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February-August 2014 Edition 8

Restaurants. Nightlife. Tours.

#1 Trusted Restaurant Guide by Concierges featuring:


1006 Ashford Ave. Condado

Puerto Rican Cuisine

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oceano 2 Vendig St, Condado | 787.724.6300 | oceanopr.com

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Dinner: Tuesday-Wednesday: 12Noon -10pm Thursday-Saturday: 12Noon - 11pm Sunday: 11am - 10pm (Brunch: 11am - 3pm)


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The Eclipse Open Daily 7am - 10pm O for the Senses Friday-Saturday 6pm- 10:30pm

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The Guide

Dear Visitors,

Condado

No other Island in the Caribbean has the beauty, elegance and value as Puerto Rico, or what we like to call “The Island of Enchantment”. You will be mesmerized by it! Beautiful scenes, locations and the warmth of the locals will make your visit to Puerto Rico a memorable one.

12-24 The hotel strip of Condado is the center of Puerto Rico’s finest and most famous culinary & nightlife locations. Often considered a “little Miami”, Condado has developed its own personality as a Caribbean capital of style.

Santurce & Ocean Park

Besides visiting national parks such as El Yunque Rainforest, Camuy Caves, Old San Juan, El Morro Fort and The San Cristobal Castle, Puerto Rico is full of beautiful beaches and little get away places to explore and create your own adventures. Enjoy having the rush of driving an ATV, Zipline, Horse Back on the Beach, Jet Ski or even the new Flyboard (currently available in only a dozen countries in the world). Let us take you on a culinary tour around the island, each town in Puerto Rico. Current Puerto Rican cuisine is the end result of more than 500 years of culinary fusion between Spanish, African and Taíno Indian gastronomic fares and each town has their own local favorites. Whether it is a diner, a café or a truck on the street, our culinary culture is everywhere! From high end culinary icons such as Perla, Meat Market, Casa Lola, 1919 & Budatai to the prime traditional Puerto Rican cuisine like Ropa Vieja, Platos Restaurant, Barrachina down to our own fast food “Pollo Tropical”. Whether you frequently use concierge services or have yet to do so, our job here in Puerto Rico is to ensure all of your needs are met. Let us be your personal Puerto Rico experts with the knowledge and networking abilities to accomplish anything. We want to make your stay as easy and memorable as possible. This is our pledge to all our visitors. Warmest Regards,

Isla Verde & the East Coast

25-33 Some fantastic restaurants on the Isla Verde Hotel strip and world class food shacks along the Northeast have sprung around keystone destinations like the Luis Muñoz Marin Airport and the Rain Forest, El Yunque.

Old San Juan

34-36 Trendy and hip, Santurce has spawned a host of exciting hole-in-the wall restaurants and art house nightlife. Beach front Ocean Park is a popular spot for boutiqe hotels and casual tourists.

37-45 Great restaurants and cafés fleck the cobblestone streets and 17th century architecture of the Old City. Here you can find bohemian nightlife and global attitudes in the Island’s most curious cultural melting pot.

Central Island

Dorado

46-47 The Island’s roots are in the scenic and mountainous “cordillera central”, where roasted pig, blood sausage and Caribbean root vegetables are considered delicacies that define Puerto Rican cuisine.

South & Culebra

50-51 Culebra is a slice of paradise just a 15 min. flight from the mainland. The bustling city of Ponce boasts a proud tradition of excellence that you can taste.

Tours

54-55 Find the best tours for your Island adventure!

48-49 This golf course capital is quickly becoming the next culinary hot spot. Some of the Island’s most talented chefs are staking their claims to the area, which is popular for external and internal tourism alike.

Northwest & West Coast

52-53 The romantic West and Northwest Coasts are internationally renown for their great beaches and laid back vibe. It is also where to find some of the island’s rising star chefs.

Brunch & Breakfast 60-61 Check out the best places Brunch and Breakfast

Nightlife

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56-59 Check out our tips for everything from salsa to dub step. Monthly and weekly events calendar included.

