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Here is a list of the restaurants that are recommended by Tres Palmas Inn. Some that are close to us, 10-15 minute walk, and others you will need transportation to visit them.

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San Juan Restaurants Guide – Old San Juan Restaurants

The perfect day in San Juan could be swimming in the morning in the turquoise waters at Tres Palmas Inn Beach Hotel, followed by lunch of fish tacos with a Medalla Beer at La Cueva del Mar, an afternoon tour of the Old City Art Gallery’s and to end that day dining in one of the many amazing restaurants that San Juan Puerto Rico have to offer. You can visit restaurants from renown Puerto Rico chef Jose Enrique, one of 10 Best New Chefs according to Food & Wine and other chefs and like Wilo Benet (Top Chef Masters), Chef Roberto Treviño (Iron Chef America) and Jose Santaella whose restaurant Santaella is one of the places to go if you want to be surrounded by the beautiful youth of San Juan.

Here is a map and a list of restaurants that are recommended by Tres Palmas Inn. Some that are close to us, 10-15 minute walk, and others you will need transportation to visit them.

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San Juan Restaurants close to Tres Palmas Inn

These Restaurants are picked because of the quality of the services provided and the proximity to Tres Palmas Inn. They are about 10 to 15 minute walk and highly recommended.

Marisqueria Atlantica – $$$

Over 20 types of fish. Favorites: turbot, snapper, sea bass, dorado. In addition, squid, mussels, prawns and octopus. And cod ceviche salad. A wine cellar with over 250 wines. Sal Awards Winner: Seafood Category. The Atlantic Seafood is a favorite restaurant to satisfy the most demanding palate seeking taste the seafood. The ever popular seafood paella with Spanish seasoning special touch is the signature dish. The octopus salad, conch and seafood is always fresh as delicious cod croquettes. The Atlantic Seafood opened in 1984 and since then offers a quiet and friendly atmosphere with good service and wine cellar. Green Island’s restaurant has its own seafood shop where you can buy fresh, flaked and ready to be prepared in the comfort of your home fish. – San Juan Restaurants

 

Kasalta Bakery – $$ – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

A must stop for breakfast; eat the revoltillos rich with ham and toast. Cuban-Galician-Dominican-Puerto Rico mix. Famous for its steak sandwich and Cuban fried. Fish salads, shrimp vinaigrette. Turbot in white wine and parsley, rabbit stew: a la carte menu. Natural Juice china. Excellent wine pastelería. Before President Barack Obama had lunch one Kasalta, this bakery, spent years being one of the most popular and busy. Excellent selection of sandwiches, pastries and soups. Available a la carte ready to eat, good wine selection menu. – San Juan Restaurants Guide

 

High End restaurants

These are the best restaurants San Juan has to offer. These places are pretty busy from Thursday’s to Saturdays and reservations should be made beforehand in order to assure a table.- San Juan Restaurants Guide

Santaella Rastaurant – $$$$ – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

Santaella celebrates the roots of the island’s comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food. Santaella will elevate and redefine your Puerto Rico dining experience. – San Juan Restaurants Guide

Jose Enrique Restaurant – $$$$ – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

Jose Enrique worked in New York, Florida and Louisiana before he returned to his homeland. In 2007, he opens his first restaurant Jose Enrique, which was established at La Placita de Santurce and It’s personalized menu is prepared daily, incorporating natural and organic products focusing on fresh Puerto Rico produce, which allows the climate and ingredients to direct Chef menu choices. – San Juan Restaurants Guide

Pikayo Restaurant – $$$$$ – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

Pikayo is the flagship project for Chef Wilo Benet. The restaurant, created in 1990, has set standards and raised the level of luxury in fine dining in Puerto Rico. Pikayo combines exquisite taste with exclusive ambiance and unique creativity in its cuisine. Pikayo has been featured in some of the most prestigious travel and food publications internationally, such as The New York Times, Conde Naste Traveler and Gourmet Magazine. It is a local favorite and has hosted personalities from around the world.This one-of-a-kind restaurant rated the best Museum restaurant in the world, features nu + global mix cuisine, a fusion of exotic ingredients from international cuisine ( East Europe and Africa ) and traditional Puerto Rico flavors. – San Juan Restaurants Guide

