Puerto Rico is truly an incredible place. Besides the beautiful beaches and sightseeing all over the island, the food is absolutely delicious! There are so many local restaurants with very traditional food that 4 days were definitely not enough to try everything. Most of the food there is very reasonable in terms of price; you’ll eat a LOT for very little, especially when it comes to the more local restaurants.
Below are some of my favorite places we ate on the island.
A popular bakery in Condado where you can eat great breakfast for reasonable prices. The sandwiches are delicious with a very unique Latin taste.
They also have a daily lunch menu available.
Address: 1129 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
La Bombonera Bakery
Established in 1902 and one of the oldest and most famous bakeries in San Juan, La Bombonera Bakery specializes in “Mallorca”, a sweet and puffy Puerto Rican bread.
La Bombonera serves various other pastries and also has some lunch options too.
Address: 259 Viejo, Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Established in 1963, Barrachina is renowned as the king of “paella” and the place where the Pina Colada was created.The restaurant is located in the heart of San Juan in a huge vintage house.
The food is the best I had on the island, and the stuffed sweet plantain with steak and cheese is a MUST TRY. The mofongo, a Puerto Rican classic dish, is also delicious.
I don’t even have to say that the Pina Colada was exceptional and I could have drank another 5 of those. I highly recommend Barrachina and it’s now on my list of favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico.
Address: 104 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
A restaurant located inside the Serafina Hotel in Condado Beach, Amare is a high-end Italian restaurant with a beautiful view of the beach and amazing service.
The menu is extensive. The arrancini with sweet plantain sauce is a good way to start your meal. The black truffle and champagne risotto is absolutely amazing, and so is the cacio & pepe (spaghetti with a creamy parmesan and fresh black pepper sauce). Overall, it was a great experience and a superb restaurant.
Address: 1045 Ashford Ave, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Semilla Kitchen and Bar
This restaurant was very close to our hotel in Condado Beach, so we had our first meal there. They specialize in tapas, small Spanish dishes.
The chorizo arancini and the “Ropa Vieja” quesadillas were excellent!
Address: 57 Cll Delcasse, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
A simple and vintage restaurant with local food that reminds me of food cooked from an old Latin mother. Of course I tried the mofongo (I ate mofongo EVERYDAY lol) but they also have the “trifongo” which is a mix of plantain, sweet plantain and yucca mofongo. The Medalla, a Puerto Rican beer is the drink of choice in this restaurant. Everything was to die for, such good, local food.
Put El Jibarito on your list if you want to have a legit Puerto Rican meal for very reasonable prices.
Address: 282 Calle Sol, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
An upscale restaurant located in Condado Beach, Oceano is a modern and cool beachfront mansion. The menu is a mix of Caribbean infusion, offering classic Puerto Rican and other Caribbean dishes.
We had the Ahi Tuna tartar with sweet plantain chips to start and then I ordered the pork with guava sauce as a main dish. The food was good, but nothing exceptional. The place is very beautiful and I would recommend eating here during the day so you can watch the ocean from the balcony. It was a little bit overpriced and I thought we had much better food at some of the more local places.
Address: 2, calle Vendig, San Juan, PR 00907
Another simple restaurant with delicious and tasty food in Old San Juan. Café Manolin is even simpler than the others on the list - no fancy menus or decorations, they just serve up delicious food.
The shrimp mofongo is unbeatable, and the garlic rice is one of the best I’ve ever had. We went there for lunch on a Sunday and it was packed. It’s a must try on the island.
Address: 251 Calle San Justo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
I wish I had more time to try out other restaurants and dishes, but we only had 4 days. I tried making the best of our time and tried the most popular, traditional Puerto Rican dishes. The culinary on the island was a refreshing surprise and most of the places I highly recommend.
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