El Yunque and the Northeast Restaurants

Some restaurants carry the tourist board's meson gastronómico designation. Such establishments specialize in typical island food. The eastern region has both formal restaurants, where reservations are necessary, and casual beachside eateries, where you can walk in unannounced in beach attire and have a fine meal of fresh fish. Bills generally don't include service charges, so a 15% tip is customary and expected. Most restaurants are open for dinner from late afternoon until about 10 pm.

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  • 1. Brass Cactus

    $$ | Steakhouse

    This steak-and-chop eatery attracts so many English-speaking tourists that management doesn't bother printing a Spanish menu. Nearly every dish...Read More

  • 2. El Kiosko Boricua

    $ | Puerto Rican

    Forget McDonald's and Taco Bell; in Puerto Rico, a beachside kiosk like this one is the place to go for fast food. El Kiosko Boricua ticks...Read More

  • 3. El Nuevo Acuario

    $$ | Puerto Rican

    One among the ever-changing cast of restaurants along Route 187, The New Aquarium, like its neighbors, won't win any awards for decor and design...Read More

  • 4. El Parrilla

    $$ | Puerto Rican

    Like its neighbors along Route 187, which fronts the Atlantic, El Parrilla specializes in seafood. Trunkfish fritters and seafood empanadillas...Read More

  • 5. La Parrilla

    $$$ | Seafood

    There are dozens of kioskos, or food stands, along Route 3 on the way to Luquillo Beach, most offering humble local fare, much of it fried...Read More

  • 6. Lolita's

    $$ | Mexican

    When it comes to Mexican food, this place is the real deal. For lunch, grab a few tacos (soft or crispy), or try one of the classic Mexican...Read More

  • 7. Bistro Rico

    $ | Café

    Most of Humacao's restaurants are within the bounds of the massive Palmas del Mar, and since you can't eat at Chez Daniel every night, Daniel...Read More

  • 8. El Varadero Seaside Grill

    $$ | Seafood

    At this no-frills seaside spot perched on the docks of pretty Marina Puerto Chico, San Juan native Charlie Barrett has created a recipe for...Read More

  • 9. Yuquiyú Delights

    $ | Caribbean

    Named for the Taíno god of goodness, this open-air dining room will be a sight for sore eyes after hiking all day in the rain forest. The chalkboard...Read More

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