Cuban Cuisine in Puerto Rico

During your visit to Puerto Rico, you'll be impressed by the wide selection of fine restaurants, quick eateries, and more. Fans of Cuban cuisine should take note of the restaurants serving this favorite. Expect to see a respectable number of restaurants serving this style.

Your plate will be full of choices, from the informal setting of Metropol Hato Rey to the fantastic dinner and lunch at El Fogan Del Rey, you may very well stumble upon something worth sharing - or not, as the case may be.

The following list allows you to read up on the rather large selection of Cuban establishments to be enjoyed. See one that catches your eye? Click its name to view more information about its ambiance, locale, dress code, and more.

Metropol Guaynabo

Guaynabo | (787) 272-7000

Metropol Guaynabo is located just outside the heart of Guaynabo, a city in the vicinity of San Juan; seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) to the south of Old San Juan. Fresh fish and Cuban fare play nicely together at this unique place. With broad entree types including beef, pork, and rice entrees, Metropol takes the traditional dishes of Cuba and adapts them to a Puerto Rican taste. The result is a unique style that you are unlikely to find elsewhere.

Metropol Hato Rey

Hato Rey | (787) 751-4022

Located 1.4 miles southeast of San Juan, Metropol Hato Rey is a smart choice that's worth considering if you're going to be spending time seeing this neighborhood. It's 2.5 miles south-southeast of Condado District. Lovely, mild seafood and Cuban food share the same plate at this informal dining option. With mixed drinks, including the popular Cuban mojito, and traditional Cuban dishes with a local twist, Metropol offers a meal that everyone is sure to enjoy. You can expect high quality dishes with vibrant colors and ever more vibrant tastes.

Metropol Barceloneta

Barceloneta | (787) 970-1000

Metropol Barceloneta

Metropol Barceloneta is found 1.2 miles south of Barceloneta; it's 13 miles (21 kilometers) to the east of Arecibo. Fabulously fresh fish and Cuban panache get along famously at this crazy tasty eatery. While the specialty here is Cuban food like pork and rice, many of the dishes have been adapted to the local culinary styles of Puerto Rico, and are thus slightly different than traditional Cuban food. Some of their most popular items include the Gallinita Rellena de Congri (cornish gen stuffed with congri rice), Ropa Vieja (shredded beef), Fiesta Cubana (combination of diced fried pork, cogri, cassava, pot roast, cured shredded beef, and a tamale), Palomilla Rellena (palomilla beefsteak stuffed with mozarella cheese, chorizo, and ham with mushroom sauce on top), and Puerto Rican style Stuffed Mashed Plantains.

Metropol Dorado

Dorado | (787) 278-5500

Metropol Dorado can be found toward the center of Dorado. Perhaps you could guess that this place is best known for Cuban creations and one favorite, chicken, but wouldn't you know they're also masters of seafood. Warm peaches and oranges on the walls make the bistro style restaurant meets bar a warm environment to relax with a hearty home style meal. Because it is located in a suburban area, but near hotels and apartment rentals, it remains a family-friendly spot to dine.

Metropol Isla Verde

Isla Verde | (787) 791-5585

Located near the middle of Isla Verde, Metropol Isla Verde is on Isla Verde Avenue. Seafood (of course) and Cuban style eats play nicely together at this friendly restaurant atmosphere. A fully stocked bar takes up one wall of the Isla Verde Metropol location, while the rest of the restaurant features bistro seating on checked tables and dark wood chairs. The walls are decorated with framed photos of Cuba.

Cuban Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
Caramelo Restaurant Guaynabo Creole, Cuban, Japanese (787) 296-4976
El Capitan 9.1 mi. Northwest of Central Bayamon Creole, Cuban (787) 278-0011
El Fogan Del Rey Guaynabo Cuban, International (787) 708-2349
Manolos Pan & Deli Caguas Cuban (787) 745-8801
Metropol Barceloneta 1.2 mi. South of Central Barceloneta Caribbean, Cuban (787) 970-1000
Metropol Dorado 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Dorado Creole, Cuban (787) 278-5500
Metropol Fajardo 1.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fajardo Caribbean, Cuban (787) 801-2877
Metropol Guaynabo 0.7 mi. West of Central Guaynabo Caribbean, Cuban (787) 272-7000
Metropol Hato Rey 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central San Juan Caribbean, Cuban (787) 751-4022
Metropol Isla Verde 3.7 mi. East of Central San Juan Caribbean, Cuban (787) 791-5585

Similar Food


For something different in the same ballpark, you're likely to enjoy similar offerings at places like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
De Lirious (787) 264-4600 Caribbean 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central San German
Paladar Boricua Restaurant (787) 687-5777 Creole 4.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Caguas
Stingray Cafe (787) 863-1000 Caribbean 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo
Zuppa Restaurant (787) 842-4787 Caribbean Ponce
Portside Cafe (787) 781-1360 Caribbean Guaynabo
Restaurante El Historico Puente Blanco (787) 895-1934 Caribbean 1.2 mi. North of Central Quebradillas
La Pradera Restaurant (787) 723-2795 Caribbean 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
El Patio Familiar (787) 431-8482 Caribbean Rincón, Western part of Puerto Rico
Monchos Cafe (787) 738-8995 Creole Cayey, Southeastern part of Puerto Rico
Antojos Restaurant Bar & Restaurant (787) 824-8765 Creole Salinas , Southern part of Puerto Rico

Despite your dining plans, you may find the best foods in Puerto Rico are those that you find unexpectedly during your daytime travels. Although, that doesn't mean you can't have a handful of favorites in mind. To read more about the types of food awaiting you, check out this page.


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