Puerto Rico

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.

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.

This small café and juice bar in Condado is known for its vegetarian and vegan friendly menu, as well as its signature smoothies and juice drinks. While the menu contains meat dishes, such as chicken sandwiches and salmon wraps, the vegetarian options are the main draw.

Classic cafeteria serving delicious mofongo, fried pork chops, and rice and beans.

Opened by Puerto Rican celebrity chef Wilo Bennet in 1990, Pikayo relocated from its original home in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico to the Conrad Condado Plaza in 2009. Bennet has created a menu of innovative Puerto Rican fusion cuisine, calling on Spanish, Indian, and African flavors.

Located at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, Lemongrass is an upscale, Pan Asian restaurant serving inventive Latin and Asian-inspired fusion dishes, including red snapper in orange-carrot sauce with plantain spiders and sweet plantain and chorizo wontons with goat cheese.

Located in the hip hotel Chateau Cervantes, Panza (named after Don Quixote's sidekick), is one of Old San Juan's chicest eateries.

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Seafood is the name of the game at Argentine chef Carlos Alzogaray's cozy, atmospheric restaurant, where candlelight flickers in the evenings.

Rincón’s pirate-themed Shipwreck Bar & Grill is known for its large portions and relaxed atmosphere. The no-frills restaurant has al fresco dining with plastic tables and chairs, and, since it is a bar, the noise level can be quite high.

The steakhouse serves up T-bones in a boudoir-inspired setting.

Pamela’s, located at the Numero Uno Guest House in Ocean Park, serves Nuevo Latino and Caribbean cuisine crafted by chef Esteban Torres, who draws on the European, Asian, and African roots of Caribbean culinary traditions.

Located just south of the tourist-laden Condado neighborhood in Santurce, near the 100-year-old Plaza del Mercado market, Tasca el Pescador is a popular haunt among locals that is known for its fresh seafood dishes.

Part of the Horned Dorset Primavera, Rincón's most elegant resort, this sophisticated restaurant seems a world away from the beachy shacks and bars that line the rest of the waterfront.

Meaning the salty bull, El Toro Salao celebrates the Spanish influence in Puerto Rico. Chef Guillermo Gonzalez has crafted a menu of Spanish tapas, including serrano ham croquettes with a guava rum glaze.