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Restaurants

Dining in Puerto Rico is an event. A meal is something to be savored, not rushed through. Having said that, service in restaurants may appear slow to Americanos like us. But the people here would describe it differently … they would say it’s relaxed so that you may enjoy your meal at a leisurely pace.

In any case, you will be given ample time to enjoy your meal. And don’t expect your server to bring you your check. You’ll have to explicitly ask for it, often more than once. If you’re trying to keep to any timetable, let your server know that as soon as you are seated.

Here are some of the restaurants we’ve been to, broken down by city/area on the island. We eat again at any of these. We’ve marked our favorites for you.

    Old San Juan
    Al Dente
      Italian cuisine
    309 Recinto Sur, Old San Juan
    787.723.7303
    Save 50% (up to $18.00) with the 2010 Puerto Rico Entertainment Book
     Barrachina
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    104 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan
    787.721.5852
    Save 50% (up to $18.00) with the 2010 Puerto Rico Entertainment Book
     Café Berlin
      Puerto Rican / International / some vegetarian cuisine
    407 San Francisco Street, Old San Juan
    787.722.5205
     Café Manolín
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    251 Calle San Justo, Old San Juan
    787.723.9743
     Dragonfly
      Asian fusion cuisine
    444 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan
    787.977.3886
     El Asador
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    350 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan
    787.289.9966
     El Patio de Sam
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    102 Calle San Sebastian, Old San Juan
    787.723.1149
     El Picoteo
      Tapas / Puerto Rican cuisine
    100 Calle Cristo (in El Convento Hotel), Old San Juan
    787.723.9200
    Save 50% (up to $25.00) with the 2010 Puerto Rico Entertainment Book
     Escambron Beach Club
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Ave. Munoz Rivera (behind the Normandie Hotel), Old San Juan
    787.724.3344
    Save 50% (up to $18.00) with the 2010 Puerto Rico Entertainment Book
    Istanbul
      Turkish cuisine
    325 Recinto Sur, Old San Juan
    787.722.5057
    La Fonda del Jibarito
      Traditional Puerto Rican cuisine in a casual, family-oriented setting
    280 Sol Street, Old San Juan
    787.725.8375
     Mexican Grill & Sports Cantina
      Mexican cuisine
    313 Recinto Sur, Old San Juan
    787.722.1874
    Save 50% (up to $12.00) with the 2010 Puerto Rico Entertainment Book
     Makarios
      Mediterranean Cuisine / Vegetarian Entrees available
    361 Tetuan Street, Old San Juan
    787.723.8653
     Old Harbor Brewery
      Steak & Lobster house / Microbrewery
    202 Tizol Street, Old San Juan
    787.721.2100
     Ostra Cosa
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    154 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan
    787.722.2672
     Parrot Club
      Puerto Rican / Caribbean fusion
    363 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan
    787.725.7370
     Raices
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    315 Recinto Sur Street, Old San Juan
    787.289.2121
     Restaurante Rosa de Triana
      Puerto Rican Tapas / Bar
    72 Caleta San Juan, Old San Juan
    787.722.1144
     Sofia
      Italian cuisine
    355 San Francisco, Old San Juan
    787.721.0396
    St. Germain Bistro & Cafe
      Creative sandwiches, quiche, ceviche, salads, pizzas / Vegetarian Entrees
    156 Calle Sol (corner of Calle Cruz), Old San Juan -- locate on map
    787.725.5830
     Tijuana's Bar & Grill
      Mexican cuisine
    Fernandez Juncos Pier #2 , Old San Juan
    787.724.7070
    San Juan area
     La Casita Blanca
      Classic Puerto Rican cuisine
    351 Calle Tapía, Santurce
    787.726.5501
     Metropol Restaurant & Bar
      Cuban / Puerto Rican cuisine
    Isla Verde Ave., Isla Verde
    787.791.5585
    Pamela’s
      Caribbean cuisine / "on-the-beach" dining
    1 Santa Ana Street (at Numero Uno Guesthouse), Ocean Park -- locate on map
    787.726.5010
    Rio Grande / Luquillo / Fajardo
     Antijítos Puertorríqueños
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Road 968 (on the road to the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort), Rio Grande -- locate on map
    787.888.7378
    Ay Bonito
      International cuisine
    Kiosk #21 Route 3, Luquillo
     Brass Cactus Bar & Grill
      American and Southwst cuisine
    Route 3 (just east of Balneario Monserrate / Luquillo Beach), Luquillo
    787.889.5735
     Ceviche Hut
      Peruvian Cuisine
    Kiosk #38 Route 3, Luquillo
    Congas
      Caribbean cuisine
    Kiosk #9 Route 3, Luquillo
    787.889.1562
     Dieguito & Markito's a touch of class
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Kiosk #44 Route 3, Luquillo
    787.355.0875
     El Jefe Burger Shack
      Custom Burgers
    Kiosk #12 Route 3, Luquillo
    787.615.0896
    El Verde Restaurant & Bar
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Route 3 at Carratera 186, Rio Grande -- locate on map
     King Seafood
      Seafood / Puerto Rican cuisine
    1 Calle Fernandez Garcia (next to Luquillo Plaza), Luquillo -- locate on map
    787.889.4300
     La Estacion
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Road 987 / Carratera Cabezas (on the road to Seven Seas Beach), Fajardo
    La Parrilla
      Puerto Rican cuisine
    Kiosk #2 Route 3, Luquillo
    787.889.0590
    Lolita's
      Mexican cuisine
    Route 3 KM 41.3, Fajardo -- locate on map
    787.889.0250
     Madre Tierra
      Puerto Rican / some Vegetarian Entrees available
    Route 3 KM 26.7, Rio Grande
    787.809.3333
     Metropol Restaurant & Bar
      Cuban / Puerto Rican cuisine
    Route 3 (in the Caribbean Cinema Plaza, across from WalMart on Route 3), Fajardo
    787.801.2877
    Pasta y Pueblo
      Italian cuisine, pasta
    c/14 de julio, Malecon La Pared, Luquillo -- locate on map
    787.920.8620
    Richie's Cafe
      Puerto Rican / Seafood cuisine
    Carratera 968 KM 2.0 (next to the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort), Rio Grande -- locate on map
    787.887.1435
     Sandy's Seafood
      Seafood / Puerto Rican cuisine
    Calle Fernandez Garcia #276, Luquillo
    787.889.5765
     Sushi Boat
      Japanese Sushi Bar
    Route 3 (in the Caribbean Cinema Plaza, across from WalMart), Fajardo
    787.863.2225
     Zary's Pizza
      Pizza, Calzones, Spaghetti, Lasagna
    Route 3 KM 26 (east of the turn-off for Coco Beach), Rio Grande
    787.645.3895
    Vieques
    El Patio
      Latin, Local & Argentinian cuisine
    340-01 Calle Antonio G Mellado, Isabel II
    787.741.6381
     Island Adventures Puerto Rican & Mexican Restaurant
      Puerto Rican & Mexican cuisine
    Road 996 KM 4.5, Bo. Puerto Real (near Esperanza)
    787.741.2544

 

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