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 Yamato
Under the spreading canopy of the city's oldest banyan tree, steps away from the lovliest beach on the island, resides what some consider the finest Asian restaurant in San Juan. Chefs slice, dice and juggle ingredients and condiments with aplomb. If you prefer sushi, the locals rave about the selection here. (787-791-8152)

8 Cherry Blossom
The elegant interior of this Japanese steak house features a typical red and black lacquer color scheme, cases with elaborately dressed Japanese dolls, paper screens and large paper lanterns. Sizzling teppanyaki tables allow diners to see their food prepared before their eyes. Light tempuras and sushi are also good choices. For the best value, go for the early bird special from 5:30pm-7pm. (787-723-7300)

7 Momoyama
Featuring the only tatami room in Puerto Rico, the waitresses wear kimonos and serve in traditional Japanese style. The house specialty, Sushi Pizza, is anything but traditional though as the crust is made from deep fried rice then layered with rows of fish, ginger and spicy-hot wasabi. Teppanyaki tables are available for fans of culinary theatrics. (787-791-8893)

6 Café Berlin
Through large arched windows, you can look out over Plaza Colón as you enjoy either vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes at this truly versatile café that also features a muesli energy bar. The menu is made up of creative salads, sandwiches, pastries, freshly squeezed juices, and organic coffees. For lunch or dinner eggplant tofu or veggie pizza topped off with frozen margaritas are excellent choices. Live street musicians stroll in to entertain from time to time. Features great outdoor covered seating as well. (787-722-5205)

5 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)

4 311 Trois Cent Onze
Casablanca, Paris and Provence via Puerto Rico. Such is the experience upon entering the heavy wooden doors that conceal this former cinema warehouse from the bustle of SoFo. Limoges china and crystal hold the chef's creations which are steeped in fine French tradition with touches of the island. You'll find escargot and sole meuniere in addition to spicy sausage and salmon carpaccio with citrus. (787-725-7959)

3 Augusto Restaurant
Courtyard by Marriott is home to this wonderful spot which features creative yet traditional fare by award-winning master chef Augusto Schreiner. The space is contemporary and elegant, yet comfortable. The menu, international with hints of French and Caribbean influence, includes lobster ravioli, venison, fois gras terrine and chocolate soufflé. Also features an extensive wine list with over 250 selections. (787-725-7700)

2 La Compostela
Compostela's mushroom pâté and port pastelillo (wild mushroom turnover) have made this elegant restaurant a multiple-award winner. Other specialties include grouper fillet with scallops in salsa verde. Don't worry about finding a good pairing; the 10,000 bottle wine list ensures a perfect complement for every dish and discriminating palate. (787-724-6088)

1 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)


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1
CyberNet Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: CONDADO
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Yamato 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Group Friendly
Neighborhood: ISLA VERDE
COST: $$$
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Cherry Blossom 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: CONDADO
COST: $$$
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Momoyama 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: ISLA VERDE
COST: $$$
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Café Berlin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
COST: $$
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Kasalta 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Latin, Puerto Rican, Spanish
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $$
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311 Trois Cent Onze 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: OLD SAN JUAN
COST: $$
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Augusto Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Ethnic, European
Neighborhood: Arecibo
COST: $$$
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La Compostela 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, Spanish
Neighborhood: SANTURCE
COST: $$$
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La Fonda del Jibarito 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Cuisine: Latin, Puerto Rican
COST: $
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