Seven places to eat in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dinner in a restaurant is not just a matter of food and satiety. This can be a real adventure. Some restaurants offer exquisite food, incredible views and amazing atmosphere. Therefore, we suggest you go to San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, in order not only to have a beautiful view, but also an excellent cuisine.

Here are seven places with different tasty dishes to try in San Juan:

Jose Enrique

Jose Enrique is one of the best restaurants in San Juan. Here restaurant you can buy dishes at an affordable price. You can try such famous dishes as poppers, fried pieces of fish in a creamy, spicy sauce, crab and much more. Jose Enrique doesn’t take reservations, so you should arrive early and prepare to queue up.

Lote 23

Santurce’s Lote 23 is equal parts food park and community center: its kiosks and Airstream trailers feed locals and tourists alike. Here you can have a snack with pernille or fried chicken, croquettes, cheer up with cold brewed coffee. In addition, you can taste a handmade popsicle with different flavors, from gelato-style varieties like peanut, pistachio, nutella to tropical sorbets like mango, guava, and soursop.


This place in Santurce has the potential to be a real budget-buster. You can come here for lunch, and try market-driven cocina criolla, which costs less than $20, or go to the bar in the evening to try some cocktails.

Verde Mesa

This small restaurant, which is located in the center of Old San Juan, is very comfortable. Verde Mesa features vintage furniture, friendly service, and superb Mediterranean-Caribbean fusion cuisine. If you are a vegetarian, then you should definitely visit this place. You can try a chayote salad spiked with mango, lime, and cilantro; a vegetable-laced mound of rice, and so on. But at the same time, here you can find not only vegetarian dishes. You can try a the Moroccan-spiced lamb stew, or the octopus appetizer.

La Bombonera

This Old San Juan bakery and café offers a lot of various pastries. One of the best dishes is a sandwich: the Mallorca, a sweet roll layered with your choice of fillings, pressed until the edges are warm and crisp, and dusted with a heap of powdered sugar. Try a cortado, a strong little cup of coffee with a touch of milk, too.

Kiosko El Boricua

In order to figure out what real Puerto Rican snacks are, you should go to the Piñones area. Here you can find a variety of roadside kiosks. Everything here is very tasty as everything is made to order. Try the pastelillos with crab, or the piononos with beef.

Chocobar Cortés

You can taste the goods at Chocobar Cortés, a cocoa-focused café in Old San Juan. Try various sweet dishes such as chocolate pancakes and French toast. Besides sweet dishes you can taste roasted pumpkin soup with a white chocolate and wasabi crostini. The café offers a chocolate martini laced with Baileys or, for example, with whipped cream and chocolate nibs.
Also read: Seven reasons why you should visit San Juan, Puerto Rico.