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  • 1. 1919 Restaurant

    $$$$ | Condado | Eclectic

    Michelin-starred, Puerto Rico–born chef Juan José Cuevas operates this successful fine-dining restaurant in San Juan's most striking hotel,...

    Michelin-starred, Puerto Rico–born chef Juan José Cuevas operates this successful fine-dining restaurant in San Juan's most striking hotel, built in 1919 by the Vanderbilt family. The international dishes—served prix fixe or à la carte—change seasonally and emphasize local ingredients. The main dining room overlooks the Atlantic Ocean; elegant and sophisticated, it is large yet intimate, with Brazilian-tigerwood tables spread out to allow for privacy and comfort. Dark wood floors and three striking chandeliers with drooping pearl shells are other decor features that evoke the Gatsby era. You may find a sashimi trio of hamachi, scallops, and tuna; local honey-roasted duck breast; or cochinillo ravioli with burrata and caramelized eggplant on the menu. For pairings, choose from more than 200 wines, or take advantage of the champagne table service.

    Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1055 Av. Ashford, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-724–1919

    Known For

    • Focus on organic, locally grown ingredients
    • Prix-fixe and tasting menus
    • Elegant setting

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch
  • 2. Café Cuatro Sombras

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    If you want to try local, single-origin, shade-grown coffee, this micro-roastery and café is the place to do it. Owners Pablo Muñoz and Mariana...

    If you want to try local, single-origin, shade-grown coffee, this micro-roastery and café is the place to do it. Owners Pablo Muñoz and Mariana Suárez grow their beans in the mountains of Yauco on a hacienda that has been in the Muñoz family since 1846. The wooden planks lining the banquette are from coffee storage pallets, and red accents recall perfectly ripe coffee beans. Cuatro sombras (four shades) refers to the four types of trees traditionally used in Puerto Rico to provide shade for coffee plants. And although it's the delicious, medium-bodied brew that steals the show, there's also a small menu of tasty pastries and sandwiches.

    259 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-724–9955

    Known For

    • Locally grown coffee
    • Pastries and sandwiches
    • Coffee tastings

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 3. Casita Miramar

    $$ | Miramar | Puerto Rican

    This family-run restaurant in the heart of residential Miramar is known for its traditional comida criolla. It feels more like a home than a...

    This family-run restaurant in the heart of residential Miramar is known for its traditional comida criolla. It feels more like a home than a restaurant, so it's a great place to just sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal. The menu, written on a chalkboard, changes often and features local fruits, vegetables, and seasonal fish. Favorite dishes include aguacate relleno con salmorejo de jueyes (crab-stuffed avocado) and chillo fresco with mojo isleño (red snapper with a sauce of tomatoes, olives, and green peppers). The old photos of Miramar, vintage furniture, and colonial architecture will surely transport you back in time.

    605 Av. Miramar, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-200–8227

    Known For

    • Old-fashioned dishes like crab-stuffed avocado
    • Great drinks and sangria
    • Excellent, friendly service

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No lunch Mon. and Wed.–Fri.
  • 4. Marmalade

    $$$$ | Old San Juan | Eclectic

    Peter Schintler, the U.S.-born owner-chef of Old San Juan's hippest—and finest—restaurant, apprenticed with Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay...

    Peter Schintler, the U.S.-born owner-chef of Old San Juan's hippest—and finest—restaurant, apprenticed with Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay. His dishes incorporate local and organic ingredients, and his cuisine is influenced by both California and French styles of cooking, resulting in complex flavors and strong aromas. Yellowtail is served with lemongrass and compressed watermelon while the pork cheeks are served with a peach-poblano marmalade. For dessert, indulge in the Millionaires ice cream, topped with honeycomb and shaved truffles. You can build your own four- to six-course tasting menu, perhaps choosing wine pairings from the excellent list, and the restaurant accommodates vegetarians, vegans, and those with dietary restrictions. The sensual, minimalist, orange-and-white decor features high-back chairs and cushioned banquettes that are comfortable and modern.

    317 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-724–3969

    Known For

    • Varying prix-fixe menus
    • Exceptional service
    • Excellent wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 5. Santaella

    $$$ | Santurce | Puerto Rican

    A career working with top chefs and a successful catering business prefaced chef José Santaella's namesake restaurant in La Placita marketplace...