1919 Restaurant – $$$$$ – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

José Cuevas was named Chef de l’Avenir (Chef of the Future) by the International Academy of Gastronomy in 2009 focus with a menu which emphasizes fish, shellfish and locally produced vegetables. Chef is working with local farmers and foragers throughout the island to supply fruits, vegetables, wild greens, poultry, meats, etc. to the hotel. Signature dishes include: Scallop a la Plancha in an Ocean-herbal Broth; Beef Teres Major Wagyu with Fricassee of Organic Carrot, Creamed Parsley and Pickled Mustard Seed, and Eggplant Confit in Tomato Water with local cucumber and clams escabeche, parsley vinaigrette. – San Juan Restaurants Guide

Old San Juan Restaurants

Verde Mesa Restaurant – Verde Mesa is a German restaurant for those that are health conscious. It has an elegant ambiance and the food is outstanding; albeit on the pricier side. Near the World’s Smallest Apartment if you know where that is. Price range: $20 – $70 Cuisines: Vegetarian.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar– While we haven’t personally been here, all our friends who have absolutely rave about this place. Seeing how it’s ranked #1 in Tripadvisor – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico we’d be amiss if we didn’t mention it. Price range: $25-100. Cuisine: Caribbean, International, Fusion, Organic.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Café La Princesa- On the walkway of the Paseo De Princesa, this is an absolutely romantic outdoor restaurant situated under a beautiful tree. Perfect place to bring a significant other on Paseo De La Princesa. Cuisine: Puerto Rican. Price Range: $9-25.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Al Dente – Ranked in the Top 5 in Trap Advisor as Best Restaurants.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Toro Salao – One of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs – Chef Guillermo González
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Waffle Era Tea Room “La Waflera” – This is a spectacular little gem to have breakfast/brunch. Providing a panoramic scene of the mountains in the backdrop on Calle Tetuan. Sweet and savory deep dish Belgium style waffles and extraordinary tea and coffee choices make this the must place if you happen to be in Old San Juan during the morning/early afternoon. Price range: $6-18. Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Inaru Restaurant – Located on the south side of Old San Juan near the parking garages, Inaru is also a great spot to hang in the bar or eat a great dinner. Featuring Caribbean cuisine. The owner and her son are pretty good people and are the type to sit with you at the bar and you wouldn’t even known they own the place on just “how down to earth they are.” Price range: $15-40.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Barrachina – Supposedly where the Piña Colada was invented. Barrachina features great local cuisine, with a slower wait. Regardless, all I know about his place is my niece Gaby says it was her favorite, and she’s cool so I’d bank on that review. However, we will say this. For an establishment to claim that it’s where the Piña Colada is from I´ve gotta say it´s disappointing to not have it served fresh – it comes from a machine! Just a word of warning. On Fortaleza Street. Price range: $15-30.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Istanbul – If you’re looking for a complete change of pace, try some excellent Turkish food. Located on the south side of Old San Juan. Took my mom here once, and we both agreed it was pretty freakin’ good albeit different! Cuisine: Turkish. Price Range: $10-$30.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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La Madre: The Mother– Excellent Mexican restaurant just down the street from Castle San Cristobal on Calle San Francisco. Great food and reasonable prices and great ambiance make this one of the best bets in Old San Juan. This is my best kept secret in Old San Juan and my favorite in this area.
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St Germain Bistro & Cafe – One of the best decorated and unique restaurants in all of Old San Juan. My favorite is the jar in which they serve your alcoholic drinks!   – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Café Ochoa – Bahía Urbana is an up and coming area in Old San Juan that´s featuring live local music concerts, art festivals, and other social gatherings. I love Bahía Urbana and it´s clear to see this is going to be the “vibe” of San Juan for years to come. Café Ochoa serves up regular Caribbean food (nothing crazy to boast about), but the bar is spectacular and being outdoors with that view makes up for it. Check out Café Ochoa (and note: they have the best parking spots for Bahía Urbana – you just gotta eat there.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Cinema Bar 1950 – Cool little restaurant and bar in the old military barracks of Old San Juan (across from “El Morro Fort.” The decor displays vintage posters of famous movies from the 1950′s. Happy Days kinda feel to the place. Didn’t eat here so I can’t write about the food.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Don Ruiz Roastery, Museum & Cafe – Highly ranked in Tripadvisor – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico Reviews.
