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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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“sandwiches” (35 reviews)
“iced latte” (7 reviews)
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Puerto Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to hang out with friends and family. It’s so peaceful and you can see the young art students, doing what they love in public. The food it’s awesome and it’s the best place to get coffee on your break. The...More

Thank Glorimar O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is ridiculous. I asked for a basic order of food. I WAITED AN HOUR for it come out. PLENTY of mediocre plates came out before mine, fairly simple plates. This was during lunch time... CLEARLY they cannot manage their menu. IF YOU ARE...More

Thank lauraaminski
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Needing some air conditioning and a cool treat we stopped in here while visiting the Museo de la Americas and were so happy we did. We found the two things we were looking for - delicious coffee and coffee drinks and a cool place (in...More

1  Thank LeslieinTN
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Cool spot, good coffee, but service was slow & food was so-so. Not worth it, in my book, unless you just want coffee drinks.More

Thank Shana S
CafeDonRuiz, Owner at Cafe Don Ruiz, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Good morning Shana, thank you for your review. We will like to hear more about your experience. This is the first time that I hear a comment like this regarding our food. I’ll appreciate if you can send me an email with the details to...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Don Ruiz is located in the building that also houses the museo de las americas. It’s a nice little coffee bar and mini roastery. They brew coffee coming from their own finca in the southwest of the island. And it’s really excellent! The owner was...More

1  Thank midnight_in_belgium
Reviewed 16 June 2018

We were looking for a place to eat after visiting the Museo de la Americas. This Cafe was the perfect find. We ordered a couple sandwiches and I also ordered a mocha. The sandwiches were delicious. The bread was fresh from the bakery. My mocha...More

Thank Lars_92705
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

We just happened on this gem by chance while walking in Old San Juan. The iced coffee was the best I have ever had and the staff was so friendly! I would have gone back every day we were there. A definite must!

1  Thank Kathy W
CafeDonRuiz, Owner at Cafe Don Ruiz, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you for your lovely words. It was a pleasure and hope to see you in a near future!

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Don Ruiz is located in Old San Juan in the what were once barracks. When visiting Old San Juan I highly recommend stopping at Don Ruiz for a great cup of coffee. As a native I am very selective when it comes to my cup...More

1  Thank Martita D
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed wonderful cold drinks on a warm afternoon walking tour of San Juan. The blended chai tea was perfect! Friendly staff, comfortable surroundings, awesome barista.

1  Thank Gail_E_76853
Reviewed 20 May 2018

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
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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
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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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