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La Mar

Restaurants, Peruvian Brickell Key
5 out of 5 stars
La Mar
Photograph: Courtesy La Mar La Mar

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Dazzling waterfront views and inventive cuisine are just a few of the hallmarks of this upscale Peruvian restaurant from renowned chef Gastón Acurio

Gastón Acurio’s talented protégé Diego Oka mans the kitchen at La Mar, whose menu Oka continually tweaks as travel and seasonality inspire him. His whims have given way to signature dishes like the tiradito bachiche—snapper delicately dressed in aged parmesan cheese—and chicha morada brisket, which is slowly braised and seasoned with traditional Peruvian ingredients. Not to be outdone by the restaurant’s singular view, presentation is key to any meal at La Mar—arroz chaufa is served tableside, steamed fish is unwrapped before you and pisco sours are served emblazoned with the logo, among other surprises.

Time Out tip: MO Bar + Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant, doesn’t get as much as attention as La Mar, but it’s a lovely place for a night cap. Settle into one of the couches and sip a craft cocktail while listening to live music, which changes nightly and includes Spanish guitar and Latin jazz.

By: Virginia Gil



Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr

Cross street: inside Mandarin Oriental
Transport: Bus 11
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11:30am–3:30pm & 6–11pm; Sun noon–3:30pm & 6–11pm
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