Most restaurants here are a expensive tourist trap, so if you have to eat here (you probably will), just sit in the nicest, but ask for the menu always.
Favorite Dish: I sat in this, Pachamama, as I wanted to experience the train passing so near the terraces while having lunch. It was like being at your dining room and suddenly a train was passing by your side, wierd, really weird, Haha
Locals (at least those without any vested interest) assured me that India Feliz was the best restaurant in town. I liked it so much, I ended up eating there three times. The food was excellent, among the best I had in Peru, and very reasonably priced. The fixed price menu included a three-course meal consisting of a soup or salad (all of which I tried were outstanding), a main course with delicious fresh vegetables and a protein dish (the local trout was my favorite), and desert. Be aware the place is extremely popular. Unless you are willing to eat very early or very late, reservations are essential.
This place is fantastic. I'm certain that it must be the best reasonably priced restaurant in Peru. My wife and I had dinner at Indio Feliz in early May of 2006. Everything was above our expectations -- and we went there expecting a good meal! I had discovered it while reading about Peru on the web before we went, but I had remembered that it was in Cusco, and I couldn't find it while we were there. We were delightfully surprised to find that it is Aguas Calientes. We enjoyed our dinner so much that we referred our friends (they enjoyed a lunch there the next day.) and we had lunch there the next day also. I ordered the Onion soup with shredded cheese & minced peppers, Quillabamba chicked with peaches in mango sauce, and orange cake (I'm not a cake lover, but this was not ordinary cake.) My wife ordered the tomato soup, salmon trout, and chocolate dessert. All fabulous! The owners were friendly and especially helpful.
Favorite Dish: Orange cake. It is to die for.
This restaurant has a big fire place in the middle, and typically serves barbecue dishes. Though it has its charm, and the waiters are friendly, it is very expensive compared to the quality of the food.
Good food served buffet style. The staff will help you understand what each item it - LOL. It is very near the railroad station - in fact it is right at the intersection where the main road is crossed by the train tracks. The Indian Market is just across the tracks and there is an ATM within 20 feet.
Favorite Dish: Good variety of items - some were very local such as Alpaca. Personally I would rather wear Alpaca than eat it but it isn't bad.
The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel which is the only hotel located on the grounds of Mach Picchu offers a buffet lunch. The price of the buffet is a whopping $25 USD. Considering I ate a three course lunch in Lima for about $2.50 this price is ridiculous. Everyone on the trip was sick so we really didn't have the energy to look around for a cheaper option.
That being said, it was convienient, close and the food wasn't too bad. There offer a variety of Peruvuan and American options.
In a town that seemed not to have any quiet, confortable places to sit, and after being under the rain for a few hours, this restaurant felt like heaven. The decor was beautiful, with handpainted wood furnishings, and decorative accents that made it very cozy. We sat near a stone fireplace. There were flowers everywhere. The service was good, and the food was fenomenal. It was the best restaurant experience we had in our trip to Peru. They have the option of a three course meal for $16.00 with several choices, which is a great value because the quality of the food is excellent. We would have certainly eaten there again if we had stayed in Aguas Calientes longer.
Favorite Dish: My favorite were the home made potato chips that came with my food. My husband especially liked his salad that included avocado, potatoes, and apple with a balsamic vinagrette, and all the main dishes were excellent.
I didn't actually try it but I wanted to make people aware of the possibility of trying new foods in an exotic place. In this case a baked guini pig seems to be the specialty. If one reads the menu close enough one will also see that grilled alpaca (like a llama) is also available.
Favorite Dish: Guinea Pig
Tunqui is just outside the main Plaza in Aguas Calientes and is well-poised to skin hapless tourists. Having said that, if you like small portions, sloooow service, watered-down drinks and especially unexplained additional charges, this is definitely the place for you.
Favorite Dish: Anything that's served there before I die from hunger...
for all the tastes...
local food,italian one,even french cuisine!
vegetarian,pizzas....all you want!
Of course you'll want to try the guinea pig, gross out your friends back home, tell them you hope to eat dog on your next trip, frighten the children...
Favorite Dish: Same