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La Fonda del Jibarito

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La Fonda del Jibarito Review

The menus are handwritten and the tables wobble, but sanjuaneros have favored this casual, no-frills, family-run restaurant—tucked away on a quiet cobbled street—for years. The bistec encebollado, goat fricassee, and shredded beef stew are among the specialties on the menu of typical Puerto Rican comida criolla dishes. The tiny back porch is filled with plants, and the dining room is filled with fanciful depictions of life on the street outside. Troubadors serenade patrons, which include plenty of cruise-ship passengers when ships are in dock.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 280 Calle Sol, Old San Juan, San Juan, 00901 | Map It
  • Phone: 787/725–8375
  • Location: San Juan

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-06-2014

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    Looks can pleasantly deceive

    This place was surprising. Don't let the unassuming looks fool you. Inside this home-style cafe, you'll find the most friendly and accomodative service and some of the best food on the island served with no frills but lots of flavor. The soup appetiser is a to die for (and I don't even eat soups). You may wander around for an hour trying to find this place and parking is a real trial but it's worth the effort.

    by gandalfwz, 3/17/07
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    La Fonda del Jibarito Review

    We went to this place based on the 4.6 review on Fodors. It was very misleading. We trekked for a while and found it, only to wait for 15 mins before someone asked us what we wanted. The server was impatient and rude and didnt explain all the details about special and sides etc. Not once did someone ask us if we even wanted more water, let alone inquire how the food was. I had to myself get up to go to the kitchen to request for more hot sauce. Not to mention, they got us a wrong order (chicken instead of shrimp) and forgot one side, till we reminded them. After we were done, it seems only some sides come with the specials. So we got charged extra for sides we ordered that didnt 'fit' their unmentioned requirements. Worse still, we were given two wrong bills with multiple additional items in there before we had to proceed to the check out area to clear the confusion and pay for what we actually had (which was very poor value anyways). Overall, a the only poor experience we had during the entire week in San Juan and we would advise everyone to stay away from this place.

    by Neeljit, 3/29/10
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    La Fonda del Jibarito Review

    After eating here, I had to come back to the site to review this restaurant to counter the recent negativity. If you are looking for a place with authentic Puerto Rican food and atmosphere then this is for you. If you are looking for somewhere that caters to tourists and will be like the US, but with different food, the look elsewhere. It is out of the touristy area, more in the residential area of Old San Juan. We were the only non locals in the place. Everyone was friendly. Though we speak Spanish, the staff perferred to speak to us in English. The Puerto Rican tamales and rice and beans were amazing. Lemonade sweet, tart and refreshing coming in from the heat. The flan (custard) and other desserts looked great, but I was too full to try. If we were in the area longer, I would go back!

    by americanaloca, 6/24/11
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    La Fonda del Jibarito Review

    About as authentic Puerto Rican food as you can get. La Fonda del Jibarito is a very simple place that serves really good food in a very casual atmosphere. This is not a white table cloth high brow Caribbean food kind of place, this is what local families eat and boy it's good! I had the Pork Plantain Tamales with fried Plantains as a side; my companion has the conch ceviche and really liked the flavor and texture. The staff is friendly and efficient and you can eat like a king for less than $20, including beer. A real find.

    by Peter16, 8/25/11
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    Authentic Puerto Rican food.

    Finding this place at night was an adventure by itself, having a walk thru the cobble stone-covered streets and alleyways of Old San Juan... We arrived at 8pm and there was a lot of people waiting outside and I thought, this is going to be good, but is going to take forever... The waiter, Angel, said that the wait time was going to be 10 minutes, and it was only 5. He took us to a table in the corner, next to the kitchen, an open view kitchen that you could see everything inside. The crowd was mostly locals, and there were cheering for a very important baseball game that was being broadcasted on the TV. One good hit... and the kitchen went wild! We started with local beers while we check the menu and ordered some appetizers, Fried Yuca, some little empanadas and alburrias, that they came with a garlic sauce that is to die for. The main courses were, for my Jamaican friend: Chillo Frito, a whole 2 pound mero deep fried to the perfect point with rice and beans and a cayenne pepper sauce on the side. My Dutch friend had Garlic Shrimps with Sweet Mofongos and I tried the stewed steak with Mofongos and fries plantain. The overall experience was wonderful, the atmosphere, the service, and food... Just Authentic!

    by eddierower, 3/20/13

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