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.

The dress code varies greatly from place to place, although a restaurant's price category can be taken as a good indication. 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 panaderías (local bakeries) are your best bets. 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. 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...Read More

  • 2. 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...Read More

  • 3. 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...Read More

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. La Cueva del Mar

    $$ | Ocean Park | Seafood

    Families with kids, beachgoers in flip-flops, and businesspeople all flock to this casual, marine-themed restaurant, renowned for its seafood...Read More

  • 7. Miramar Food Truck Park

    $$ | Miramar | Eclectic

    Proprietor Yareli Manning runs this food-truck park in the heart of Miramar, where seating is at communal picnic tables. Though the roster of...Read More

  • 8. Pinky's

    $ | Ocean Park | Café

    People pack this playful café—where bustling servers wear cheeky "Eat Me!" T-shirts—to enjoy fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads, batidas (fruit...Read More

  • 9. Via Appia

    $$ | Condado | Italian

    Popular for decades with everyone from local politicians and families to sunburned tourists who just dragged themselves off the beach, the bustling...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. di Parma

    $$ | Italian

    This Italian trattoria in the Ventana al Mar park just steps from the ocean is a great choice for alfresco dining. Prices are very reasonable...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. The Parrot Club

    $$$ | Old San Juan | Latin American

    Loud and lively, this place is intent on making sure everyone has a good time. The menu offers contemporary variations of Latin classics. You...Read More

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