Mario's Peruvian Seafood

Restaurants, Seafood Hancock Park
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Mario's was one of the first restaurants to bring Peruvian cuisine into the LA mainstream. The place has the ambience of an old lunch counter and there's often a queue, but the food keeps people coming back: seafood fried rice, beef sautéed with potato and onion, citrusy fish ceviches and so on. The green sauce on your table is spicier than it looks, but it's so flavorful that you'll use too much of it anyway.


Venue name: Mario's Peruvian Seafood
Address: 5786 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles
Cross street: at N Vine Street
Opening hours: Mon-Thur, Sun 11:30am-8:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-11pm
Price: Average main course: $13.
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Mario's Peruvian Seafood is just the perfect place for some soulful, hearty Peruvian food during a chilly evening. While they specialize in seafood, what you will find on most tables is their Lomo Saltado,a traditional Peruvian stir fry dish, with marinated strips of beef steak, onions, tomatoes, french fries, in a mouth watering sauce, served with rice. The sauce flavors the fries and the part that seeps under the rice seasons the already delicious rice even further.

It is off menu, but if you want to make yours a surf and turf, they will make you a Mar y Tierra, where they mix the beef with shrimp. You get the best of both worlds. They also offer the Saltado Mariscos with shrimp, squid and octopus in a different sauce. The green side sauce of aji peppers packs a punch and complements the food well. It also tastes great with their homemade bread.

Mario's also makes various Peruvian style ceviches as well as other seafood specialties.