Dining in Puerto Rico is one of the best foodie adventures a traveler can ever take.  There are countless opportunities on the island to try exotic plates that leave you wanting more.  We’ve written a guide list of “Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico” in the restaurant industry that covers the entire island.  Our interactive travel guide book strongly suggests to get “outside your comfort zone” and explore regions of Puerto Rico that will delight your senses.

Amazing Chefs Of Puerto Rico That Delight Your Senses

There is a great up & coming website called Salsa & Flavors where I helped write the biographies of some of the best chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists in all of Puerto Rico. Check out the bios of the best chefs here! You can also get some delicious and top secret Puerto Rico culinary recipes at this fantastic website!

Best 6 Restaurants By Region (So Far) & Best Of The Rest (190+)

This restaurant guide is meant to be read as a “frame of reference” for the travelers who visit our island. Because we know many locals in Puerto Rico are passionate about our culinary experinces to be had, please feel free to comment or post on section below for YOUR vote of Top 6 Restaurants By Region:  The Final Version of the interactive guide book “Puerto Rico Revealed” will have the final definitive list of the Best Restaurants for us gringos/Cubans/[INSERT YOUR COUNTRY HERE] who will travel/move here and want to know the best places to eat while exploring this country.

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*Featured Pick (Guaynabo):    Bottles Restaurant – I’d list this easily as the #1 restaurant in Puerto Rico on just how good this restaurant is. You can gorge on lobster, risotto, a bottle of wine (they sell wine bottles). It’s simply a must eat if you’re in Guaynabo area, although it’s for those who’ve got some flow. And money.
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Verde Mesa Restaurant – Verde Mesa is a German restaurant for those that are health conscious. It has an elegant ambiance and the food is outstanding; albeit on the pricier side. Near the World’s Smallest Apartment if you know where that is. Price range: $20 – $70 Cuisines: Vegetarian.
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Dragonfly – On Calle Fortaleza, this is one of the most popular restaurants for fine dining in Old San Juan featuring Asian-Puerto Rican fusion food. Please see Salsa & Flavors for a description of OOF’s chefs at this fine line of Puerto Rico culinary experience. As for me, dragonfly’s have always been great signs for me and seem to see them everywhere. Food good here, but pricy. Price Range: $35-90.
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Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar– While we haven’t personally been here, all our friends who have absolutely rave about this place. Seeing how it’s ranked #1 in Trip Advisor we’d be amiss if we didn’t mention it. Price range: $25-100. Cuisine: Caribbean, International, Fusion, Organic.
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Café La Princesa- On the walkway of the Paseo De Princesa, this is an absolutely romantic outdoor restaurant situated under a beautiful tree. Perfect place to bring a significant other on Paseo De La Princesa. Cuisine: Puerto Rican. Price Range: $9-25.
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Al Dente – Ranked in the Top 5 in Trap Advisor as Best Restaurants.
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Toro Salao – One of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs – Chef Guillermo González
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Waffle Era Tea Room “La Waflera” – This is a spectacular little gem to have breakfast/brunch. Providing a panoramic scene of the mountains in the backdrop on Calle Tetuan. Sweet and savory deep dish Belgium style waffles and extraordinary tea and coffee choices make this the must place if you happen to be in Old San Juan during the morning/early afternoon. Price range: $6-18. Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert.
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Inaru Restaurant – Located on the south side of Old San Juan near the parking garages, Inaru is also a great spot to hang in the bar or eat a great dinner. Featuring Caribbean cuisine. The owner and her son are pretty good people and are the type to sit with you at the bar and you wouldn’t even known they own the place on just “how down to earth they are.” Price range: $15-40.
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Barrachina – Supposedly where the Piña Colada was invented. Barrachina features great local cuisine, with a slower wait. Regardless, all I know about his place is my niece Gaby says it was her favorite, and she’s cool so I’d bank on that review. However, we will say this. For an establishment to claim that it’s where the Piña Colada is from I´ve gotta say it´s disappointing to not have it served fresh – it comes from a machine! Just a word of warning. On Fortaleza Street. Price range: $15-30.
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Istanbul – If you’re looking for a complete change of pace, try some excellent Turkish food. Located on the south side of Old San Juan. Took my mom here once, and we both agreed it was pretty freakin’ good albeit different! Cuisine: Turkish. Price Range: $10-$30.
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La Madre: The Mother– Excellent Mexican restaurant just down the street from Castle San Cristobal on Calle San Francisco. Great food and reasonable prices and great ambiance make this one of the best bets in Old San Juan. This is my best kept secret in Old San Juan and my favorite in this area. The chimichanga/burrito beats Taco Bell by far. That’s a joke. A bad one.
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St Germain Bistro & Cafe – One of the best decorated and unique restaurants in all of Old San Juan. My favorite is the jar in which they serve your alcoholic drinks!
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Café Ochoa – Bahía Urbana is an up and coming area in Old San Juan that´s featuring live local music concerts, art festivals, and other social gatherings. I love Bahía Urbana and it´s clear to see this is going to be the “vibe” of San Juan for years to come. Café Ochoa serves up regular Caribbean food (nothing crazy to boast about), but the bar is spectacular and being outdoors with that view makes up for it. Check out Café Ochoa (and note: they have the best parking spots for Bahía Urbana – you just gotta eat there.
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Cinema Bar 1950 – Cool little restaurant and bar in the old military barracks of Old San Juan (across from “El Morro Fort.” The decor displays vintage posters of famous movies from the 1950’s. Happy Days kinda feel to the place. Didn’t eat here so I can’t write about the food.
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Don Ruiz Roastery, Museum & Cafe – Highly ranked in Trip Advisor Reviews.
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Cafe Poético – Love that this is a perfect cafe to hang and read a book, and listen to some improv poetry from time to time. Great cafe on one side/ and a store/open mic area for the words that flow from the mouths of the people. The coffee gives a run to it’s money competing versus Starbucks.
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La Taberna Lupulo – Stop into this great local spot on Calle Sen Sebastian and try their assortment of artisan beers and American cuisine. San Sebastian Street in Old San Juan is the best place to bar hop, and stopping here first is where the fun starts. The people here, are where the local artists hang. Real Puerto Rico. Price range: $4 – $20. Cuisines: American.
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Triana Tapas y Flamenco Restaurant – Another charming restaurant on the streets of Old San Juan (south side) that pays homage to our relationship with Spain. On some nights you may even see some singing and flamenco dancing. The tapas are delicious. Make sure to also try the paella and Sangria! The bar is cool, with lo-key ambiance. The owner is another cool dude who lived in Spain and took a leap of faith to come to Puerto Rico with a girl. I can relate. Cuisine: Spanish. Price Range: $9-30.
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Ostra Cosa – On Calle San Cristo adjacent to Calle San Sebastian is one of the better outdoor bars/cafes on the island. Friendly staff and excellent dining. Here’s another restaurant in Old San Juan with a great owner and excellent customer service. Best bar as you walk into Old San Juan on Calle Cristo & Calle San Sebastian. You can start drinking here, or La Taberna Lupulo. Cuisine: Puerto Rican. Price Range: $9-25.
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Pirilo Pizza Rústica – Excellent pizza and ambiance on the Corner of Fortaleza Street & Tanca Street. 2 floors, great bar, great ambiance. Highly recommended.
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Old Harbor Brewer – Puerto Rico’s native restaurant where they brew some excellent local beer. If you’re a beer person, you cannot come to Old San Juan without trying this local brewery. Try the “Taíno” beer.
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Señor Frogs – Tourist central station. Fun times though to start drinking and hiking around Old San Juan and bar hopping / restaurant hopping.
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El Hamburger – By far one of the best hamburger joints in all of the island. Located on the road as you’re heading into Old San Juan on your left hand side on Avenida Munoz Rivera, this is a must stop at any time for the juiciest burgers. It’s got a great local charm as it’s sort of like a shack and outdoors – but don’t let that fool you from trying some great burgers and good beers. And inexpensive to boot! Best spot at night after you’ve been drinking to grab a bite to eat and talk with & jus’ hangin’ with good friends. Price range: $3-10. Cuisines: Burgers, Beer.
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Café El Punto – Completely hidden and out of the way in a narrow walkway, it serves delicious Puerto Rican plates. Perhaps not the best ambiance, but nonetheless a great inexpensive option if you’re looking to try local food. Great lunch spot. Located on Calle Fortaleza. Cuisine: Puerto Rico. Price Range: $8-15.
