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Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar

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The restaurant certainly looks the part of a late-night celeb hangout, with daybeds piled high with glimmering silk pillows, and a sculptural orange lantern that ribbons over the length of the ceiling. — Concierge

Peter Schintler, the U.S.-born owner-chef of Old San Juan's hippest—and finest—restaurant, apprenticed with Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay. — Fodor's

His fare is best experienced through the changing tasting menus with wine pairings. Groups can travel on a 15-course journey. — Frommer's

Eclectic fusion fare in Old San Juan. — Gayot

Marmalade was one of the first restaurants to bring real foodie recognition to Old San Juan more than a decade ago. — Lonely Planet

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Jose Enrique

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Since 2007, Chef Jose Enrique's eponymous restaurant has been the preferred choice of locals, and he is the first Puerto Rican chef to receive the prestigious James Beard award... — Fodor's

This hip restaurant by the Plaza del Mercado serves fresh, fantastic Puerto Rican food. It's named for the owner, one of the island's hottest your chefs. You'll pay for the experience and... — Frommer's

Neighborhood place near San Juan's La Placita. — Travel + Leisure

Discreetly hidden in a yellow house lacking a sign, you'll have no problems finding one of the hemisphere's best restaurants. — Lonely Planet

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Verde Mesa

Seafood 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hidden in plain sight amidst the tourist masses, this little gem of a restaurant is lauded for its vegetarian and seafood fare. — Lonely Planet

With punched-tin ceilings, mason-jar light fixtures, and eclectic decor inspired by Versailles, this vegetarian restaurant focuses on pleasing the senses. — Fodor's

Healthy eating is the focus here, but you likely won’t be concentrating on that as you tuck in to the refined, toothsome food prepared here. — Frommer's

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Pikayo

89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Celebrity chef and Puerto Rico native Wilo Benet's flagship restaurant makes the most of its elegant surroundings at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza hotel. — Fodor's

A fusion of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine with international flavors inside The Condado Plaza Hilton. — Gayot

Wilo Benet is one of the island’s platoon of celebrity chefs. — Lonely Planet

Long before it found its current home in the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel, Pikayo was considered San Juan's most innovative restaurant. Credit Wilo Benet, a former chef de cuisine... — Concierge

The latest incarnation of the Condado Plaza eatery has “pikadera” section with extensive hot and cold offerings; look here for appetizers or to make an entire meal tapas style. — Frommer's

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Santaella

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One of San Juan's best restaurants, Santaella buzzes with excitement, inspired by the superb drinks at the bar and the sensational fare. — Lonely Planet

During his career, Chef José Santaella has trained with some of the best chefs in the world, including Ferrán Adriá, Eric Ripert, and Gary Danko. His apprenticeships and successful... — Fodor's

Eating here is a refined dining experience thanks to the gorgeous dining room, which is wrapped around a tropical garden in an interior courtyard. — Frommer's

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Pamela's

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Like the Numero Uno Guest House, the hotel in which it's housed, Pamela's is both surprisingly high-end and reasonably affordable. — Concierge

This beachfront restaurant's perfect location is matched by its delicious offerings. — Frommer's

Come to Pamela’s for the waterfront setting and a leisurely drink or tapas-style small plate. — Lonely Planet

If you've always dreamed of fine dining for two right on the beach, only steps from where crashing waves meet the shore, head to this local favorite in Ocean Park. — Fodor's

Menu selections include the sundried tomato escabeche codfish and Caribbean spiced, guava rum glazed pork chop. — Travel + Leisure

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Aguaviva

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The house specialty is seafood; many come for the souvenir cocktail cups. — Lonely Planet

At the end of Calle Fortaleza in a spacious, brightly lit blue space, Aguaviva anchors SoFo and gives visitors a taste of the district's energy. — Concierge

Founded in 2002, Aguaviva serves what it calls seaside Latino cuisine crafted by chef Hector Crespo. — Travel + Leisure

