ceviche 105, downtown Miami

* Sorry I did not take pictures of the place and food but I will be back to Ceviche 105 for sure so I will post them later

So here I am, in fact, I made myself come here today because 2-3 posts prior to this one on the comment section, someone insisted that Ceviche 105 has the best Peruvian cuisine in Miami, or maybe he didn’t say “best” but he highly recommended it, and because I read every comment our blog gets, his sounded with a tone of “you have to go to Ceviche 105 in downtown”
I arrived to, well, it’s downtown Miami, you locals know that downtown Miami is not exactly the most interesting neighborhood in Miami, in fact, sometimes I feel is so inconvenient to come down here, no parking anywhere, at lunch is a nightmare but now it is 6:00 pm – and hey, I got a spot right in front.
I thought Ceviche 105 was a hole in the wall (and that’s a great thing), and although I look everything on google street view, when I opened the door, I almost dropped to the floor, this place is an oasis in downtown, the decor set me up in the right mood almost instantly, all I could think to myself was “I bet their white wine is great and it is chilled to perfection…” and yes it is. I did not think ever that I was going to encounter such a chic, stylish, beautiful (air condition at a perfect temperature) place, but I am in heaven, literally I would move my bed in here (right in front of the ceviche bar).
I am already loving this place, and at the same time I feel sorry for myself, I know a new obsession just started, and I have flashes is my head, like dollars flushing out of my wallet, take everything I have! because I would give up anything for that perfect food/dining experience (well, maybe I am exaggerating, clearly is the wine kicking in).  I am in love with Peruvian cuisine. And I have been obsessed now for years with the clothing that the “cholitas” wear in Peru (indigenous women).

I got lucky, as I dine mostly alone (yep, I told you my husband is not as passionate for food as I am), and my friends are usually more into fashion than food, I usually go to places by myself, but today I got lucky, because I got a waiter that is eager to tell me all about his native land Peru – and his is downloading all he ever knew about ingredients, fruits, vegetables, cooking techniques on me. Okay dude back off, let me eat (that’s me being bitchy). I have to add though, he was the most gracious, well informed, attentive, assertive waiter I had in a long, long time. Service at this place – excellent.

This is what I had:

Tiradito huancaina sauce

The description goes like this “Wrapped in a traditional cream, based on huancaina chilles cream and fresh cheese. Served with corn, sweet potatoes and topped with Parmesan cheese.”
Can I have an opinion about this? I never knew what ceviche tasted like until I tried this tiradito (and I have tried many). How sad, been living in Miami for 7 years and just now I discovered Ceviche 105? I am slow.

Cream rocoto sliced fish tiradito

The description goes like this “our extraordinary tiradito is always smothered in a delicious rocoto cream to give happiness to the soul and joy to the palate.”

Chaufa style seafood rice

Nice, but after trying the tiraditos this came second place to me.

Maracutini, passion fruit and pisco sour (drink)

Suspiro de limena (dessert)

This is the most amazing Dulce de leche inspired dessert/cream I have ever had (period).


105 N.E. 3rd Ave. Miami, FL 33132

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anthony says:

wow that was really really good never tasted something like this. best ceviche ever its so good its better than wogs ceviche you have to go eat there man that good

Nancy says:

I’m was a semi fan of Ceviche 105. My family and I have been there a few times. The food is good, not the best Peruvian food I’ve had, but it’s close to our home and the food is decent. The atmosphere is too loud for my taste and the tables are too close together. My bad experience comes in when I applied for a position there. I’m a chef myself, and I LOVE Peruvian food. My husband is Peruvian and I was trained to cook Peruvian dishes. I have been cooking Peruvian dishes for over 5 years now so this position interested me very much. I called about applying for a position and they told me to go in person. I went the following day as instructed by the lady who answered the phone. I filled the application she gave me. After I handed it back to her she asked me: Are you Peruvian? I said: NO. She proceeded to tell me that they only hire Peruvians in the kitchen. I would understand why ( maybe the Head Chef wants someone who knows their food) but that’s against the law and racist. Besides being classically trained, My family had a Peruvian Chef teach me to cook Peruvian cuisine. My family and I love going out to different restaurants. We love trying new things. Many have told me I cook some Peruvian plates better than ones they’ve ordered in Peruvian restaurants. So why judge people?? Could it occur to them that maybe, just maybe this girl applying knows how to cook Peruvian food? One should never judge a book by its cover. And for this very racist reason, I will never give my business again to Ceviche 105.

Anonymous says:

I really wanted to go there last week and decided to go somewhere closer in the end. I NEED to check this place out. It has been on my go to list along with Jaguar in the Grove for some time

Buena Vista Deli in the Design District is my favorite too! In fact, I pass on the food tour a complimentary madeleine they offer to our attendees so that people venture out of South Beach and see other interesting places to eat – this place makes me feel good, and I really love to go there, have a glass of chilled wine and write on the blog. The owner cares for his clients and it shows.
Thanks for all the other mentioned and recommendations, I know I will probably eat the entire city of Miami =) and I’ll keep these ones on a close radar.
My mother is a Greek cuisine fanatic =), and the last time she was visiting us I took her to Mandolin and Anise Tavern. The food is very good on both places, the only difference to me was that at Anise Tavern I felt the owners were so warm, attentive and so welcoming. I observed them how they specially took care and made sure everyone was having a good dinning experience, and that to me counts a lot. In either place their grilled octopus is AMAZING. This is one of those dishes I would never leave a Greek resto without trying.

Jordan says:

Well, you certainly have me planning on ordering a tiradito soon! Embarrassingly I haven’t ordered a tiradito yet – just the regular ceviches which I’ve also loved! I’m glad to see that this place is using sea bass (or corvina as they’ll call it) for their ceviches, in traditional Peruvian form.

As for my other recommendations, … it really depends on what you like! 🙂 I’m sure my tastes may not be 100% the same as anybody else. But since it’s the morning, my mind is on bakeries! I love Fratelli Milano, also in downtown, for their Italian pastries – a delight especially in the mornings. The selection is limited, but anything they make there is just pure gold. I believe they are temporarily and briefly closed for renovations and expansion (into the space next door – same thing Ceviche 105 did last year) since it is another downtown hotspot that became popular by word of mouth (no advertising). But if you’re more of a French pastries type of gal, then Buena Vista Deli in the Design District is my favorite (because they even use European butter, which just makes everything just so much creamier and richer!) For a morning French cafe experience, Buena Vista Deli and A La Folie have been my go-to places.

I’m still trying some restaurants around Miami, and I love reading your posts. I also wanted to ask you, for Greek, what do you recommend?

I edited the post because it was a rough comp =), I feel like I had dirty laundry lying around !! I changed it from “she” to “he” – sorry for that =)
Anyways, after you recommended this place, now I am thinking, what other places you would recommend in Miami? I mean, coming from you now – you gained my trust!

Jordan says:

I’m glad you loved it! (Just for the record, I’m a he, not a she, haha). 😉 I went there yesterday myself and I found out that the chica roll is offered only on weekends, but I still nevertheless had a great time as they played live music every last Thursdays of the month – headed by a Asian-Peruvian who is a good singer. She sang “La Flor de la Canela,” a Peruvian classic, very beautifully.