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Cafe Poético – Love that this is a perfect cafe to hang and read a book, and listen to some improv poetry from time to time. Great cafe on one side/ and a store/open mic area for the words that flow from the mouths of the people. The coffee gives a run to it’s money competing versus Starbucks.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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La Taberna Lupulo – Stop into this great local spot on Calle Sen Sebastian and try their assortment of artisan beers and American cuisine. San Sebastian Street in Old San Juan is the best place to bar hop, and stopping here first is where the fun starts. The people here, are where the local artists hang. Real Puerto Rico. Price range: $4 – $20. Cuisines: American.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Triana Tapas y Flamenco Restaurant – Another charming restaurant on the streets of Old San Juan (south side) that pays homage to our relationship with Spain. On some nights you may even see some singing and flamenco dancing. The tapas are delicious. Make sure to also try the paella and Sangria! The bar is cool, with lo-key ambiance. The owner is another cool dude who lived in Spain and took a leap of faith to come to Puerto Rico with a girl. I can relate. Cuisine: Spanish. Price Range: $9-30.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Ostra Cosa – On Calle San Cristo adjacent to Calle San Sebastian is one of the better outdoor bars/cafes on the island. Friendly staff and excellent dining. Here’s another restaurant in Old San Juan with a great owner and excellent customer service. Best bar as you walk into Old San Juan on Calle Cristo & Calle San Sebastian. You can start drinking here, or La Taberna Lupulo. Cuisine: Puerto Rican. Price Range: $9-25.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Pirilo Pizza Rústica – Excellent pizza and ambiance on the Corner of Fortaleza Street & Tanca Street. 2 floors, great bar, great ambiance. Highly recommended.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Old Harbor Brewer – Puerto Rico’s native restaurant where they brew some excellent local beer. If you’re a beer person, you cannot come to Old San Juan without trying this local brewery. Try the “Taíno” beer.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Señor Frogs – Tourist central station. Fun times though to start drinking and hiking around Old San Juan and bar hopping / restaurant hopping.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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El Hamburger – By far one of the best hamburger joints in all of the island. Located on the road as you’re heading into Old San Juan on your left hand side on Avenida Munoz Rivera, this is a must stop at any time for the juiciest burgers. It’s got a great local charm as it’s sort of like a shack and outdoors – but don’t let that fool you from trying some great burgers and good beers. And inexpensive to boot! Best spot at night after you’ve been drinking to grab a bite to eat and talk with & jus’ hangin’ with good friends. Price range: $3-10. Cuisines: Burgers, Beer.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Café El Punto – Completely hidden and out of the way in a narrow walkway, it serves delicious Puerto Rican plates. Perhaps not the best ambiance, but nonetheless a great inexpensive option if you’re looking to try local food. Great lunch spot. Located on Calle Fortaleza. Cuisine: Puerto Rico. Price Range: $8-15.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Restaurante El Jibarito – The best kept secret of authentic cuisine in Old San Juan. Kinda hidden and hard to get to as it’s the type of places you have to walk a lot to see it even though there’s no “activity” happening around there. Inexpensive, cool ambiance and traditional. It’s the non-touristy version of “Raíces.” Cuisine: Caribbean. Price Range: Inexpensive.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Punto De Vista Restaurant & Bar
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Mala Vida – There is no such thing as Mala Vida unless that’s where where you want to dine. It’s not a bad life if you eat here – I like the title and concept. Perfect spot to have a fine dining experience when strolling on Calle San Sebastian. across from La Taberna. Decor inside is fine and inviting with a great bar. The brunch is spectacular! Formerly Anamu’s Restaurant in Old San Juan. Price range: $8-28. Cuisines: International, Puerto Rican.  – Old San Juan Restaurants
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Condado Restaurants

