Food is what Puerto Rico is all about, get to know the best with this list

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore San Juan dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our San Juan Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Carli Café Concierto

This dark, sophisticated spot in the baroque Banco Popular also offers a terrace with great views of the ships in the harbor. Black and white dominate in a bistro space accented with marble tables and a Steinway grand piano. Owner Carli...  Read More


Asian-fusion dining meets Greenwich Village NYC attitude and settles in Old San Juan. From the front door, which is guarded by a beautiful hostess, to the dark red, ultra chic, dimly lit interior complete with fabulous drapes and lamps, this is...  Read More

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...  Read More

San Juan

If you and you're main squeeze want to drink and dine at the same time, head to Aguaviva. When first stepping inside, an über-cool ceviche bar welcomes you with fresh oysters and a variety of ceviche plates to order while the main menu awaits...  Read More

La Casona Restaurant

Owner Manolo Caamaño has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1972 in this renovated European mansion. Enter through the arched doorways and feel welcomed into the heart of the home. Paella studded with seafood, grouper prepared in...  Read More

Old San Juan

What better place to enjoy an authentic Puerto Rican meal than at the city's oldest restaurant? Established in 1848 this spot has been lovingly run by the Rojos family since 1900. The house special is asopao, a thick stew made with rice and...  Read More

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...  Read More

Isla Verde

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...  Read More

Right on Magdalena street, in the Condado area, Cielito Lindo makes you believe you have arrived in Mexico with its décor and authentic Mexican flair. Homemade mole and freshly chopped ingredients for its 'Super Nachos', burritos, fajitas and...  Read More


Meet Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Melissa is a native Puerto Rican who enjoys sharing her island experiences and discoveries with readers everywhere. She studied Journalism and Art in San Francisco and London and has worked...  More About Melissa

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