Cuban Cuisine in San Juan

While staying in Puerto Rico, you'll encounter a great number of restaurant gems preparing local ingredients. Cuban food lovers should check out those restaurants where it's always on the menu. You can anticipate the Cuban favorites offered and the locations to choose from.

With lots to try, from the informal favorite named Metropol Dorado to the tempting dinner service at Metropol Isla Verde, it really is possible to find the dish worthy of multiple plates-full.

Restaurants Map

Take a moment to get a taste for the group of popular establishments that offer Cuban fare. For each of the options, click to read more about its hours, location, and other offerings.

Metropol Hato Rey

Hato Rey | (787) 751-4022

Located 1.4 miles southeast of San Juan, Metropol Hato Rey is at 124 Roosevelt Avenue. Condado District is two and a half miles (four kilometers) to the north-northwest. Fresh catches from and Cuban fare play nicely together at this informal eatery. 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 Dorado

Dorado | (787) 278-5500

Set near the heart of Dorado, Metropol Dorado is a smart choice for vacationers who are going to spend time visiting this town and its environs. Though one might say the overall focus is Cuban food, this visitor favorite is particularly known for its chicken and 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 Guaynabo

Guaynabo | (787) 272-7000

Metropol Guaynabo is located just outside the heart of Guaynabo, a city in the vicinity of San Juan; 7.1 miles to the south of Old San Juan. Fresh seafood and Cuban flair get along famously at this favorite restaurant. This Metropol location features contemporary decor with sleek lines and a unique ceiling fixture. The walls are warm and inviting in deep oranges.

Metropol Isla Verde

Isla Verde | (787) 791-5585

Metropol Isla Verde is located toward the heart of Isla Verde. The fresh taste of fish and Cuban flair are made for each other at this completely casual eatery. Metropol in Isla Verde offers a delicious mix of both Cuban and local food that is sure to be a hit for the entire family. The menu contains numerous dishes that include Cuban staples like pork and seafood, and of course, rice.

El Capitan

Dorado | (787) 278-0011

El Capitan is located near the heart of Dorado. The fresh taste of fish and Cuban style eats share the same plate at this crazy tasty dining option. At El Capitan, you'll find the days fresh catches laid out on ice waiting for you to select. Of course, they are best known for their lobster, which is only $15(USD) a pound on Thursdays.

Similar Food

Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

When seeking variety that doesn't stray too far, there are similar flavors to be experienced at places like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
La Terraza Dorado (787) 796-1242 Creole 9.1 mi. Northwest of Central Bayamon
Gallery Inn Restaurant (787) 722-1808 Creole Old San Juan
Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano (787) 484-8438 Caribbean Old San Juan
La Llave Del Mar (787) 791-7227 Caribbean 4.1 mi. East of Central San Juan
Antojitos Puertorriquenos (787) 888-7378 Caribbean Rio Grande
Unagi (787) 344-6523 Creole Caguas
A la Vara (787) 796-1313 Creole 9.1 mi. Northwest of Central Bayamon
Ropa Vieja Grill (787) 725-2677 Caribbean 1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Juan
Café Pierre (787) 721-1200 Creole 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
Tropical Restaurant (787) 761-1415 Caribbean Rio Piedras, Central San Juan

Visitors often find that the best food and drink options in Puerto Rico are those you decide upon spontaneously while walking the streets near your hotel. But, having a few delicious-sounding restaurants in your daily agenda, is better than leaving everything to the last minute. To read even more about the kinds of food awaiting you, check out this page.


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