Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in San Juan and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Al Dente thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat La Mallorquina, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 CyberNet Café
This Internet cafe offers affordable, reliable access for visitors who want to check their email, monitor their stocks or just surf the 'net. Access is available in 15-minute increments — an entire hour is less than $10. Hot and cold coffee concoctions, muffins, snacks and cold drinks are available to accompany keyboard clicking. (787-724-4033)

9 El Picoteo
El Convento Hotel surrounds El Picoteco in the warm embrace of its classic Spanish Mission style. In the courtyard you'll find locals lounging and playing backgammon while curious tourists lazily sip sangria. Enter the restaurant and sample the vast menu of tapas from ceviche to Spanish pizza. The paella, bursting with fresh seafood, is legendary. (787-723-9020, 800-468-2779)

8 Maria's
Sangria flows into the wee hours accompanied by house drink specials such as the "coconut blossom" and the tangy "lime frost." Oh, and if you are hungry, there is much to munch — nachos, tacos or rice and beans — at this well-established hot spot that is a particular favorite of the cruise ship crews. (787-721-1678)

7 Lupi's
This Tex-Mex hot spot has a location in Isla Verde as well as the Old San Juan address. Visit Lupi's in Old San Juan for nightly happy hour specials. Lupi's in Isla Verde features live music each night. Both sites are home to the island's best margaritas and tasty fajitas, tacos and burgers with salsa. The sports bar atmosphere and decorations appeal to a clientele looking for a festive, casual night out. (787-722-1874)

6 Great Taste Chinese Restaurant
Ashford Avenue, just steps from one of the more lovely beaches in San Juan, is filled with shops of all types and restaurants of every cuisine. But you'd be hard pressed to find better than Great Taste, if you're craving dim sum as authentic as what is made in NYC's Chinatown. The setting complements the food. Gaze over the Laguna del Condado as you dip your dumplings in some spicy sauce and enjoy. (787-721-8111)

5 La Patisserie de France
Fresh baked crusty breads, chewy sweet rolls and flaky croissants are sure to tempt all but the most vigilant dieters. Stop here in the morning for a cinnamon bun and coffee or a piece of quiche. For lunch, snuggle into a booth in the upper dining area and sample the pasta salads, homemade soups, wraps and sandwiches on fresh bread. (787-728-5508)

4 Cafeteria Los Yeyos
When in San Juan, do as the San Juaneros do and stop into this little cafe in a working class neighborhood in the Old City. Don't let the sparsely decorated place fool you, the food is in the spotlight of those bare bulbs. Breakfast is a bargain with eggs, potatoes and ham, but you can stop in for authentic cuisine for lunch and dinner, too. The pork and seafood dishes taste like abuela cooked them on a Sunday afternoon. (787-725-9362)

3 La Fonda del Jibarito
For satisfying the hearty appetite, a visit to this family run restaurant is a must. The room is simple with crowded tables and noisy patrons. There's even a country balcony over the kitchen and the walls feature the streets of San Juan. House specialties are chicken fricassee, conch ceviche and rebosada de bistec. Bring your appetite. (787-725-8375)

2 Kasalta
This local gathering place for great weekend brunches is said to have some of the best coffee around. Located just a few blocks from the beach, it draws a room full of local politicians and other community figures. Strong coffee complements sweet, fresh pastries, but also try the caldo gallego (a spiced soup with sausage and vegetables), the octopus salad or any egg dish. (787-727-7340)

1 La Casita Blanca
The name means small white house. And it's just that simple character that makes La Casita Blanca such a great spot. Locals love La Casita because of the generous portions of Puerto Rican fare. Favorites include the veal fricassee and pastelon de amarillos in a genuine fonda. The grilled shrimp is also popular. Fried plantains, rice and beans come with your meal. (787-726-5501)

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CyberNet Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: CONDADO
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El Picoteo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Spanish
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
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Maria's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
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Lupi's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
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Great Taste Chinese Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: CONDADO
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La Patisserie de France 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Continental, European, French
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CONDADO
COST: $
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Cafeteria Los Yeyos 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Puerto Rican
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
COST: $
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La Fonda del Jibarito 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Cuisine: Latin, Puerto Rican
COST: $
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Kasalta 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Latin, Puerto Rican, Spanish
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $$
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La Casita Blanca 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Latin, Puerto Rican
COST: $$
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