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.
This 105-year-old lunch counter and bakery, a stone's throw from the port in Old San Juan, is where to come for a perfect café con leche (poured from a 1940's coffee maker) and a plate of mallorcas (light, buttery pastries, sprinkled with powdered sugar).
Located slightly off the beaten path in Vieques, Chez Shack is an eclectic, albeit wildly popular, restaurant housed in an unassuming pink shack.
Iron Chef's Roberto Treviño seduces Condado's smart set with fun, Latin-Asian fusion.
Urbane Continental fare in a pretty 1871 house.
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.
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).
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.