Contemporary Cuisine in San Juan

Almost everywhere in Puerto Rico, expect to have the privilege of deciding between a wide selection of places to dine. Fans of contemporary cuisine can't afford to miss the places offering this cuisine on the menu. Lucky for hungry guests, there's several restaurants serving this style.

With everything from the informal attitude at Zest to the fantastic dinner and lunch at Amadeus Cafe Restaurant, there's a menu suited for each type of traveler and every mood.

Restaurants Map

The following list allows you to scan and read details about the restaurants in Puerto Rico that specialize in food of the contemporary variety. For each of the options, click to see the full article about its ambiance, food, and what's located nearby.

Il Nuovo Perugino Enoteca

Hato Rey | (787) 722-5481

Il Nuovo Perugino Enoteca can be found near San Juan; it is approximately two miles (approximately three and a half kilometers) to the south-southeast of Condado District. Tourists that are compelled to eat desserts will particularly love eating here during a trip to Hato Rey.

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

Situated near the heart of Condado District, 1919 Restaurant is on the premises of Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, and is a viable option for you to consider if you're going to be visiting this area of San Juan. This is one local eatery that's enjoyed, not merely for its contemporary goodies, which yes, includes seafood, but it's also quite the favorite for 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.


Miramar | (787) 993-3500

Choices, a part of Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, can be found in Miramar, a neighborhood in San Juan; 1.9 miles to the east-southeast of Old San Juan. When the boisterous crew is banking on finding great contemporary cooking in a welcoming setting, this breezy restaurant stands out.

Classic dishes with a modern twist make this spot a must try.

Panza Restaurant

Old San Juan | (787) 289-8900

Panza Restaurant, part of Cervantes Hotel, is located along the eastern outskirts of Old San Juan. As soon as guests hear about it, they're already here for an upscale dining experience that's a world apart from quick-service places.

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.


Isla Verde | (787) 728-3666

Zest, which is on the premises of San Juan Beach Water Club, is located just outside the heart of Isla Verde. Seafood (of course) and contemporary cuisine make a nice pair at this unique eatery.

Zest takes you under the sea with unique architecture including rippling walls that remind one of waves, illuminated floors, a cascading waterfall, and simulation of the ocean's surface on the ceiling.

contemporary Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
1919 Restaurant 1.3 mi. North of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 724-1919
Amadeus Cafe Restaurant Old San Juan Contemporary (787) 721-6720
Choices 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of 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 Hato Rey, Central San Juan Contemporary, Italian (787) 722-5481
Koco 3.4 mi. East of Central San Juan Caribbean, Contemporary (787) 791-7078
Panza Restaurant Old San Juan Contemporary, Latin American (787) 289-8900
Sambuka Restaurant Hato Rey, Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 777-1070
Zest 3.1 mi. East of Central San Juan Contemporary (787) 728-3666

Guests often find that the best culinary offerings in Puerto Rico are the ones that you find unexpectedly while journeying to and from your hotel. However, you can't go wrong when you have a few favorites on the itinerary. To learn more information regarding the kinds of food awaiting you, check out this page.


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