Budatai – Is the best choice if you’re looking for savory food and an excellent environment – even if it is on the costlier side. I enjoy the word savory and would imagine that the Buddha loves it as well. Located on the 2nd floor at the building across from La Ventana Al Mar (grass park field and ocean view). As you can imagine, when you walk in you are surrounded by Buddha’s and a well lit environment. The duck is delicious. Asian/Fusion.
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Blonda – Fine dining at reasonable prices at it’s best. Located on the outskirts of Condado and as you’re entering Ocean Park. The food is delicious, although come with a relaxed state of mind as you’re going to be here awhile (service). The food is worth it. I’m a sucker for quotes on the walls of restaurants so they had me there. Price Range: $15-39. Cuisines: Argentina.
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Perla Restaurant – (La Concha Hotel) – Check out biography of one of the Best Chefs, Chef Lindell Smith at Perla.
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Casa Lola – Check out biography of one of the Best Chefs, Chef Roberto Treviño at Casa Lola.
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Yantar
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Pikayo
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Ali Baba Restaurant
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Oceano
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1919 Restaurant
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DiParma Tratoria This outdoor restaurant overlooking La Ventana Al Mar is a great choice to come and eat and relax. Their menu is excellent and the staff are great. Price range: $15-20. Cuisines: Italian.
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Yerba Buena– The 2nd restaurant I ate at when first visiting the island. Cuban restaurant called Yerba Buena “Good Grass.” Great Cuban food. Sit on one of the swinging rocking chairs and ask for a mojito – the best in the area. Price range: $9-30. Cuisines: Cuban.
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Rao’s By Piccolo E Posto Nice spot to eat, and the risotto is one of the best you´ll find in the island. Service is excellent and one of the best I´ve seen.
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Little Italy Pizzeria Another one of our favorite pizza places in Ocean Park. Try their thin crust chorizo pizza and you will not want to stop. The bottle of sangria is the best on the island. Price Range: $7-19. Cuisines: Wood brick oven pizzas.
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The Place Is This The Place? It’s the place. Er, actually it’s not. But it is. Yes. The Restaurant The Place that is. Burger/outdoor open-aired joint. Anyways, the place is where you go if you want to have some beers and hamburgers. Outdoor and open aired with water mist circulating. Big screen TV’s to see the games. Price range: $6-20. Cuisines: American.
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Mike’s Pizza – Always a must stop place when you’re in the mood for pizza. Perfect local pizza spot. Great staff, and fast service. Price range: $4-14. Cuisines: Italian.
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Basilia’s – (Formerly Bebo’s) If you’re looking for genuine authentic Puerto Rican food check out Bebo’s Cafe located on Calle Loíza – right off Ashford. Try the churrasco mofongo with white rice and black beans. Arroz y frijoles negroes con yuca. If you’re from Miami you would know this as “Sergio’s”, and to me it’s the best Cuban food. Sorry Puerto Rico! Miami hace comida mejor! There, I said it and took a side! Cuba > Puerto Rico! Price Range: $5-25. Cuisines: Puerto Rican. Cuban.
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Ocean Park Restaurants

