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Old San Juan Recinto Sur St. #311 (787) 724-7384 Mon-Sun: 12pm-11pm inarurestaurantpr.net

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787-872-9554 ext. 6009 Open Daily 7am-10pm


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Glossary Family Friendly. Includes high chairs, kids menus and/or ambiance generally suited for children. Recommended for large diverse groups or family gatherings Healthy.

While most restaurants can accommodate most dietary restrictions, this icon denotes ample vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free options. For more specific restrictions, always call in advance.

Scenic. For seekers of gorgeous views and/or outdoor seating, whether it’s in the verdant mountains, the cobble stone streets of the old city or by the ocean. Trendy. Cocktail lounges, wine bars and gastropubs. These spots are equally suited for a night on the town or an adventure into the latest culinary trends. Upscale.

These establishments feature amenities like wine cavas, sommeliers and fine dining service. Perfect for business, special occasions or if you are simply accustomed to the best.

Entertainment. Looking for dinner and a show? Puerto Rican restaurants offer up shows ranging from flamenco to jazz. Check individual reviews for schedules. Pricing Guide:

Due to a wide range of pricing structures in the industry, our pricing legend is a subjective scale based on check averages per person of the restaurant reviewed. Please remember that pricing categories can fluctuate drastically depending on sub menus and libations consumed. $ < $25pp $$ = $25-$50pp $$$ > $50pp *Pricing does not include tax or tipping. Recommended tipping in Puerto Rico is 15%-25% of the total pre-tax bill.

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Color Map OLD SAN JUAN

CONDADO SANTURCE/MIRAMAR ISLA VERDE

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Restaurants Greater Metro Area

From the bohemian blue cobblestone streets of the colonial Old City to the glitzy hotel strips of Condado and Isla Verde. From the upscale urbane hub of Guaynabo to the gentrified streets of trendy Santurce. You won’t find another city like the sprawling metropolis of San Juan that combines the vibrancy of the Caribbean and the pleasant conveniences of cosmopolitan lifestyle. An epicenter of food, dance and culture, there is plenty to keep you busy. 34 Sur.......................................................................................................................... 26 820 Bistro..................................................................................................................22 1950........................................................................................................46 American Cut............................................................................................................43 Ariel................................................................................................................................27 Átame...........................................................................................................................29 Atelier...........................................................................................................................44 Asere ...........................................................................................................................32 Brio .................................................................................................................................43 Bar Gitano............................................................................................................14-15 Barrachina ..................................................................................................................28 Budatai........................................................................................................Back Cover Buenos Ayres............................................................................................................30 Burger Bistro.............................................................................................................23 Chocobar Cortes......................................................................................................31 Cocina Abierta...........................................................................................................44 Condal ...........................................................................................................................20 DiZucchero.................................................................................................................46 Eve.................................................................................................Inside Front Cover Fefo’s..............................................................................................................47 Georgina..................................................................................................18-19 Híjole.............................................................................................................33 Il Mercato.....................................................................................................................42 Inarú .............................................................................................................................4-5 The Locals...................................................................................................................48 Mere Pescao.............................................................................................................47 Mist ................................................................................................................................24 New Taste ..................................................................................................................49 Nonna....................................................................................................................45 Pannes .........................................................................................................................36 Perla ..............................................................................................................................37 Pirilo (also in Dorado)....................................................................................16-17 Punto de Vista...........................................................................................................48 Rare 125..............................................................................................................34-35 Red Mango Café....................................................................Front Cover, 12-13 Ropa Vieja ...................................................................................................................21 Rosa Mexicano.........................................................................................................38 Serafina ........................................................................................................................39 Tasca el Pescador...................................................................................................49 Touro .............................................................................................................................45 Triana ...........................................................................................................................40 Tuttobenne ................................................................................................................41 Zest ................................................................................................................................25

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Restaurants Around the Island

From the scenic and mountainous “cordillera central” to the surfer towns of the Northwest. From the idyllic western coast to the paradise of little Culebra. The “island” has many hidden treasures. Ajimojito’s ....................................................................................................................50 Arborio.........................................................................................................................51 Auto Café @ La Estación......................................................................................58 Bolitas ...........................................................................................................................52 Calizo .............................................................................................................................53 Dos Panza...................................................................................................................59 Eclipse...........................................................................................................................6-7 Grappa ..........................................................................................................................54 Jota by Jeremie.........................................................................................................55 La Estación.................................................................................................................58 Orujo ..............................................................................................................................56 Steaks by Ricky..........................................................................................................57 Zaco’s Tacos..............................................................................................................59

Essential Info

foodiespr.com................................................................................................................8 Mastercard Dining Program...............................................................................67 TOPpuertoRico...........................................................................................................11

Meet the Concierges: 60 Group Services Inc...................................................................................................61 Things To Do: 62 Spread Eagle Catamaran......................................................................................63 Brunch & Breakfast Listings: 64 Festivals: 65 Nightlife Insider: 66

Blue Martini....................................................................................................................3 La Carniceria...............................................................................................................32


Happy Hours 4pm-6pm

Everyday Sangria

Cocktails

Wine

Cerveza

Tapas

Live Flamenco Every

Thursday and Sunday Night


Bar Gitano Restaurant & Tapas

A true Spanish tavern in food, drink and soul, Bar Gitano sits invitingly in the centrally located Condado neighborhood. Come for traditional Spanish tapas, the famous classic paella’s or some of the mainstream dishes like beef sliders, fish tacos & slow cooked ribs. The sangria is refreshing, the wine’s mostly Spanish and the cocktails are handcrafted specialties. This passionate reenactment of Madrid’s most popular eateries contains the bustling energy of cosmopolitan Europe set to the backdrop of idyllic Caribbean nights. Bar Gitano will celebrate its 6th anniversary this year and the food & drinks continue to evolve with the support of the local food movement. The renowned live Flamenco shows every Thursday & Sunday night add to the spice of life you will experience at this locals’ favorite. Come sit on the outdoor sidewalk seating, people watch and take the island breeze or cool off in the rustic interior.

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Condado

Ashford Ave. #1302 (787) 294-5513 Mon-Wed: 4pm-11pm Thurs-Fri: 4pm-’til late Sat: 10am-’til late; Sun: 10am-12am

EST. 2010

bargitano

Bottomless Brunch Gitano

Chef driven unique & eclectic Spanish style brunch with bottomless mimosas, bloody mary & sangria. Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm


old San Juan

Ocean park


Pirilo Pizza Rustica

Some restaurants were born to be the stuff of legends and Pirilo is undeniably just that. This story begins with its own concocted mythology of a bold little boy that won the heart of his beloved and ends with a boldly flavored pizza that won the hearts of the people. An ode to the Italian immigrants of Latin America, Pirilo uses the spirit of innovation and adaptation to combine Italian, Argentinian and Puerto Rican flavors into its unique pizza and a full menu that serves you sausages, octopus and empanadillas. It is quite possibly the Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best pie and worth the trip on that distinction alone, but Pirilo is a moxie boy with big ambitions and has set out to also be one of the most talked about restaurants in town. With a retro decor of mementos and baubles, Pirilo is a faux museum to its own urban legend, using whimsical pop decoration in both of its locations to evoke a timeless feel. With a large artisanal beer menu and a killer house sangria, Pirilo is a guaranteed good time! The legend has now grown into a third location in Dorado, opening in October of 2016.