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Restaurante El Jibarito – The best kept secret of authentic cuisine in Old San Juan. Kinda hidden and hard to get to as it’s the type of places you have to walk a lot to see it even though there’s no “activity” happening around there. Inexpensive, cool ambiance and traditional. It’s the non-touristy version of “Raíces.” Cuisine: Caribbean. Price Range: Inexpensive.
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Punto De Vista Restaurant & Bar
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Mala Vida – There is no such thing as Mala Vida unless that’s where where you want to dine. It’s not a bad life if you eat here – I like the title and concept. Perfect spot to have a fine dining experience when strolling on Calle San Sebastian. across from La Taberna. Decor inside is fine and inviting with a great bar. The brunch is spectacular! Formerly Anamu’s Restaurant in Old San Juan. Price range: $8-28. Cuisines: International, Puerto Rican.
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Budatai – Is the best choice if you’re looking for savory food and an excellent environment – even if it is on the costlier side. I enjoy the word savory and would imagine that the Buddha loves it as well. Located on the 2nd floor at the building across from La Ventana Al Mar (grass park field and ocean view). As you can imagine, when you walk in you are surrounded by Buddha’s and a well lit environment. The duck is delicious. Asian/Fusion.
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Blonda – Fine dining at reasonable prices at it’s best. Located on the outskirts of Condado and as you’re entering Ocean Park. The food is delicious, although come with a relaxed state of mind as you’re going to be here awhile (service). The food is worth it. I’m a sucker for quotes on the walls of restaurants so they had me there. Price Range: $15-39. Cuisines: Argentina.
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Perla Restaurant – (La Concha Hotel) – Check out biography of one of the Best Chefs, Chef Lindell Smith at Perla.
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Casa Lola – Check out biography of one of the Best Chefs, Chef Roberto Treviño at Casa Lola.
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Yantar
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Pikayo
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Ali Baba Restaurant
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Oceano
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DiParma Tratoria – This outdoor restaurant overlooking La Ventana Al Mar is a great choice to come and eat and relax. Their menu is excellent and the staff are great. Price range: $15-20. Cuisines: Italian.
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Yerba Buena– The 2nd restaurant I ate at when first visiting the island. Cuban restaurant called Yerba Buena “Good Grass.” Great Cuban food. Sit on one of the swinging rocking chairs and ask for a mojito – the best in the area. Price range: $9-30. Cuisines: Cuban.
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Rao’s By Piccolo E Posto – Nice spot to eat, and the risotto is one of the best you´ll find in the island. Service is excellent and one of the best I´ve seen.
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Little Italy Pizzeria – Another one of our favorite pizza places in Ocean Park. Try their thin crust chorizo pizza and you will not want to stop. The bottle of sangria is the best on the island. Price Range: $7-19. Cuisines: Wood brick oven pizzas.
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The Place – Is This The Place? It’s the place. Er, actually it’s not. But it is. Yes. The Restaurant The Place that is. Burger/outdoor open-aired joint. Anyways, the place is where you go if you want to have some beers and hamburgers. Outdoor and open aired with water mist circulating. Big screen TV’s to see the games. Price range: $6-20. Cuisines: American.
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Mike’s Pizza – Always a must stop place when you’re in the mood for pizza. Perfect local pizza spot. Great staff, and fast service. Price range: $4-14. Cuisines: Italian.
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Basilia’s – (Formerly Bebo’s) If you’re looking for genuine authentic Puerto Rican food check out Bebo’s Cafe located on Calle Loíza – right off Ashford. Try the churrasco mofongo with white rice and black beans. Arroz y frijoles negroes con yuca. If you’re from Miami you would know this as “Sergio’s”, and to me it’s the best Cuban food. Sorry Puerto Rico! Miami hace comida mejor! There, I said it and took a side! Cuba > Puerto Rico! :) Price Range: $5-25. Cuisines: Puerto Rican. Cuban.
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The Garden – The place to go if you’re vegetarian or looking for healthy eating alternatives. Nice ambiance in here. Breakfast/Brunch, Late night. Price Range: 10-25. Cuisines: Healthy.
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Si No Corro Me Pizza – Literally translates to if I don’t run they’ll trample me. Quaint and perfect little spot for delicious pizza. It’s a tiny place but a great spot for hanging out. Price Range: $14-30. Cuisines: Pizza/Italian.
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Caba Wine Bistro
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Silk: – Asian food and elegant environment under the Doubletree hotel at the end of Calle Loíza. Price Range: $15-40. Cuisines: Asian.
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Pamela’s Restaurant – A restaurant literally on the beach. Nice outdoor bar overlooking the beach. Good food but a bit pricey. Can’t deny though this is the perfect place for a $5 Medalla Beer. At least their not $13 Bud’s like there is in Miami. Still, Medallas by law should be no more than $1.50. (Note to self: Writing to Governor of Puerto Rico next) Price Range: $25-50. Cuisines: Caribbean, Contemporary.
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Kasalta Bakery – A delightful Cuban bakery with about as many choices as you can imagine. Sweet tooth? Breakfast? Sandwich? Coffee? This place on Ocean Park has it. A tad bit pricey though and slightly expensive, but still some of the best food in Ocean Park. Try the ternera sandwich with angus. Excellent. Also the Cubano Sandwich is a specialty. Price Range: $7-25. Cuisines: American, Spanish, International.
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El Conde Pasta y Pizza – It’s kinda hidden if you don’t know where to look. Located on the 2nd floor next to the Shell Gas station on the fork of the road between Ocean Park and Isla Verde. Great spot for pizza. Tomato and basil pizza is tremendous. Price Range: $5-19. Cuisines: Pizza and pasta.
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Super Foods– For the healthiest and most delicious smoothies with fruits and and a completely organic menu. This is not so much a restaurant as a quick stop to grab some powerful food. Delicious shakes. Try the Acai Shake. Glad to see a health conscious store being successful so far. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Health shakes.
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Panuchos: – Late night Mexican restaurant on Loíza. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Mexican
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Pa´l Cielo – This is a place where the creative and artistic people hang out. Come later during a Friday or Saturday night for a good crowd. Pseudo restaurant and nightlife by the end of the night. The food is absolutely delicious – especially the ceviche. The appetizers at this place are great. However, just know that there is no air conditioning. Nothing but the fans and breeze. Gets hot in here. Price Range: $6-20. Cuisines: Caribbean, Peruvian.
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Fleria Greek Cafe – A completely different place to grab a bite to eat. Try some Greek food near Calle Taft on Loíza. Price Range: $10-25. Cuisines: Greek.
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Kamoli Kafe & Boutique – On Calle Taft, it’s a nice outdoor restaurant/cafe/boutique/slash/casual hangout. Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: Coffee/Tea/Appetizers.
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La Cueva Del Mar – If you want good seafood and great restaurant to hang out in with fun vibes this is it. You can eat so good here for a modest price. Plus, most of the locals hang out here as well so it’s fast becoming the “hang out” spot. Service is not the fastest, but that’s okay just come out here to have fun. Service not fast, but very good. Price Range: $4-20. Cuisines: Seafood, Caribbean.
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Mango’s Restaurant – # 2 on My Top Restaurants List. *Beginning of article
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Molini’s Café and Restaurant – By far the best rabo encendido in the island (ox’s tail). The restaurant is super small, yet the food is tremendous and the prices are inexpensive. Good spot for breakfast as well. Price Range: $7-20. Cuisines: Latin
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La B De Burro – Small and tiny, but don’t let that fool you it’s a great Mexican restaurant. Try the burritos and have a great and casual conversation with a friend. Price Range: $5-14. Cuisines: Mexican
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Inca Chicken:– Don’t let the name fool you this is not a fast food place when you first notice it. It’s an excellent Peruvian restaurant that specializes in the most amazing chicken you can ever have. Try the 1/4 chicken with the white rice and beans. Price Range: $8-20. Cuisines: Peruvian/Chicken.
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Tresbe Food Truck – This yellow food truck in the middle of Loíza Street is a perfect outdoor spot to order great Caribbean food. Try the fish tacos and the empanadas. Food tours come here it’s getting to be that good. My friend from Canada just visited me, and this was the first place we ate. The 2nd place we ate he insisted on his way back to the airport to eat here again. One of the best food trucks in the Metro Area (outside of the Meatball Company). Price Range: $3-20. Cuisines: Caribbean.
