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Food & Dining in Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world. The eclectic choices are truly global and are dependent upon your individual preferences. Here you can find French, German, Greek, Asian, Italian, Spanish and of course Caribbean, just to name a few. You'll delight in Nouveau Latino cooking (traditional Puerto Rican creations updated with modern cooking techniques). From casual to haute cuisine, dining in Puerto Rico offers travellers an international taste sensation.

San Juan

Old San Juan
In Old San Juan, Puerto Rico's most historic wining and dining neighbourhood, one can choose from Il Perugino (one of the best Italian eateries on the island), Bombonera (Caribbean traditional) or Siglo XX (Spanish tapas delights). Another fine Italian dining experience can be found at the quaint Ambrosía on Calle del Cristo. Discover fine-dining excellence at El Picoteo and Café del Níspero, both located in the Hotel El Convento. If you favour American, Old San Juan has a Hard Rock Café. Gourmets will enjoy the gourmet creations at Trois Cent Onze. Nouveau Latino cuisine can be experienced at its best at The Parrot Club or Amadeus. The Café Berlin is known for its vegetarian specialities. Also, La Mallorquina and El Patio de Sam offer the some of the best Puerto Rican cuisine in the old city.

Isla Verde
The Isla Verde district is not to be overlooked when seeking restaurant alternatives. Some of Puerto Rico's top choices are tucked away inside Isla Verde's hotels. Some very excellent choices include the Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental San Juan and El San Juan Hotel & Casino. Oriental cuisine is served at Momoyama, and Yamato. For Italian, try Ciao Mediterranean Restaurant and La Piccola Fontana. Puerto Rican and Caribbean cuisine can be sampled at the excellent Metropol or Casa Dante. The Ranch offers American specialities. Steakhouses include the superb Ruth's Chris and the elegant The Palm. The Tequila Bar and Grill offers excellent Mexican cuisine.

Condado is a real find for those who crave gourmet seafood. Some of the island's best restaurants are to be found in Condado. Prime examples include the award-winning Spanish eatery, Compostela. Magdalena Street showcases several great restaurants including Antonio's, Cielito Lindo, the very cosmopolitan Urdín, JoséJosé, and Ramiro's. Also included on Condado's recommended dining spots are Hermes and Pikayo. The St. Moritz (authentic Swiss cuisine) and Tuscany inside the San Juan Marriott are also highly rated.

Try to plan at least one meal at Miró (Catalan seafood) or the famous Ajili-Mójili. Martino's serves up great Italian cuisine and the Greenhouse is often a stop-off point for an after-concert taste treat. If you hunger for a down-to-earth, hearty, grab a bagel from the Big Apple.

Hato Rey
The island's main business district offers ample lunch and dining options. Restaurants include the elegant Zipperle, the popular Yuan, and the Coachman Steakhouse. For a fun atmosphere and something different at reasonable prices, go Middle Eastern at Al Salam, and Tierra Santa. Or, for an Oriental meal you may want to check out the Yum Yum Tree or Kimpo Garden. Sample Puerto Rican home-style dining at Cueva del Chicken Inn. Upscale cuisine is available at the intimate Los Chavales. You'll find that Il Cuoco and Metropol offer two distinctly different styles of cuisine (Italian and Cuban) at affordable prices. Grab a casual drink and a bite from El Mesón y Algo Más on Roosevelt.

In recent years this San Juan suburb has increased its share of fine restaurants. Guaynabo is home to Burbuja's Café (Spanish) and El Caribe. This district is gaining in popularity and will surely be offering more choices in the upcoming years.

Río Piedras
The University City offers its share of fine restaurants and among them are Café Valencia, El Isleño and the El Tropical.

Miramar hosts three of the best restaurants in Puerto Rico, namely the ultra classic Augusto's, the chic and eclectic Chayote (Nouveau Latino) and the exquisite La Casona. Stop into, Havana's Café or the excellent Pizzeria Uno at Centro Europa for more casual fare.





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