Puerto Rico

Restaurants in Puerto Rico

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.

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.