Restaurant Options in Old San Juan

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As the historic district of San Juan, and one of the oldest towns in the New World, Old San Juan is frequented by tourists hoping to take a step back in time and get a feel for what life was like in Puerto Rico hundreds of years ago. In keeping with that spirit, many of the restaurants in this area serve up the traditional offerings of the island, what is known as comida criolla. For those who don't have an adventurous pallet, you'll still encounter a few international spots with menus that are less exotic.

Caribbean and Local

Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

Travelers will find lots of opportunities to enjoy local flavors during their stay in Old San Juan. Caribbean and Creole dishes are among the popular choices found in the area. Be sure to remember that you can read additional details regarding each place on the page by clicking on them.

Aguaviva is a local oyster bar located within the heart of Old San Juan. Utilizing the bountiful marine offerings that surround the island, Puerto Rico's Aguaviva has created a haven for diners looking for fresh seafood and Latin cuisine. Visitors can call them at (787) 724-2535.

Restaurants Map

Hungry guests may enjoy trying Cafe Puerto Rico. The saying "Good things come in small packages" is definitely true of Cafe Puerto Rico. Though the facility is not the largest restaurant one might imagine, the service is friendly, the food is outstanding, and the atmosphere is fun. The property is situated at 208 O"Donnell Street.

Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano: The award winning kitchen staff at Carli's serves up a selection of Caribbean dishes that will please even the most discerning palate. If you're looking to call ahead of time, do so at (787) 484-8438.

Just below are the 23 restaurants serving up this kind of food.

Caribbean and Local Restaurants in Old San Juan
Name Location Type Phone Number
Aguaviva Central Old San Juan Caribbean, Latin American (787) 724-2535
Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge Central Old San Juan Creole, International, Spanish --
Aloha Old San Juan Central Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 289-5626
Aureola Cafe Restaurant Old San Juan Caribbean, Latin American (787) 977-0100
Bleu Bistro Old San Juan Caribbean, French, Vegetarian (787) 723-1728
Cafe 8 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan Caribbean, International (787) 377-5649
Cafe Del Caribe Central Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 977-0260
Cafe El Punto Old San Juan Caribbean, Chilean, Puerto Rican (787) 646-4943
Cafe Manolin Old San Juan Creole (787) 723-9743
Cafe Ochoa Central Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 977-8259
Cafe Puerto Rico Central Old San Juan Caribbean, Creole (787) 724-2281
Cafetteria Mallorca Old San Juan Caribbean, Latin American (787) 724-4607
Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano Old San Juan Caribbean, International (787) 484-8438
El Buren Restaurant Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 977-5023
El Parnaso Central Old San Juan Mexican (787) 723-4548
Gallery Inn Restaurant Old San Juan Creole (787) 722-1808
Genuine Broaster Chicken Central Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 758-4448
La Fonda De Angelo Old San Juan Creole (787) 845-2886
La Ostra Cosa 0.4 mi. South West of Old San Juan Creole (787) 722-2672
Lupi's Mexican Grill & Sports Cantina Central Old San Juan Mexican (787) 253-2198
Mojito's Restaurante Central Old San Juan American, Caribbean (787) 723-7539
Panza Restaurant Old San Juan Contemporary, Latin American (787) 289-8900
Parrot Club Old San Juan Caribbean (787) 725-7370

European and Asian

Diners will find tons of European restaurants in the vicinity, though don't anticipate finding very much in the way of Asian food. In addition to Italian cuisine, you will also be able to choose from Spanish and International options as well.

Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge is a lunch and dinner option situated in the heart of Old San Juan. Airenumo serves Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine, but is especially known for their paella, of which there are over 20 varieties on the menu. You will find them

St. Germain offers various different dishes to enjoy, including salads and sandwiches. Located in Old San Juan, St. Germain is a European style bistro bringing gourmet dining in a classic setting to the area. Visitors will be able to find them at 156 Sol Street.

Trois Cent Onze: Set in the South Fortaleza district of Old San Juan is one of the finest French restaurants in Puerto Rico: Trois Cent Onze. Headed by award winning Chef Juan Peña, guests can be sure that when it comes to fine dining, this restaurant will always deliver. They are situated at 311 Fortaleza Street.

Palio is a dining establishment you could try. Located on the second floor of the Sheraton Old San Juan, Palio offers both a tropical spread and scene. Take in the view of the San Juan Bay as you enjoy breakfast or dinner. They're located at 100 Brumbaugh Street.

The table below shows the 26 relevant possibilities you will be able to see in Old San Juan.

