Restaurants in Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans have a passion for food—and not just for their own local cuisine. Two traditional dishes of Puerto Rico include bacalaitos, which are little pieces of fried codfish, and the alcapurrias, or stuffed fritters. But increasingly, this Caribbean Island has great Italian, Asian, and all manner of fusion cuisine. Santaella is located in a former hardware store in San Juan, this renowned Puerto Rico restaurant embraces the local comida criolla, gets its produce and seafood from the legendary Santurce Market, which neighbors the restaurant.
Bistro de Paris is across the street from the Museo de Arte. The Puerto Rico restaurant offers classic French dishes such as salad Nicoise and mussels Provençal. BLT Steak is an NYC transplant that offers a sumptuous steakhouse experience in the Ritz-Carlton San Juan. While the menu largely mirrors its Big Apple mentor, you can also find island-style cocktails like the kiwi martini. Budatai is a Puerto Rico restaurant in San Juan’s Condado neighborhood does a blend of Asian and Puerto Rican cuisine, such as egg rolls stuffed with local butifarra sausage.
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Locals pack into this colorful restaurant at lunchtime for down-home comida criolla, the traditional Puerto Rican cooking that pulls from the island's Spanish, African, and Indian heritage. Ignore the slightly cheesy décor—e.g.
The first noncontinental U.S. outpost of chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT empire, this tony steak house is set inside San Juan's Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Chef-owner Mark French cooks steakhouse favorites alongside traditional Puerto Rican dishes.
Behind its traditional old-world façade, Marmalade is like a Technicolor fantasy: bright white spaces punctuated by hot pinks, aquamarines, and sunburst oranges; alcoves draped with diaphanous red curtains; servers dressed in candy-hued tunics.
Vieques's best-loved casual beach shack, set right on the malecón in the beachfront town of Esperanza, is the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
A showcase for masterful lechón asado (served on weekends).
The local scene here is as hot as the wood-fired grill in the kitchen. Carnivores go for the parrillada, a savory selection of chorizo, pork tenderloin, short ribs, sweetbreads, and blood sausage (the faint of heart can opt for the fresh grilled vegetables).
Located on Calle Cristo in the historic Old San Juan district, Bodega Chic is a casual restaurant serving French and Algerian cuisine with a Caribbean and Mediterranean influence.
Founded in 2002, Aguaviva serves what it calls seaside Latino cuisine crafted by chef Hector Crespo. The menu has a selection of seafood dishes prepared with Latin and Caribbean spices, as well as six different ceviches and colossal seafood towers.
Tucked away in an unassuming building down a quiet Miramar side street, Chayote is San Juan's see-and-be-seen restaurant. Here's where the local glitterati can be found, decked out in European designer labels and speaking old-world Spanish.