go there, you won't regret it one bit.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. New flavours with unusual combinations. Excellent vegetarian choices although no printed menu for tasting menu courses. Huge Japanese influence. Good value for Michelin star. Provided nice touch at end with small Birthday treat. Would highly recommend.

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FL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, service, atmosphere, everything. We went for my sister’s birthday, without any prompt they gave us champagne and dessert. The food is the best Peruvian you’ll find - beyond incredible. How you can get a table a few days before baffles me. Every single staff member gave 110%. Can’t remember the last time I experienced such amazing food AND service in London. Thank you Lima, we will definitely be back!!!

Lima London
Responded on 27 April 2019

Hi FoodieLexus, Wow! Thank you so much for this amazing review, I will make sure to tell the team straight away! We really do love what we do and everyone that works with us is super passionate about what they do, thank you for recognising this. We look forward to seeing you soon hopefully! Yours, Maja General Manager

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DH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food (especially the ceviches) in a relaxed atmosphere with very friendly and attentive service.

Lima London
Responded on 27 April 2019

Hi DiHo, Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad your loved our ceviches, they are a firm favourite among the staff too! We hope to see you again soon. Yours, Maja General Manager

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and story to match the Peruvian experience. This is my second time here and I'm definitely returning!

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Expensive food and not much of it. Slow service and the resto was half empty. Disappointed I’m afraid.
No one knew about gluten and dairy free options so I was left having to figure it out myself and left hungry.

Lima London
Responded on 27 April 2019

Hi Olivia, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Sorry to hear that you did not have such a great experience. I must ensure you that we take great pride in our service and our menu so I was genuinely disappointed to hear this. I will make sure the team is re-briefed in regards to allergens and intolerance's as this is a very important matter and go over our service standards. I will also pass your thoughts on the the Chef. Thanks again, Yours, Maja General Manager

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

I had such high expectations of this restaurant, and although the food was delicious it just didn't stand up to its hype.

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DJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and a great atmosphere. Have brought friends and clients on a number of occasions and it’s always been a hit

Lima London
Responded on 27 April 2019

Hi DocJones, Thank you very much for your review! I will pass on your kind words to our team and let them know what a great job they are doing! We look forward to welcoming you and your guests back soon. Yours, Maja General Manager

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DL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, the food was cooked very well, flavours were unique and seasoning on point. The savoury courses win hands down! The service though, was quite lacking. When we pointed out that there were A LOT of bones in our £40 (service charge incl.) black cod, our server didn't apologise at all. When we mentioned it a second time to the hostess / manager, she did apologise but explained it away as "the kitchen staff might not get all the bones". If it were a couple of tiny bones, we'd be happy to let it go. But to have so many LARGE AND SMALL bones from a £40, palm-sized fish, we think it's quite unforgivable. As we went on a Saturday night, the kitchen was quite swamped so we had to wait quite a while between courses too.

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to stop after two weeks traveling the UK. Food was fun and not too heavy. The staff was easy and responsive.

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E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Not just "good, or even just "great", this was a fantastic restaurant. Lima is a small and unassuming restaurant with exceptionally inventive and well prepared food. The flavours popped without being over the top, and everything was well balanced. Presentations were inventive and pleasing. Service was prompt and and professional. Not to be missed!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, first real Peruvian experience

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We had the peruvian experience. It took an hour and a half to get through 4 courses of 8 at which point we asked to end our dinner. The waitress claimed that it is a 2 hour experience and that this information is on their website. I checked the website and it is not. I also suggested that it may be helpful to be told that it is a 2 hour experienve before ordering. Apart from that the food was very good and the service was friendly.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went on the night of their new menu. Food was good although starters are small and pricey. Nice touch of a surprise amuse bouche and corn bread. Cosy restaurant with lovely staff

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l
Munich
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Thanks Open Table - shoved in the basement by the lavatories. Dark, dingy. Couldn't see the food. The pig and the beer were good. Everything else nondescript and of odd or poor taste eg pate type dishes and the chewy, fatty lamb. Riding the Peruvian wave but not in the same league as other Peruvian restaurants. Horrendously expensive due to small plate rip-off. Happy to have quit early, not happy with the 12.5% service inclusion and re-emerged onto the street into the sun light. Never again.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Peruvian modern dishes. The flavours, from starters to desserts, made me very happy. As it happens when I eat in outstanding restaurants, I almost cried. Thanks! ¡Gracias!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Clumsy service and overcooked beef main

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First of all the food was amazing and I can see that the restaurant‘s focus is on that and the quite high prices come from really good quality. However the ambiance is nice but nothing special and reminds more of a regular restaurant rather than a high end restaurant and the service was diorganized. We had this lovely waitress who was amazing but then this guy kept coming to our table to ask us the same questions our waitress has already taken care of- so it was a but awkward.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Black cod is a must have dish

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

best value for money lunch and best placed secret for lunch in London - friendly knowledgeable waiter, superb Peruvian food makes it a brilliant alternative to ubiquitous Modern British, French and Italian alternatives

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v
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went with a lot of hope looking at the reviews but was quite disappointed with the food. After spending £450 for 6 people, thought it was wasted

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MC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out with friends. Never tried Peruvian food before and it turned out to be very tasty and well presented.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An upscale approach to Peruvian food.
We were seated in the downstairs area in a corner table and we had a lovely evening.
Our server was very knowledgeable and was able to explain every item as it arrived at the table.
The Classic Ceviche was delicious.
And Desserts here are a must.
We really enjoyed the Chocolate and Avocado Mousse, and the Alfajores were exceptional.

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DF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food !
Very nice service as well
We spend a really good night

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

To dishes did not arrive. Server did not even apologize.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Extremely limited options for people with allergies

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RR
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was unbelievably slow considering we had pre ordered the tasting menu. Even asking for water seemed like a chore. They even gave the table next to us our bill when we still had two courses to go. We were that fed up and tired that we skipped coffees

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