Spanish Cuisine in San Juan

During your visit to Puerto Rico, you'll be impressed by the wide selection of places to sit down to a meal. Fans of Spanish cuisine will definitely want to check out the places where it's always on the menu. Thankfully there's an over-abundance of dining options for this style of food alone.

From the pleasant, very casual atmosphere at Punto de Vista Restaurant & Bar to the fantastic dinner and lunch at El Picoteo, there's something in store for each visitor and all types of budgets.

Restaurants Map

Below, get more details about the several Spanish eateries available in Puerto Rico. See one that catches your eye? Click its name to get further details about its location, style, and more.

Palio

Old San Juan | (787) 721-5100

Palio, which is on the premises of Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, is located in the eastern outskirts of Old San Juan. Seafood (of course) and Spanish panache are a great pair at this informal eatery.

Specialties at Palio include smoked rib eye steaks and Seafood Palio.

Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge

Old San Juan

Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge can be found near the center of Old San Juan. For those times when you're looking out for a tasty selection of Spanish eats without all the fuss, this simple restaurant is a great choice.

Airenumo serves Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine, but is especially known for their paella, of which there are over 20 varieties on the menu.

Restaurante Raices San Juan

Old San Juan | (787) 289-2121

Restaurante Raices San Juan is located in the heart of Old San Juan. Lovely, mild seafood and Spanish flavors are a great pair at this friendly establishment.

Enjoy some local variations of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines, like the churrasco style steak, mofongo, and rice and beans.

El Picoteo

Old San Juan | (800) 468-2779

El Picoteo, on the premises of Hotel El Convento, is located near the middle of Old San Juan. Thinking about Spanish food, and definitely need some tapas? Actually, either way you might discover that dining here is a done-deal, as far as your itinerary goes.

Along with an extensive menu of tapas, there are a number of full meals available on the menu including Costillas de Cordero con Chutney de Cerezas, which is Grilled lamb chops with berries chutney or a favorite in the Spanish and Latin American culinary world, the empanada.

Che's

Condado District | (787) 726-7202

Che's is found near San Juan. When it comes to specialty Spanish-inspired cuisine, the kitchen at Che's likes to suggest its seafood and steak.

The menu at Che's includes a number of Argentinian dishes, known for their heavy spices and hearty feel. The burgers are large and the meats are tender. Che's also has an extensive wine list of Chilean and Argentinian wines.

Spanish Restaurants
Name Location Type Phone Number
Airenumo Restaurant Bar & Lounge Old San Juan, Western part of San Juan Creole, International, Spanish --
Barrachina San Juan Old San Juan International, Spanish (787) 725-7912
Bodegas Compostela 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan Portuguese, Spanish (787) 724-6088
Booby's Restaurant 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Juan Spanish (787) 753-8181
Caficultura Old San Juan Spanish (787) 723-7731
Casa Manolo 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan International, Spanish (787) 723-2481
Che's 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Juan Argentenian, Spanish (787) 726-7202
El Picoteo Old San Juan Spanish (800) 468-2779
La Casona Restaurant 0.3 mi. East of Central San Juan International, Spanish (787) 727-2717
Los Gorditos Bayamon 0.2 mi. South West of Central Bayamon Spanish (787) 269-9879
Mist 3.1 mi. East of Central San Juan Fusion, Italian, Spanish (787) 728-3666
Palio Old San Juan Fusion, Spanish (787) 721-5100
Pez Dorado Marisqueria 3.4 mi. North of Central Guaynabo Caribbean, Latin American, Spanish (787) 273-6759
Punto de Vista Restaurant & Bar 0.4 mi. East of Old San Juan Spanish (787) 729-7575
Restaurant Antonio 1.0 mi. North of Central San Juan Italian, Spanish (787) 721-2139
Restaurante Raices San Juan Old San Juan Spanish (787) 289-2121
Solera 1.2 mi. North of Central San Juan Spanish (787) 721-8500
Triana 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan Spanish (787) 725-8819
Tropical Taste Restaurant Old San Juan Spanish (787) 722-1455

Similar Food

Pinoli Restaurante

For something different in the same ballpark, perhaps you'll want the familiar flavors at establishments like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location
Romano's Macaroni Grill Plaza Las Américas (787) 281-0909 Italian 1.4 mi. South of Central San Juan
Fillipos Pizza (787) 745-4345 Italian 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
Cafe Istanbul (787) 767-6700 Greek Rio Piedras, Central San Juan
L'Osteria Wine & Delicatessen (787) 721-5224 Italian 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
Manny's Pizza (787) 760-6161 Italian 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan
Pizza e Birra (800) 468-2779 Italian Old San Juan
Mimos Pizza (787) 282-6917 Italian Rio Piedras, Central San Juan
Romano's Macaroni Grill San Patricio Plaza (787) 707-7707 Italian 3.2 mi. North of Central Guaynabo
Angelo's Pizza (787) 292-1760 Italian 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan
UNO Ocean Park (787) 725-8667 Italian 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan

Plus, it's always possible to go for the mainstay dishes prepared at the places below:

Restaurants with Similar Specialties
Restaurant Name Phone Specialty Location
Casa Cortés Choco Bar (787) 523-4642 Tapas 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan
Pirilo Pizza Rustica (787) 721-3322 Tapas Old San Juan
Deleites (787) 626-7526 Tapas 9.1 mi. Northwest of Central Bayamon
Vinisimo (787) 767-7902 Tapas Rio Piedras, Central San Juan
Tapas Cafe Bar (787) 294-6655 Tapas 2.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central San Juan

You can't plan for it, but sometimes the best food and drink options in Puerto Rico are those that you didn't expect to find yourself craving while journeying to and from your hotel. But, noting the addresses of a few dining possibilities on your itinerary, is recommended no matter the size of your group. To read more information concerning the dining options awaiting you, check out this page.

 

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