El Departamento de la Comida
Set back a couple of blocks from the ocean, El Departamento de la Comida (‘The Department of Food’) has a menu with a lot, if not all, of the ingredients sourced locally, with vegetarian options for visitors. If you aren’t somehow already convinced that you need to stop and eat here, take a look at their Instagram account which features tasty pictures of their food and has approximately 18,000 followers to date.
The beachfront bar and grill El Alambique has a menu that’s perfect for seafood lovers, including their famous homemade crab cakes, spicy loaded seafood chapino soup, Alaskan snow crab legs with cilantro, and creamy Caribbean shrimp bisque. While El Alambique is technically in Isla Verde, Carolina, and not in San Juan, many people think that neighboring Isla Verde is a part of San Juan; even the San Juan Hotel and Casino is close by.
Kiosko El Boricua
A popular location to buy fritters like bacalaitos, alcapurrias, and pinchos, Kiosko El Boricua is one of many kiosks or shacks on the Piñones coastline. Seating is available by the kiosk but it’s also possible to eat on the beach and take in the view. This eating establishmen is easy to get to, and the area of Piñones in Loíza is very close to the San Juan International Airport – very convenient, especially for travellers navigating through Puerto Rico for the first time.
Pamela’s Caribbean Cuisine
Beachside in San Juan is Pamela’s Caribbean Cuisine, a place to eat Caribbean-fusion meals in the Ocean Park area. The menu features an assortment of seafood including tuna tartare, lemongrass mussels, salmon wrap, and papaya salmon. The ingredients are fresh and patrons can eat outside and take in the ocean view while casual dining here.