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

Delicious shrimp tacos
Delicious shrimp tacos | © Anna Ivanova / Alamy Stock Photo
Mariela Santos

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. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

El Alambique

Elegant and delicious morsel of crab and ground for cocktail

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.

Numero Uno Beach Hotel & Restaurant

Salmon and vegetables

Beachside in San Juan is Numero Uno Beach Hotel & Restaurant, 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.

La Casita de Rones

Refreshing Rum Mint Mojito Cocktail on a Table

Originally built in 1937 as a bar for ships landing at the port, La Casita de Rones has transformed over time into a historic building that now houses an impressive collection of Puerto Rican rums. The establishment proudly showcases the diverse range of rums produced on the island. In addition to its rum offerings, La Casita de Rones also features a creole menu that beautifully represents Puerto Rican gastronomy. This combination of history, local spirits, and authentic cuisine makes La Casita de Rones a truly special place to visit.

El Batey Bar

This iconic bar has a long-standing history, dating back to its establishment many years ago. El Batey Bar is known for its unique and vibrant atmosphere, with walls adorned with graffiti, vintage décor, and an overall eclectic vibe. It is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, offering a wide range of alcoholic beverages and signature cocktails. The friendly staff adds to the welcoming ambiance, making it a great place to relax, socialize, and enjoy a memorable night out in Puerto Rico.

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