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Nagoya Mike’s Sushi – Intimate spot for fine dining and the sushi is delicious. The crab pizza and the spring rolls are some of the best items on the menu. Great bar selection as well. Parking is tough to get here but worth the effort. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Seafood/Sushi.
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Il Nonno – Our favorite romantic Italian restaurant in Puerto Rico is located at Isla Verde. Grab a bottle of red or white and try the tri-colored tortellini or gnocchi. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Italian/International.
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Located at the Intercontinental Resort & Casino, this is your spot to have fine dining when it comes to steaks. You can’t go wrong here, and the prices are expensive for a reason. Price Range: $20-50. Cuisines: Steakhouse.
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Third Base Sport Cafe – Third Base Sport Cafe is conveniently located at Isla Verde Beach with a cool scenic backdrop. Typical Puerto Rican bar food and empanadas, and the burgers are pretty good too. The clutch thing about this spot is the beers and drinks are pretty inexpensive considering they can probably charge more for the view. Price Range: $4-15. Cuisines: Latin.
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Cafe La Plage – Typically, we take the guests here once they land from the airport for a drink and quick introduction to the island. Why? It’s a perfect outdoor bar that overlooks the beach where you can walk to the sand and enjoy the views. They also have good food here although it’s a bit expensive. Perfect spot as well for nightlife and hanging out. Price Range: $11-$36. Cuisines: Caribbean/Fusion.
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El Taquito – El Taquito is a good little outdoor spot if you’re in the mood for Mexican food. The taco salad is pretty good and delicious. Cool spot to sit and people watch with a bucket of corona’s. Inexpensive and a way better option than Taco Bell. Price Range: $5-15. Cuisines: Mexican.
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Piu Bello – A cool little spot to stop for lunch and / or have some ice cream. The breakfast is also good and the place has a good charm and ambiance to it. Price Range. $4-15. Cuisines: Caribbean/Ice cream/coffee.
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Casa Martorell – Known locally amongst families as a good place to eat on Sunday nights. Ambiance is charming in the sense they have a live older musician singing songs from a bygone era and the food is good as well. Decorated with nice art pieces celebrating the culture of Puerto Rico. Price Range: $15-30. Cuisines: Caribbean.
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El Alambique Restaurant – Also located right on Isla Verde Beach, this is a quaint spot and good bar scene. Excellent for breakfast or lunch with exceptional views of the beach. Try the churrasco! Price Range: $9-23. Cuisines: Latin.
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Chili’s – Chili’s. Isla Verde. Tourists love Chili´s what can we say. Gringo city. The particular Chili´s is the same as you’ll find in any other Chili’s you would run into. However, we will say that this is by far one of the better Chili’s we’ve ever been to. The bar is fun and the huge tv screens here make watching a game a great spot. I want my baby, baby, baby, baby back ribs. Sorry, just had to. Carrying on… Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: American
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El Churry Food Truck – You can’t miss this colorful food truck on Isla Verde Avenue. By far if you want the traditional Puerto Rican “Tripleta” Sandwhich, try the “mixto.” A special blend of chicken and beef sandwich with the secret sauces that make these sandwiches line worthy and epic. Price Range: $7-15. Cuisines: Latin.
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Pizza City – Basically, if you’re hanging out late at night in the Isla Verde region and you’re hungry you can do no wrong by turning to this outdoor pizza place on Isla Verde Avenue. Cheap drinks and late night pizza seem to always hit the spot. Price Range: $8-15. Cuisines: Pizza.
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Metropol – We’ve mentioned this in other sections of our book, but by far the best Cuban restaurant on the island is Metropol. Isla Verde’s location is at the end of Isla Verde Avenue and it’s by far one of the nicest ones. Is Cuban food better than Puerto Rican food? Hmmmm….Not gonna say! But it’s sooo close! Price Range: $5-20. Cuisines: Cuban.
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Texas De Brazil – Absolutely the finest steakhouse in the Metro Area. A franchise, but still good. Located at the Convention Center under the Sheraton Hotel – a must place to go if you’re craving steak, lamb, pork chops, or chicken. All you can eat salad bar buffet and from there you go. Price range: $25-50. Cuisines: Steakhouse.
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Miramar Restaurant Wine and Cellar
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Lima Restaurant – Peruvian food to start off Restaurant Row in Miramar. The ceviche alone makes you think you could easily be in Peru on your way to hike Machu Pichu. Lima Restaurantis great. The presentation of the food and the ambiance of the bar makes this a can’t miss stop if you’re in Miramar. Peru’s Machu Pichu is a place everyone should travel to once in their life. This has nothing to do with this food review. Just an observation from my trip in 2009.
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Pizza e Birra – Excellent pizza and choices of beer at the bar. If you’re looking to see the game then this is your place. After a while all Pizza places are the same, but Pizza e Birra does have ambiance goin’ for it and a place for happy hour for Puerto Rico’s professionals. Price range: $13-40. Cuisines: Italian/Pizza.
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Ficus – This outdoor gem located just outside the Convention Center’s front lawn boasts a beautiful Ficus tree and traditional Mexican food. Also a great spot to hang out at the outside bar and enjoy the nightlife and see sporting events. Cool area to hang outside with views of the open sky and Puerto Rico Convention Center building (architecturally made to look like an “ocean’s wave”). Bar Scene/Outdoor sitting. Price range: $5-20. Cuisines: Mexican/International.
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Los Pinos Restaurant – If you’re looking for inexpensive local Puerto Rico food away from the tourist traps of Ashford Avenue, look no further than Los Pinos. Excellent mofongo con churrasco. Price range: $7-20. Cuisines: Puerto Rico/Latin.
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Mumbai Indian Restaurant – This restaurant in Santurce is beyond a doubt the place to bring your significant other. You’re in Puerto Rico, but you might as well be on vacation to India once you’re inside. The curry beef and white rice combination is savory to great tastes. What instantly strikes you is the spiritual painting of the Ganesha that instantly greets you. There’ a story there if you simply ask your waiter or waitress. Cuisines: Indian. Price Range: $12-29.
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Gia’s Pizza – Excellent service and unique modern architecture/artisan vibe inside. Friendly staff and good pizza, although not very memorable.
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Abracadabra – Walk into Alice In Wonderland and find the white rabbit. Abracadabra presents a unique dining experience. Live art some nights, and amazing food and coffee. Popular on Sundays for Brunch. Cuisines: Breakfast/Coffee/Wraps/Pizza and more. Price Range: $9-25.
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Libros/AC – One of the few places left that sell books on the island. Perfect marriage if you want to merge your want of reading with your appetite with hunger. Libros/AC also serves as a restaurant by day and night (check some nights they close early sometimes).
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La Placita – This area of Santurce is known locally as “La Placita” where you will have a ton of options to eat, drink, and be merry. Thursday nights are usually the most popular nights to hang out with the locals. By day it’s a farmer’s market. First time I came here I was simply so happy to see we can all have our beers out in the street and bar hop!
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Santaella – An elegant culinary experience with a beautiful natural setting inside. One of Puerto Rico’s best restaurants for fine dining. Occasionally have music/concerts inside with up & coming local musicians such as Ardnaxela (Alexandra backwords). Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International. Price Range: $25-100.
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Casa De La Tequilas (Mexican Restaurant) – A quaint Mexican restaurant with delicious food and inexpensive prices. Known for its variety of tequila as well. Cuisines: Mexican. Price Range: $4-20.
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Vittorino Trattoria – If you’re looking for a good place for Italian when visiting La Placita this is your spot. Small environment, but delicious food. Cuisines: Italian. Price Range: $10-30.
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José Enrique – If you’re at La Placita and want to have a fun dining experience make sure you head over to José Enrique. While from the outside it looks like a non-nondescript house, on the inside it’s a fun and casual environment. The food is absolutely delicious and makes for a great spot to eat with friends. Cuisine: Caribbean. Price Range: $12-30.
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Taberna Los Vasquez The local bar where you can get cheap drinks and dance the night away. This is an outdoor spot with an old and charming bar. If you’re thinking of hitting up the most local of bars, this is your place. Every now and then you’ll see the whole place dancing salsa. I need to learn salsa after writing this travel guide. Ok, I’m putting it in writing now. Whoever reads this, please one day remind me if I ever conquered salsa….(to be continued…)

