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. La Estación

    $$$ | Puerto Rican

    This laid-back spot has elevated Puerto Rican street food to an art form, thanks to two New Yorkers (one Puerto Rican) with restaurant pedigree...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Calizo

    $$$ | Seafood

    There's a string of seafood shacks in the village of Las Croabas, all serving delicious fried fish. This open-air eatery, with tables covered...Read More

  • 4. Chez Daniel

    $$$$ | French

    Chef Daniel Vasse's French country-style dishes are some of the island's best. The Marseille-style bouillabaisse is full of fresh fish and bursts...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Palio

    $$$$ | Italian

    Northern Italian dishes—such as veal marsala or fillet of beef with a caramelized shallot Barolo reduction—are the star attractions at this...Read More

  • 10. Pasión por el Fogón

    $$$ | Caribbean

    At this beloved Fajardo restaurant, Chef Myrta Pérez Toledo transforms traditional dishes into something special. Succulent cuts of meat and...Read More

  • 11. Richie's Café

    $$$ | Seafood

    Perched on a mountaintop, this restaurant—a convenient option for Wyndham Grand Río Mar guests who don't want to dine on-site but are willing...Read More

  • 12. Fern Restaurant

    $$$$ | Caribbean

    On the second floor of the St. Regis Bahia Beach's main Plantation House building, this stylish restaurant offers a lush environment in which...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Blossoms

    $$$$ | Asian

    This dining room brings the Far East to Puerto Rico. The first thing you'll notice is the sound of meats and vegetables sizzling on the large...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Soleil Beach Club

    $$ | Seafood

    A bit more refined than some of its neighbors, this restaurant actually sits on a wooden platform positioned above the sand. Even nicer is...Read More

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