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Mayta’s authentic Peruvian cuisine is truly an adventure to be had

Mayta'sBy Sky Rose 

“Home is where the heart is..”  And their heart is put into everything they do at Mayta’s Peruvian Restaurant to honor their Home country and you.  They even chose the name of their restaurant, “Mayta’s”, to honor their Peruvian culture. Through the flavors of their traditional cuisine, you will sense the rich history and cultural influence in every bite.

Mayta’s is the place to dine if you like Peruvian cuisine, or even if you never tried it.  It’s 100% original, “no fusions”.  And they’re devoted to cooking for you in the way their families of their beloved country cooked for them.  This lovely restaurant which is family-owned by Jorge and Pilar Arata, is kid-friendly and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming.  The owners are incredible and they will absolutely make you feel at home.

They have an amazing lunch and dinner menu with a great unique selection of appetizers, ceviches, soup, salads, entrees- like seafood, pasta, steaks, chicken, and wonderful desserts to end your experience beautifully.  Your meals are freshly prepared by Pilar who continues to “wow” the customers.  The prices on the entire menu are truly very reasonable.  From Tuesday-Saturday, between 11:30-2:30pm, they have daily lunch specials beginning at $5.00.  Their menu explains the authentic dishes in detail.  But do not hesitate to ask any questions, as Jorge and Pilar and their wonderful staff are ready to guide you to the perfect dish to suit your taste.  Speaking of their menu, if you walk near their restaurant and take a moment to read it, definitely bring your questions inside, and you will be glad you did.  You will immediately feel the warmth, and smell the aroma of the authentic Peruvian dishes being freshly prepared.  The ambiance, delicious fresh food, and wonderful service explain why Mayta’s is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

Zach, one of Mayta’s biggest fans, and a very regular patron says, “Love this place.  I have visited Mayta’s on many occasions and have always left happy.  The ceviche is always fresh and delicious, and the lomo saltado is one of my favorites.  They have an excellent wine list as well as a new wine cellar.  The owner and his wife go above and beyond to make this dining experience one of the best in Sarasota.  Live music on Friday nights with a great ambiance any time.  If you like Peruvian cuisine this is the place.  It is one of Sarasota’s hidden gems.”

I must add that the lobster wontons and ceviche de pescado was incredible and surely a must try.

Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado

And this customer surely concurs with Zach.  Cindi says, “My husband and I love to go out for dinner, and love to locate the new or newer restaurants.  We have to say, that out of twelve or thirteen Peruvian Restaurants here in Sarasota, Mayta’s knocks the rest out of the ball park.  The food is simply fabulous.  The dishes and presentations have been spot on every time we have gone, and we have tried virtually every dish on the menu, including the desserts.  Anyone who does not give this precious gem a try is truly losing out on a tastebud extravaganza.  Bravo to this couple, for keeping the traditional foods authentic, and not influenced with ‘American tradition’.”

Mayta's WineBut the pleasure does not end with the food.  They have a wine cellar filled with delicious wines from Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Italy.  Jorge recommends including a nice bottle of Tempranillo with your meal.  This delicious red wine is only $15 a bottle.  Amongst their amazing collection, I enjoyed a nice glass of their Puni Ferrer Riserva Cabernet 2011.  Bring a group for a wine tasting during one of their Happy Hours, Monday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  If you are there on a Friday, continue your fun into the evening and catch the live music with “Tierra Nuova”.  With all the dancing, you will no doubt build your appetite for dessert.  The live music is every Friday from 6:30 p.m. until “you want to go home” as Jorge puts it.

Their hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30a.m.-3:00p.m., & 5:00p.m.-10:00p.m., Monday & Sunday: 4:30p.m.-9:00p.m.  Since their hours may vary slightly, it is best to call ahead.

Their location is: 4854 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, between Proctor & Landings, located in the Landings Shopping Center next to Publix.  Call for reservations, takeout or catering: 941-444-7245.  Walk-ins are welcomed.  Visit their website: http://www.maytasrestaurant.com and stay updated by liking their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/MaytasPeruvianRestaurant/info.

Consider nixing Chinese or pizza for your weekend food delivery times, and choose Mayta’s for Peruvian night. They are included on the Ashley’s Food Delivery list, 941-953-3663.  Enjoy true authentic Peruvian meals delivered right to your doorstep. You will be filled with delight at the very first bite.