The Best Places for Seafood in Puerto Rico

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Kris Pethick

Small fishing villages and family-run fishing businesses are still abundant in Puerto Rico, so it’s a perfect place to visit if you want fresh seafood. Restaurants all over the island, from small roadside stands to large gourmet restaurants, offer dishes such as red snapper, shrimp, octopus, dorado (mahi mahi) and chapin. Visit Puerto Rico and try some of these mouthwatering seafood restaurants.

1. La Pescadería

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Chicharro (mackerel) at La Pescadería
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La Pescadería in Humacao is a great place for a relaxing lunch or dinner with drinks. Feel the ocean breeze as you sit on their cozy deck and gaze at the water, or go inside and beat the heat in their air conditioned dining room. Try the catch of the day or munch away on some fish tacos with mango salsa.

2. El Roble

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

El Roble Restaurant, Salinas

Another great seafood place with a view of the Caribbean is El Roble in Salinas. This is one of those places you absolutely must try while in Puerto Rico. They have been around for over 60 years, and their experience shines through with each delicious plate. They are known for some of the freshest seafood anywhere, particularly the lobster and crab, and the tostones made from fresh green plantains are superb.

3. Pez Dorado Marisquería

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Tamarind dorado with cilantro rice
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Welcome to seafood gastronomica. At Pez Dorado Marisqueria in Guaynabo you will experience fish and seafood like no place else on earth. Every single dish is thrilling and tantalizing, so your biggest problem will be deciding what to order.

5. El Makito

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Shrimp with rice
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El Makito is a great place to take the family for quality fish and seafood, but without getting too fancy. They have a very lengthy menu with plenty to choose from, so everyone in your party should be able to find something they like, even the picky eaters. Great food, great staff and an incredible view from the terrace, El Makito has it all.

6. Bamboleio

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

The Caribbean sunset from the deck at Bamboleio
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PR-102 from Cabo Rojo to Mayaguez is a food and drink paradise, and one of the best stops on this culinary route is Bamboleio. They specialize in fresh locally-caught fish and seafood, blending Caribbean flair with Puerto Rican tradition. Watch the awesome sunset on the Caribbean from their small romantic deck while you sip a chilled glass of Albariño and enjoy tapas or one of their signature dishes. It will soon become a go-to place each time you visit the island.

7. Tasca El Pescador

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Refreshing sangria
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Tasca El Pescador in San Juan has such a welcoming ambience, you quickly feel like part of the family. They have some of the best red snapper on the island and their sangria is extraordinary. Do not miss this little gem tucked into La Placita in San Juan.

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