Restaurants in San Juan
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.
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 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.
The 160-year-old restaurant is known for its family-style cocina criolla, or traditional Puerto Rican feasts: seasonal favorites include lechón (suckling pig), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), and pasteles (yucca and meat wrapped in a banana leaf).
Neighborhood place near San Juan's La Placita.
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.
The steakhouse serves up T-bones in a boudoir-inspired setting.
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.
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.
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.
This eye-catching restaurant at the La Concha Resort is shaped like an oversized shell perched on a reflecting pool. The innovative design, courtesy of Jorge Rossello, includes blue carpeting that resembles the water and white banquettes, chairs, and table linens.