The Garden – The place to go if you’re vegetarian or looking for healthy eating alternatives. Nice ambiance in here. Breakfast/Brunch, Late night. Price Range: 10-25. Cuisines: Healthy.
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Si No Corro Me Pizza – Literally translates to if I don’t run they’ll trample me. Quaint and perfect little spot for delicious pizza. It’s a tiny place but a great spot for hanging out. Price Range: $14-30. Cuisines: Pizza/Italian.
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Caba Wine Bistro
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Silk: – Asian food and elegant environment under the Doubletree hotel at the end of Calle Loíza. Price Range: $15-40. Cuisines: Asian.
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Pamela’s Restaurant – A restaurant literally on the beach. Nice outdoor bar overlooking the beach. Good food but a bit pricey. Can’t deny though this is the perfect place for a $5 Medalla Beer. At least their not $13 Bud’s like there is in Miami. Still, Medallas by law should be no more than $1.50. (Note to self: Writing to Governor of Puerto Rico next) Price Range: $25-50. Cuisines: Caribbean, Contemporary.
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Kasalta Bakery – A delightful Cuban bakery with about as many choices as you can imagine. Sweet tooth? Breakfast? Sandwich? Coffee? This place on Ocean Park has it. A tad bit pricey though and slightly expensive, but still some of the best food in Ocean Park. Try the ternera sandwich with angus. Excellent. Also the Cubano Sandwich is a specialty. Price Range: $7-25. Cuisines: American, Spanish, International.
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Bagua Restaurant
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El Conde Pasta y Pizza – It’s kinda hidden if you don’t know where to look. Located on the 2nd floor next to the Shell Gas station on the fork of the road between Ocean Park and Isla Verde. Great spot for pizza. Tomato and basil pizza is tremendous. Price Range: $5-19. Cuisines: Pizza and pasta.
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Super Foods– For the healthiest and most delicious smoothies with fruits and and a completely organic menu. This is not so much a restaurant as a quick stop to grab some powerful food. Delicious shakes. Try the Acai Shake. Glad to see a health conscious store being successful so far. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Health shakes.
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Panuchos: – Late night Mexican restaurant on Loíza. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Mexican
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Pa´l Cielo – This is a place where the creative and artistic people hang out. Come later during a Friday or Saturday night for a good crowd. Pseudo restaurant and nightlife by the end of the night. The food is absolutely delicious – especially the ceviche. The appetizers at this place are great. However, just know that there is no air conditioning. Nothing but the fans and breeze. Gets hot in here. Price Range: $6-20. Cuisines: Caribbean, Peruvian.
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Fleria Greek Cafe – A completely different place to grab a bite to eat. Try some Greek food near Calle Taft on Loíza. Price Range: $10-25. Cuisines: Greek.
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Kamoli Kafe & Boutique – On Calle Taft, it’s a nice outdoor restaurant/cafe/boutique/slash/casual hangout. Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: Coffee/Tea/Appetizers.
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La Cueva Del Mar – If you want good seafood and great restaurant to hang out in with fun vibes this is it. You can eat so good here for a modest price. Plus, most of the locals hang out here as well so it’s fast becoming the “hang out” spot. Service is not the fastest, but that’s okay just come out here to have fun. Service not fast, but very good. Price Range: $4-20. Cuisines: Seafood, Caribbean.
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Mango’s Restaurant – # 2 on My Top Restaurants List. *Beginning of article
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La Casita Blanca
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Molini’s Café and Restaurant – By far the best rabo encendido in the island (ox’s tail). The restaurant is super small, yet the food is tremendous and the prices are inexpensive. Good spot for breakfast as well. Price Range: $7-20. Cuisines: Latin
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La B De Burro – Small and tiny, but don’t let that fool you it’s a great Mexican restaurant. Try the burritos and have a great and casual conversation with a friend. Price Range: $5-14. Cuisines: Mexican
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Inca Chicken:– Don’t let the name fool you this is not a fast food place when you first notice it. It’s an excellent Peruvian restaurant that specializes in the most amazing chicken you can ever have. Try the 1/4 chicken with the white rice and beans. Price Range: $8-20. Cuisines: Peruvian/Chicken.
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Tresbe Food Truck – This yellow food truck in the middle of Loíza Street is a perfect outdoor spot to order great Caribbean food. Try the fish tacos and the empanadas. Food tours come here it’s getting to be that good. My friend from Canada just visited me, and this was the first place we ate. The 2nd place we ate he insisted on his way back to the airport to eat here again. One of the best food trucks in the Metro Area (outside of the Meatball Company). Price Range: $3-20. Cuisines: Caribbean.
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Isla Verde Restaurants