The name means "jellyfish," which explains why this ultramodern place has dim blue lighting and jellyfish-shape lamps floating overhead. — Fodor's

Sexy blue lighting, a floor patterned after ocean waves, lamps shaped like jellyfish: yup, you’ve got an “under the sea” theme going here. — Frommer's

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Kasalta

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It's little more than a coffee shop, but Kasalta serves what may be the best café con leche in the Caribbean. — Concierge

Those who think coffee can never be too strong should make a beeline to Kasalta, which has an amazing pitch-black brew that will knock your socks off. — Fodor's

Repostería Kasalta is one of the best examples of the eponymous pandarerias across San Juan. — Frommer's

Kasalta's is the sort of authentic Puerto Rican bakery and diner that you’ll find yourself crossing town to visit daily. — Lonely Planet

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Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Carli's has a wide menu of tapas, and mains bring a Puerto Rican flair to continental classics. — Lonely Planet

Owner Carli Muñoz was a member of the Beach Boys from 1970 to 1981 (he has a gold record on the wall to prove it). He’s also played piano with rock artists like Wilson Pickett, the... — Frommer's

As you might guess from the name, the music is as much of a draw as the food at Carli's. — Fodor's

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Dragonfly

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This moody restaurant stays fresh with a changing menu of Pan-Asian fare with Latin accents. — Lonely Planet

One of the first "sceney" restaurants that helped transform Old San Juan into a bastion of trendiness, the original is still one of the best. — BlackBook

Dragonfly is decorated something like an opium den—sitting inside the crimson dining room, beneath light fixtures draped with fabric, you might just find yourself addicted to the Latin-Asian creations. — Concierge

The addictive Latin-Asian food here has kept this restaurant-lounge sizzling for years on the Old City's dining scene—a “hipster hotspot” since before the term was invented. — Frommer's

Dark and sexy, this popular Latin-Asian restaurant, all done up in Chinese red, feels more like a fashionable after-hours lounge than a restaurant. — Fodor's

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El Jibarito

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Real homemade Puerto Rican food is served here by friendly faces at reasonable prices in a pleasant dining room. — Frommer's

El Jibarito is the kind of unpretentious place that you just know will serve a good and garlicky mofongo. — Lonely Planet

The menus are handwritten and the tables wobble, but sanjuaneros have favored this casual, no-frills, family-run restaurant for years. — Fodor's

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Trois Cent Onze

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311 evokes ‘elegant,’ ‘refined’ and ‘sophisticated’, without too many Latino-fusion makeovers. — Lonely Planet

Step into 311 and you are immediately transported to another era. The perfectly lit dining room with its crystal chandeliers, colonial arches, Moorish tiles, long drapes, and checkered... — Fodor's

What you'll get today is Casbah-style atmosphere, complete with a zinc bar near the entrance, a soaring and richly beamed ceiling, and decor reminiscent of old Tangiers. — Frommer's

It may be located in San Juan, but Trois Cent Onze feels as if it was airlifted directly from France. — Concierge

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Toro Salao

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Toro Salao forgoes the trendy fusion movement in favor a straight Spanish menu, focused on the three quintessentially Iberian ingredients: ham, wine, and cheese. The tapas are fun to share. — Concierge

The varied menu includes mahi mahi tacos, arugula and goat cheese flatbread, and Greek olive and the claypot chicken among a number of globally inspired tapas and entrees. — Frommer's

The name means "Salty Bull," and there's something about this place that makes its moniker entirely appropriate. — Fodor's

I was given wise advice about going to Puerto Rico: EAT A LOT. Honestly, I had no idea how serious this recommendation was, and my friend was very right. The food in Puerto Rico was... — Afar Magazine

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Perla

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food lives up to its dramatic setting, and that's no easy task. — Frommer's

