The Best Seafood Shacks and Beach Cafés in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fish tacos | © Alan Levine/ Flickr
Fish tacos | © Alan Levine/ Flickr
Photo of Mariela Santos
3 May 2017

The beaches in Puerto Rico‘s capital San Juan are the perfect setting for enjoying delicious food with a beautiful view. Make sure to check out the following seafood shacks and beach cafés combining the best of the island’s natural wonders and culinary creations.

Enjoy Puerto Rico’s beaches with a fish dish in hand | © Mtmdfan/WikiCommons

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.

El Departamento de la Comida, 2413 Calle Laurel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Alambique

Bar, Caribbean, Beer, $$$
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Boardwalk at Piñones in Puerto Rico
Boardwalk at Piñones in Puerto Rico | © sailn1/ Flickr
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.

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