San Juan Restaurants

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  • 1. Café Cuatro Sombras

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

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

  • 2. 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...Read More

  • 3. Verde Mesa

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Vegetarian

    With punched-tin ceilings, mason-jar light fixtures, and eclectic decor inspired by Versailles' Petit Trianon , this pescatarian restaurant...Read More

  • 4. Aguaviva

    $$$$ | Old San Juan | Seafood

    The name means "jellyfish," which explains why this ultramodern place has dim blue lighting and jellyfish-shape lamps floating overhead. Eating...Read More

  • 5. Ben & Jerry's

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    On your hike up hilly Calle Cristo, stop at Ben & Jerry's at the corner of Calle Sol. Savor Vermont ice cream under a palm tree or enjoy...Read More

  • 6. Bistro Burger

    $ | Old San Juan | Burger

    After exploring El Morro, head to Bistro Burger on Calle San Sebastián for what locals consider the best burgers in town. Choose from the house...Read More

  • 7. Café 4 Estaciones

    $ | Old San Juan | Café

    At Café 4 Estaciones, tables and chairs sit under a canvas canopy surrounded by potted plants. This tiny kiosk-café is the perfect spot to put...Read More

  • 8. Café Berlin

    $$ | Old San Juan | International

    A handful of tables spill onto a sidewalk deck lit with tiny lights at this bohemian and romantic restaurant overlooking Plaza Colón. There...Read More

  • 9. 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. The family-run hacienda...Read More

  • 10. 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...Read More

  • 11. Caficultura

    $$ | Old San Juan | Café

    One of the best cafés to open in San Juan in recent years, Caficultura prides itself both on its full coffee-bar menu and its delicious cocina...Read More

  • 12. Carli's Fine Dining & 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...Read More

  • 13. Casa Cortés ChocoBar

    $ | Old San Juan | Contemporary

    The Cortés family has been making bean-to-bar chocolate for more than 85 years. In 2013 they opened Puerto Rico's first "choco bar" to share...Read More

  • 14. Dragonfly

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Asian

    Dark and sexy, this popular Latin-Asian restaurant, all done up in Chinese red, feels more like a fashionable after-hours lounge than a restaurant...Read More

  • 15. El Patio de Sam

    $$ | Old San Juan | Puerto Rican

    A great selection of more than 30 beers, including the locally brewed Medalla, makes this a popular "come as you are" spot, whether at the end...Read More

  • 16. El Picoteo

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Spanish

    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...Read More

  • 17. La Cucina di Ivo

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Italian

    A pretty courtyard just steps from the cathedral has been transformed into this traditional trattoria. The staff enters and leaves through leaded...Read More

  • 18. La Fonda del Jibarito

    $$ | Old San Juan | Puerto Rican

    The menus are handwritten and the tables wobble, but Sanjuaneros have favored this casual, no-frills, family-run restaurant—tucked away on a...Read More

  • 19. La Madre

    $$ | Old San Juan | Mexican

    La Madre is a hip Mexican restaurant, with a stylish young customer base to match. Yes, it covers the standards, including some very tasty fish...Read More

  • 20. La Mallorquina

    $$ | Old San Juan | Puerto Rican

    Dating from 1848, La Mallorquina is thought to be the island's oldest restaurant. It specializes in various versions of asopao , a soupy rice...Read More

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