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The 10 Best Restaurants in San Juan

The 10 Best Restaurants in San Juan

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Restaurants in Puerto Rico’s cosmopolitan capital have become increasingly diverse over the past decades; you’ll now find all sorts of tastes here, from Asian and Middle Eastern the classic comida criolla (creole cooking), an authentic Puerto Rico taste. We list the 10 best spots to eat out in San Juan.
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Budatai
Restaurant, Caribbean, Fusion, Thai, Japanese, Asian, $$$

Come to Budatai for a delicious fusion of Asian and Puerto Rican flavours. When you can tear you eyes away from the food, be sure to appreciate the carefully designed decor, with Buddha statues dotted about the room. After dinner, step out onto the balcony of this two-storey restaurant and bask in the incredible views of sea, sand and palm trees.
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Mon - Wed:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
11:30 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Modern, Romantic, Unusual, Stylish
El Jibarito
Restaurant, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, $$$

El Jibarito serves affordable, traditional and delicious classics every night. The restaurant celebrates the traditions of Puerto Rico in everything they do from their name to their rich decor. For a casual night out with friends come here to enjoy the churrasco (skirt steak) and mofongo.
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Mon - Sun:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Casual, Traditional, Relaxed
Aguaviva
Restaurant, Seafood, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, $$$
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Courtesy of Aguaviva

Aguaviva is the place for seafood lovers! Dishes are a unique blend of Caribbean and International flavors and techniques. The creative bar has ocean-inspired decor – you won’t be able to miss the jellyfish-like lights which hang from the ceiling, adding a nautical blue sheen to the restaurant! The fried calamari sandwich is the definite lunch highlight.
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Mon - Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Modern, Fine Dining, Romantic
Pikayo
Restaurant, Caribbean, South American, Spanish, $$$
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Courtesy of Pikayo

You will not leave a single crumb on your plate from anything you order at Pikayo. Chef Wilo has a gift for making anything he touches taste magical. Many say the tuna “pegao” and foie gras with sweet plantains & black truffle honey are the best things to order on the menu, but you’ll have to pay it a visit to decide for yourself!
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Mon - Thu:
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Romantic, Business, Stylish
Kasalta
Restaurant, Caribbean, South American, Fusion, $$$
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Courtesy of Kasalta

Kasalta is loved by locals and is a great place for weekend brunches. It’s a few blocks from the beach and many people say it has some of the best coffee around. In addition to the variety of pastries, great coffee and toasted breakfast sandwiches, you can also try the caldo gallego or the octopus salad while you’re there. Maybe if you’re lucky President Obama will stop by while you’re enjoying your brunch!
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Mon - Sun:
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Relaxed
1919
Restaurant, Caribbean, Fusion, Contemporary, $$$

With its elegant oceanfront setting and the overall historical setting in the Vanderbilt Hotel, 1919 offers an exciting yet modern dining experience. Although you’ll still taste the flavors of Puerto Rican ingredients, the dishes here are focused on being a bit more upscale. 1919 offers a four course prix fixe dinner menu allowing you the chance to taste a little bit of everything.
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Tue - Fri:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet, Modern, Romantic
The Parrot Club
Restaurant, South American, Caribbean, $$$
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Courtesy of The Parrot Club

If you’re looking to enjoy some authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, then The Parrot Club is the place for you. Staff are quick to point out their favorites, but trying the plantains is a must. The restaurant has a great atmosphere that makes the meal even more enjoyable. The house drink is the Parrot Passion, a frozen blend of Bacardi Limon, fresh orange and passionfruit juice, and is one the best drinks you’ll find on the entire island!
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Wed - Sun:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Casual, Quirky
Café del Angel
Restaurant, Caribbean, Spanish, $$$

Be prepared to be full for half of the day after your visit to Café del Angel for brunch. Despite being surrounded by its fast food counterparts you’ll still find Puerto Rican classics like pastel and mofongo served here at very reasonable prices.
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Mon:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Sun:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, All Day

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Relaxed, Casual
Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar
Restaurant, Caribbean, Spanish, Fusion, $$$

Spend your first night in historic Viejo San Juan with the magical food at the Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar. An innovative menu from a restaurant veteran chef, Marmalade one of the ultimate food experiences in Viejo San Juan. Try the Risotto of Lobster and Chocolate “Tripleta” while you’re there.
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Mon - Sun:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Stylish