Fat Tuesday’s – You can’t have a bar type atmosphere in a city and not see the ubiquitous Fat Tuesday’s there. Puerto Rico’s version at La Placita is a fun atmosphere and provides great drinks at good prices plus good music pumping through the speakers. Located at 180 Calle Dos Hermanos right next to Taberna Los Vasquez.
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Vibra – Vibra is a dance club/bar located on the 2nd floor above Taberna Los Vasquez (on the back side). It’s tough to see, but is a cool place to hang out and dance. You can’t wear a hat though, as I was once thrown out for having my backward hat on. “C’mon bouncer dude, I’m balding and I need to sport my Heat hat backwards, bro!” He said no, I got pissed for one of a very few times on this island the past four years. Still fun times.
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El Sabor De La Reina (The Taste of the Queen) – Another one of our favorites and a much more inexpensive option if you want to try the local Puerto Rican food. The ambiance of live music makes this a gem. Story goes that the owner was a waitress for over 20 years at a nearby restaurant – and saved all her money to open her very own restaurant right next door. A great story. Excellent Puerto Rico food, and occasional music bands also playing at this tiny, yet comfortable space. Cuisines: Puerto Rican/Seafood. Price Range: $9-20.
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Tasca El Pescador – Considered by many of the locals to be one of the best places to eat good seafood. The restaurant is not the biggest, but has a good local flavor if you want to explore. Cuisines: Seafood. Price Range: $11-30.
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Restaurante Ardente – Lunch/Dinner
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El Gigante Dormido “The Sleeping Giant” – Lunch/Dinner.
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Bistro Tartine – One of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs can be seen here
Chef Daniel Vasse
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Tinto Y Blanco – Cool little restaurant to hang with friends and drink some wine. I didn’t try the food so can’t say, but my friends who live in this area always speak well of this restaurant.
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Shannon’s Pub – Irish bar in Guaynabo that I absolutely love to go to when I really need to see an NBA or NFL game. Go Dolphins, Go Heat. What’s cool about this place when you see a football game here is the assortment of “pockets of fans” in every corner. One one side, the Patriots fans. On another, the Cowboys. The bar is flooded with Steelers fans usually. Us Dolphins represent as well. Cool venue as well for live music, dancing, and one of the best sports restaurants/bars in Puerto Rico.
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Downtown – Across the street from “El Choliseo” Music/Sports Amphitheater is the popular hang out spot/restaurant/bar/live music venue “Downtown.” Hang out here to listen to music, drink artisan beers, see the game, and people watch. Downtown’s food is good too, even if it is expensive. I could only describe basic menus so many ways people!
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Tres Patio Bistro – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs Javier Nassar.