    A career working with top chefs and a successful catering business prefaced chef José Santaella's namesake restaurant in La Placita marketplace. The menu is dominated by tapas, and favorites include the ahi tuna skewers, goat-cheese quesadilla, and morcilla (blood sausage) fritters. The neighborhood is anything but chic, but the restaurant is packed every night with well-dressed socialites, trendsetters, and the "who's who" of Puerto Rican society. The decor is rustic yet elegant, with exposed walls, Edison light fixtures, an interior garden, and a sparkling, tropical bar. Chef Santaella fuses local and international ingredients to perfectly execute Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine. The cocktail bar is one of the best on the island, so don't leave without trying one of the concoctions by Santaella's mixologists. We can't get enough of the Perfect Lady!

    La Placita de Santurce, 219 Calle Canals, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-725–1611

    Known For

    • Small plates of nouveau Puerto Rican specialties
    • Trendy ambience
    • Great cocktails

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Sat.
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  • 6. Señor Paleta

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day than an ice pop from Señor Paleta. All the ingredients used to make these artisanal paletas are...

    There's nothing more refreshing on a hot day than an ice pop from Señor Paleta. All the ingredients used to make these artisanal paletas are fresh, and many use local fruits. Choose from strawberry mojito, watermelon, coconut, dulce de leche, and more. The flavor of the month might be an exotic fruit like guanábana (soursop). The lines on weekends may be long, but they're well worth it.

    153 Calle Tetuan, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-724–2337

    Known For

    • Fruity ice pops on a stick
    • Long waits on weekends
    • Cash only
  • 7. Acapulco Taquería Mexicana

    $ | Ocean Park | Mexican

    Located behind a pawn shop, Acapulco doesn't have the most inspiring location, but you should seek out this tiny restaurant for some of the...

    Located behind a pawn shop, Acapulco doesn't have the most inspiring location, but you should seek out this tiny restaurant for some of the best Mexican food in Puerto Rico. The tacos and guacamole are always made from scratch, and the owners pride themselves on authenticity: you won't find iceberg lettuce or a chimichanga slathered in cheddar here. Instead, expect delicious tacos al pastor, with meat carved from a spinning rotisserie in an open kitchen, and equally tasty cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork). Many dishes are topped with pickled onions, cilantro, fresh pineapple, and radishes. The margaritas are great, and the juices couldn't be more refreshing. The staff is friendly, and all speak perfect English.

    2021 Calle Loíza, San Juan, 00911, Puerto Rico
    787-727–5568

    Known For

    • Delicious tacos and guacamole
    • Friendly service
    • Excellent margaritas made with fresh juices

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 8. Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant

    $$ | Condado | Middle Eastern

    Standing discreetly just off Avenida Ashford, Ali Baba turns out delicious, meticulously prepared Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, thanks...

    Standing discreetly just off Avenida Ashford, Ali Baba turns out delicious, meticulously prepared Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, thanks to its Turkish chef-owner. Given how unpretentious this small place is, the presentation is surprisingly elegant. Start with hummus, served with steaming, homemade lavash (flatbread), or the grilled cheese with fresh herbs and tomatoes. Entrées include an iskender kebab drizzled with browned goat butter, and moussaka, served beneath a warming flame. Sandwiches and vegetarian options are also available.

    1214 Av. Ashford, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-722–1176

    Known For

    • Tangy, smooth hummus
    • Iskender kebab
    • No reservations

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 9. Ariel

    $$$$ | Miramar | European

    Under the direction of noted chef Ariel Rodríguez, one of the city's more celebrated restaurants is popular with the local elite for its old...

    Under the direction of noted chef Ariel Rodríguez, one of the city's more celebrated restaurants is popular with the local elite for its old-school, fine-dining atmosphere and its international cuisine with strong French influences. A prix-fixe menu is available with or without wine pairings. Begin with a classic cocktail like James Bond's Vesper Martini, or chat with the sommelier, who can help you choose one of the roughly 300 bottles on the list. Local works of art decorate the walls of the formal dining room, giving it a lively, modern touch. Brunch is served on Sunday.