Pulpo a la gallega spanish style marinated octopus l Butternut Squash Ravioli l El Pirilo Pizza house tomato sauce, mozzarella, ground beef, ripe plantains l La Pampa Pizza Homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, Argentinian sausage, skirt steak, chimichurri sauce l House Pecan Pie

$ Ocean Park

Mcleary St. #2000 (787) 268-2346 Sun, Mon, Wed: 11:30am-12am Thurs-Sat: 11:30am-2am

L/D Dorado

Carretera PR-693, km 8.5 Barrio Higuillar Hours: TBA

Old San Juan

201-2 Fortaleza St. (787) 721-3322 Sun, Mon, Wed: 11:30am-12am Thurs-Sat: 11:30am-2am

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Chef Hedwill Dishes i great pirit

Martinez invites you on a voyage through the finest local cuisine, inspired by the history of Puerto Rico’s #1 selling rum. Don’t miss this unique culinary experience only

@ The Bacardi Factory.

MON-SUN:11AM-6PM

(787)-902-5406


Georgina Local Food

Georgina, named after and inspired by the black slave that bravely saved the fabled Cuban rum recipe of Bacardi, offers an urban and fresh menu that elevates our North Caribbean comfort food dish by dish from the pesca’o frito to the cubanos. Chef Martínez’s unique use of rum as a thematic ingredient in his cuisine, from the ceviches to the desserts, supplies subtle kicks through every course. Residing inside the Bacardi Factory premises, it’s a must attraction that can’t be missed when taking the tour. Cool off with the rum bar that serves up classic mojitos and luscious frozen drinks. Sit inside the jibaro-chic interior with rum barrels and the colorful decoration of Los Plátanos de Bernardo Medina or under the umbrellas of the outdoor patio.

Yuccas Bravas sriracha-chorizo aioli , smoked paprika l Arroz con Jueyes stewed local crab, yellow rice, crispy pork feet l Bacon Wrapped Salmon sweet plantain-goat cheese stuffed, malanga mash, black garlic mojo, pineapple relish l Bread Pudding Brulée rum ice cream

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Cataño

Bacardi Rum Factory, Road 165 (787) 923-5406 Every Day: 11am-8pm georginarestpr

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Condal Tapas Restaurant

Specializing in Tapas, Sushi and Montaditos, Condal is the ultimate in gourmet small plates. This little piece of Barcelona serves the highest quality cured hams and marinated fish on the island and a handful of lavish main courses like the made to order Paella Marinera for two. This two story restaurant offers table dining, the “tapas bar” or open air seating on the rooftop lounge. Exceptional professional service guides you through this open ended experience equally suited for one course or nine of them. Condal features a top of the line wine selection, skillfully picked to accompany this unforgettable culinary experience. Rooftop music Thursdays through Saturdays ranges from traditional Cuban trova to 80’s dance pop.

Paella Marinera Spanish style rice and seafood l Sepia Frita en Tempura fried squid tempura l Mollejas de Ternera en Salsa de miel y Jerez veal sweetbreads in honey & Sherry sauce l Solomillo con Higos Secos y Ciruela en salsa de Brandy y Crema filet mignon with dried figs & plums in brandy-cream sauce

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Condado

Magdalena Ave. #1104 (787) 725-0023 Sun-Wed: 11:30am-10pm; Thurs: 11:30-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30pm-12pm Condal Tapas Restaurant

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Ropa Vieja Cubarican Grill

Old Fashioned Venerated by Condado’s most avid restaurant goers, Ropa Vieja is a decades long staple of the Puerto Rican dining experience. Traditional in delivery, this famed food lovers’ haunt offers the rich authentic flavors of Cubarican cuisine: stewed meats, rices, plantain dishes & fresh seafood. It is a sophisticated recipe of quality cuts and old-world cooking in an art gallery decor. For drinks try a passion fruit mojito or thumb the wine list which is heavy on Spaniards. As convenient as satisfying, Ropa Vieja sits just a leisurely stroll from many of the major hotels including La Concha and Condado Plaza and provides private parking. Reservations are recommended on weekend nights, when the electric piano man plays.

Mofongo de Ropa Vieja mashed plantains, “old clothes” stewed beef l Pork Fillet creamy spinach, brandy sauce l Rabo Encendido de Ternera veal tail in Cuban sauce l Lubina en Salsa Pesto sea bass in pesto sauce l Langostinos prawns in meunière sauce l Costillas de Cerdo con Frutas Secas rack of lamb, dried fruits

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Condado

Ashford Ave. #1021 (787) 725-2665 Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:30pm-12am ropaviejagrill.com ropaviejagrill

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Eighty20 Bistro Global Cuisine

Chef Elvin Rosado, Executive Chef of the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde and Coach of the Puerto Rico National Culinary Team for eight years straight, unveils a novel proposal on Caribbean cuisine with his restaurant Eighty20 Bistro. The new menu fluidly brings together regional flavors with modern European and Asian cuisine to create a mélange of culinary influences. In honor to the traditional bistro, Rosado is ruled by an ethos of authenticity in the way that all sauces, condiments and desserts are made daily, in house with only local garden-fresh produce. The restaurant offers two different menus, lunch and dinner, both with a wide variety of options for every kind of palate with options for the safe and the daring. Eighty20 Bistro is located in the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde right next to the airport, petfriendly and accessible with indoor and outdoor seating.

Petit Tender Fillet 1855 Harris Ranch Angus Teres Major, aligot, oregano jus, caramelized pickled onions l Norwegian Salmon

brown butter herb-basted wild caught salmon, roasted piquillo pepperchorizo orzo, black bean–roasted corn salsa l Stir Fried Quinoa Portobello quinoa, roasted garlic essence,“tomate frito”, zucchini, asparagus, portobello l Grilled Spanish Octopus Salad yucca cups, ají dulce marmalade, smoked pimentón de la vera aioli

$$ Isla Verde

Verdanza Hotel, 8020 Tartak St. (787) 253-9000 x3230 Mon-Sun: 12pm-5pm (Lunch) 5:30pm -11pm (dinner). Eighty20Bistro

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Burger Bar Bar & Grill

Located in the lobby area of the Verdanza Hotel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burger Barâ&#x20AC;? is the hottest burger and comfort food destination on the Isla Verde strip. After much anticipation, we have our Chef Elvin Rosado back in the game bringing us a completely new menu full of tasteful creations in a simple yet elegant setting just a walk away from the beach. Try brunch for house specialties like the waffle burger. Pet friendly! Confit Chicken Burger duck fat chicken confit, roasted sweet peppers aioli, provolone cheese, avocado ranch, brioche bun l Boricua Burger honey ham, bacon, beef patty, shoestring potatoes, mayo ketchup, pan sobao bun l Mini Waffle Burgers 100% Certified angus beef smoked slider, blue cheese, mini waffles, guava syrup.

$ Isla Verde

Verdanza Hotel Tartak St. #8020 (787) 253-9000 Mon-Thur: 4pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm Sun: 10am-10pm Facebook: BurgerBarPuerto Rico Instagram: Burgerbarpr

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Mist

Rooftop Bar + Kitchen

Renowned as the hot spot for local residents and tourists, MIST ROOFTOP Bar+Kitchen is the perfect oceanfront venue for relaxing with friends and enjoying refreshing drinks, delicious food and soothing lounge beats in a casual ambiance. Stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are complemented with comfortable seating areas for rooftop relaxation, an open air bar featuring a unique selection of hand-crafted cocktails, affordable wines and an open-space restaurant featuring a menu created by executive chef RaĂşl Correa focusing on locally sourced food. This casual dining experience can be enjoyed for lunch, with shared plates in a group, dinner or Sunday Brunch.

Sandwich & Salad Lunch Menu l Steak Burger red wine onions, cheddar cheese l Artisinal Pizza choose your favorite, each prepared with the freshest ingredients l Braised Short Ribs flatbread, chimichurri, manchego fundido l Shrimp Toasts spicy crema, cilantro, greens

$$ Isla Verde

San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-3am Sun: 11am-11pm waterbeachhotel.com

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Zest

Contemporary Latin Cuisine

Welcome to Zest, a modern interpretation of Puerto Rican and Latin American cuisine, viewed from a global perspective. Located on the “Water Club Hotel” lobby level, this restaurant offers guests an amazing sub-acquatic atmosphere and contemporary latin cuisine. Award-winning Chef Raul Correa’s way to pay tribute to our culinary heritage is to primarily use locally sourced seasonal products. Complete this sensory dining experience beneath the waves with special visual effects including dancing ripples on the walls, ocean surface simulation on the ceiling, illuminated floors, lounge music, and the light trickle of the cascading waterfall by the bar.