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Madeline Café Bistro – Madeline Café Bistro is a amazing hidden restaurant in Rio Piedras. The decor inside has character, it’s intimate, and yet it’s the food that shines. Try the pumpkin soup!
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Logan’s Irish Bar – Logan’s Irish Bar is the other pub in the Metro Area (Shannon’s Pub) that’s fantastic for watching the big games. While not as big as Shannon’s, the food is slightly better here and less expensive. Some nights also feature live local music and is a cool hangout spot at night.
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Sultan Abi – Sultan Abi is a turkish restaurant that is one of the best on Winston Churchill Avenue near El Señorial Plaza in Puerto Rico’s suburbs.
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Tras Patio– Find out more about one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs: Chef Javier Nassar
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La Bodeguita De Manolo En Los Cidrines– Los Cidrines is one of my favorite restaurants from the days when I lived in Río Piedras. At first glance, it’s a nice Puerto Rican bakery that serves pastries and good coffee. However, the gem is the restaurant in the back. The artistic and decorative atmosphere makes for one of the most unique dining experiences in the island. The food is exquisite. The service? Excellent. In fact, my friends and I celebrate our birthdays here every year. It’s a hidden gem for food lovers. Check them out.
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East Shore

*Featured Pick (Río Grande):   Richie’s Café – Spectacular view and local cuisine. Located a 2 minute drive up a mountain with great views from “El Yunque Rainforest.” The food is typical Puerto Rico cuisine and try the infamous drink called “Richies Drink”- a great Caribbean concoction! By far my favorite scenic restaurant in the entire island, and Richie the owner is great people.  The views are one of the best in the entire island from what I’ve seen so far in 4 years traveling.
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Heidlelberg Haus German Restaurant – Heidelberg Haus is a German Style Restaurant at the foothills of the rainforest El Yunque. Serves German and Puerto Rican food. Beer list is one of the amplest in Puerto Rico. The sausages and appetizers are perfect. Germany in Puerto Rico. The owner is charismatic and is known to sit at your table with great stories. Price range: $9 – $17 Cuisines: Austrian, German.
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Barbakoa – Barbakoa it is on the main road to El Yunque -you will see it as you drive into the park on your left hand side. Barbakoa opens from 12:00 noon until 8:00pm Thursday thru Sunday. A pleasant beautiful outdoor area with a river view while you eat and a relaxing Rain Forest atmosphere. They have a great friendly service, and the owner once told me he named the restaurant “Barbakoa” which is a form of cooking meat that originated in the Caribbean with the Taíno people, from which the term “barbecue” derives. Price range: $7 – $20. Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Spanish, Puerto Rican.
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Pasión Por El Fogón by Chef Myrta (Gran Meliá Golf Resort)
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Food Kiosks Row – When driving on PR#3, you can’t help but notice the row of food shacks/kiosoks in Luquillo. There’s many options to choose from ranging from local Puerto Rico Caribbean cuisine, to philly cheese-steaks, to fine dining, or a spot to have a quick drink or two. My favorite is probably the most touristy, it’s #25. I forget the name of the place, but has the best beer selection and decent food.
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Metropol– Have to go with the best Cuban Restaurant chain in Puerto Rico if you’re in Fajardo. Yes I said Cuban and somewhat biased of course, but the food here is amazing and delicious. When you come here to eat, be prepared to take your time as it’s always filled with people so the service may not be as fast. However, the food more than makes up for it. Price Range $9-19. Cuisines: Cuban.
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La Estación -Contemporary Puerto Rican and BBQ fare all cooked over natural charcoal on an outdoor grill. Ingredients are locally grown or caught which makes the food here incredible. Restaurant is closed on Wednesdays, and open only from 5pm-10:30pm. It’s a nice little place with excellent decor as well. Price Range $10-$35. Cuisines: Barbecue, Caribbean, Contemporary, Eclectic.
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DiYukas – Contemporary Puerto Rican cuisine as well as good seafood and sushi with a fantastic view overlooking the ocean. Price Range $9-20.
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Restaurante Pasión Por El Fogón
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Chez Daniel
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La Brochette
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El Nuevo Horizante– Overlooking the vast ocean on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico, this outdoor restaurant features good local seafood and other local Caribbean cuisine. The views here are spectacular. The new horizon. I liked it.
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West Shore