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At a Glance Asian/Asian Fusion Budatai, Condado $$$.............................Back Cover/Inside Back Cover Eight Noodle Bar, Condado $$..................................................................25 Ikebana, Isla Verde, Carolina, Dorado, San Patricio $$..........28-29 New Taste, Condado $$.................................................................................23 Sofia’s Caribbean Sushi, Rincón $$........................................................52 Yamato, Isla Verde $$.............................................................................24

Bar & Grill Chicago Burger Company, Old San Juan $........................................40 La Estación, Fajardo $.....................................................................................30

Deli & Diner Dannys International, Condado $...............................................................23 Piu Bello, Isla Verde $.....................................................................................30

At a Glance Puerto Rican Al Gusto, Añasco $$.....................................................................................53 Barrachina, Old San Juan $$...................................................................42 Bibi’ke, Condado $..............................................................................................19 Bolitas, Naranjito $.........................................................................................47 Cafe La Princesa, Old San Juan $$...........................................................38 Casa Lola, Condado $$........................................................................16-17 Inarú, Old San Juan $$...............................................................................41 Mahi Mahi, Isabela $$.....................................................................................53 Platos, Isla Verde $$......................................................................................27

Seafood Susie’s, Culebra $$...........................................................................................51 Waikiki, Condado $$........................................................................................23

Contemporary & Creative

Spanish

Blonda, Condado $$...................................................................................22 Perla, Condado $$$......................................................................................12 Salt, Isla Verde $$.....................................................................................32-33 Zest, Isla Verde $............................................................................................31

Bar Gitano, Condado $$...................Back Cover/Inside Back Cover

Jamaican Blessed Cafe, Old San Juan $..................................................................43

Latin/Caribbean Fusion The Eclipse, Isabela $$................................................................................6-7 La Terraza, Dorado $$....................................................................................49 Lola Eclectic, Ponce $$$...............................................................................50 Mango’s, Ocean Park $$..............................................................................20 Mist, Isla Verde $$$.....................................................................................31 Oceano, Condado $$$....................................................................................4-5 Palio, Old San Juan $$......................................................................................38

Italian/Italian Fusion Acqua, Old San Juan $$..............................................................................43 Al Dente, Old San Juan $$............................................................................39 Arborio, Dorado $$............................................................................................49 Grappa, Dorado $$...........................................................................................48 Tutt’Italia, Santurce $$.....................................................................................35 Rao’s, Condado $$..........................................................................................21

International Costa, Mayagüez $$...............................................................................53

Mexican La B de Burro, Ocean Park $$..................................................................34 Panucho’s, Santurce $....................................................................................34 Rosa Mexicano, Condado $$............................................Front Cover, 13 Zaco Tacos, Culebra $.....................................................................................51

Steak/Argentinian Central, Condado $$.........................................................................................14 Ummo, Condado $$.......................................................................................18 Vaca Brava, Old San Juan, Barranquitas $....................................44-46

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. $ < $25pp $$ = $25-$50pp $$$ > $50pp

Photography Contributions: Priscilla Mercedez, Jose Rivera, John Corbet

Printing: Evolution Press

Multi Media Naranja: chief editor/design/metro area sales:

Ian Morales 787.630.5519 ian@myconciergepr.com webmaster/editor/social media/photography/island wide sales:

Rafael Cotto 787.505.0040 rafael@foodiespr.com consultant:

Randall Corsi randycorsi@gmail.com

Organic The Garden, Punta Las Marias $$........................................................26

Pizza Loiza 2050, Santurce $..............................................................................35 Pirilo, Old San Juan $................................................................................36-37 Uno, Condado $...................................................................................................15

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Contemporary American Cuisine

Perla

Rosa Mexicano

Hotel La Concha’s stunning sea shell appendage hosts Puerto Rico’s definitive fine dining experience, Perla. Executive Chef Dayn Smith’s culinary masterpiece floats on water evoking 5-star cruise ships with its opulent décor featuring hand blown murano lamps. Perla features bold flavors using the very best ingredients prepared with the highest skill and technique. 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 pampering every need. The most elegant space on the Island makes it perfect for large activities.

Rosa Mexicano features award winning dishes that have redefined the concept of elevated Mexican cuisine and brought it to 15 cities and counting from San Juan to Los Angeles. Rooted in authentic flavors 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 is also famous for its festive atmosphere, using signature vibrant palettes of purples, pinks, reds and oranges in strikingly modern interior designs. Rosa offers a kids’ menu and guacamole lessons for family fun. Parking available at Caribe Hilton hotel & Casino.

Portobello Mushroom Carpaccio balsamic shallot jam,

Guacamole en Molcajeta fresh avocado , jalapeño,

shaved parmesan cheese, baby arugula l Black Truffle Soup truffle flan l Pan Roasted Sea Bass Maine lobster, truffle risotto lobster beurre blanc l Slow Roasted Breast of Duckling vegetable ragout, natural duck reduction l Roasted Double Lamb Chops lentil stew, grilled vegetables marinated in Spanish olive oil and aged sherry

Contemporary Mexican Cuisine

tomato, onion and cilantro, tortilla chips, salsa pasilla de Oaxaca, salsa de tomatillo y habanero. l Salmón en Manchamanteles Grilled natural salmon filet, black beans, zucchini, roasted corn, ancho chiles mole, tropical fruits. l Panza con Callos de Hacha diver scallops, pork belly, spicy orange-habanero salsa.