Popcorn Soup kettle popcorn, truffle butter, chives l Pulpo a la Plancha black bean hummus, arugula, achiote citrus vinaigrette, morcilla l Maduros Gnocchi ripe plantains, manchego cheese, artichokes velouté l Grass Fed Beef Tenderloin grilled apio, asparagus al ajillo, sauce “bordelaise”

$$$ Isla Verde

San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 Breakfast: Sun-Mon: 7am–11am Dinner: Sun– Wed: 6pm–10pm; Thurs-Sat: 6pm–11pm waterbeachhotel.com

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34 Sur Argentinian Cuisine

Overnight, Maximilian Gsottschneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 34 Sur has become the best Argentinian restaurant on the Island, fusing the traditional and modern elements of this popular cuisine. The maderitas and parrilladas bring tears of joy to meat lovers while foodies can indulge on house specialties like the whiskey filet mignon or Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more exotic recipes Wednesday nights. The interior design by Wildaliz Rivera combines rustic, avante garde and utilitarian elements into a perfect dining space. A neighborhood restaurant at heart, 34 Sur serves lunch specials with Puerto Rican influences that put many local grandmothers to shame! 34 has a penchant for homemade, they make and bottle their own chimichurri which comes made to order in classic, creole or spicy. Come see what all the buzz is about, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad you did.

Parrillada 34 Sur churrasco, short rib, chicken, salmon, chorizo l Filete al Whiskey whiskey beurre blanc, potatoes gratin l Salmon a la Francesa white wine alfredo, dijon mustard l Sorrentino cheese & your choice ham, meat or spinach l Churrasco con Cuero crackling skirt steak

$$

Guaynabo

Design Plaza; Calle Arblote #9 (939) 337-0030 Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm Sat-Sun: 11:30am-12am 34sur.com

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Ariel Global Cuisine

Supremely decorated Master of Chefs Ariel Rodriguez’s self titled restaurant, Ariel, sits on hallowed ground amongst the Island’s foodies. This former captain of the National Puerto Rican culinary team is a master of every technique and fad that’s come under the sun from classic to molecular. While the dishes are always lessons in balance and sophistication, Ariel’s flair for showcasing the full arsenal in one tasting is fearless. The menu is in course format, with 2, 3 or 4 course options. An avid wine enthusiast, there is always an abundance of exciting wines to pair with and a first class wait staff on hand to pamper and guide you. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to an unforgettable meal.

Salmon Tartare radish, quinoa puffs, lemon vinaigrette l Escargot puff pastry fricassee pearl onions, mushrooms, parsley l Pumpkin Ravioli duck confit, citric mustard, praline dust l Steamed Branzino veal reduction, orzo l Bogavantes lobster rice stew, granny smith apple foam l Cochinillo papas boulangere

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Miramar

Ave. Ponce de Leon 801 Courtyard Mariott Hotel (787) 725-7700 Lunch: Tues-Fri: 12pm-3pm Dinner: Tues-Sat: 7pm-10pm Brunch: Sun: 11-3pm augustosbyariel.com

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Átame Mediterranean Cuisine

Átame is located in a house built in 1923 by Czech Architect Antonin Nechodoma, known for introducing Prairie Style architecture in the Caribbean and for the integration of arts and crafts elements to his architecture. Átame’s menu features a balance of flavours using prime local products and imported fish and meats from premium suppliers. The chef, consultant, and manager are all native from Spain, which is why Átame is called the O.V. (Original Version) of Spanish food in Puerto Rico. The venue has two exquisitely designed lounges available and a superb bar, hosted by a premier local mixologist in a memorable in/outdoor experience for the most discerning patrons. Bar opens until 2AM on Thursday through Saturday.

Spanish Blood Sausage Paté onion marmalade l Tuna roasted base of lettuce, snail, chorizo l Prawns coconut-tamarind sauce l Halibut banana chutney, chopped garlic, black olives sauce l Roasted Rack of Lamb pesto & tomato sauce, oregano l Cinco Leche Custard

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Miramar

Ave. Ponce de León #652 (787) 945-9981 Sun-Wed 12pm-11pm; Thurs-Sat: 12pm-12am AtameMiramar

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Buenos Ayres Argentinian Bar & Grill

A staple in Condado since 1999, Buenos Ayres serves the most mouth watering steaks in town. This true blood Argentinian Restaurant has all Certified Angus Beef filets, strips and skirts served in a rustic setting thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for satisfying your carnivorous urges. The full gamut of Argentinian signature cuisine is here from seafood to pastas to Parrilladas and Buenos Ayres combines them with classic Puerto Rican dishes like mofongos and asopaos. Pass by on Mondays for 50% off all wine bottles and glasses or Thursdays for 50% off sangrias. All this is available with outdoor patio, private parking and just a walk from the hotels. Hanging out on the strip and worked up an appetite? Buenos Ayres is open â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til late for midnight munchies.

Ceviche shrimp or fish l Mofongo de Tres Carnes fried mashed plantain, Argentinian sausage, skirt steak, chicken l Grilled Salmon in capers sauce l Lomo al Champignon Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon with mushroom sauce l 22oz Asado de Tira beef short ribs

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Condado

Avenida Condado #56; Esq. Magdalena (787) 725-1818 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-12am Fri: 11:30am-1:30am Sat: 12pm-1:30am; Sun: 12pm-12am buenosayrespr.com

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Chocobar Casa Cortes

The most unique culinary experience in Old San Juan, Chocobar Casa Cortés is equal parts trending restaurant, boutique chocolatier and museum. Chef Ricardo de Obaldia is a pastry chef at heart whose menu takes classic Spanish dishes, interprets them for local cuisine and then drizzles creative uses of the Caribbean’s most delicious chocolate for wow effect. You can also enjoy adult hot chocolates with rum or bourbon, or just stop by to pick up the daily made fresh bon bons. This beautiful space loops videos of the factory and provides a visual timeline of the history behind Casa Cortés, which has been in business since 1929. The 2nd floor houses the Fundación Casa Cortés art collection. Open Thursdays to Sundays, the exhibition is free to enter and contains historical and contemporary pieces from Latin America and the Caribbean. Brunch is, of course, quite fantastic.

Pulpo Gallego Criollo Galician style octopus, root vegetable puree, fried octopus chips l Fresh Pan Seared Salmon rice w/vegetables, toasted almonds, cocoa nibs sauce l Floating Brownie Forteza 65% chocolate bar, vanilla ice cream, marshmallow cream

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Old San Juan

210 Calle San Francisco (787) 722-0499 Tues-Sun: 8am-8pm; Mon: 6pm-10pm casacortespr.com

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Híjole

Mexican Cuisine

An award winning margarita, a highly acclaimed brunch and the best Mexican fare in town have made Híjole the most popular new restaurant in Guaynabo. With bar specials, lunch specials, off the menu specials ... it’s no wonder the place is usually packed! But don’t let the festive atmosphere fool you - Híjole takes its chow seriously with prime quality entrees like the steak or shrimp stuffed avocados, the churrasco, and their meticulously prepared Carne al Pastor. The margaritas come in flavors like passion fruit and guanábana (soursop), and can be prepared to your liking frozen, on the rocks, or our favorite, escarchada (shaved ice). Valet parking available and close to the Fine Arts Center.

