top places to eat & drink in San Juan Puerto Rico
The culinary scene is one of the most influential in the Caribbean and the nightlife is second to none. With top chefs such as José Santaella, Juan José Cuevas, María Mercedes Grubb, Mario Pagán, and José Enrique, and Enrique Piñeiro, Puerto Rico is known for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. From casual to fancy, San Juan knows how to brunch, lunch, and dinner. Trust us… we’ve tasted a great deal of the area!

The Must Have's

Santaella

Santaella

Famed Chef Jose Santaella’s restaurant. Reservations suggested! Located in Santurce.

Barrachina

Barrachina

Original home of the Piña Colada! Located in OSJ.

La Factoría

La Factoría

Great salsa dancing in the late evening. Known for the filming of the Despacito music video.

Lote 23

Lote 23

Awesome outdoor food truck lot with plenty of options for every apetite. Located in Santurce.

Miramar Food Trucks

Miramar Food Trucks

Live music, fun string lights and great drinks, desserts and food.

La Placita

La Placita

La Placita is as local as it gets! Full of authentic bars and restaurants. Also great for dancing.

Piñones Kiosks

Piñones Kiosks

Very authentic local cuisines. Outdoor beach kiosks. Bring cash and support the locals!

Calle Loíza

Calle Loíza

A strip of restaurants in Loiza with awesome street art and a mix of infused menus.

What's around the vacation rental

Everything listed below is walkable and/or a quick bike ride.

El Hamburger Burgers | $

El Charo Mexican | $$

Ladis Place Seafood & Puerto Rican | $$$

PizzeleCalzon Local Pizzaria | $$

Akura Sushi | $$

KFC/McDonalds Fast Food | $

Fogo de Chão Steakhouse | $$$

El Mercado De Paseo Caribe Variety | $$-$$$

The Noodle Merchant Asian | $$

Taller de Tapas Spanish/Mediterranean | $$$

Napolitana Pizzaria | $$

Old San Juan

Just a short 2-3 minute Uber, 5-10 minutey bike ride or a 20-30 minute walk and you’ll be in the historic Old San Juan where you will be many restaurants, activities, sights and everything in between.

La Casita

La Casita de Rones

Beautiful waterside bar with great Caribbean dishes.

Señor Paleta

Señor Paleta

A refreshing variety of gelato, sorbet and sugar-free treats.

Café Berlin

Café Berlin

One of the few that is great for any meal of the day. Native, Caribbean, vegan and gluten free options.

Mezzanine

Mezzanine

Very tourist-friendly. Small rooms, homey vibes and great for happy hour cocktails.

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado

Avocado lovers rejoice! Curated or custom bowls and gluten-free options.

Chocobar Cortés

Chocobar Cortés

Café setting brunch spot and chocolate shop. They infuse chocolate into every dish!

El Jibarito

El Jibarito

Great for the local who doesn’t shy away from a truly Puerto Rican experience from start to finish.

La Verguenza

La Verguenza

Go for the views of the ocean and La Perla, stay for the cheap drinks and delicious apps!

La Placita

A must-do historical market-square for anyone visiting Puerto Rico. Founded more than 100 years ago and still functioning as a place to buy fresh produce.

The hottest nightlife scene in San Juan from Thursdays thru Sundays.

Calle Loiza

A strip of restaurants and bars in Loiza with awesome street art and a creative culinary take of infused food flavors.

Other Must Do's

Eter Lounge

Eter Lounge

Gorgeous Boutique hotel located in Condado. Amazing rooftop and sunset views overlooking Condado Bay.

El San Juan

El San Juan

Iconic hotel located in Isle Verde featuring hand-crafted cocktails and the third largest chandelier in the world.

The Mist

The Mist

Hotel rootop bar located in Isle Verde overlooked the beach. Wrap around outdoor patio featuring a pool and ocean views.

La Concha

La Concha

A newly renovated resort in Condado with restaurants, bars, and a casino as well as live music and great prices!

Oceano

Oceano

Oceanfront restaurant located in Condado featuring amazing ocean views, perfect for a delicious drink or a nice dinner.

Caribar

Caribar

Newly renovated, the Caribar at the Caribe Hilton is gorgeous, delicious, and walking distance!

Panuchos

Panuchos

Located on Calle Loiza, Panuchos has daily specials for tacos and yummy margaritas.

O:live

O:live

Gorgeous Boutique hotel located in Condado. Amazing rootop and sunset views overlooking Condado Bay.

More Information

The Unit

The Unit

Check out the unit. Ocean views, luxurious decor + all amenities you need for your Puerto Rican getaway.

The Building

The Building

The Atlantis is San Juan’s hottest Condominium. It’s pretty suite. Check it out here.

Planning your Stay

Planning your Stay

Need some help planning your stay?  Check out some of the top things to do in Puerto Rico.