Friday, January 18, 2019

Dining Out: Pisco Y Nazca

Peruvian Ceviche Gastrobar Pisco Y Nazca in downtown D.C. is the perfect modern spot for after work cocktails and shareable seafood bites. 

Miami’s Peruvian chain opened up in the District this past fall after having great success with chef Victor Lopez at their Florida locations. The 200-seat restaurant was designed by NYC-based architect Celano Design Studio, featuring copper tones and handmade concrete tiles with beautiful teal and orange accents and a hip bar area. The Gastrobar comes from Centurion Restaurant Group, which opened the other two restaurants under the same name in Miami over the past three years. 

The space is full of colorful Peruvian artwork, has a beautiful 20-seat bar perfect for boozing with colleagues, and (in the warmer months) an outside patio. The DC restaurant is just steps away from the Farragut North Metro Station, making it the perfect spot to stop by before heading home. 

Chef Victor just rolled out multiple new menu items, including Ceviche de Pulpo, Sudado with Branzino, and Chupe De Camarones. My favorite new dish on the menu would have to be chef’s Tiradito de Atun dish, which has raw tuna, a creamy roasted jalapeno sauce, fresh avocados, and little sesame seeds sprinkled throughout. I could have had 3 more plates of that tuna! 

Other staple menu items to indulge in would have to be their Pulled Pork Tostones and Conchitas a La Parmesana with fresh scallops. 

I recommend coming here for incredible drinks and ceviche bites. The Nikkei Ceviche was a delicious Peruvian and Japanese inspired dish – with fresh ahi tuna, chancaca leche de tigre, mirin, soy sauce, cucumbers, and a giant wonton-sesame crisp on top. 

All of the cocktails at Pisco y Nazca made me want to buy a plane ticket to Miami and lay on the beach! You can sample Peruvian beers or sip on a glass of wine at the bar, but I wouldn’t leave the place without ordering at least one pisco drink served with signature Peruvian liquor, topped with cinnamon sticks or watermelon slices, and mixed with fresh berries or oranges. 

I loved this spot! I initially thought DC didn’t have any great Peruvian options – but Pisco y Nazca was incredible. I will definitely be back for more ceviche and cocktails! 

Hours of Operation 

Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm 

Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm 

Happy Hour 
Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm 

Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm 
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm 

Address: 1823 L St NW Washington, DC 20036

Make your reservation here today!

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