San Juan Restaurants

In cosmopolitan San Juan European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and chic fusion eateries vie for your attention, with family-owned restaurants specializing in seafood or comida criolla (creole cooking, or local Puerto Rican food). U.S. chains such as McDonald's and Subway compete with chains like Pollo Tropical and El Mesón, which specialize in local cuisine. Many of the most innovative chefs here have restaurants in the city's large hotels, but don't be shy about venturing into stand-alone establishments—many concentrated in Condado and along Calles Fortaleza and San Sebastián in Old San Juan. Old San Juan is also home to a number of notable new restaurants and cafés, offering more artisanal-style cuisine—crop-to-cup coffee, rustic homemade pizzas, and creative vegetarian food—at affordable prices. There’s a radiant pride in what the local land can provide, and these enthusiastic young restaurateurs are redefining what Puerto Rican food is, bite by tasty bite.

Dress codes vary greatly, though a restaurant's price category is a good indicator of its formality. For less expensive places anything but beachwear is fine. Ritzier spots will expect collared shirts and long pants for men (jacket and tie requirements are rare) and chic attire for women. When in doubt, do as the Puerto Ricans often do and dress up.

For breakfast outside of your hotel, cafés or local bakeries (called panaderías) are your best bet. It's rare for such establishments to close between breakfast and lunch; it's slightly more common for restaurants to close between lunch and dinner. Although some places don't accept reservations, it's always a good idea to make them for dinner whenever possible. This is especially true during the busy season from November through April and on weekends at any time of the year.

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  • 1. 1919

    $$$$ | Eclectic

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

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Celebrity chef and Puerto Rico native Wilo Benet's flagship restaurant makes the most of its elegant surroundings at the Condado Plaza Hilton...Read More

  • 4. Cocina Abierta

    $$$ | Eclectic

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

  • 5. Barú

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Eclectic

    A global menu has earned Barú a solid reputation among sanjuaneros, so this stylishly contemporary restaurant in a 275-year-old colonial townhouse...Read More

  • 6. Chayote

    $$$ | Miramar | Eclectic

    Slightly off the beaten path, this chic eatery is definitely an "in" spot. The chef gives haute international dishes tropical panache. Starters...Read More

  • 7. Delirio

    $$$ | Miramar | Eclectic

    Set in a century-old family home, this sexy dining room has the look of a boudoir, decorated almost entirely in deep reds with paintings by...Read More

  • 8. Jam Rum Bar + Bistro Moderne

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This tucked-away spot may not look like a restaurant from the outside, but inside it's a study in modern design, in whites, oranges, greens...Read More

  • 9. Panza

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Eclectic

    Tucked discreetly within the lobby of Chateau Cervantes, this restaurant offers a wonderful mix of different-size dishes, so you can have your...Read More

  • 10. Salt Gastrobar

    $$ | Eclectic

    When looking for a dining option in Isla Verde, look no further than Salt GastroBar. This surprising new addition to the neighborhood, located...Read More

  • 11. Tangerine

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The dining room opens onto an oceanfront terrace, where constant breezes are as much a part of the dreamy scene as the muted-orange lighting...Read More

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