Paradita Chef-Owner Opens Barranco in Lafayette

Carlos Altamirano's new seafood-focused Barranco restaurant serves prawns, pisco, and more.


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Michelin-recognized chef Carlos Altamirano, who with his wife Shu Dai owns Parada in Walnut Creek, Paradita in Emeryville, and several other local restaurants, has just opened Barranco in downtown Lafayette.

Occupying a newly renovated 3,300-square-foot space, the seafood-centric restaurant offers family-style tapas such as ceviche, grilled meat skewers, chicharrones, twice-cooked Spanish octopus, and empanadas, and entrées such as seafood paella and langostinos. Desserts include flan, flourless chocolate cake, and alfajores.

“Barranco embodies the elegant bohemian, lively and cheerful spirit of my favorite city in Peru,” Altamirano said. 

“I could not be more excited to share the incredible cuisine and culture of Barranco with the people of Lafayette. Whether it’s dinner with friends, a laid-back family meal or happy hour, we invite you to come in and discover the beauty and flavor of Barranco.”

He sources ingredients from local farms and farmers' markets. Mary's organic chickens are used exclusively in the rotisserie. Altamirano sources hard-to-find fresh rocoto peppers from his own farm in Half Moon Bay. 

Led by bar manager Arthur Valderrama, Barranco's beverage program features pisco and fruit-forward cocktails such as "El Campesino" -- bell pepper-incused mezcal, pineapple, lime juice, and eggwhites. 

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