Mexican Restaurants in San Juan

We scouted San Juan in search of Mexico and found more than we bargain for. We found great Mexican fare, sharp service and unbelievably cheap prices (for sizable portions).These list presents great options for families, friends with some having ample bars that attract the drinking crowd. Come for the food, stay for the ambiance. This is Mexico in Puerto Rico and it tastes awesome.



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 Mu�oz used to play with the Beach Boys (among many other groups) and entertains nightly at the caf�. The menu is a continental tour that includes seared loin of lamb and duck rissol�.

Local Expert tip: Great terrace perfect for people-watching.

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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 souffl�. Also features an extensive wine list with over 250 selections.

Local Expert tip: Set in a beautiful ocean-front hotel.

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A little out of the metropolitan area, but well worth the drive. Lolita's is by far the best Mexican eatery in the east side of the island. Good prices, good portions and family-friendly vibes all make this place very popular among tourists and local people. Once you are here, take a look at the beaches or even el Yunque forest.

Local Expert tip: Best in the east.

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Big portions and cheap prices make Tijuana's one of the most convenient Mexican restaurants in San Juan. Go during the weekend to enjoy live music. Take advantage of their outside terrace with vies of the San Juan Bay. Their staff is usually very firendly and the manager goes the extra mile to please customers. Try their Tostada California and their totopos.

Local Expert tip: In the heart of Old San Juan with views of the bay.

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Located on Roosevelt avenue, Margarita's features a casual atmosphere and upscale menu, famous for their fajitas and legendary Margaritas with fresh lemon. Margarita's opens everyday at 12 noon until 10 p.m. Entertainment provided by Mariachis on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Local Expert tip: You know what you need to try here; their margarita's of course!

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In Domenech avenue, Frida's has the most upscale mexican menu in the metropolitan city of Puerto Rico, balancing Mexican traditions with modern cuisine of the Aztec land. Frida Kahlo inspired the space, of course, and the decor shows that with many of her own works of art. Their most popular dishes include Tapatostos, which are fried plantains with with Mexican cheeses and sauces and Filete al Jinete, made with huevos rancheros swimming in fresh tomato sauce, guacamole and refried beans, all on the grill. Frida's opens everyday at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., except on Saturdays and Sundays, when it closes at 11:30 p.m.

Local Expert tip: Named after the Mexican artist, Frida's is famous for its upscale vibe.

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Old San Juan

Right in the heart of San Juan, on San Agust�n street in Puerta de Tierra. El Charro is a small restaurant with authentic Mexican food and great environment with what some call the best Margaritas in town. The menu features the usual Mexican tacos, burritos and enchiladas, but before you leave the place make sure to try their famous tequila flan. You heard it right, tequila flan! A creamy custard with a slight taste of tequila.

Local Expert tip: Known to have the best Mexican margaritas around.

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