Isla Verde is part of the San Juan/Carolina beautiful beach resort strip and it’s not hard to find a great meal when you get tired of feeling the sand between your toes. Here are 10 of the best places to eat in Isla Verde.
Platos has hands down some of the most authentic Puerto Rican food that you’ll find in Isla Verde. Platos is located inside the Coral By The Sea hotel and gives you the full island experience from start to finish. The menu includes island essentials like mofongos, paellas and chillo entero. The place also has a menu of steaks which have steakhouse prices. In terms of beverages, it serves some of the best sangria this side of the Atlantic.
With a contemporary decor made up of shades of orange, white and yellow, Eighty20 serves up modern twists on international dishes with some homegrown flare. Located within the Verdanza Hotel, the menu offers everything from sloppy Joes to lobster empanadas. Eighty20 is similar to an upscale diner, but with a wider variety of options for meals compared to the more stylish places to eat in Isla Verde.
Have you ever wondered what a restaurant dedicated to coconuts would be like? Then you have to visit Koco which is not only “a culinary tribute to the coconut”, but a place that works hard at having every flavor in its dishes go above and beyond your expectations. The menu ranges from the Koconut shrimp to coconut filled desserts and every plate has a special touch to it. Koco also has an impressive rum bar and is right in front of the casino at the El San Juan Hotel. So, make it night on the town.
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Ceviche House is the place you go to in Puerto Rico when looking for an authentic Peruvian meal. You can’t possibly start your meal wrong if you give the toasted and salted Peruvian corn or a bowl of canchaa chance. Try the restaurant’s namesake ceviches because they are what make Ceviche House such a good pick. However, if you’re looking for a something a little more substantial, try the pescado a lo macho – it’s delicious and filling.
If you love steak, then look no further. BLT lives up to its name and offers some of the best steak around. Located inside the Ritz Carlton San Juan Hotel, not only do BLT offer any kind of steak you can think of – from Certified Black Angus to Japanese Kobe beef – but they don’t skimp on the trimmings either. Generous side dishes grace the table in Staub cast iron cocottes, and everything on the menu is complemented with a corresponding savory sauce. Aside from the quality of food, BLT’s staff is very knowledgeable and gives you great service from the moment you walk in.
Amazing steak, a classy environment and irresistible sides all contribute to making Ruth’s Chris a great place to grab a meal. The high quality of the products Ruth’s Chris offers cannot be denied. Located at the Intercontinental Hotel in Isla Verde, Ruth’s Chris has a Caribbean lobster surf ‘n’ turf that is a filet perfectly paired with buttery lobster meat found in waters not too far from the hotel.
It’s easy to see how so many people could be fans of Sirena from just one visit. As it’s a breezy outdoor restaurant out on the sands of the Isla Verde Beach, it’s hard to not be at peace when dining at this restaurant. Sirena is located on the very eastern edge of the strip at the Courtyard Marriott Resort in Isla Verde. Enjoy a sunset meal while at Sirena and then go for a walk on the stunning beach or maybe take a trip to a casino.
The Meat Market Miami brings cool South Beach vibes to the El San Juan Hotel, making the heart of Isla Verde a bit more stylish and chic. Meat Market is one of the pricier options in the area, but their menu is full of signature steaks with the option to add lobster or even seared foie gras. There are plenty of steakhouses to choose from in Isla Verde, but Meat Market is one of the best around.
This is one of the main dining experiences offered to guests at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. With the classiness found in New York City combined with the grand traditions of classic Italian food, Il Mulino brings this great fusion to Isla Verde. The menu has many pleasing choices, including homemade pasta and an out-of-this-world tiramisu. This is some of the best dining Puerto Rico has to offer.
In everything from its decor to location, Zest is cool. The relaxed restaurant at the Water & Beach Club is “an avant-garde culinary experience” that has an underwater vibe due to the dancing ripples you’ll find on the walls or the cascading waterfall near the bar. Dishes will amaze, such as the fettuccine with truffle-bacon carbonara, crabmeat and peas or the beef short ribs with plantain gnocchi. This menu shines a light on ingredients found across the island, making for a tasty local meal.