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Posted by anonymous on 05/10/2013
This was a restaurant experience that was just not that great. Atmosphere was pretty, not fabulous. Food was okay, not delicious. Service was adequate, not great. For the prices, not what I wanted to experience. The food tended to be over salted. We did have a couple of fried appetizers for the table before our first course - please skip - tasted like old oil. And we must say that lomo saltado terribly bland, and terribly mushy, with no contrast in textures it was just unpleasant. with something, oooh, as I try to remember my stomach flip flops - really unappetizing and not a great way to begin the meal. All in all, clearly, not going back.
Posted by Michelle on 10/18/2012
I first came in and i was like WOW!! this place is so pretty!! I love the vibe of the bar and the music was great!! I was kind of scared to try a cocktail with egg whites in it, but LET ME TELL YOU!! the pisco sours and the maracuya sours were freaking amazing I had like 6 of them! I was there for happy hour so even better , i didnt even have to break my bank!! Next I tried the cebiche along with some empanadas. They were a great accompany to the drinks I was already having! I definetely will be back!!
Posted by Connie on 06/19/2012
Went with some girlfriends for a night out to be seen. I had read this place had a lively bar scene, and I am always up for trying something new! We all had a Pisco Sour, and I was soooo embarrased when the delicious ceviche arrived. One of my girlfriends tasted one and yelled out "I loooooooove Uni!" People turned around, but we just laughed and then went on to a delicious Arroz Con Pollo. Love this place!
Posted by andy on 06/03/2012
This is our second time to La Mar. Our first visit was mediocre but I was willing to give it a second chance since my visits to their restaurant in Chile have been very good. This time we had a reservation for a party of 8. We arrived only to find that they had arranged a table for us right next to the bar downstairs. The main restaurant is upstairs, with a very informal bar downstairs. We asked to be seated upstairs as we should be, but were told "take it or leave it." We asked to speak to the manager, who also told us take it or leave it. I mentioned that it would be a shame to lose 8 customers, but amazingly he replied "I don't care, we are doing well enough that we don't care about any bad press." My advise is go somewhere where your business is appreciated.
Posted by Katherine NYC on 02/22/2012
Went for La Mar for dinner on Saturday night with 2 girlfriends. The food was amazing! We had a few Ceviches but our favorite was the Uni and Scallop. For mains - we loved - the Sudado - Grouper and the Octopus dish - Heaven - Just like when I was in South America. Not sure if the restaurant is under new management but the service was so much better than the last time I dined there in December. I definitely recommend La Mar for a nice lunch or night out. One tip - Try and sit upstairs!
Posted by Jose Murillo on 01/28/2012
When I heard of the opening of this restaurant i was excited until the day i went to the restaurant. I sat in the nice bar and expected an authentic peruvian pisco sour, instead recieved lime juice. It was disappointing. The bartender did not even know what type of pisco were available. Just by going to the bar made me not want to try the food.
Posted by eaterthatneversleeps on 01/13/2012
I'm an avid review reader, but never a writer. However, my experience here was so disappointing that I can't help but comment. Do not waste your money. The menu looked so interesting, I was really excited to try this place. It was awful. I dont even know where to begin. Perhaps the 15 dollar cocktail that was nothing special should have tipped me off. But that was nothing once the food came. Tiny tiny portions, (horrible value, but seriously didn't really want to eat any more than was served it was so tasteless.) I'll start with my one positive: the cebiche was tasty. We also ordered an "authentic" Peruvian dish that I've never had before with whipped potato and chopped raw fish. Sounded so interesting we got the sampler, which was three different kinds. They were all so terribly bland, so terribly mushy, with no contrast in textures it was just unpleasant. The fried sweet potato wrapped shrimp was fine, but only three measly shrimp for way too much $. Then the entree. Mine was halibut in a sesame broth, but the broth was so tepid, bordering on cold that I sent it back in hopes that having it warmer would also somehow make it more tasty. It didn't. Literally tasted like my fish (which was so dry and bland) was floating in a pool of oil. I seriously feel like the chef forgot to add something to the dish. Something major. My sis-in-law ordered the same thing and ate it without pleasure but I couldn't stomach it. My husband ordered the salmon, which at least wasn't over cooked (like my halibut) but it was equally as tasteless. My bro-in-law had a rice dish that was edible, but also could have used a nice dose of flavor. Did the kitchen run out of salt? All in all, the terrible meal cost over $15o per cple -- and that was minus the cost of my dish, which the waitress was kind enough to remove even though I didn't ask her to. For that cost, we could have eaten at Marea, which is classy, with excellent service and some of the best food I've eaten all year. Sorry so long winded, but bottom line: avoid. Sorry chef, hate to see you lose business...but you really need to fix this mess.