Puntas de Filete chipotle sauce, mexican rice l Fajitas Campechana chicken or churrasco, chorizo, red wine sauce, Monterrey jack l Burrito Tripleta shredded chicken, carnitas, ham, potato crisps, mayo-ketchup, cheddar l Fish Tacos spicy mayo l Breadfruit Tostones al Pastor

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Guaynabo

Calle Aquarella, #19 Marginal Expresso (787) 998-6464 Sun: 12pm-9pm; Mon: 6pm-10pm Tues-Sat: 12pm-10pm hijole cocina mejicana @hijolePR

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beef tenderloin steak au poivre l pork belly chicharrรณn l pan seared diver scallops l pastrami rubbed New York Strip Ponce de Leon Ave., Edificio Centro de Seguros Suite 109 Miramar, San Juan (behind Banco Popular) Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-10:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11:00pm Brunch: Sat: 11am-4pm rare125pr.com rare125@facebook


Pannes Deli, Cafe + Restaurant

There’s nothing wrong with trying to be everything to everybody if you can deliver, right? Pannes is Condado’s premier deli and café, serving great breakfast options including classic American deli favorites using Kretschmar premium cuts. Pannes also serves traditional Puerto Rican café items like medianoches and local style pastries as well as trendier fare like Asian fish tacos. Looking for something hearty and delicious? We got you covered with dishes like the Volcano Filet Mignon and the Grilled Pork Chop. All menus are available all day, as is the barista made coffee and the ample wine cava. It’s friendly, the space is comfortable and Pannes is great for any occasion and any crowd. Ample private parking available and full table service.

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Angus roast beef, mild cheddar, dijon dip l Asian Fish Tacos coleslaw, spicy mayo twist l Volcano churrasco stuffed mofongo, creamy manchego sauce l Pork Chop Special in wine reduction, rice n beans

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Condado

Ashford Ave. #1125 (787) 300-3333 Mon-Sun: 6am-12am Pannes

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Perla

Contemporary American Cuisine

Hotel La Concha’s stunning sea shell appendage hosts Puerto Rico’s definitive upscale dining experience, Perla. This opulent architectural masterpiece floats on water, evoking the grand old days of cruise ships. Perla features elegant flavors using a mix of imported ingredients with the freshest and best from local markets prepared to timeless techniques and modern tenets. Tasting menus are available with or without pre-selected choices from the 500-plus bottle cava. This nightly extravaganza is tended by an orchestrated service that glides gracefully across the floor. The cavernous dining room is perfect for large groups or special activities.

Conch con “Mojo” arañitas, chimichurri l Pan Roasted Seabass Maine lobster & truffle risotto, lobster beurre blanc l Surf & Turf

grilled 8oz. Filet Mignon w/bacon jam, baked Caribbean lobster w/ truffle mashed potatoes & wild mushroom l Black Tea Infused Pork Tenderloin seared breadfruit “pana”, bacon dust, shallot port reduction

$$$

Condado

Hotel La Concha, Ashford Ave. #1077 (787) 977-3285 Sun-Thurs: 6pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 6pm-11pm perlarestaurant.com

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Rosa Mexicano Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

Dazzling vistas, posh ambiance, tangy margaritas and plate licking Mexican food is a pretty solid combination, we think. Rosa Mexicano features award winning dishes that have redefined the concept of elevated Mexican cuisine. Now in 20 cities world wide, no location beats San Juan’s breathtaking lagoon meets ocean view. Rooted in authentic flavors and utilizing socially responsible ingredients, featured menu items like the Pomegranate Margaritas or Guacamole en Molcajete (made in a traditional lava-rock mortar and prepared table side) have become legends in their own right. Rosa Mexicano actually refers to its signature color palette, festive atmospheres using vibrant purples, pinks, reds and oranges in strikingly modern interior designs. Rosa Mexicano’s “locals menu” is a mexirican delight with burritos and tacos stuffed with local meat recipes designed by chef Hedwill Martinez.

Smoked Bacon Potstickers amarillos,

l Tablones 12oz. braised beef short rib, guajillo-pasilla chile marinade, smoky mestiza sauce, rajas. l Arroz Tumbada yellow rice, chorizo, squid, shrimp, sour cream, ink l Chamorros double tequila braised, sweet potato camote, black bean refrito l Pico de Gallo Turnover hand made, ground beef

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Paseo Caribe, Puerto de Tierra (939) 338-7344/7345 Mon-Fr: 11:30am-11pm; Sat-Sun: 10:30-11pm rosamexicano.com Rosamexicanopr

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Serafina Fine Italian Cuisine

Serafinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gourmet Italian cooking, signature cocktails and modish atmosphere arrived in Puerto Rico and instantly became the spot everybody wants to be scene at. This trendy brand is now in downtown Condado and is a perfect marriage to the chic La Concha Hotel in which it resides. Now you can dine amidst the lush vegetation of the outdoor terrace and order divine thin crust pizzas, fresh pastas of every shape and staple Italian grilled recipes of steaks and seafood; each with their own Serafina twist. Famous for its use of imported Italian porcini mushrooms, Serafina can whisk your palate to where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been before, or take you straight home to grandmother. The cocktail menu blends the latest mixology trends with fashionable-again classics. Brunch on weekends, delivery available.

Carpaccio di Tonno sliced fresh tuna, chive dipping sauce l Pizza al Porcini imported Italian porcini mushrooms l Farfalle al Limoncello bow tie pasta, baby shrimps, lemon zest l Linguine alle Vongole Veraci baby clams, touch of tomatoes, white wine, garlic l Filet of Bass al Pinot Griggio sliced potato wrapped, zucchini, leeks

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Hotel La Concha, Ashford Ave. #1077 (787) 722-5050 Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-2am serafinasj.com serafina san juan

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Triana Tapas & Flamenco

Trianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flamboyance and verve is evident from the stage to the dinner plate. The popular shows range from classic flamenco to salsa lessons to masterful Spanish guitar. Paired with the zesty flavors of both Spanish and local cuisine, it makes for a dazzling night on the town. The menu is heavy on tapas, with over 50 of them to choose from, but also serves dishes from authentic paellas to local style mofongos. Located in a massive wonder of 16th century architecture, Triana is one of the most uniquely located restaurants on the island. The house sangria is a must!

Juan Carlos and his Flamenco Rumba: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 7:30pm Live Dancing Music with Ricky, Tues, Wed, Sun: 8:30pm Free Salsa Lessons Tues, Wed: 8:45pm Flamenco Show, Fri, Sat: 8:30pm

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Chillo Frito whole red snapper l Callos MadrileĂąos beef tripe, Spanish sausage, serrano ham, chick peas l Paella Triana traditional Spanish rice, lobster, seafood

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Old San Juan

Recinto Sur #251 (787) 725-8819 Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-12am Triana Tapas Flamenco

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TuttoBene Italian Kitchen and Pizza

Billy Gautier’s Tutto Bene is a throwback to Neighborhood Italian dining with personalized rapport between chef and patron. This cult favorite stars a mouth watering pizza that’s so good you’ll eat the crust, lick your fingers and beg for more. Chef Gautier is constantly playing with the latest ingredients and the freshest inspirations, he’ll even whip up a “Chef’s special” custom pasta made to your tastes and his recommendations of the day. The arancini might be stuffed with morcilla (blood sausage) today and pepperoni tomorrow. Equally dynamic behind the bar, Tutto’s cocktail menu features quirky treats like the basil mojito and the ginger & lemon Hendricks Martini. A stone’s throw from the Museum of Art and the theater district, it’s the perfect place to chew some wine and nosh on good ‘ol fashioned cooking.

