Restaurant Review: Inca Social Brings a Blast of Culture + Color to Arlington

Story by Wesley Jefferies

Inca Social brings a blast of culture and color to Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood with a concept built around showcasing Peru’s vibrantly diverse culture and cuisine.

Amid a hypnotic kaleidoscope of bright festive colors complemented by clever design features inspired by Peru’s lush natural geography and rich cultural legacy, the dishes present a fascinating lesson in the history and culture of Peru. Ask to begin with causa, a traditional indigenous hors d’oeuvre consisting of small pillars of lime-infused mashed potato and maize topped off with elegantly presented samplings such as octopus, shrimp or ceviche. For the main course, order their steak saltado, a delicious South American interpretation of Chinese stir fry with explosively delicious flavors. Finish with their picarones, a doughnut-like pastry inherited from the Spanish, made with sweet potato and topped off with a Peruvian version of molasses known as chancaca.


1776 Wilson Blvd Unit #1, Arlington