*Featured Pick (Ríncon): Ode To The Elephants – With a name like this, how can you not want to check out this restaurant and see what its about? It’s an open aired Thai Restaurant with good food and a good view.
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Cuesta Blanca – We’ve never been here but have heard nothing but good things about this place. We’ll update in future editions reviews once we get a chance to get out here and review. Price Range $9-20.
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Vaiven Tasca en el Mar – Same with this place, we haven’t been here yet but heard good things. There’s a panoramic view towards the Bay of Puerto Real and its fishing village. Genuine Spanish tapas, seafood, and special paella plate. Wines, beers, and sangria. Price Range $8-20.
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Bahía Salinas Beach Resort & Spa – Literally 1 minute from the end of your Day 2 Adventure at Playa Sucia and you hike in the cliffs at Cabo Rojo. Logistics may dictate this choice as the best in Cabo Rojo. There’s a bar/restaurant here. While it’s probably not the best restaurant in Cabo Rojo, it’s still good. Probably pricier than most restaurants in area due to location.
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El Fogón De La Curva – Technically located in the town Añasco (next to Rincón), this is one of those places that possess a great view of the ocean but more importantly has delicious Italian and typical Puerto Rican Plates.
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Wine Cellar Cafe – A nice little quaint restaurant that has an assortment of dishes to choose from and a good bar.
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Shipwreck Bar & Grill – Is listed as our top pick because it’s not only a pretty good restaurant with a good vibe (check out the pirate theme), but logistically this place makes sense to eat after your Day 3 adventure as its right next door!
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Desecheo Restaurant
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D’Grillade – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs Here Chef Ivonne Martínez

Yia’s By Chef Tino
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Ola Lola’s Garden Bar
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Villa Montaña Beach Resort– You can see one of Puerto Rico’s best chefs here: Chef Jeremie Cruz

Bonsai Restaurant
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Uva Playa Beach Bar & Restaurant – American, Tapas, International.
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Brisas Del Guajataca
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North Shore

