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.

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.

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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.

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.

Named after a rich Puerto Rican sauce used on meat and fish, Ajili Mójili prides itself on serving and celebrating the island's traditional cuisine.

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Inside the über-hip Bravo Beach Hotel, this white-clad restaurant serves up an excellent range of tapas: steamed mussels in coconut curry broth; risotto with prosciutto and calabaza (like summer sq

The first restaurant from Puerto Rican dining empire OOF Restaurants, the Parrot Club is a brightly colored restaurant is housed in a renovated 1902 factory building.

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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.