Condado

Condado

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

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Paseo Caribe Puerto de Tierra Hours: TBD at time of publication www.rosamexicano.com

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Steak House + Lounge

Central

The newest gastronomical experience in Condado, Central takes the traditional steakhouse and turns it on its head with colorful and texture filled creative dishes. Interiors are also spruced up with modern lighting and decoration but it at its soul, Central remains a steakhouse for the purist with meat cuts on the extreme end of high quality cooked to perfection. A professional mixologist’s cocktail menu with heavy whiskey notes plays the dance partner but you can go with the book length wine list if you’re feeling more classical. Visit the upstairs sister lounge, Moonbar for a starlit drink or for the parties that can go on ‘til dawn. Outdoor seating available.

Unobar and grill

Chicago Style Pizza

There is no substitute for the robust flavor and gooey deliciousness of an Uno Classic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. It’s the pizza that boldly towers over lesser pizza. It’s the big taste that is found throughout the big menu containing burgers, pastas, fish dishes and hearty appetizers. Also, with healthy options like grain crusts, excellent salads & gluten free, you can enjoy Uno with friends and family any day and every day. Try the Lunch and Breakfast menus with variations of your Uno favorites or spin by the bar where House drinks and round-theclock happy hours make Uno a great spot to catch the game with locals and ex-pats. Parking available.

Classic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Sausage, pepperoni, onions, House Creation Filet Mignon charred grilled filet mignon with roasted exotic mushrooms, bacon jam, beer soaked cipollini, stilton cheese and house made demi glass l Smoked Duck Breast foie grass mousse l Spanish Style Shrimp sliced thin aged spanish chorizo, hand grated salsa gazpacho, marinated cucumber salad and crushed toasted almonds

peppers, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce, mozzarella, Romano l Pizza Skins Our famous deep dish pizza crust, filled with red bliss mashed potatoes, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and sour cream) l Romano Crusted Chicken Parmesan All natural chicken breasts, panko crumbs, mozzarella l Uno Deep Dish Sundae Vanilla ice cream, chocolate, baked cookie crust

Condado

Condado

Ave. Magdalena #1104 (787) 908-6960 Mon-Sun: 11:30am-12am CentralSteakhouseCondado

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Ave. Ashford Esq. Nairn #1451, Ste. 10 (787) 721-8667 Sun–Wed: 11am-11pm Thur–Sat: 11am-1am PizzeriaUnoPR

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Criollo Kitchen

Casa Lola

When International super star Chef Treviño set himself to re-create Puerto Rican cuisine, he started with a muse that paid the proper homage to the Island’s “grandmother style”. That inspiration came from Lola Milagros Cedeño, a cult figure for her magical recipes that were concocted in the very same building where the restaurant bearing her name stands today. The end result is the definitive menu of 21st century Puerto Rican cuisine. Rustic flavors with clean technique; hearty homemade dishes with worldly knowledge sprinkled in. That is Casa Lola, the one Puerto Rican gastronomical experience you will not find anywhere else in the world. Three different private areas for parties and activities and valet parking available.

Bacalataquitos con Tuna Tartar Latino Local seafood flatbread l Paella Jibara our take on classic rice paella w/meatopia of ingredients l El Criollo Brisket Encebollao Braised brisket, truffle chimichurri, cassava roti

Condado

Ashford Ave. #1006 (787) 998-2918 Lunch: 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: 4:30pm-1am www.casalolarestaurant.com

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Ummo

Bibi’ke

The #1 choice for Argentinian Parrillada in Puerto Rico sits within walking distance of all the Condado hotels. Going on 6 years, Ummo has become a staple for steak house quality at affordable prices. At Ummo, the meat crackles within earshot in the brick grill behind the bar, the tables get stacked with deliciousness and the steak house quality wine list yells “drink me!”. Don’t sleep on the pastas or seafood offerings, the menu is versatile and has pleasant surprises like the wild boar with figs. Outdoor seating is the most comfortable on the strip & the bar is great for grilled sausages and a cold beer while you watch the soccer game.

