Rich in history with Spanish and French culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico is the oldest European-founded city in the Americas. This beautiful city has pristine tropical beaches and vibrant neighborhoods with amazing street art, museums, shopping, and so much more! The food scene in San Juan is innovative, fresh and modern with a blend of tradition. Here are seven must-try restaurants that you need to visit during your stay in Puerto Rico.
Best San Juan Restaurants! Let’s Eat
Located in one of San Juan’s oldest neighborhoods, Celeste has a fresh and modern takeon amazing seafood and wine. Their menu changes quarterly, and the chef is inspired by the fresh ingredients available. Menu favorites include the squid ink ceviche, aged tuna with lemon, and tamarind brown butter anchovy toast. Make sure to pair their carefully curated wines sourced locally with their delicious food in one of the best San Juan restaurants.
100 C. Pelayo, San Juan, PR
Marmalade serves an amazing tasting menu that blends French, Caribbean, and Spanish cuisine. Enjoy great conversation with friends and family and excellent service as you try between 5 to 14 dishes (depending on the number of people in your group) during your time at Celeste. Try their cocktails and wine as you delight in their favorite menu items like the pork belly glazed with smoked honey, cilantro and garlic grilled shrimp, and lamb tagine.
317 C. Fortaleza, San Juan, PR
Located in the luxe Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1919 is an upscale, farm-to-table restaurant with a spectacular beachfront view. Michelin Star-rated Executive Chef Juan José Cuevas creates exquisite menus that include customer favorites like the lobster salad, tuna, ricotta gnocchi, and prime beef. The chef’s tasting experience is a popular option if you are looking for a transcendent culinary journey. Reservations are recommended as they are only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
1055 Ashford Ave, San Juan
SUR Barra Nikkei
SUR Barra Nikke, an award-winning restaurant located in the neighborhood of Santurce, serves impeccable dishes that fuse Japanese and Peruvian cuisines with locally sourced ingredients. Pair your red snapper, octopus tempura roll, shrimp, or smoked salmon with one of their refreshing pisco cocktails. This is one of our favorite San Juan restaurants and places to eat.
411 Calle del Parque San Juan
If you are looking for creamy chocolate creations, Chocobar Cortes is a must-try. It is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, family brunch, or a quick stop for a delicious chocolate fix. Popular menu items include any of their chocolate-infused beverages (alcohol or not), “Chocolate Lover’s Cake”, and their Mallorca Ibérica sandwich (a traditional sweet Mallorca bread with serrano ham, manchego cheese, and a white chocolate guava butter).
210 Calle San Fran San Juan
A tourist and local favorite in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vianda uses the freshest ingredients available to create an amazing farm-to-table menu. This charming restaurant is not only known for the delicious food but their warm and welcoming service as well. Their menu has a blend of cuisines that include favorites like their berenjena tikka masala and bacalao (cod, coconut broth, pork fried rice, and shitake mushrooms). Check their website when you plan to visit as their menu changes frequently depending on the ingredients available.
1413 Ave Ponce de León Santurce
Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana
If you are looking for a cold margarita and amazing tacos, Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana is the place to go. Begin your meal with one of their delicious appetizers like their fresh guacamole or queso fundido con chorizo. They are known for perfecting the art of street tacos, so for lunch or dinner we recommend trying their tacos al pastor and cochinita pibil. If you are visiting on a Tuesday, swing by for taco Happy Hour starting at 6pm and find out why this is one of the best San Juan places to eat.
2021 C. Loíza, San Juan, PR
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