Nagoya Mike’s Sushi – Intimate spot for fine dining and the sushi is delicious. The crab pizza and the spring rolls are some of the best items on the menu. Great bar selection as well. Parking is tough to get here but worth the effort. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Seafood/Sushi.
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Il Nonno – Our favorite romantic Italian restaurant in Puerto Rico is located at Isla Verde. Grab a bottle of red or white and try the tri-colored tortellini or gnocchi. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Italian/International.
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Located at the Intercontinental Resort & Casino, this is your spot to have fine dining when it comes to steaks. You can’t go wrong here, and the prices are expensive for a reason. Price Range: $20-50. Cuisines: Steakhouse.
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Third Base Sport Cafe – Third Base Sport Cafe is conveniently located at Isla Verde Beach with a cool scenic backdrop. Typical Puerto Rican bar food and empanadas, and the burgers are pretty good too. The clutch thing about this spot is the beers and drinks are pretty inexpensive considering they can probably charge more for the view. Price Range: $4-15. Cuisines: Latin.
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Cafe La Plage – Typically, we take the guests here once they land from the airport for a drink and quick introduction to the island. Why? It’s a perfect outdoor bar that overlooks the beach where you can walk to the sand and enjoy the views. They also have good food here although it’s a bit expensive. Perfect spot as well for nightlife and hanging out. Price Range: $11-$36. Cuisines: Caribbean/Fusion.
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El Taquito – El Taquito is a good little outdoor spot if you’re in the mood for Mexican food. The taco salad is pretty good and delicious. Cool spot to sit and people watch with a bucket of corona’s. Inexpensive and a way better option than Taco Bell. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Mexican.
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Piu Bello – A cool little spot to stop for lunch and / or have some ice cream. The breakfast is also good and the place has a good charm and ambiance to it. Price Range. $4-15. Cuisines: Caribbean/Ice cream/coffee.
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Casa Martorell – Known locally amongst families as a good place to eat on Sunday nights. Ambiance is charming in the sense they have a live older musician singing songs from a bygone era and the food is good as well. Decorated with nice art pieces celebrating the culture of Puerto Rico. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Caribbean.
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El Alambique Restaurant – Also located right on Isla Verde Beach, this is a quaint spot and good bar scene. Excellent for breakfast or lunch with exceptional views of the beach. Try the churrasco! Price Range: $9-23. Cuisines: Latin.
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Chili’s – Chili’s. Isla Verde. Tourists love Chili´s what can we say. Gringo city. The particular Chili´s is the same as you’ll find in any other Chili’s you would run into. However, we will say that this is by far one of the better Chili’s we’ve ever been to. The bar is fun and the huge tv screens here make watching a game a great spot. I want my baby, baby, baby, baby back ribs. Sorry, just had to. Carrying on… Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: American
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El Churry Food Truck – You can’t miss this colorful food truck on Isla Verde Avenue. By far if you want the traditional Puerto Rican “Tripleta” Sandwhich, try the “mixto.” A special blend of chicken and beef sandwich with the secret sauces that make these sandwiches line worthy and epic. Price Range: $7-15. Cuisines: Latin.
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Pizza City – Basically, if you’re hanging out late at night in the Isla Verde region and you’re hungry you can do no wrong by turning to this outdoor pizza place on Isla Verde Avenue. Cheap drinks and late night pizza seem to always hit the spot. Price Range: $8-15. Cuisines: Pizza.
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Metropol – We’ve mentioned this in other sections of our book, but by far the best Cuban restaurant on the island is Metropol. Isla Verde’s location is at the end of Isla Verde Avenue and it’s by far one of the nicest ones. Is Cuban food better than Puerto Rican food? Hmmmm….Not gonna say! But it’s sooo close! Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: Cuban.
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Miramar Restaurants

