Possibly the best ceviche I've ever eaten.
Both the seabass and ahi tuna ceviches are divine!
Also great is the shredded chicken entree, pork loins, lamb skewers, empanadas, and yuca chips.
The salmon entree was a bit boring.
Mi destino!. Went here for a birthday dinner. Had a fabulous time with a large group. Noisy and fun on a weekend night. Food was most excellent. Even my South American boyfriend approved the flavor and authenticity. Yummy drinks as well. Waitress was aloof and rude but didn't let it ruin our time. 7/3/2004.
where's the shrimp?. We showed up at 7:30 with no reservation and was seated immediately. It's a nice space, though not entirely keen on the religious artifacts on the walls. Try the Motini (mojito and martini combo). Definitely have the Tuna Ceviche!! Yummy! Plantain Chips, nice and crispy. We ordered 5 small plates; 4 showed up...where o' where did the shrimp go? The citrus sponge cake soaked in 3 different milk was surprisingly refreshing and a good way to end the evening.
sub par food.
We went on a fri night and were seated in about 10 mins.
It is a beautiful restaurant and has great ambience.
The service was pretty good too.
However, the food was surprisingly disappointing.
The tiger prawns were spicy, but the spices seemed raw and didn't mesh together.
The yucan fries were dry and chewy.
The only thing good was the ahi tuna ceviche.
Every other dish seemed to be missing something.
total bill = $70 (2 people, 1 drink each).
Exquisite food, poor service. I love the food, drinks and atmosphere- but don't ever go without a reservation! Host told us there would be a 40 min wait for our party of 4- we didn't sit down for over 2 hrs!!! (I guess we were stupid for sticking around). Host promised he would "take care of us." Although he gave us one free tapa during our wait, I don't think that quite made up for the gaffe. Then once we sat down, service was slow, the waitress was indifferent, wine came after our food, and the wrong dish came to our table. I chalk all this up to soppy service- it was not because the staff was snobby or too cool. So I think this place is worth going too, but not without a reservation- they just can't handle the walk-in crowd.
Perfection. Threw a small private party here and could not be happier. Our host was attentive, timely, funny, interesting, caring, catering. Food was scrumptious. Restaurant was comfortable, inviting, hip, warm. I wouldn't change a thing.
dimitri. I have eaten at DESTINO a number of times and am always impressed with the excellent quality of the food. The menu has changed a bit each time I go and only seems to get better! If you are looking for a Nuevo Latino restaurant with high quality food at reasonable prices this is a place to visit. DESTINO has great ambience and a warmth about it that makes one feel right at home.
Disappointing. After reading the rave reviews about this restaurant, I was really disappointed with the service as well as the food. The plates were extremely small (even for tapas) and the food was mediocre. The only thing that was pretty good was the scallop dish but even that was diminished by the arrival order of the food.
Whitewashed. The food here was too rich, cheesy and creamy and it ended up taking away from the flavor of the ingredients. Everything seemed to be soaked in butter or much too rich to fully enjoy. Someone must have had the idea to take a Latin cuisine and fuse it with KFC.
A cozy spot with a Peruvian-influenced menu brings a unique twist to the wildly popular small-plates craze..
An ornately carved-wood front door gives way to a long, dimly lit dining room painted in alluring reds and oranges. Long banquettes fill up with a good-looking crowd. Oversized mirrors hung along the walls give the impression of a much larger dining space. A grand iron chandelier adds to the restaurant's inviting romance.
Enticing interpretations of Peruvian and South American fare get the California treatment. To start, dip house-made tortilla chips into an oversized martini glass filled with plump tiger prawns blanketed in a warm, spicy tomato puree. Hearty dishes shine, such as spectacular baked rendition of beef chili relleno, which melds smoky chipotle salsa with tart citrus creme fraiche, and flaky, rich pork empanada served with cinnamon-flecked mojo sauce. Lighter dishes include an ahi tuna seviche. Lightly fried pumpkin doughnuts end the meal perfectly.
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