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Cafe Don Ruiz

Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1462
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“iced latte” (8 reviews)
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Puerto Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've been visiting Don Ruiz over a few years whilst working on cruise ships and docking nearby regularly, I found the place on trip advisor and it's become a home from home! Great wifi (important for ship workers), excellent and reasonably priced food, and a...More

Thank Kay H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful drink menu and incredible meal selections as well!! Its an establishment that is authentic to San Juan - it's a hidden jewel - a highlight of my visits here in Puerto Rico. Josue and the rest of the staff are always cheerful, accommodating and...More

Thank Erin E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best cappuccino! They also have the famous mallorca pastry, awesome with coffee. Located near the el morro fort. Must visit when in old San Juan!

Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Came here three years ago on the last stop of an afternoon food tour. Last time we left with bags of beans and memories of some of the best coffee we'd tasted. This time we were anxious to confirm they were still in business. They...More

Thank J N
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Don Ruiz Cafe has the best Latte that I've had anywhere, including in PR and on the mainland. Their tuna sandwich and mango smoothy are also excellent. The atmosphere is warm and staff are very friendly.

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I just visited Café Don Ruiz and like my review title says, great place, good coffee, but all of this was eclipsed by the service I recieved from a young, skinny, blonde cashier who extremely rude. I ordered a latte, but told him that I’d...More

Thank gquilichini
CafeDonRuiz, Owner at Cafe Don Ruiz, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Good afternoon, first of all thank you for visiting us and provide your feedback. Apologies for the situation that you experienced. As per an investigation with the manager, the employee is not feeling well but it’s not an excuse to provide a bad service, we...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Awesome place for brunch and most of all a good cup of espresso....is one of the few places that I can drink mine without sugar and without burning my mouth...always perfect...thanks for great coffee...dont be shy, walk in and say hi to the Barista...

Thank ChefArthie
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Place is really cute! We stopped on the way to the castle and the AC and coffee we're on the spot It's inside what used to be a jail. The crew gave us a quick history while we waited for our coffee :) We didn't...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Delicious coffee, nicely designed place. Caring service and delicious cake, really homemade flavor. Definitely a gem for coffee lovers.

Thank anadkd
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We stopped in the Cafe while waiting out a rain storm. This cafe was as charming as it always is and the coffee was consistent. Puerto Rican coffee is very different from what I'm used to, and this is a great place to get it....More

1  Thank Stephanie C
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Graham W
18 March 2017|
Response from CafeDonRuiz | Property representative |
Good afternoon Graham! Hope you're having an amazing experience in the island. We have gluten free and lactose free options in drinks but limited gluten free options for breakfast or lunch, just yogurts, chips and other... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 19:00
07:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-1462
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Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks prepared by baristas, also, breakfast, lunch, pastries and more. Enjoy a puerto rican rum, craft beer, cigars, or a specialty drinks including refreshing fruit smoothies wihile you have a relax moment in our historical building. We are located inside Ballaja courtyard in front of "El Morro" Fort.
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