Texas De Brazil – Absolutely the finest steakhouse in the Metro Area. A franchise, but still good. Located at the Convention Center under the Sheraton Hotel – a must place to go if you’re craving steak, lamb, pork chops, or chicken. All you can eat salad bar buffet and from there you go. Price range: $25-50. Cuisines: Steakhouse.
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Augusto’s Cuisine
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Miramar Restaurant Wine and Cellar
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Lima Restaurant – Peruvian food to start off Restaurant Row in Miramar. The ceviche alone makes you think you could easily be in Peru on your way to hike Machu Pichu. Lima Restaurantis great. The presentation of the food and the ambiance of the bar makes this a can’t miss stop if you’re in Miramar. Peru’s Machu Pichu is a place everyone should travel to once in their life. This has nothing to do with this food review. Just an observation from my trip in 2009.
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Melanzana
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Pizza e Birra – Excellent pizza and choices of beer at the bar. If you’re looking to see the game then this is your place. After a while all Pizza places are the same, but Pizza e Birra does have ambiance goin’ for it and a place for happy hour for Puerto Rico’s professionals. Price range: $13-40. Cuisines: Italian/Pizza.
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Ficus – This outdoor gem located just outside the Convention Center’s front lawn boasts a beautiful Ficus tree and traditional Mexican food. Also a great spot to hang out at the outside bar and enjoy the nightlife and see sporting events. Cool area to hang outside with views of the open sky and Puerto Rico Convention Center building (architecturally made to look like an “ocean’s wave”). Bar Scene/Outdoor sitting. Price range: $5-20. Cuisines: Mexican/International.
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Los Pinos Restaurant – If you’re looking for inexpensive local Puerto Rico food away from the tourist traps of Ashford Avenue, look no further than Los Pinos. Excellent mofongo con churrasco. Price range: $7-20. Cuisines: Puerto Rico/Latin.
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La Jaquita Baya
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Puttanesca Italian Trattoria
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Santurce Restaurants

Mumbai Indian Restaurant – This restaurant in Santurce is beyond a doubt the place to bring your significant other. You’re in Puerto Rico, but you might as well be on vacation to India once you’re inside. The curry beef and white rice combination is savory to great tastes. What instantly strikes you is the spiritual painting of the Ganesha that instantly greets you. There’ a story there if you simply ask your waiter or waitress. Cuisines: Indian. Price Range: $12-29.
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Bistro De Paris
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Gia’s Pizza – Excellent service and unique modern architecture/artisan vibe inside. Friendly staff and good pizza, although not very memorable.
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Abracadabra – Walk into Alice In Wonderland and find the white rabbit. Abracadabra presents a unique dining experience. Live art some nights, and amazing food and coffee. Popular on Sundays for Brunch. Cuisines: Breakfast/Coffee/Wraps/Pizza and more. Price Range: $9-25.
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Libros/AC – One of the few places left that sell books on the island. Perfect marriage if you want to merge your want of reading with your appetite with hunger. Libros/AC also serves as a restaurant by day and night (check some nights they close early sometimes).
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Placita de Santurce Restaurants

La Placita – This area of Santurce is known locally as “La Placita” where you will have a ton of options to eat, drink, and be merry. Thursday nights are usually the most popular nights to hang out with the locals. By day it’s a farmer’s market. First time I came here I was simply so happy to see we can all have our beers out in the street and bar hop!
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Santaella – An elegant culinary experience with a beautiful natural setting inside. One of Puerto Rico’s best restaurants for fine dining. Occasionally have music/concerts inside with up & coming local musicians such as Ardnaxela (Alexandra backwords). Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International. Price Range: $25-100.
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Casa De La Tequilas (Mexican Restaurant) – A quaint Mexican restaurant with delicious food and inexpensive prices. Known for its variety of tequila as well. Cuisines: Mexican. Price Range: $4-20.
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Vittorino Trattoria – If you’re looking for a good place for Italian when visiting La Placita this is your spot. Small environment, but delicious food. Cuisines: Italian. Price Range: $10-30.
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José Enrique – If you’re at La Placita and want to have a fun dining experience make sure you head over to José Enrique. While from the outside it looks like a non-nondescript house, on the inside it’s a fun and casual environment. The food is absolutely delicious and makes for a great spot to eat with friends. Cuisine: Caribbean. Price Range: $12-30.
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Taberna Los Vasquez The local bar where you can get cheap drinks and dance the night away. This is an outdoor spot with an old and charming bar. If you’re thinking of hitting up the most local of bars, this is your place. Every now and then you’ll see the whole place dancing salsa. I need to learn salsa after writing this travel guide. Ok, I’m putting it in writing now. Whoever reads this, please one day remind me if I ever conquered salsa….(to be continued…)