    Courtyard Marriott Miramar, 801 Av. Ponce de León, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-725–7700

    Known For

    • Well-executed European cuisine
    • Sunday brunch
    • Superb and extensive wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon., no dinner Sun.
  • 10. Bebo's Café

    $$ | Santurce | Puerto Rican

    Huge platters of delicious comida criolla are constantly streaming out of the kitchen here. Low prices and a family atmosphere ensure that...

    Huge platters of delicious comida criolla are constantly streaming out of the kitchen here. Low prices and a family atmosphere ensure that this longtime local favorite—located near the Doubletree on the border of Condado and Santurce—is always packed. The extensive menu includes everything from grilled skirt steak to seafood-stuffed mofongo to barbecued ribs, as well as a selection of local desserts, such as flan and tres leches cake. Breakfast is also popular. Note that the service, while friendly, can sometimes be a bit rushed or distracted.

    1600 Calle Loíza, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00911, Puerto Rico
    787-726–5700
  • 11. Bistro Café

    $$ | Isla Verde | Café

    This café is wildly popular and doesn't take reservations, but the offerings are worth the wait. Order the pancakes with Nutella, and the mocha...

    This café is wildly popular and doesn't take reservations, but the offerings are worth the wait. Order the pancakes with Nutella, and the mocha coffee with whipped cream and a rim of Oreos.

    29 Calle Júpiter, San Juan, 00913, Puerto Rico
    787-603–5757

    Known For

    • All-day breakfast
    • Large portions
    • Creative coffee drinks
  • 12. Bocca Osteria Romana

    $$ | Ocean Park | Italian

    Located at the end of Calle Loíza, this family-run restaurant specializes in Roman dishes. The open kitchen turns out dishes like spaghetti...

    Located at the end of Calle Loíza, this family-run restaurant specializes in Roman dishes. The open kitchen turns out dishes like spaghetti carbonara, penne puttanesca, and bucatini all'amatriciana. They don't take reservations, so arrive early to avoid a long wait.

    1059 Calle Loíza, San Juan, 00911, Puerto Rico
    787-727–8017

    Known For

    • Roman-style dishes
    • Italian comfort food
    • Carbonara
  • 13. Café 4 Estaciones

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    At this tiny kiosk, the tables and chairs under a canvas canopy that's surrounded by potted plants invite you to put down your shopping bags...

    At this tiny kiosk, the tables and chairs under a canvas canopy that's surrounded by potted plants invite you to put down your shopping bags and rest your tired feet. Grab a café con leche (coffee with hot milk), an espresso, or cold drink, and watch the children chase the pigeons. It's open late into the evening.

    Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

    Known For

    • Café con leche
    • Mallorcas
    • Quesitos
  • 14. Café Berlin

    $$ | Old San Juan | International

    A handful of tables spill onto a sidewalk deck adorned with tiny lights at this romantic, bohemian restaurant overlooking Plaza Colón. There...

    A handful of tables spill onto a sidewalk deck adorned with tiny lights at this romantic, bohemian restaurant overlooking Plaza Colón. There's something on the international menu for everyone, including a good selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes. It's also popular for breakfast, which is served until 3 pm.

    407 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-722–5205

    Known For

    • Breakfast
    • Variety of vegan and vegetarian choices
    • Street-side dining
  • 15. Café Don Ruiz

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    Tucked away in the corner of the old Spanish military barracks, Café Don Ruiz serves some of the finest coffee in town. It's sourced from a...

    Tucked away in the corner of the old Spanish military barracks, Café Don Ruiz serves some of the finest coffee in town. It's sourced from a family-run hacienda in Yauco that's known for its handpicked coffee, grown more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The medium-dark roast is a favorite: well balanced with essences of chocolate, caramel, and citrus. The shop also sells fruit frappés, sandwiches, and crepes.

    Cuartel de Ballajá, Calle Norzagaray at Calle Beneficiencia, San Juan, 00902, Puerto Rico
    787-723–1462

    Known For

    • Locally grown coffee
    • Light bites
    • Historic location

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 16. Cafetería Mallorca

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    The specialty at this old-fashioned, 1950s-style diner is the mallorca, a sweet pastry that's buttered, grilled, and then sprinkled with powdered...

    The specialty at this old-fashioned, 1950s-style diner is the mallorca, a sweet pastry that's buttered, grilled, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Wash one down with a cup of café con leche. For something more substantial, try the breakfast mallorca with ham and cheese. The menu also includes pancakes, egg dishes, sandwiches, and comida criolla. Waitstaffers are friendly and efficient, and most have worked there for years. It gets packed on weekends with locals, who consider it an institution. You pay at the counter on your way out.

