From Humble Beginings

Derived from the Quechua dialect out of the beautiful Peruvian Andes, “El Tayta” is a phrase meaning wise, knowledgeable and a paternal figure. As so, Wilkins and Emmy’s vision is to serve authentic Peruvian cuisine based on their many years of experience. Wilkins and Emmy emigrated from Peru to the United States 14 years ago. Both, Wilkins and Emmy, share an immense passion for Peruvian cuisine and its fusion of flavors. While Wilkins’ early culinary career started out as a waiter in many fine dining restaurants, throughout the years he gained expertise in the restaurant business, which has led him to become a successful restaurateur. At a very young age Emmy knew her passion was preparing and serving exquisite Peruvian food. At the age of 20 she graduated from “Escuela de Alta Cocina los Andes” with a degree in Culinary Arts. Emmy gained the title of Executive chef thru her vast experience working in the restaurant business.

Wilkins and Emmy met each other at a local restaurant managed by Emmy and knew they were made for each other. They have been married for 12 years and share a profound passion for Peruvian food. Wilkins and Emmy long dreamed of having their own restaurant to use a venue to present innovative, yet traditional, Peruvian dishes.

Tayta Restaurant

El Tayta Restaurant

Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; give a man our ceviche and he’ll ask for more.


Our Love for Food

They appreciate the art of authenticity and provide their clients with robust dishes reminding them of a fine Peruvian home cooked meal—just like mom used to make. Customers who are not native to Peruvian cuisine, can also appreciate the medley of Inca, Asian, European, and African flavors that Peruvian cuisine is influenced by.

Throughout the years, Wilkins and Emmy have proven to be Taytas in Peruvian cuisine and their continued success has allowed them to have a total of 3 El Tayta locations…all by near Miami’s beautiful beaches. Whether you’re looking for a quick eat like our famous Pollo A La Brasa, or refreshing Ceviche Mixto, to perhaps a more refined dish like the Arroz con Mariscos, you are bound to walk away with a satisfied taste buds, filled belly, and an amazing customer-service experience…you will come back!