Calamari Tuttobene pepper, onions, Kalamata olives l Four Cheese Ravioli truffle cream sauce l Risotto de churrasco parmesan cheese l Pizza al Vaticano white sauce, roasted potatoes, caramelized onion l Pizza La Diana gorgonzola cream, pancetta, spinach

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Ave. de Diego #312 (787) 294-9714 Mon-Thurs: 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm Tuttobenepr.com tuttobenepr

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American Cut Casual American Steakhouse

American Cut is a cavernous temple of glass, marble and wood erected for the worship of bold flavors and big living. The appetizers galvanize the taste buds, the cocktails kick like mules and the steaks bleed savagely. This casual upscale grill has franchise staples like the double cut Pork Chop and the AC burger with wagyu beef alongside local touches like the ceviche “snapalaito” and mampostaeo rice. Lunch price fix available.

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Mall of San Juan, 2nd floor (787) 905-7486 Mon-Sun: 11:30am –4:30pm (lunch); 5pm–11pm (dinner) americancutsteakhouse.com american cut bar & grill

Brio

Tuscan Grille

“Upscale affordable” is Brio’s formula and this classy TuscanAmerican dinning experience has received raves from coast to coast for its ample menu of meats, flatbreads , pastas & more!. Brio’s inviting design, from the open kitchen to the singular spacious dining room is rooted in the spirit of better living by getting together. Stop by after work on weekdays for the best Happy Hours you’ll ever find for bar bites and house cocktails.

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Mall of San Juan, 1st Floor (787) 497-0012 Sun-Tues: 11am-11pm Wed-Sat: 11am-12am BRIO Tuscan Grille PR

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Atelier Culinary Lab

Atelier is an interactive culinary experience where YOU are the chef (with a little help, of course)! Take a cooking class with a decorated guest chef from Puerto Rico or abroad on anything from Indian cuisine to local comfort food to making the ultimate brunch. Eat, learn, drink and enjoy. Workshops, Mixology classes and private events are available.

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$$ Condado

Cll Caribe, #58 (787) 946-3116 For class schedules: ateliercocinaabierta.com

Cocina Abierta Creative Cuisine

Cocina Abierta, celebrated chef-restaurateur Martin Louzao’s definitive creation, is upscale modern dining at its most engaging expression. Featuring a build-your-own menu of haute cuisine tasting plates divided into four “acts” and backed by award winning sommeliers and mixologists to help you pair them, this is a global culinary experience full of discoveries.

Condado

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Cll Caribe, #58 (787) 946-1333 Sun-Wed: 12pm-11pm; Thurs-Sat: 12pm-12am cocinaabierta.com cocina abierta @cocinaabierta

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Nonna Cucina Rustica

This hidden gem just off trendy Loiza St. offers sublime & authentic Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta and madefrom-scratch sauces in a cozy and intimate setting. Firmly rooted in the classic recipes, Nonna prides itself for elegant execution on risottos, pastas and meats while offering a puckish selection of wines and cocktails. Popular brunch Sat-Sun.

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Santurce

Calle San Jorge #103 (787) 998-6555 Sun-Wed: 12pm-10pm Thurs-Sat: 12pm-12am nonnapr.com nonnapr

Touro

Restaurant & Tapas Bar

Touro is a one of a kind culinary journey rooted in the heritage of the gastronomy surrounding the Galician province of its namesake. The menu has Spanish influences, conserving the respect for ingredients and cooking methods. Go casual in the Speakeasy inspired tapas bar & cocktail lounge or enjoy a reservations-only tasting menu in the marble table salon.

$$ San Juan

Paseo Caribe, 2nd Floor (787) 985-9890 Mon-Fri: Open @5pm; Fri: Open @12m, Sat-Sun: Open @10am tourorestaurant.com touropr

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1950

Puertorican Cuisine

The most exciting new restaurant in Condado, 1950 serves traditional Puerto Rican food like paellas, fried whole red snapper and stuffed tostones. This 2nd floor mojito bar with a retro Cuban-Rican decor throws live music rumba parties on weekends. Sit in the outdoor patio under the string bulb lights and soak in the magical nostalgia of old Caribbean glamour.

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Ashford Ave. # 1210 (787) 946-0835 Tues-Sun: 5pm-11pm 1950pr.com

DiZucchero Italian Cuisine

DiZucchero is Condadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funky Italian Restaurant, a cool-inary experience with mismatched furniture and faux Victorian posh. Beyond the show lies a casual restaurant specializing in comfort food delights like crispy pizza, rich pastas, soulful coffee and great breakfasts on weekends. Enjoy the relaxed bistro ambiance from the outdoor patio or escape the heat inside. Private parking available and a quick walk from the hotels.

Disart Media Worldwide 1455 N. Treasure Dr. Suite 5R - N. Bay Village, FL 8165 Maital Ave. - Las Vegas, NV 89147 - Phone: Nationwide: (800) 608 2313 - www.disartmedia.com

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Condado

Ashford Ave. # 1210 (787) 946-0835 Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am -12am dizuccheropr.com

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fefo’s Deli+Tapas

Looking for delicious cuisine like the old city locals eat? Walk two blocks past the tourist traps to this small alley charmer! A unique blend of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Italian influences that represent the Island’s cosmopolitan “modern grandma” taste. Made-from -scratch tapas, sandwiches and specialty plates like the trifongo with ripe and green plantains, yucca and your choice of meat.

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Tanca St. #203 (787) 721-7330 Mon-Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun: 8am-5pm fefos-deli-tapas

Mere Pescao Street Food

Graffitti-walled with a moniker that roughly translates to “you fishing me, man?”, Mere Pescao blends the hip vibe of Loiza Street with delicious casual food that beats the pricier options in the touristy areas down the block. House dishes like the Pierogi with salmon potato pure, garlic cream, bacon jam, & truffle oil are meant to be shared and paired with cocktails like the Cocopunch.

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Loiza Street #1915 (939) 338-1918 Wed-Sun: 12pm-10pm Mere Pescao - LOIZA Street

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New Taste Asian Cuisine

Whether you are looking for authentic fare or your comfort food favorites, this is the Asian restaurant for you. Serving the best sushi in the neighborhood, a popular Chinese menu, fabulous dim sum and a wide array of bobba teas, New Taste will satisfy any craving. With lunch specials, bento boxes, outdoor seating and private parking available, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also extremely convenient.

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Ashford Ave. #1018 (787) 721-8111 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-1am Fri-Sun: 11:30am-1:30am newtastepr

Tasca El Pescador Market Fresh Seafood

Ocean-to-table fresh seafood made into traditional Spanish recipes and right smack in the middle of the hottest little bar & restaurant strip, Tasca El Pescador is a must visit in the historical district of La Placita. Sit in the outside patio with the party or take a break from the heat in a traditional tasca ambiance. Select a bottle of crispy white from the cava and rub elbows with the locals that know at this 4 star Trip Advisor location!

$$ Santurce

Calle Dos Hermanos #178 (787) 721-0995 Tues-Sun: 11:30am-7:30pm Tasca el Pescador

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Ajimojito’s Fusion Criollo Cuisine

Raising Puerto Rican flavors to a new level with his fusion-criollo cuisine, Chef Juan Nieves amazes us yet again with a farm-totable concept at Ajimojito’s. Located in the Media Luna Hotel in Comerío, Ajimojito’s offers global culinary techniques at comfortably rustic pricing. Dine on a terrace facing a beautiful view of the verdant mountains and tropical nature of the island’s central region. Enjoy a variety of delicious house mojitos including the parcha, the ají dulce (small sweet peppers), and our favorite, coconut.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin sautéed shrimp, scallops, oriental sauce, gandules, chorizo, piquillo cream l Mahi Mahi Filet coconut-rum reduction, pork cracklings crumbles, smoked pork risotto l Smoked Pork caramelized onion, mamposteao arancini l House Lamb mustard glaze, aromatic herbs, chianti reduction

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Comerío

Carr. 167 km.1.6 Barrio Doña Elena, Sector Media Luna (787) 914-5837 Wed-Thurs: 8am-9pm Fri-Sat: 8am-10:30pm; Sun: 8am-8pm Ajimojitos restaurant

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Arborio Bori-Italian Cuisine

Few restaurateurs take as much pride in micromanaging the entire guest experience like Arborio’s Chef/owner Víctor Rodríguez. His dedication to creating dishes and selecting wines to pair with them comes from years of running the floor and building a healthy fan club of aficionados who follow his suggestions blindly. The result is a culinary fortress built with Italian mandates, layered with local tastes and polished with the whims of Dorado’s foodie elite. The standing menu provides creative risottos and pastas, many of which are unique house specialties, while the appetizers and main course tend to have more of a Puerto Rican to international flair, but don’t pick until you’ve heard the night’s specials! A charming long bar greets those just looking for a drink and an artisanal pizza, while the wine list is one of the most carefully selected we have come across.

