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If you’re looking to enjoy some authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, then the Parrot Club is the place for you. Authentic, local cuisine is served with a modern twist to create new and exciting flavours. The restaurant itself is a feast for the eyes, with its high archways and tall, beamed ceilings. With the long, blue bar and palm trees potted in every available space, you’ll really feel the Caribbean spirit in this popular, atmospheric restaurant.
The Parrot Club, 363 Calle Fortaleza, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787 725 7370
For authentic French dining in the heart of Caribbean, look no further than 311 Trois Cent Onze. Everything about this elegant French dining room is the real deal, from the French-Puerto Rican owners Sylma Pèrez and Christophe Gourdain to the delicate Andalusian-style iron rosette above the door. They prize their wines as highly as their food, so expect the perfect compliment to every dish from all corners of the globe in this chic and luxurious establishment.
Trois Cent Onze, 311 Calle Fortaleza, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787 725 7959
Panza is located inside Chateau Cervantes, a European-style hotel in the heart of Viejo, and is named after Don Quixote’s sidekick. Opened in 2006 in a restored 18th century townhouse, Panza serves up unique, tropical dishes with a modern twist. Expect small tables, crisp white table cloths, soft lighting and beautifully presented dishes at this special San Juan gem.
Panza Restaurant, 329 Calle Recinto Sur, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787 724 7722
Spend your first night in the historic Viejo San Juan experiencing the memorable dining at Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar. Marmalade is led by the innovative Chef Peter Schintler, who has been all over the world searching for new flavors and ways to reinvent old classics. Prizing sustainable and non-modified ingredients, the food at Marmalade really is first class. For romantic evenings, try and bag a corner seat with silk cushions to cozy up and share dessert.
Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar, 317 Calle Fortaleza, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787-724-3969
Dragonfly has found success by mixing Asian and Latin flavors to create an exceptional menu. Splitting a few rolls and a couple of specialities is a great option for groups, and absolutely must be paired with a couple of their famous cocktails. Perhaps best renowned for its exceptional service, Dragonfly is a perfect first stop on any trip to San Juan, for delicious Asian tapas served with a smile and travel advice for free.
Dragonfly, 364 Calle Fortaleza, Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787 977 3886
Barrachina is one of two San Juan establishments vying for a prestigious title: the birth place of the Piña Colada cocktail. Though unlike its competitor The Caribe Hilton, Barrachina is so sure of its claim it has had a plaque installed outside. Whether historically accurate or not, there’s no doubt that Barrachina’s Piña Colada is one of the best you will ever taste. And if you order on a Friday or Saturday evening you’ll get to enjoy it while watching a live Flamenco show.
Barrachina, 104 Calle Fortaleza, Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787-725-7912