The Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico

Dumplings from the Dragonfly restaurant in San Juan | © Prayitno/ Flickr
Dumplings from the Dragonfly restaurant in San Juan | © Prayitno/ Flickr
Photo of Mariela Santos
11 May 2017

Delicious dishes are easy to find in Puerto Rico but there are definitely certain restaurants that stand out. Ranging from seafood to traditional Puerto Rican food and tapas, there are options for even the pickiest eaters. Delight your taste buds by checking out the cuisine at the following restaurants, some of the best on the island.

Toro Salao

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Spanish, Tapas
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Churros from Toro Salao restaurant
Churros from Toro Salao restaurant | © vxla/ Flickr

Located in the historic Old San Juan district, Toro Salao is a restaurant specializing in Spanish food, and some of its most notable dishes are their tapas, Ibizan fish tacos, and brick-oven flatbreads. The drinks menu offers sangrias, wines, and cocktails. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, guests can dine in an outdoor patio area, a wine bar, and a tasca for private events or large groups.

Vista Bahia

Restaurant, Seafood, Caribbean, $$$
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Travel to southwest Puerto Rico and enjoy the cuisine at Vista Bahia in Cabo Rojo. Specializing in seafood and Caribbean food, not only are the dishes delicious, but the restaurant’s location offers great coastal views too. It’s a convenient area to eat seafood Puerto Rican-style, since there are many restaurants to dine at, along the same road where Vista Bahia is located.


Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Fusion, Asian, South American, $$$
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A dish from the Dragonfly restaurant
A dish from the Dragonfly restaurant | © Prayitno/ Flickr

This restaurant’s menu focuses on Latin-Asian cuisine, featuring plates like sweet plantain dumplings and Peking duck dumplings. There are two dining rooms, two bars, a cocktail lounge, and an outdoor patio. The Dragonfly is definitely one of the restaurants to stop at in Old San Juan.


Restaurant, Caribbean, European, Fusion, $$$
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One of the best restaurants in San Juan, Pikayo has been open since 1990. Run by Chef Wilo Benet and located inside of the Condado Plaza Hilton, the restaurant serves fusion cuisine, mixing international and Puerto Rican food. The restaurant has been covered in a variety of publications, including the New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler.

El Quenepo

Restaurant, Healthy, Seafood, Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Contemporary, American
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El Quenepo Restaurant
El Quenepo Restaurant | © Jim Rhodes/ Flickr

In Vieques, Puerto Rico, visitors can find a noteworthy restaurant called El Quenepo. Open since 2007, the restaurant offers an international menu that can be enjoyed in an open air environment. Dishes include Caribbean cracked conch salad, pan seared mahi mahi, and turbinado tuna. In addition, they also offer vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan dishes.

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Boutique, Cosy, Fine Dining, Gourmet, Outdoors, Relaxed

Sancho Panza

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Caribbean, Italian
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Located in the town of Mayaguez in western Puerto Rico, Sancho Panza is a popular place to eat with good prices that are budget-friendly. Pizzas and Puerto Rican food like mofongo are must-eat dishes; they also serve some seafood. Mayaguez is very much a college town, where there is a large University of Puerto Rico campus, so don’t be surprised if you see many students there.


Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Mexican food, fish tacos
Mexican food, fish tacos | © Ray Bouknight/ Flickr

When looking for Mexican food in Puerto Rico, Aurorita is a must-visit restaurant. In the Puerto Nuevo area of San Juan, visitors can try a varied menu that includes tortilla soup, huevos rancheros, different types of burritos, and steak, not to mention their desserts. Among the drinks available are tequilas, margaritas, and local beers.

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