San Juan Restaurant Guide
4 Puntos (4 points)
4 Puntos is our new favorite late breakfast place, coffe joint, lunch spot, and hangout. The place is cozy and comfortable. You may end up chatting with the owner. The food is Puerto Rican modern with emphasis on taste and presentation. Reasonable prices and great sangria.
Great Mexican food in Puerto Rico? Now, yes, thanks to Acapulco’s Taqueria. They serve up authentic tacos done right. Good drink selections. Upstairs terrace. Check their hours before making a trip.
Sol y Cruz is a group of 3 restaurants though I have only visited the rooftop winebar, Al Fresco. Its a Spanish Tapas bar theme with cocktails and wines. The tapas are tasty and being on the terrace in Old San Juan is worth the meal in itself. There are few terrace restaurants in Old San Juan, and so far, this is my favorite.
Bagua in Ocean Park is local food with a twist. It’s hip, simple, and fresh. Reasonably priced meals in a cool ambiance. I recommend it.
EL Departamento de la Comida
El Departamento de la Comida is more than a restaurant. They are a market for everything grown local. And its exactly that which is served in their restaurant. They specialize in vegetarian fare and offer a varying menu with always freshly grown ingredients. Just a short walk from Coqui del Mar.
Jose Enrique is a must try restaurant for that special night out if you want a true high end Puerto Rican experience. Start out with some drinks at La Placita. Then, head to Jose Enrique for a gastronomic experience. No reservations, so show up at 7pm and see if you have to wait. It will be worth it.
LOTE 23 is really a collection of different high-end food trucks, with top names in Puerto Rican chefs, all in the same square, with giant Jenga games and frequently with live music. Tell us your favorites.
Made in Puerto Rico
Made in Puerto Rico is the newest spot serving up authentic, Puerto Rican cuisine. The ambiance is 100% Puerto Rico and you must see to appreciate. Large portions and reasonable prices make this a must try.
Mango’s is a hip Caribbean style restaurant with a cool vibe. I like it on Tuesday’s for their 2-4-1 appetizer special (double portion of the same appetizer, which is enough for a meal). They also have a brunch on Sundays.
Mere Pescao (Mother Fish)
Mere Pescao is one of the newest additions to Calle Loiza.
Molini’s Cafe is an intimate restaurant serving up a fresh menu daily (depending what David bought that day). Their menu is the chalkboard, with authentic Puerto Rican dishes at affordable prices. Splurge and try David’s homemade Sangria. Perfect spot for an intimate dinner or family meal.
Pamela's on the beach
Pamela’s on the beach is literally, on the beach. If you want to sink your toes into the sand as you fine dine on Puerto Rican fusion cuisine, this is the spot. The back drop…Sunsets and the soothing sound of waves. Expect to spend about $40 or more per person with drinks.
Pinky’s is an old favorite for the Ocean Park neighborhood – it started with some surfers just trying to find some healthy food between sessions. They opened their own place, serving wrapts and smoothies. Its moved, reopened, and added to the menu but still the same Pinky’s at the heart. Great breakfasts as well.
Tasca del Leon
For the most affordable lunch special that I have seen in a sit-down restaurant, come to La Tasca del Leon! They also have all day happy hour on their 16-ounce Sangria (it’s the big gulp of Sangrias). Puerto Rican cuisine cooked with class.
Tomates is a sit-down Mexican restaurant, but you really need to come here for their margaritas. 20+ varieties of tropical and more traditional varieties. Happy hours on Wednesdays.
Uvvas beach side dining and bar
Uvva’s is both bar and restaurant just a few minutes walk from Coqui del Mar. Since there are no public toilets at Ocean Park beach, I find it a good excuse to grab a drink so I can use theirs. 🙂 Good Caribbean fusion cuisine. And a good happy hour.
Yogen Fruz is a frozen yogurt mainstay in the San Juan area, very popular with the locals. Take one of their ready-made dessert concoctions or choose from their selections to make your own.