*Featured Pick (Dorado): El Conejo – The rabbit is here, not at Abracadabra’s (Excellent Santurce Restaurant.) Sorry for throwing you guys off at this point, but seriously, the rabbit here is very good.  Located in Dorado, Puerto Rico on the North/Central Shore of the island. Try the empanada con conejo (rabbit pastry). Thank us later. A bit expensive, but cool spot that’s made to look and feel as if you’re also in Old San Juan.
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Restaurante Caricatura – Ever wanted to have good local Puerto Rico food, and have your cartoon caricature image painted while you eat and drink? That’s the concept at this “caricature restaurant.” The food is good, the drive is long and windy but worth it, and it’s not too expensive. The guy who drew me put me zip-lining over the mountains and made me look like Tom Cruise with a big smile across my face. “Mission Impossible” he wrote. I chose to see it as possible.
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Descorche Restaurant
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Chili’s – Yes, Chili’s makes another appearance on this list. You simply cannot go wrong at Chili’s if you’re super hungry. hashtag truth. #truth.
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Grappa
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Mi Casa By José Andrés
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Pika Restaurant
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Orient House
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Faccio Pizza – Anytime you see a Faccio Pizza in Puerto Rico, it’s really one of the best local pizza places in the island. This specific one in Dorado is my 3rd favorite pizza place in the island. 1) Pizza Hut (yes, the thin & crispy is simply epic) and 2) The Food Truck Pizza Place (see below). Anyways, Faccio Pizza is still pretty fantastic – especially the chorizo & pepperoni pie.
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Katrina’s Restaurant – If you love parrots, one will greet you here and makes up the branding of this restaurant. Katrina’s is a good place right next to the Dorado public beach where you can hang at the bar, or have some delicious seafood. It is a bit pricey, but the drinks are pretty cheap. Cool outdoor hangout area.
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Restaurante El Ladrillo
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Chophouse Teppanyaki Grill – One of the best “chophouse” Japanese cuisine restaurants on the North Shore.
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Alavara -Alavara is fast becoming on of Dorado’s best kept secrets for eating, and getting your happy hour drinks on. Cool spot, live music every now and then. Caribbean. Prices Moderate.
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Embassy Suites Dorado Del Mar Beach Resorts – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Mixologists Nilda Miranda.

Food Trucks Row (Behind CVS/Walgreens Mall)

Nanobox Gourmet Street Bites – One of the more popular food trucks in Dorado, serving tasty portions of Caribbean plates in “nanobox bite.”
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Pizza Pizza Express This pizza truck in Dorado is always packed, and for good reason. It’s really, really, ridiculously good “ah, fuck it I’ll mess up my health eating and ruin all the exercise I’ve done” kind of good. The pizza is that good. No Trip Advisor links found for this establishment. Their phone number is 1-787-513-3954.

Good Times Restaurant
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Rancho Marina (Lagos Dos Bocas) – My secret favorite restaurant. If you’re remotely even reading this far this is your gem and reward for doing so. It’s in the book. That’s all you need to know. That’s my review here. This is a long restaurant post, isn’t it? It’s all good, it’s all going in the book and I needed to do this anyways. Brunch/Lunch/Early Dinner.
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Lighthouse Bay Restaurant
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El Fogón De Abuela -When going to Lagos Dos Bocas, El Fogon De Abuela is another option you’ll have with Rancho Marina as your other choice. While I’ve been to both, I’d give the recommendation to try Rancho Marina. However, if you come two times then give Grandma a shot That sounded bad, didn’t it? Judges? Was purely innocent, I promise! 😉. When editing a lengthy post, reading things a second time makes me re-think a sentence. This one made me laugh for some reason, so it stays. Grandma likes lovin’ too. Twice! (Who’s abuela doesn’t?). Brunch/Lunch/Early Dinner.
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Salt & Pepper Restaurant
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Fu Hou Sushi Bar & Restaurant
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El Kampestre – From the first impression, this restaurant is right in front of a very busy road in Toa Baja and looks tiny inside. However, once you’re inside it’s a good local and authentic Puerto Rico good home cooking. The mamposteo rice and churrasco is from another world. Inexpensive, good, local, hard to find spots for travelers and tourists.
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Parrillón De Los Artistas
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La Colina 360 Restaurant
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South Shore

*Featured Pick (Boqueron): Miski Mikuna – A little out of the way from the area after you finish your Day 2 Adventure, but the food here is amazingly delicious. Peruvian and International cuisine. Price Range: $15-25. Located in Boqueron.
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El Ancla
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El Negocio De Panchi
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Cafe Cafe Cocina Criolla Espresso Bar
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La Casa Del Chef
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La Cava
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Lola Eclectic Cuisine
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Las Tias
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El Barril De La Mulata
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Pito’s Seafood Cafe
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Panorama Sky Lounge
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Tanamá at Holiday Inn Hotel
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Alexandra Restaurant
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Brisas Del Mar
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La Casa De Los Pastelillos
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King’s Bakery
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Cordillera Central Mountain Region

*Featured Pick (Cayey):  Lechonera Los Pinos – Pig / Lechon Row! Featured on Food Channel! Local culture.  Real people.  What more do you want in Guavate, Puerto Rico?
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Restaurante Las Garzas
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Restaurante Vida Ventura
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Hacienda Maribó
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Restuarante Asador Isla Bonita – Majestic views. Good local Puerto Rico food. Aibonito has a great restaurant, and from here you can also take tours to see El Canyon De San Cristobal – Puerto Rico’s biggest & prettiest waterfall.
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Tio Pepe’s
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Aviones Cocina Creativa– Eat inside a plane!
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La Vecindad Del Chavo Bar & Grill – There was once a very popular Spanish sitcom television show called “El Chavo” which was very popular for many Hispanics. This restaurant honors those characters and is actually a good outdoor place to enjoy drinks at the bar, food, and let your kids run around. Local live music on weekends, and Sundays is the day to go.
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The Sand And The Sea
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El Lechón De La Piedra Escrita – Definitely the place to eat and hang out when visiting the sacred written rock “piedra escrita” by the Taínos. Good local Puerto Rico food in the mountains.
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Restaurante La Fragua
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Casa Bavaria – Come here during Oktoberfest and enjoy Puerto Rico´s best yearly party. Good drinking going on here, and German food to boot. Just up the street though is one of my best and favorite restaurants in the mountains.
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Los Amigos Restaurant – My best friend in the island who I first met brought me here and and I just loved it. Perfect views out to the ocean and the misty mountains take on a new form here. The food is typical local Puerto Rico food – try the longaiza and chuletas de puerco! I can’t find a Trip Advisor reviews link for this spot, but it’s further up the road from Casa Bavaria.

