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Francesco Restaurant

325 Alcazar Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134 | Coral Gables/South Miami | 305-446-1600

Location Description:

This northern outpost of two-decades-old Peruvian restaurant El Francesco, renowned as one of Lima's top seafood spots, fills a niche -- change "niche" to "humongous hole" -- left gaping by Miami's other Peruvian eateries, tasty though the food at some of these luncheonette-looking places may be. Namely it's upscale. The food's a dress-up version of usual Miami Peruvian fare, too, dramatically magnifying all the characteristic-of-the-country Asian and European fusion elements that make most chefs feel Peru's cuisine is the most interesting in Latin America. A must is the ceviche or tiradito (ceviche sans onion) sampler, a choice of fish or shellfish with all four of Francesco's sauces: traditional citrus marinade, garnished with Peruvian corn; mild aji amarillo, Peru's distinctive yellow pepper; slightly hotter, complex rocoto; and a creamy house vinaigrette. Otherwise, avoid all dishes described as "gratin" and diners can be sure of a uniquely enjoyable meal.

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  • Cuisine(s): Peruvian, South American
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Sat 6pm-10:30pm
  • Price: $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended
  • Parking: Street, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: Casual
  • Extra Info: Valet after 6pm
  • Features: Takeout

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