2308 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Don’t limit your doggy dates to brunch spots and coffee shops—seemingly off-limits places like Aji welcome your best friend to partake in Peruvian delights and a relaxed but classy atmosphere. Don the doggie bowtie and head over around 5 o’clock, when happy hour strikes—half off drinks and tapas? How could you not? Aji isn’t too far from Ocean Blvd and Bluff Park, so you can easily stop by for dinner after a walk along the coast, or a romp at the park.
Whether you’re here for a one-on-one with the four-legged one, a girls night out plus the pooch, or a first date (who is the one that’s the third wheel, obviously), your wallet won’t be emptied here. But fear not, Aji does not skimp on quality—only traditional and authentic Peruvian flavors, flows of wine, IPAs, and beloved sangria come out of the kitchen.
Step into the casual and comfy yet fanciful feels, exuded by the wood, brick, and semi industrial touches of the open space facing 4th Street. You’ll be happy you’re away from the bustle of 2nd, and classing it up amidst the indie sensations of Retro Row instead.
You and the pooch will be drinking and dining al fresco on the patio; close to the street for people watching, perched on plush cushions atop woven furniture—a low key extension of the interior.
The accommodating and knowledgeable staff will help you decide if things are looking a little foreign. Our recommendation: start with complimentary housemade chips and Aji sauce, then move to locally loved dishes like the Lomito Saltado, anything with ceviche, and Papa a la Huamcaina and Causa sampler. Everything is served up in oval bowls of colorful, roasted goodness, and other lovely flatware to let the ingredients of Peru take the spotlight. They stack things high and drip sauce around ‘em like they’re Peruvian Pollock, because this is art. Looks pretty, tastes pretty. Get ready for flavor combos you didn’t know could mesh so harmoniously, and don’t worry if you forego meat and/or dairy—there are a vegetarian options that can easily be converted for vegans. The pooch has a few options as well, but it’s best to BYOT (bring your own treats).
Also, don’t dream of ignoring that amazing geometric wall of wine. Order by the bottle instead of the glass to save a few bucks (we recommend fiscally sensible drinking…we’re still in a sad economy, after all).
“Taste, in the sense that it lingers.” Aji is true to the meaning of it’s namesake. A tasty menu plus feel-good happy hours means you and the ‘ol hound will be back for more.
Best for: well behaved pups, adventurous indie eaters, happy hour hounds