Offshore Islands- Culebra and Vieques

*Featured Pick (Culebra): Dinghy Dock – It’s my favorite restaurant in Culebra. Right next to the lagoon with fantastic views and laid back ambiance. Very pricey, but still fantastic when you’re on vacation in Culebra. Come in with the expectation that time is not a worry, and you’ll be okay.  Cool spot for lunch as well.  Culebra is another paradise onto itself.
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Gio By Gio Gastro Bar
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Guava Restaurant at Club Seabourne – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs Maira Isabel

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Zaco’s Tacos
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Carambola Island Restaurant
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W Retreat & Spa Vieques – See one of Puerto Rico’s Best Chefs Fernando Coppola as well as one of the Best Mixologists: Arelis González

 

My 3 Top Favorite Restaurants Because There’s A Story!

 

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The Meatball Company – Got balls? One of the greatest things about Austin, Texas is how the culture thrives and plans their social outings around heading for the city’s famous and notorious food trucks for some delicious culinary feasts. Yareli Manning spent some time exploring the foodie world of Austin, and has brought it back home to her native Puerto Rico where she is considered a top notch and up & coming culinary artist. Manning’s latest food porn for the masses is called “The Meatball Company” – a nifty food truck with style. I’ve gotta say when you’re traveling to Puerto Rico make it your best effort to try the assorted combination of meatball sandwiches & other daily specials that you can’t even begin to imagine how good they taste. Dare I say it? Yes, why not. It’s simply an explosion of savory flavored balls in your mouth. The moniker of the company is asking if you’ve got balls to give it a shot. Well, do YOU? Open Monday-Fridays from 11:00AM-2:30PM in the Hato Rey “Golden Mile” District (Metro Area) on Calle Uruguay & the corner of Bolivia street. Food Truck. (787) 398-3305.
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Mango’s Restaurant-Yeah, Mango’s :) – It’s #2 on this list for personal reasons, but the food here is exotic and delicious. Ever wonder why some places for you, you just draw the best experiences consistently? We all have one. In my case, it’s “Mango’s” in Ocean Park. There’s another great story of how we met at this restaurant, but that’s for elsewhere in the book. The story’s a song. For now let’s just say that it’s a pretty fun atmosphere here, and I celebrated a Miami Heat championship in 2012 here so I love this place. The bathroom has the perfect quote on life, on a mirror, with the Buddha facing you, and yet backwards. You have to look at the reflection to reveal the words. “One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.” The food is perfect for appetizers & excellent dining. The drinks of course are why you’re here. Cool outdoor bar / patio area to lounge, or choose to be inside in a cozy bar setting. Get’s crowded and fun on weekends. Did I say this place has great vibes? It kinda does….(see Puerto Rico Adventures Revealed Travel Guide for more from information) Price Range: $5-19. Cuisines: Caribbean / Cafe / Grill.
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Raíces – The restaurant above is my own plug for my book.  The 1st one is a great friend and her food truck rocks and why not write about her and put her restaurant #1?  This pick and the ones in this aforementioned list are for TRAVELERS who want to see new worlds and taste authentic local flavors. For me, since it was my first culinary impression in this country and I feel that’s a cool place to share with those traveling or coming to Puerto Rico for the first time. It´s different. It´s unique to us. To us outsiders, it’s our first impression (Old San Juan) of Puerto Ricans and how it must have been like in this land going back to the past – where the Taíno´s come from. It´s our first impression of the ¨people.¨ I guess its the waitresses outfits and giving, generally good demeanor, and seeing the joys of how they express life while helping others that first got my moment´s attention at Raíces back in 2007.

I remember “her” telling me to go find: 1) Jobos Beach. 2) Río Tanama (wow) 3) Río Tinajas (Day 1). This was when I had no idea my life would lead me to this island 3 years later, only to see myself now 4 years later and writing about it. I kept that napkin where she wrote those places down and I still have it and remember it today. I did it! I did see and live all those places – and am happy to share them in my upcoming book. Places are memories. Places have energy. Places, help tell a cultural story. Places, have beginnings. Places, go somewhere. Places, have a direction. Places have their place. Places remind us to go forward confidently in the direction of our dreams. The roots or raíces, have a beginning. How far we grow is up to us. The Place? Well, that’s different for all of us to imagine.

Even though this restaurant is “touristy” restaurant, it is a tremendous spot to try authentic Puerto Rican cuisine for the first time. The charm of the lady waitresses dressed up (as mentioned) in cultural clothing of the island from the past makes the ambiance feel like you´re going back to the past – hence the name Raíces. We always take our friends and family here 1st. Nobody has complained eating here not once. Food is delicious, especially the Mofongo filled with Churassco (skirt steak). Raíces means “your roots” in Spanish, and was the very first restaurant I ate at when I first visited Puerto Rico – which I still love it today. Duh, all my friends and family have eaten here with me. That’s priceless to me. #3 by far. Below there´s a a major shout-out below from the voices of Puerto Rico “People” of other great restaurants you can find en la isla. Price range: $5-25. Cuisines: Puerto Rican, Latin. Located in Old San Juan.
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