Dine inside an architectural oyster at romantic Perla, where glass lamps cast a flattering glow and pearlescent walls echo into the nighttime sea. — Lonely Planet

The shell-shaped Perla restaurant is an architectural wonder, one of the most striking buildings in San Juan. Illuminated by artichoke lamps made from Murano glass, the dining room makes... — Fodor's

This eye-catching restaurant at the La Concha Resort is shaped like an oversized shell perched on a reflecting pool. — Travel + Leisure

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Tasca El Pescador

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Popular menu items include the chillo entero frito, a whole fried red snapper, and the arroz con calamari, made with rice, squid, and squid ink. — Travel + Leisure

The restaurants of Condado are always crowded—with tourists. If you want to live it up with the locals, head a few blocks south to the Santurce neighborhood. Surrounding the Plaza del... — Concierge

This small, always-packed restaurant across the street from the Santurce Plaza del Mercado has the best fresh seafood in the city. — Frommer's

If you want food that's unmistakably Puerto Rican, head to Plaza del Mercado. — Fodor's

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The Parrot Club

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Chef Guillermo Gonzalez calls on Spanish and African influences to create Nuevo Latino dishes, including the ropa vieja nachos and Caribbean spiced grouper. — Travel + Leisure

Loud and lively, this place is intent on making sure everyone is having a good time. — Fodor's

Welcome to the Parrot Club, where Puerto Rican politicians wind down and enamored gringos live it up. — Lonely Planet

Among the stars of the menu here are passion fruit cocktails, plantain crusted mahi mahi and the restaurant’s wildly delicious burger, topped with the main ingredients of a Cubano sandwich. — Frommer's

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Raices

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You can't miss this lively restaurant thanks to the waitresses in all-white campesina (peasant) dresses. — Fodor's

Step in and immerse yourself in the rich flavors of comida criolla with all its traditional accompaniments from the folkloric skirts and shirts of the wait staff to the Puerto Rican music. — Frommer's

The mofongo, the beloved national meal—essentially a mountain of pounded, garlic-enriched plantains with a bubbly center of chorizo, beef, shrimp, or chicken—is served, rich and juicy. — Concierge

Running around Old San Juan can be a little overwhelming, with its many world class shops, fusion restaurants, bars and even more claiming the most authentic of authentic Puerto Rican... — Afar Magazine

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Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana

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Located behind a pawn shop, Acapulco doesn't have the most inspiring address, but you should make a point to seek out this tiny restaurant to try some of the best Mexican food in Puerto... — Fodor's

Hands down, the best street tacos in town. — Lonely Planet

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Caficultura

Cafés 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You’ll sing the praises of Puerto Rico's rich coffee at this spot on Plaza Colon, with its open double doors, high wooden ceilings, tiled floors, and walls adorned by prints by Rafael Tufino. — Frommer's

One of the best cafes to open in San Juan in recent years, Caficultura prides itself both on its full coffee-bar menu and its delicious cocina de mercado. — Fodor's

Anywhere breakfast is served all day usually scores in my book. At Caficultura in Old San Juan, the food is "farm to table" and is as delicious as the creative menu sounds. In addition to... — Afar Magazine

Assume you'll want to settle in at this atmospheric cafe that evokes the gaslight era with its high ceilings and marble-topped tables. — Lonely Planet

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Cafe Berlin

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This central European-style cafe is housed in a comfortable room with huge glass windows overlooking the charming Plaza Colón, and there's also a sidewalk cafe in front. — Frommer's

The evening before we ate at Cafe Berlin, an endearing and quirky man from E&B Tours (whose name was either Vinny, Loki, or Rocky), drove us to Fajardo to kayak through the mangroves. He... — Afar Magazine

A handful of tables spill onto a sidewalk deck lit with tiny lights at this bohemian and romantic restaurant overlooking Plaza Colón. — Fodor's

The view of the Plaza de Colon from the terrace here is reason enough to stop. — Lonely Planet

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