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Cafe Puerto Rico

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Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Puerto Rican
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208 O'Donnel Plaza Colon, San Juan, Puerto Rico
+1 787-724-2281
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:45
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162 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cafe Puerto Rico is across from a beautiful square in a historic building in Old San Juan. It is known for the Mofongo which is why I decided to try this place after a cruise. Am Spending a couple of extra days in Old San Juan at the nearby Sheraton Hotel. Mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish which... More 

Thank hilarionmartinez
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant was packed but I was seated quickly. Had a great meal that tasted authentic and delicious. I think I might just have to return tomorrow for another wonderful meal.

Thank Sindibad1
Southlake, Texas
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was very authentic which was my goal for my visit. The service was outstanding and a band came in and played midway through our meal. The only downside is the chicken in the gumbo was overcooked. Everything else was excellent.

Thank Jeffrey T
Chula Vista, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After 3 days onboard the cruise ship we wanted to eat something different and drink local beer without 18% ship surcharge. I had the conch and my girlfriend had the mofongo. Everything was great, including the service. You know it is good when locals eat there.

Thank Awefoot
Toronto, ON, Canada
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not familiar with Puerto Rican food; however Omar walked us through a great explanation and made some recommendations. His suggestions for an appetizer and mains were spot on for a very satisfying meal. My wife had a chicken mofongo with garlic chicken which she really enjoyed. I had the steak mofongo in a yucca base which had wonderful... More 

Thank John T
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93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were searching for a genuine but inexpensive Puerto Rican dining experience, and we had it here. We had lunch. We ordered plantain soup with fried plantain sides as a starter but it was so generous it could have been our main meal. It was delicious. We followed it with another local dish which comprised meat (we chose pork), rice,... More 

Thank NuggetSydney
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came to old San Juan to taste the authentic flavors of Puerto Rico BUT this was the worst on our trip. The foods were super bland... nothing like authentic Puerto Rican food. The service was also bland. I would never go to this place again. It's for tourist who don't know any better. This is not... More 

Thank DollChin
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and outdoor seating is superb, romantic& fancy! Our server was also amazing and very helpful!

Thank Corey S
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Da House hotel in Old San Juan and received a recommendation by the hotel manager to check out Cafe Puerto Rico. Glad she told us about this gem! Staff and food were great! We had the mofongo and it was amazing. My fiancée had the diced pork made with sweet plantains and I had the skirt steak... More 

Thank CaribMike13
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I both had different types of mofongo. I had the cassava mofongo with garlic sauce. It was incredible. My husband had the traditional plantain monfongo with fish and really enjoyed it. Food is more expensive than we expected even in places considered cheap eats. Plan on $50 for 2 including 2 local bottles of beer.

Thank bairwoman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:45
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 208 O'Donnel Plaza Colon, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-724-2281

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?