Fried Chicken Gizzards recao aioli l Marinated Octopus crispy chips l Artisanal Pizza “La Bori” tenderloin, sweet plantains, goat cheese l Yautia Root Gnocchi cod, feta cheese l Grilled Pork Ribeye blueberry crimini mushroom compote l Pancetta & Truffle Oil Risotto l Pear & Gorgonzola Risotto

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Carr. 693, km 8.1; Marginal Costa de Oro (787) 796-3999 Mon-Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Fri: 5pm-12am Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12pm-9pm LaCasaDelRisotto

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Bolitas Puerto Rican Cuisine

Up in the picturesque mountains of Naranjito you will find Bolitas, a hidden gem that makes an interesting twist on the classic Puerto Rican dish, Mofongo. Chef Amaury Berríos has channeled his creativity into making bite-size, tasty Mofongo balls (bolitas) that pack a flavor punch. This must-try appetizer or side dish comes in three versions: Plantain, Yucca or TriFongo (sweet plantain/green plantain/yucca). After being dazzled by a plethora of savory bolitas filled with meat, chicken or fish, you’ll most certainly want to try Chef Amaury’s other delicious options including the Bolitas style desserts!

Bolitas Surf & Turf (Mar y Tierra) Churrasco, Shrimps, Risotto, Garlic beure blanc sauce l Trifongo ball with spicy crab salad and sweet drop peppers l Arañita Plantain Basket with stew cod (bacalao) covered by a sunny side up egg.

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PR 152 Km.12.9 Barrio Cedro Arriba, (787) 702-1306 Thurs: 11am-8:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm Sun: 11am-9:30pm BolitasByChefAmaury

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Calizo Seafood

Three times winner of the excellence award by Trip Advisor including 2015, Calizo Seafood is an all-you-can-wish-for Caribbean culinary experience by Chef Manuel Bonano that features great local food at great prices. Try the pre-fix for couples that includes the house sangría, salad, main dish and dessert. Enjoy friendly, detail oriented service that sets the restaurant apart from the pack. Dine Al Fresco in the romantic outdoor patio that will transport you to the antique Plazas of Old Spanish Cities or cool off inside in the main family dining room. Just stopping by? Try the exterior kiosk selling cold beer, turnovers, arepas and even whole fried fish!

“All you can Wish” stuffed mofongo, churrasco, chicken, Octopus, shrimp, lobster, mussels, calamari, clams, rustic creole sauce l

Whole Fried Fish tostones

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Carr. 987 Km 5 barrio Las Croabas (787) 863-3664 Mon-Thurs: 5pm-10pm Friday: 5pm-11pm Sat:: 3pm-11pm Sun: 1pm-10pm calizo-restaurant.com calizorestaurant

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Grappa

Nuovo Giro Cuisine

This 10 table bistro has become Doradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite restaurant

thanks to its bold global-creative twists on modern Italian cooking and its charming hipness. The dishes are elegant and simple with most elements being worked from scratch. Dining at Grappa can be a stroll through Italian staples or a foodie excursion. Nightly chalkboard specials show that Grappa is never afraid to run with an idea inspired by the freshest ingredient in the market. The wine list is a formidable collection of hand picked favorites with gems in all price ranges. Located in a renovated house with avant-garde wall dressing, Grappa is eclectic yet you fell at home. The service is like family; friendly and soaked in the knowledge to guide you through an exquisite night. Reservations recommended on weekends.

Filet Mignon fried quail egg, asparagus, mushroom sauce l Pappardelle home made with truffle oil l Risotto calamari, black squid ink l Lasagna bechamel, homemade pasta, beef

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Calle MĂŠndez Vigo #247 (787) 796-2674 Wed-Thurs: Sun: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11pm Grappapr

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Jota Cocina de Autor

For the last two decades Chef Jeremie Cruz has been elevating Puerto Rican cuisine throughout the island. He has brought recognition and accolades to every kitchen he’s worked in, and has developed a strong following with his passion for culinary innovation and commitment to sustainable agriculture. Jeremie’s new venture, Jota, is an “Author’s Cuisine” style restaurant where patrons can expect an ever changing menu of exquisitely designed dishes made from fresh and locally sourced vegetables, meats, and seafood. The restaurant features an open view kitchen, chef tasting table, lively bar, extensive wine cellar, and private dining area with TV monitors.

Gingersnap Beignet all spice homemade blueberry sauce, almond brittle , dehydrated merengue, mango sorbet l Local Cornish Hen black Chinese rice, sweet plantain puree , Cornish egg “a caballo”. l Fresh Mahi Mahi Filet local sweet corn ragout , pumpkin sauce.

$$ Aguadilla

PR-2 Aguadilla Town Center - Local #3, (787) 629-7940 Tues- Sat: 12pm-10pm Jotabychefjeremie.com Jotabychefjeremie Jotabychef

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Orujo

Gastro Workshop

Chef Carlos Portela, one of the top chefs in nuovo Puerto Rican cuisine, has opened a Gastronomy workshop in Caguas named Orujo. This farm-to-table concept with high end, fresh and local ingredients uses a fusion of international techniques in the confection of its unique dishes. The full menu contains a wide range of selections from the comfort food Chicken Wings to the haute cuisine foi gras. However this experimental kitchen is best enjoyed on a more personal scale, with Chef Portello offering personal private tastings customized to each client’s particular taste. You can enjoy this essential gastronomical experience as a private event for parties of up to 50 people, available on request.

Watermelon-Radish Carpaccio enoki mushrooms, saffron emulsion drops l Hake Filet pistachio crusted white truffle emulsion, “Apio” mofongo l Slow Cooked Filet Mignon faba beans pure, white asparagus, morel mushrooms l Ox Tail foie gras, cauliflower puree, wild mushrooms, garlic sauce

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Ave. Gautier Benítez #80 (787) 508-0038 Tues-Sun: 5pm-11pm OrujoTaller de Gastronomia

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SteaksbyRicky Rustic Criollo Cuisine

Founded in 1986 by Mr. Ismael Berríos, Rincón del Pon sits on the fork between Roads 164 and 826 in Naranjito. Today Chef Ricky “Malamigo”, son of Mr. Berrios, makes dishes like carne frita (fried pork) the way his father made them, in long strips cut from the whole pig and fried to divine perfection. There are also some new creative dishes with all meats being Certified Angus beef and everything else made from scratch. His wife Dorys, a pastry chef, rubs the special touches on desserts like the stuffed coconut arepa. Rincón del Pon enjoys a nice family ambiance with a cool and quiet dining room. Dishes come in large portions, so bring your appetite and prepare yourself to be fully satisfied by Chef Ricky Malamigo. Great lunch menu available from 9am-2pm.

