Contemporary Cuisine in Puerto Rico

While staying in Puerto Rico, expect to happen upon a tempting spread of local eateries, vendors, and fine food. But guests who seek contemporary cuisine in particular will definitely want to check out the various establishments offering this cuisine on the menu. Luckily, you're likely to come across several places that feature it on their menus.

Your plate will be full of choices, from the fine dining destination known as Jose Jose Restaurant to the amazing dinner service at Soho Tapas Bar & Restaurant, you're bound to find something you'll return for again and again.

Below, you can read more about the wide selection of places serving contemporary cuisine throughout Puerto Rico. For each option that interests you, click the name to view more information about its ambiance, specialties, and nearby things to do.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres

Dorado | (787) 278-7217

Mi Casa by Jose Andres, a part of Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach, can be found near the middle of the island of Puerto Rico; it is two miles (three kilometers) to the west of Dorado. Speaking of delicious, specialty contemporary food, this place serves up an awful lot of seafood and tapas.

Most of the dishes have that avant-garde flare that foodies can't get enough of. Not only is each dish artfully prepared, but it is artfully placed as well. Not in the mood for a full meal? Check out the tapas menu. Whatever you choose to eat, Mi Casa also has a long list of wine pairings.

Il Nuovo Perugino Enoteca

Hato Rey | (787) 722-5481

Located toward the eastern outskirts of Hato Rey, near San Juan, Il Nuovo Perugino Enoteca is a logical selection worth considering if you're thinking about staying near this neighborhood or the surrounding area. It is 2.1 miles south-southeast of Condado District. Make the trip here to Hato Rey when you're feeling like a knock-out serving of desserts.

One of the most interesting things about Ill Nuoo Perugino is the architecture. Inside, the wood flows in a way that feels fluid and ocean like, enveloping guests in a unique setting that must be seen and not heard about.

1919 Restaurant

Condado District | (787) 724-1919

Positioned in the heart of Condado District, 1919 Restaurant is located at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. As part of their panel of contemporary food, this local spot is especially proud of their seafood and steak.

At lunch they offer a three course menu, while dinner is a fourcourse prix fixe menu. A la carte service is available all day as well. They focus heavily on using organic, locally-sourced products and are known for their creative style that always pays off.


Isla Verde | (787) 728-3666

Situated just outside the heart of Isla Verde, Zest is on the premises of San Juan Beach Water Club, and is a good option for guests who are going to check out this part of San Juan. Fresh fish and contemporary panache play nicely together at this well-liked restaurant.

Lovers of fine cuisine will enjoy the menu of fresh caught seafood, grass fed meat, and unique takes on old favorites like squid ink risotto and maduro gnocci.

Panza Restaurant

Old San Juan | (787) 289-8900

Set in Old San Juan, Panza Restaurant is located at Cervantes Hotel, and is a viable option worth considering if you're exploring this neighborhood. When considering this restaurant, anticipate fancy, fine foods in a setting suitable for special nights and occasions; or perhaps just a break from pub grub and beachy eats.

Elegance and sophistication typifies the setting at Panza. The restaurant is located in a restored 18th century building in Old San Juan with a quaint sidewalk cafe atmosphere.

contemporary Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
1919 Restaurant 1.3 mi. North of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 724-1919
Amadeus Cafe Restaurant 0.3 mi. West of Central Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 721-6720
Augusto’s Restaurant 1.1 mi. North of Central San Juan Contemporary, French (787) 725-7700
Choices 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 993-3500
Eighty20 Bistro 3.2 mi. East of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 253-9000
Il Nuovo Perugino Enoteca 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central San Juan Contemporary, Italian (787) 722-5481
Jose Jose Restaurant 1.1 mi. North of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 725-2323
Koco 3.4 mi. East of Central San Juan Caribbean, Contemporary (787) 791-7078
Mi Casa by Jose Andres 1.9 mi. West of Central Dorado Contemporary (787) 278-7217
Miski Mikuna 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Boqueron Contemporary, South American (787) 906-7878
Panza Restaurant 0.3 mi. East of Central Old San Juan Contemporary, Latin American (787) 289-8900
Sambuka Restaurant 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 777-1070
Soho Tapas Bar & Restaurant 1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central San Juan Contemporary, Spanish (787) 758-3512
Taste Global Cuisine 0.2 mi. East of Central Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 724-4814
Zest 3.1 mi. East of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 728-3666

Despite your dining plans, you may find the best dining options in Puerto Rico are the ones you run into while walking around during the day. However, it's still smart to know the names of particular restaurants ahead of time. To discover more regarding the kinds of food awaiting you, check out this page.


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