Secret Rooms and Traditional Food of the Incas- Only In Antigua

For the past few months, I’ve passed Inca Restaurant on many occasions. Each time I tugged on my husband’s shirt and said – “We have to try this place out, it looks fantastic!” But, as we all know, life gets in the way. Either we are traveling or nursing a sick child.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - inca restaurant

Finally – we made it over!

Luis, the owner was our host and he was just delightful.  But the greatest surprise came, as he took us for a tour around his restaurant.

From the outside, the Peruvian restaurant looks tiny, as though it’s only one small room. But as you walk deeper into the place, you discover there are 5 – almost – hidden rooms. The first one, after the bar area, is the garden room – that’s where we sat.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - bar area from above

After the Garden room, is the main dining area, with the most amount of tables.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - maining dining area

Then comes my favorite rooms of all. It’s not only that the room is isolated, with a fireplace.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - chimney room

But it’s the way you get there – through a narrow hallway resembling a tunnel way that the old churches used to have to walk to the convents under ground!

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - ancient hallway

The final rooms are upstairs. You can find two more, small rooms – one that overlooks the bar and the other that is almost private with a private bathroom.

What a great layout! But what truly impressed us most was the food. I’ve been to Peruvian restaurants before around Guatemala and Costa Rica. But they were commercialized and served what they thought you wanted to eat.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala

Inca Restaurant, is different. They serve true and traditional Peruvian fare! We started off with the Ceviche. Which is totally different than the one we are used to here in Central America.

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - peruvian shrimp ceviche

Next we went on to try two main dishes. Each was rich and full in flavor.

Lomo Saltado – Beef Strips Sauteed in a special Peruvian Sauce

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - beef peruvian style

Aji de Gallina – Shredded Chicken in a Pecan Cream Sauce – YUM!

peruvian restaurant antigua guatemala - chicken inca style

Overall it was a truly wonderful experience and we are already buying gift certificates to share with our friends!

Thanks Luis, it was delicious.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

6 Responses to Secret Rooms and Traditional Food of the Incas- Only In Antigua

  1. I’m as big of fan of food as I am travel. MUST eat here!
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  2. Renee King says:

    I love little treasures like this and it’s surprising how it makes such a memorable impression. It’s lovely!
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  3. Joanne says:

    I think its great to visit that place and taste also very delicious Beef Strips. WOW!
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  4. Nathania says:

    Shredded Chicken in a Pecan Cream Sauce looks so Yummy! Maybe you can share us the recipe? I am craving for this food.
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  5. Ynna says:

    Wow! what a great place to visit. The foods looks fantastic and delicious specially the Ceviche. Love it! Thanks for the post.
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