Certified Angus Churrasco mamposteao rice, chimichurri sauce l Carne Frita fried pork with tostones l Seared Salmon guanabana, chorizo sauce, steam veggies, yautia mash

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PR 164 Int 826 Km.0 Barrio Guadiana (787) 869-2995 Thurs: 9am-8:30pm Fri-Sat: 2pm-10:30pm; Sun: 1pm -8:30pm @rincondelpon @rickymalamigo rincondelpon

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Auto Cafe @La Estación Café & Grill

Auto Cafe @ La Estación is now open for lunch and snacks. Come by for a mango-goat cheese quesito with a barista made coffee at this urbantropical ambience. Try the grilled classics that made this brand famous like the Pulled Pork Arepas, smoked churrasco or their signature BBQ Ribs. Refresh after a hot day with smoothies made with fresh organic fruits or sample the salads with fresh greens straight from the farm.

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Km. 3.5, Fajardo @ La Estación (787) 863-4481 Thur-Mon: from 1pm laestacionpr.com

La Estación Nuyorican BBQ & Grill

It takes tremendous ambition to purchase an old abandoned gas station with aspirations to transform it into an amazing and successful restaurant, but that’s exactly what husband and wife, Kevin Roth and Idalia García did! They left NYC and opened La Estación which features a seasonal mouth-watering menu of locally sourced ingredients cooked over natural charcoal and mango wood. It’s no wonder Fodor’s voted La Estación “Top 10 Restaurants in the Caribbean”!

$$ Fajardo

PR 987 Km. 4 Las Croabas (787) 863-4481 Fri-Mon: Open @ 12pm; Thurs, Sun: Open @ 5pm laestacionpr.com

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Dos Panza Taqueria & Cantina

If you are going to El Yunque or Luquillo Beach and are looking great family style mexican food you have to visit Dos Panza Taqueria y Cantina. Try the Boricua burrito featuring Longaniza (sausage), pork chop and chicken for a local style twist to this popular dish. They have live music on the weekends and happy hours everyday.

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Rio Grande

Marginal Palmer Km 31.5 (787) 500-7199 Mon-Thurs: 11am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-12am; Sun: 11am-11pm Dospanza

Zaco’s Tacos Mexican Taqueria

Zaco’s Tacos has great prices, friendly service, colorful Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) décor with indoor and outdoor covered terrace seating, a full bar and even great vegetarian/vegan options. Try the pork belly tacos, any one of the burritos, or the bestselling beer-battered fish tacos which are well worth the ferry ride to this paradise island alone.

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21 Calle Pedro Márquez, (787) 742-0243 Always call to check if its open Mon-Fri: 12pm-8pm zacostacos.com @zacostacos Zacos Tacos

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More than 60 adventures to choose from:

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Meet the Concierges The Pocket Concierge is proud to work alongside the best concierges on the island. These are the men and women who give tourism in Puerto Rico a friendly face. Look them up in your hotel lobby and let them make it happen!

Elliot Cintron

Caribe Hilton Hotel & Casino Group Services, Inc. Tour: Culebra Island Boat Tour Restaurant: Rare 125, great wine list! Anecdote: Once, I attended a family that had lost a child and came to Puerto Rico to get away from the stress and sadness they were going through. I booked some tours for them and made restaurant reservations that catered to their needs. They were so happy at by end of their stay that the entire family passed by to thank me for all of the assistance I had provided. It surprised me that something so seemingly insignificant in the big picture had made such a large impact on such a difficult time for this family. The mother was so appreciative of her experience with our service and our Island that she came back the next year; this time with her entire Corporation!

Roberto Rivera

La Concha Hotel, A Renaissance Resort Group Services, Inc. Tour: Exploration One by Explora, Tobias Culebra Island Snorkeling, Caja de Muerto Island Snorkeling Restaurant: Perla, Roasted Double Lamb chops. Anecdote: Sometimes parents come to my desk with their kids and ask me what can I offer them as a family activity. They are looking for something that will be safe for everyone, but also fun for their kids. Of course, I love to spoil them with souvenirs, candy or a paper origami and then see how the kids get all excited about their upcoming adventures. The looks on the kids’ faces when they return from a visit to the Rainforest Waterfalls, the Camuy Caverns, The Old San Juan Spanish forts or a snorkeling trip in our gorgeous Caribbean waters, brings a smile to my face.

Sheliemar Pacheco

Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino Group Services, Inc. Tour: Icacos Catamaran Snorkeling Restaurant: Oceano. Mofongo filled with skirt steak. Anecdote: A gentleman came in from another hotel asking me for assistance since he wanted to go on a boat tour (anything on a boat) but he was in a wheelchair. I did my research until I found a company that was willing to assist him. The next day he came back with tears of happiness because out of 9 hotel concierges he visited, I was the only one that went above and beyond to make it happen. Meeting and exceeding people needs and expectations is one of my passions and it is very gratifying when someone tells you, “it was all possible because of you. You made this happen.”

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Things to do TOP Beaches 1. Flamenco Beach, Culebra.

Get to Culebra by ferry or plane & visit the #2 beach in the world. 2. Tres Palmas, Rincón (surfing). Best surfing in the Caribbean with waves up to 25’.

3. Crashboat Beach, Aguadilla. Tranquil

west coast beach is great for snorkeling. Beautiful secret spot “liitle beach” is perfect for taking family. 5. Aviones, Loiza (surfing). Best surfing beach close to the metro area.

4. Mar Chiquita, Manati.

Flamenco

TOP Tours 1. El Yunque Rainforest Hiking.

Guided Tours available with a team of interpreters. 2. Bioluminescent Bays. Two of the only five in the world are in Puerto Rico.

3. Camuy Caves/Arecibo Observatory.

Two breathtaking sights in one trip. The Colonial Old City houses two forts and many placitas. Bacardi Rum Factory. Learn about the history of Bacardi and taste the rums!

4. Old San Juan Historical. 5.

El Yunque

TOP Museums 1. Museum of Art, Santurce.

Guided tours available with an in house group of interpreters.

2. Museum of Art, Ponce. 3. 4.

More than 4,500 works from prehispanic to present. The Cemi Museum, Jayuya. Island’s most important museum dedicated to Taino culture. Casa Cortés, Old San Juan. The personal collection of the Cortes family is free to view.

Museo de Arte

TOP Golf Courses 1. TPC Dorado Beach, Dorado. Named the

#1 Golf Course in PR by Golf Digest in ‘16. 2. Royal Isabela, Isabela. Cliffs & dramatic ocean vistas at this memorable golf experience.

3. Costa Caribe, Ponce. 4.

16 lakes & stunning views at this Bruce Bessy designed course. Coco Beach, Rio Grande. Diverse landscape & plenty of challenging water hazards. For more info check out toppuertorico.com

TPC Dorado Beach


Sail.

Full sun and shade decks Real bathroom on board Fresh water deck shower

Snorkel. Picnic.

Free snorkel, yours to keep! Use of equipment included Best in Puerto Rico!

Snacks all day Unlimited soft drinks, PiĂąa Coladas, Punch All-you-can-eat Sandwiches

Reserve from your hotel front desk or call 1-888-523-4511 snorkelpr.com Transportation from Hotel Available!!


Breakfast & Brunch Ajimojito’s

Comerío Carr. 167 km.1.6 Barrio Doña Elena, Sector Media Luna (787) 914-5837 Wed-Sun: 8am-11am??? Made to order breakfast with a gorgeous mountain view

Bar Gitano

Condado Ave. Ashford #1304 (787 294-5513 Sat & Sun: 11am-3pm Chef driven unique & eclectic Spanish style brunch with bottomless mimosas, bloody mary & sangria.

Budatai

Condado 1056 Ashford Ave. (787) 725-6919 Sun: 11:30am-4pm Chef Treviño’s critically acclaimed restaurant has brunch a la carte or 3-course prix fix for $29pp. Also try $19pp limitless mimosa & sangria.

