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El Picoteo

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El Picoteo Review

You could make a meal of the small dishes that dominate the menu at this tapas restaurant on a mezzanine balcony at the Hotel El Convento, once a Carmelite Convent. You won't go wrong ordering the grilled cuttlefish or the pistachio-crusted salmon with a Manchego-cheese sauce and passing them around the table. If you're not into sharing, there are several kinds of paella that arrive on huge plates. There's a long, lively bar inside; one dining area overlooks a pleasant courtyard, and the other looks out onto Calle Cristo. Even if you have dinner plans elsewhere, consider stopping here for a nightcap or a midday pick-me-up.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Hotel El Convento, 100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, San Juan, 00901 | Map It
  • Phone: 787/723–9202
  • Website:
  • Location: San Juan

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-28-2014

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    Worth the trip.

    Entrees were great, special drinks and atmosphere. A little under staffed but worth it.

    by beachview23, 4/7/07
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    Excellent

    Based upon Fodor's pick we tried the restaurant this week. It is terrific. We had never been to a tapas restaurant before and we really enjoyed it. All of the dishes we had were great, using fresh, quality ingredients and they all had great flavor. We went with a group of 5 so we tried at least 10 different plates, using our server Tony's recommendations and he was right on.

    by Asshan, 9/25/08
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    Not authentic Spanish food

    With amazing reviews from both Fodors and Frommers, I was excited to get to San Juan and eat some authentic Spanish food. I lived in Spain for a year, so I know what I'm looking for. This place was a HUGE disappointment. The prices were way too high and the food was disgusting. The calamari was "American style" breading, not the flaky, floury Spanish kind. The pallela was the biggest disappointment of the night. It was expensive, had little seafood on it (one mussel, one clam, 2 shrimp, & a crawdad), and IT WAS MADE WITH TOMATO SAUCE. There is NOT any tomato sauce in pallela. It was horrible. If you want REAL Spanish food and to spend half the money, try El Pescador on Calle Dos Hermanos across from the Santurce market. It does not have the same regal atmosphere of El Picoteo, but if you're going for the food, it is perfect!

    by tiffanie, 5/9/09

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