    300 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-724–4607

    Known For

    • Old-school diner feel
    • Mallorcas
    • Café con leche

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 17. Caficultura

    $$ | Old San Juan | Café

    Caficultura prides itself on its full coffee-bar, its mimosas made with fresh juice, and its all-day breakfast and brunch menu (try the coconut...

    Caficultura prides itself on its full coffee-bar, its mimosas made with fresh juice, and its all-day breakfast and brunch menu (try the coconut-milk French toast with pineapple jam and coconut shavings). Numerous vegetarian options are available, especially at lunch, when you'll also find many delicious gourmet sandwiches and heartier dishes. The building is beautifully restored: distressed concrete walls meet an old, Spanish-style, wood-beamed ceiling—hanging from it is a magnificent antique chandelier. Customers skew young and intellectual, with students, professors, and museum-going tourists in the mix. The wait might be long, but the youthful staff is always friendly.

    401 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-723–7731

    Known For

    • All-day breakfast
    • Beautifully presented lattes
    • Outside seating

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No dinner
  • 18. Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

    $$$ | Old San Juan | International

    As you might guess from the name, the music is as much of a draw as the food at Carli's. The genial owner and host, Carli Muñoz, toured for...

    As you might guess from the name, the music is as much of a draw as the food at Carli's. The genial owner and host, Carli Muñoz, toured for a number of years with the Beach Boys (note the gold album on the wall) and plays nightly with his jazz trio, often accompanied by singers and musicians who happen to drop in. Inside the skyline-dominating Banco Popular building, this intimate supper-club bistro has elegant tables scattered around the room and a bar made of black Italian granite. Have a seat indoors or on the outdoor out on the patio, and dine on such fusion specialties as pumpkin and shrimp risotto, filet mignon with wild mushroom sauce, or blackened ahi tuna with Cajun spices.

    Plazoleta Rafael Carrión, Calle Recinto Sur at Calle San Justo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-725–4927

    Known For

    • Live jazz
    • Caribbean-style tapas
    • Classy ambience

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Sun.
  • 19. Casa Cortés ChocoBar

    $ | Old San Juan | Contemporary

    The Cortés family has been making bean-to-bar chocolate for more than 90 years, and, in 2013, they opened Puerto Rico's first "chocobar" to...

    The Cortés family has been making bean-to-bar chocolate for more than 90 years, and, in 2013, they opened Puerto Rico's first "chocobar" to share their passion. The walls in this vivid, modern space are decorated with ads from the 1950s, original chocolate-bar molds, a timeline of chocolate, and two flat screens showing the chocolate-making process. From pastries and breakfast sandwiches to panini and tapas, the chef integrates chocolate into every bite without overpowering. Bonbons, chocolate bars, and even chocolate soaps are available for sale. People from all over the metro area flock here for weekend brunch; arrive early to avoid a long wait. An upstairs gallery offers a glimpse of the family's personal collection of contemporary Caribbean art.

    210 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    787-722–0499

    Known For

    • Chocolate incorporated into many dishes
    • Breakfast specialties and pastries
    • Locally made chocolates
  • 20. Cocina Abierta

    $$$ | Condado | Eclectic

    Modern light fixtures, exposed walls, and repurposed decorative accents give Cocina Abierta one of the coolest decors in Condado. Chef Martin...

    Modern light fixtures, exposed walls, and repurposed decorative accents give Cocina Abierta one of the coolest decors in Condado. Chef Martin Louzao's eclectic, multicourse menu is divided into acts and crescendos, though you're free to create your own tasting menu and pair it with suggested wines. Grilled Spanish octopus terrine, duck-confit-stuffed mofongo, and ripe plantain carpaccio brûlée with tuna tataki are house favorites. Vegetarian options might include roasted butternut squash soup or mushroom ceviche Peruvian causa. Behind Cocina Abierta are Atelier, a cooking school, and Oriundo, a pop-up restaurant also headed by chef Louzao.

    58 Calle Caribe, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
    787-946–1333

    Known For

    • Do-it-yourself tasting menus
    • Octopus terrine and mofongo with duck confit
    • Great wine list

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