Buenos Ayres

Condado Avenida Condado #56; Esq. Magdalena (787) 725-1818 COMING SOON

Burger Bar

Isla Verde Verdanza Hotel Tartak St. 8020 (787) 253-9000 Sun: 10am-10pm Bodacious Waffle Burgers and brunch burgers on the outdoor patio? Can I get a hell yeah!.

Chocobar Cortés

Old San Juan 210 Calle San Francisco (787) 722-0499 Sat-Sun: 8am-8pm Chef Ricard d’Obaldia makes a unique blend of brunch items, drizzled with Cortés chocolate, the best in the Caribbean.

DiZucchero

Condado 1210 Ave. Ashford (787) 946-0835 Fri-Sun: 8am-2pm Heaping breakfast portions with an Italian coffee bar conveniently on the hotel strip.

The Eclipse

Isabela Villa Montaña Hotel; 4466 Road, km1.9 (787) 872-9554 (ext 6009) Sun: 12pm-3pm Weekend brunch or breakfast every day at this gorgeous beach resort location.

fefo’s

Old San Juan Tanca St. #203 (787) 721-7330 Everyday Breakfast Local’s spot with great breakfast every day and chalkboard brunch menu.

Hijole

Calle Aquarella, #19 Marginal Expresso (787) 998-6464 Sat-Sun: 9am-3pm Mexican Brunch includes Hijole Slam (Benedicts/French Toast/Pancakes/ Bacon/House fries)

Mist

Isla Verde Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 Sun: 11am-3pm Rooftop Brunch designed by award winning chef Raúl Correa features the highly satisfying egg burger

Nonna

Santurce Calle San Jorge #103 (787) 998-6555 Sat-Sun: 10am-3pm Brunch with a fine Italian flare.

Pannes

Condado Ashford Ave. #1125 (787) 300-3333 Mon-Sun: 6am-12am Condado’s favorite traditional Puerto Rican breakfast and sandwiches next to awesome French Toast. All day , every day

Rare 125

Miramar Ponce de Leon Ave.,# 109 Sat: 11am-4pm Trendy steakhouse delivers a knockout brunch of creative cuisine, steak and eggs plus classics.

Red Mango’s Cafe

Condado 1104 Ave. Magdalena (787) 995-7033 Sun-Thurs: 7am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 7am-2am Breakfast specials, delicious healthy wraps and made to order power juice bar

Rosa Mexicano

Paseo Caribe Puerto de Tierra (939) 338-7344/7345 Sat-Sun: 10:30-3pm Ultimate modern Mexican style brunch includes the red velvet Rosa Pancakes

Serafina

Condado Hotel La Concha, Ashford Ave. #1077 (787) 722-5050 Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm Modern, Italian themed brunch available on a picturesque outdoor Condado patio.

Zest

Isla Verde Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 7 Days a Week: 7am – 11am Award winning Chef Raul Correa’s breakfast menu is as creative and delicious as its evening counterpart.


Festivals Sofo Culinary Fest

Early December Old San Juan (Fortaleza St. & Recinto Sur St.)

The South of Fortaleza Street culinary festival in many ways put the island on the map for great culinary events. It is 4 days worth of the Old City’s top restaurant strip beating its chest to an assortment of live music acts.

Festival de las Máscaras December 28 Hatillo

Not for the feint of heart, this parade of long carts (Carrozas) features mischievous masked locals pranking the crowd goers. All in good fun, it is widely considered a terrific party and one of the island’s most idiosyncratic cultural treasures .

Fiestas de La Calle San Sebastaian

Third week of January Old San Juan Often referred to as the “Puerto Rican Mardi Gras”, Las fiestas de San Sebastian is a week of music and revelry where men and women dressed wearing oversized masks (Cabezudos) takes over the Old City. More than just a party, Las Fiestas area cultural mecca for artisans, gastronomy lovers, literature and art.

Smokin’ Hot Barbecue Competition

February 20-22 Convention Center Parking Lot This certified Kansas City BBQ association event rolls with over 40 teams of Pit Masters, live music and plenty of libation stands. Taste traditional stateside recipes alongside Puerto Rican versions of ribs, chicken & burgers

Saborea Puerto Rico

Early April Old San Juan, Parque Escambrón The granddaddy of Puerto Rico’s culinary festivals with 30 local restaurants and over 50 guest stars from the International and Local food and beverage industry. Cooking classes, competitions, food and drink samples and great after parties!

Gastronómico Porta del Sol

Mid-Late April Parque del Litoral, Mayagüez This Porta del Sol (west coast) food festival has an event schedule that includes a brunch and mimosa tasting and a Top Chef competition. Packages available including hotel stay at: festivalportadelsol.com

Heineken Jazz Fest

Late May Tito Puente Amphitheater The Caribbean’s premiere Latin Jazz festival always features a slew of international legends performing for a rabid crowd of aficionados and dancers.


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Nightlife 45

Beer Taverns

Sure everybody serves beer, but not everybody does beer. Here are the top breweries & taverns that take brew super seriously. Palmas Station - Big selection of craft beers with rooftop bar where bands play. PR 869 Barrio Palmas, Cataño. Rincon Beer Co. - 12 beers on tap including several local brews at this west coast pub. 15 Calle Muñoz, Rincón. Taberna Boricua -Music, whiskey and 300 labels of beers make this a fave for beer drinkers. #416 Agueybana St., San Juan. Taberna de Lupulo - 150 Crafted Beer menu manifesto alongside 15 rotating taps. Sebastian St. #151, Old San Juan.

Chinchorros Glorificados

Chinchorro is the cutesy word in Puerto Rican for dive bar, but these spots glorify the concept and take it to the next level. El PsychoDeli- Deli by day, hip bar with Dj’s & artisanal pitorro (kinda like moonshine) at night. #801 Calle Cerra, Santurce. Viaje – The original upscale chinchorro, this bar hosts eclectic local bands, #2056 Calle Loiza, Santurce. Los Almendros – Classic country dive bar that is famous for its rabbit turnovers. PR 169, Barrio Camarones, Guyanabo.

Cocktail Bars

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Why have your drink served by a mere bartender? Check out these haunts where the island’s top Mixologists show their stuff. La Carniceria– Trendy 2nd floor gastro bar overlooking La Placita Asere Restaurant, #180 Calle Dos Hermanos, Santurce. La Coctelera– Award winning mixologist Jorge Bush’s little playpen. #1857Calle Loiza, Santurce. Mist- Glitzy rooftop Lounge with breathtaking Ocean view, tapas & DJ’s. Water Club Beach Hotel, Calle Tartak 2, Isla Verde. Eve - New Cocktail Lounge & Bar with a fem touch and killer cocktail menu. #309 Fortaleza St., Old San Juan.

Dance Floors

It’s the Caribbean so you should have dancing shoes nearby. Here are the top spots for everything from Salsa Gorda to Deep House. Blue Martini – Super trendy club with live music acts from salsa to rock n roll every night and a great view. Paseo Caribe, San Juan. Club Brava – Legendary nightclub in a remodeled hotel lobby. #6063 Isla Verde Ave., El San Juan Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde. The Latin Roots - Roomy Salsa dance hall with live acts. Galeria Paseo Portuario, Old San Juan. Nuyorican Café – Hard core and grungy Salsa mecca also known for Latin Jazz acts. #312 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan.

Variety Clubs

Some nightspots refuse to be pigeonholed. Celebrate Puerto Rico – This hidden 2nd floor bar has drinks, music and comedy acts. #201 Calle San Justo, Old San Juan La Factoría – Award winning bar features mixology menu, wine bar & hopping dance floor. #148 San Sebastian St. , Old San Juan. La Respuesta – Local & imported rock bands, hip hop DJ’s, art gallery & performances. #1600 Ave. Fernandez Juncos, Santurce.


The Pocket Concierge Winter '16-'17  

Puerto Rico's #1 Restaurant Guide used by hotel concierges around the island.

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