Fat Tuesday’s – You can’t have a bar type atmosphere in a city and not see the ubiquitous Fat Tuesday’s there. Puerto Rico’s version at La Placita is a fun atmosphere and provides great drinks at good prices plus good music pumping through the speakers. Located at 180 Calle Dos Hermanos right next to Taberna Los Vasquez.
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Vibra – Vibra is a dance club/bar located on the 2nd floor above Taberna Los Vasquez (on the back side). It’s tough to see, but is a cool place to hang out and dance. You can’t wear a hat though, as I was once thrown out for having my backward hat on. “C’mon bouncer dude, I’m balding and I need to sport my Heat hat backwards, bro!” He said no, I got pissed for one of a very few times on this island the past four years. Still fun times.
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El Sabor De La Reina (The Taste of the Queen) – Another one of our favorites and a much more inexpensive option if you want to try the local Puerto Rican food. The ambiance of live music makes this a gem. Story goes that the owner was a waitress for over 20 years at a nearby restaurant – and saved all her money to open her very own restaurant right next door. A great story. Excellent Puerto Rico food, and occasional music bands also playing at this tiny, yet comfortable space. Cuisines: Puerto Rican/Seafood. Price Range: $9-20.
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Tasca El Pescador – Considered by many of the locals to be one of the best places to eat good seafood. The restaurant is not the biggest, but has a good local flavor if you want to explore. Cuisines: Seafood. Price Range: $11-30.
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Bayamón Restaurants

Restaurante Ardente – Lunch/Dinner
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El Gigante Dormido “The Sleeping Giant” – Lunch/Dinner.
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Caguas Restaurants

Bistro Tartine – One of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs can be seen here
Chef Daniel Vasse
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Morivivi
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Guaynabo Restaurants

Tinto Y Blanco – Cool little restaurant to hang with friends and drink some wine. I didn’t try the food so can’t say, but my friends who live in this area always speak well of this restaurant.
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Shannon’s Pub – Irish bar in Guaynabo that I absolutely love to go to when I really need to see an NBA or NFL game. Go Dolphins, Go Heat. What’s cool about this place when you see a football game here is the assortment of “pockets of fans” in every corner. One one side, the Patriots fans. On another, the Cowboys. The bar is flooded with Steelers fans usually. Us Dolphins represent as well. Cool venue as well for live music, dancing, and one of the best sports restaurants/bars in Puerto Rico.
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Hato Rey Restaurants

Downtown – Across the street from “El Choliseo” Music/Sports Amphitheater is the popular hang out spot/restaurant/bar/live music venue “Downtown.” Hang out here to listen to music, drink artisan beers, see the game, and people watch. Downtown’s food is good too, even if it is expensive. I could only describe basic menus so many ways people!
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Tres Patio Bistro – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs Javier NassarTripadvisor – Restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico

El Zipperle
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Río Piedras Restaurants

Madeline Café Bistro – Madeline Café Bistro is a amazing hidden restaurant in Rio Piedras. The decor inside has character, it’s intimate, and yet it’s the food that shines. Try the pumpkin soup!
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Logan’s Irish Bar – Logan’s Irish Bar is the other pub in the Metro Area (Shannon’s Pub) that’s fantastic for watching the big games. While not as big as Shannon’s, the food is slightly better here and less expensive. Some nights also feature live local music and is a cool hangout spot at night.
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Sultan Abi – Sultan Abi is a turkish restaurant that is one of the best on Winston Churchill Avenue near El Señorial Plaza in Puerto Rico’s suburbs.
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Tras Patio– Find out more about one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs: Chef Javier Nassar
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La Bodeguita De Manolo En Los Cidrines– Los Cidrines is one of my favorite restaurants from the days when I lived in Río Piedras. At first glance, it’s a nice Puerto Rican bakery that serves pastries and good coffee. However, the gem is the restaurant in the back. The artistic and decorative atmosphere makes for one of the most unique dining experiences in the island. The food is exquisite. The service? Excellent. In fact, my friends and I celebrate our birthdays here every year. It’s a hidden gem for food lovers. Check them out.
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