A destination for meat lovers, especially someone searching for a high-quality steak in a nice atmosphere.
For the past 11 years I have driven by D’Tinto y Bife too many times to count, but never stopped in. My curiosity was finally satisfied a couple of weeks ago when the team of Traveling and Living in Peru dined here. I discovered that this under-the-radar restaurant has been open for 12 years and has quite a following.
I had asked a couple of my friends before my visit if they had heard about D’Tinto y Bife and I was surprised to hear that it is a destination for a decent steak. The day of our visit the restaurant was bustling at lunchtime, although it is known more as an evening restaurant with mostly business people. Sundays can also be busy filled with families.
The Decor: A touch of rustic with elegance
My first impression when I stepped inside was that this was more intimate than most of the steakhouses found in Lima and I’ve been to most of them. The decor is an appealing mix of rustic and traditional touches such as leather saddles, wooden wine barrels, carriage wheels, white tablecloths, panchos and cowhides draped from the walls, barrels filled with corks, wicker baskets suspended from the ceiling and the masonry stone floors. A touch of rustic with elegance.
The portions are large here at D’Tinto y Bife. That should be kept into consideration when ordering. Many menu items can be easily shared. As one can imagine, the menu is focused primarily on the grilled items, and the big draw is the beef. The menu has extensive selections (approximately 112 dishes).
Our first dish was one of the starters, Trio de Champiñones (S/. 49). We devoured this! A large wooden platter with three separate sections generously filled with three styles of mushrooms: one prepared with a white wine reduction, one with a balsamic vinegar reduction and the other with garlic and aji amarillo sauce (our table favorite).
D’Tinto y Bife offers 22 appetizers, 13 of them grilled. Starters include empanadas, carpaccios, mushrooms, tequeños, cheese, grilled vegetables, anticuchos, brochettes and various sausages and chorizo.
We moved on to the Entraña Fina (S/. 76 for 300 grams and S/. 96 for 400 grams). An almost perfectly executed treatment of Angus skirt steak prepared to perfection for me (more on the rare side than medium-rare) with a liberal amount of salt (perhaps a tad too much), but still the meat was delicious and succulent. Peruvian restaurants tend to be “heavy-handed” with the use of salt.
There is a large array of beef selections to choose from including beef from the U.S. (Angus), Argentina and Peru.
Many of the cuts of beef offer two sizes and comes with your choice of one side dish. The cuts range from 300 grams to 450 grams. The premium cuts of beef for sharing range from an 800-gram T-bone (for 2 people) or the 1500-gram Tomahawk steak (for 3-4 people) and much more. All of the premium cuts come with French fries and a salad. Side dishes include your choice of mashed potatoes, French fries, rice with corn, baked potato, fresh salad, and fettuccine a la carbonara.
Besides the beef cuts, D’Tinto y Bife offers parrillas for sharing between 2 to 4 people. These grilled dishes include beef tenderloin, pork, chicken, chorizo, anticuchos, empanadas, etc. A nice option if you want to sample a variety of dishes.
We were excited to try the Lomo Saltado D’Tinto y Bife (S/. 57). I typically find Lomo Saltado excellent in steakhouses here in Peru. This was a traditional version with a “twist”, which was the addition of broccoli and mushrooms that were sautéed along with the slices of red onion, tomato and aji amarillo and large juicy pieces of beef tenderloin. We were a bit underwhelmed by this dish. The addition of the broccoli did not elevate this dish, but the mushrooms seemed more compatible.
Our next dish was the Hamburguesa Patagonia (S/. 39), a generous Argentinian Angus beef burger topped off with sautéed mushrooms, melted Edam cheese, and grilled white onions. This was a decadent dish due to toppings. This dish was accompanied by French fries. D’Tinto y Bife offers two other burger options as well.
If you are looking for something other than beef, D’Tinto y Bife also offers chicken, American-style barbecued pork ribs, salmon, salads, soups and pasta dishes.
We wanted to sample one more starter or main dish, but we were beginning to enter “food coma territory”, so we opted instead to sample one of their recommended desserts. The Profiteroles (S/. 20), were quite a surprise! Two French-style pastry puffs were filled with a generous amount of creamy homemade, artisanal vanilla ice cream and topped off with melted chocolate and caramelized pecans. Several frozen raspberries and blueberries accompanied the dessert, as well as a small glass filled with extra chocolate sauce. We managed to polish off this entire dessert. Besides being delicious, the presentation was elegant as well.
D’Tinto y Bife offers a full bar selection and a decent wine list. We sampled a nicely prepared and smooth Pisco Sour and later enjoyed a glass of their house wine (Balbo), a decent Malbec from Argentina. We also shared a pitcher of the limonada de hierba luisa (spearmint). They also offer a limonada prepared with pineapple and one with orange, as well as the classic. If you’d like to bring your own wine, they do offer corcho libre (free corkage).
D’Tinto y Bife recently began selling a selection of approximately 13 prime cuts of beef, some of which are showcased in a refrigerated case displayed in the restaurant. Besides the beef, they offer a variety of sausages, chorizos, and various sauces for purchase.
A friend with three kids that frequents D’Tinto y Bife had mentioned that they were also a kid-friendly destination and that I should definitely try their grilled pizza with the steak and blue cheese. I will add that to my list. I have my reservation for a table of six this coming Sunday and am looking forward to exploring more of the menu and at the very least eat some good beef.
We found D’Tinto y Bife to be a worthwhile and dependable destination, especially for those looking for an excellent steak or other grilled dishes. Quality was good all-around. The wait staff was attentive not only at our table but also at all the surrounding tables. It’s obvious the waiters and staff pride themselves on offering quality service.
D’Tinto y Bife
Av. Conquistadores 605, San Isidro
Hours: 12:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday
12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday
Limited parking spaces in front of the restaurant
Capacity: approx. 120 people
Starters/Appetizers: S/. 29-43
Grilled appetizers: S/. 13-54
Salads: S/. 15-38
Soups: S/. 27
Angus (American): S/. 70-125
T-Bone ( Angus, 800 grams, for 2-3 people): S/. 192
Tomahawk (Angus, 1500 grams, for 3-4 people): S/. 330
Argentina beef: S/. 77-96
Peruvian beef (lomo fino/medallions/Tomahawk): S/. 70-186
Other grilled dishes (chicken, pork, salmon): S/. 38-45
Parrillas for 2 to 4 people: S/. 140-279 (comes with French fries & salad)
Milanesas: S/. 41
Pizzas from the grill: S/. 39-41
International main dishes: S/. 36-60
Peruvian dishes: S/. 57
Pastas: S/. 36-44
Salmon dishes: S/. 44
Desserts: S/. 14-39
Kids menu: S/. 19 (3 choices & includes soda or limonada)
Beer: S/. 10-12
Wine by the glass: S/. 20
Sangria (carafe): S/. 45
Clerico (white sangria): S/. 45
Wines (by the bottle, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Spain): S/. 46-280
Half bottles: S/. 40-65
Hot (tea/coffee/infusions) beverages: S/.5-8
Cold beverages: S/. 6-12.50
Limonada (natural, with pineapple, hierba buena or orange): S/. 26.50 per pitcher