European and Asian Restaurants in Old San Juan
Name Location Type Phone Number
Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge Central Old San Juan Creole, International, Spanish --
Al Dente Ristorante Old San Juan Italian (787) 723-7303
Aming China Restaurant Central Old San Juan Chinese (787) 897-2612
Antonella's Pizzeria Old San Juan Italian (787) 643-4242
Audys Pizza Central Old San Juan Italian (787) 895-7653
Barrachina San Juan Old San Juan International, Spanish (787) 725-7912
Bleu Bistro Old San Juan Caribbean, French, Vegetarian (787) 723-1728
Caficultura Old San Juan Spanish (787) 723-7731
El Buran Pizzeria & Restaurant Central Old San Juan Italian (787) 977-5023
El Picoteo Old San Juan Spanish (800) 468-2779
Il Bacaro Venezia Old San Juan Italian (787) 977-5638
J-Taste Japanese Cuisine Old San Juan Japanese (787) 724-2003
La Cucina di Ivo Old San Juan Italian (787) 729-7070
La Focaccia Inc Central Old San Juan Italian (787) 724-7776
La Tortuga Old San Juan Italian (787) 725-1062
Mirabueno Old San Juan Spanish (787) 889-0868
Palio Old San Juan Fusion, Spanish (787) 721-5100
Pizza e Birra Old San Juan Italian (800) 468-2779
Pizzicorre Central Old San Juan Italian (787) 725-4025
Punto de Vista Restaurant & Bar 0.4 mi. East of Old San Juan Spanish (787) 729-7575
Restaurante Raices San Juan Old San Juan Spanish (787) 289-2121
Sofia Italian Grill Pizzeria Old San Juan Italian (787) 721-0369
St. Germain Old San Juan European, International (787) 725-5830
Transylvania Restaurant Old San Juan French, German, Mediterranean (787) 977-2328
Trois Cent Onze Old San Juan French (787) 725-7959
Tropical Taste Restaurant Old San Juan Spanish (787) 722-1455

International

International food is definitely a popular choice in Old San Juan. This is a region that has lots of cultural diversity, so it's no surprise that you can find a lot of culinary diversity as well.

Barrachina San Juan is a nice restaurant in the area you might enjoy. Home of the original Pina Colada, Barrachina, Barrachina has made its place in the history of Puerto Rico and is still serving out food as strong as ever. You will be able to find them at 104 Fortaleza Street.

Old Harbor Brewery is a dining venue you might enjoy visiting. You won't want to miss a chance to dine at Old Harbor Brewery, a classy, but family friendly establishment that serves up top-quality fare, refreshing beers, and friendly banter from the staff. You'll be able to find them at 202 Tizol Street.

View the chart below to get more information on these kinds of possibilities in the region.

International Restaurants in Old San Juan
Name Location Phone Number
Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge Central Old San Juan --
Aromas Coffee House and Restaurant Old San Juan (787) 721-6470
Barrachina San Juan Old San Juan (787) 725-7912
Cafe 8 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan (787) 377-5649
Cafe Berlin Old San Juan (787) 722-5205
Café Poético Old San Juan (787) 721-0564
Camille's Sidewalk Cafe Old San Juan (787) 721-9027
Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano Old San Juan (787) 484-8438
La Taberna Lúpulo Old San Juan (787) 721-3772
Old Harbor Brewery Old San Juan (787) 721-2100
Pirilo Pizza Rustica Old San Juan (787) 721-3322
St. Germain Old San Juan (787) 725-5830

American and Other

There are also some establishments that offer American food in Old San Juan. In addition, guests will be able to choose between American and Spanish dishes, among other options.

Marmalade is an eating establishment offering desserts and seafood located within the heart of Old San Juan. A gourmet restaurant that one might say is a bit on the pretentious side, Marmalade is a unique experience from the decor down to the food. Be aware that children under the age of seven are not permitted to dine and there is no special children's menu for the older kids that do eat here. Guests can find them at 317 Calle Fortaleza.

Travelers might want to consider trying Amadeus Cafe Restaurant. Guests who patronize Amadeus Café Restaurant are treated to a menu of mouthwatering offerings dubbed Caribbean Nouvelle or Nuevo Latino. Some of the specialties include smoked salmon and caviar pizza and arrowroot fritters. You'll be able to find them at 106 San Sebastián.

Travelers may want to consider visiting Panza Restaurant. Having originally opened in 2006, Panza Restaurant has since won numerous awards for the food, decor, setting, and service. If you want good service and great food that you can count on, you won't want to miss Panza. You'll be able to find them at 329 Recinto Sur.

Patio del Nispero is situated at Hotel El Convento and is a breakfast and lunch possibility situated in Old San Juan. Gourmet dining can be found in Old San Juan at Patio del Nispero, a restaurant located on the property of Hotel El Convento. Open air dining allows guests fresh air as they dine on breakfast and lunch. You can find them at 100 Cristo St..

The table directly below collects the 16 relevant choices you will be able to see within Old San Juan.

Other Restaurants in Old San Juan
Name Location Type Phone Number
Amadeus Cafe Restaurant Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 721-6720
Bleu Bistro Old San Juan Caribbean, French, Vegetarian (787) 723-1728
Blizz Frozen Yogurt Old San Juan Eclectic (787) 905-7931
Cafe El Punto Old San Juan Caribbean, Chilean, Puerto Rican (787) 646-4943
El Meson Sandwiches Old San Juan Old San Juan American (787) 721-5286
Hard Rock Cafe San Juan Central Old San Juan American (787) 725-0802
Istanbul Turkish Restaurant Central Old San Juan Mediterranean (787) 722-5057
Makarios Bar & Restaurant Central Old San Juan Mediterranean (787) 723-8653
Marmalade Old San Juan Fusion (787) 724-3969
Mojito's Restaurante Central Old San Juan American, Caribbean (787) 723-7539
Palio Old San Juan Fusion, Spanish (787) 721-5100
Panza Restaurant Old San Juan Contemporary, Latin American (787) 289-8900
Patio del Nispero Old San Juan Eclectic (800) 468-2779
Senor Frogs Old San Juan Old San Juan American (787) 977-4142
Taste Global Cuisine Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 724-4814
Transylvania Restaurant Old San Juan French, German, Mediterranean (787) 977-2328
 

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