Running the whole gamut of traditional dishes from mofongo to Kan Kan, Bibi’ke serves authentic Puerto Rican fare at fair prices usually found further from the Condado strip. Try the Pasteles, a rare Puerto Rican delicacy usually only found in homes and during Christmas!. Bibi’ke is the Taino Indian word for “Motherland” and the tastefully themed decorations with Campesino motifs makes this a full experience into Island cuisine and ambiance. With bands on weekends, karaoke on tuesdays and latin music present in the background, you can enjoy the vibrant personality of Puerto Rico. Daily specials put creative twists on the menu. Outdoor seating available is perfect to enjoy the great weather of our Bibi’ke.

Argentinian Grill

Ricotta Gnocchi w/braised short ribs sauce l Patagonian Sea Bass torrentes wine , Atlantic clams, tomato confit & mashed potatoes, l Lamb Rack w/ andinian potatoes confit, corn custard & malbec mustard sauce l Braised Wild Boar Shoulder w/figs mashed sweet potatoes, truffle essence and pear blue cheese muille-fuille l Gourmet Parrillada chorizo, blood sausage, sweetbreads, skirt steak, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, short ribs, provoletta, chimichurri tastings

Condado

Ashford Ave. #1352 (787) 722-1700 (787) 722-1721 Wed-Sun: 11am-10:30pm www.ummoargentiniangrill.com

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Puerto Rican Food

Puerto Rican Fritters codfish bacalaitos and ground beef alcapurrias l Mofongo smashed plantain with chicken or pork l Homemade Pasteles traditional pork filled grated plantain l Ribs house apple sauce l Can Can Pork Chop large crispy rind puerto rican style l Breaded Parmesan Grouper with smashed green plantain tostones l Puerto Rican Style Lechon famous roast pork

Condado

Ashford Ave. #1352 (787) 563-8853 Mon-Sun: 12pm-11pm Bibi’keCriolla

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Puerto Rican Fusion

Neighborhood Italian

Mango’s

Rao’s

There may never be another restaurant that captures the Island’s vibrancy, aestheticism and trendiness quite like Mango’s does. Mango’s peppers the dining experience with a sense of community catering to foodies, families and frolickers alike. It’s kid friendly, dog friendly, service friendly and “let’s get friendly” from the playroom for the tikes to the deceptively sinister mango mojitos. The menu falls somewhere between Puerto Rican, Asian and American comfort, coalescing into a uniquely playful palatal experience that echoes the vintage-surfer motif dècor. A hot spot for birthdays and get-togethers, there is an outdoor wooden terrace and sofas for lounging. Lunch specials, brunch on weekends and Valet Parking available.

Rao’s is Condado’s neighborhood Italian serving savory sauces on heaped portions the way it was meant to be. Rao’s is cousin to the famous Piccole e Poste in Guaynabo and together they have set the trend for Italian menus in Puerto Rico with extensive options daily specials geared around the freshness of the day. However We’ll-makeyou-happy is the battle cry here so if they have it in house the open kitchen invites you to make off menu requests. The interior is classic New York with outdoor seating available to take advantage of the Caribbean weather. The wine list is the best value on the Island.

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Mango’s Fa mous Voo do o Wi ngs coco-cacahuete salsa l M a rina te d Tu na Poke mango-pineapple salsa fresca, cream cheese, crispy bacon l Car i b eño Lo cal Bu rger 6 oz . ground beef, spicy mango chutney, brie l Chicken Bre ast stu ffe d w/Cassava , pepper creamy salsa, bacon roulat

Ocean Park

MacLeary St. #1953 (787) 998-8111 Tues-Fri: 11am-12am Sat-Sun: 9am-12am www.mangosoceanpark.com

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Piccolo Stuffed Mushrooms breaded stuffed w/ cream

cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach served over a mushroom, honey, and balsamic vinegar sauce l 14 oz. Veal Chop Grilled or Piazzola Piazzola sauce-mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers in a red sauce l Pasta Fournier house special Penne pasta w/ chicken, caramelized onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes in a white sauce

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Ashford Ave. #1451, Local 100B (787) 919-0020 Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am www.piccoloeposto.com

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Blonda

Creative Cuisine

The best place for pizza, wines, pasta, steaks, seafood and much, much more!. Blonda takes the art of cooking back to the basics, positioning itself on freshness, natural ingredients and simple, yet well honed technique. This European mind set spills into the ambiance which is simultaneously elegant and homely. Blonda is Condado’s #1 spot for brunch and serves it every day.

New Taste

Asian Cuisine

Equally strong with its authentic dishes and westernized classics, New Taste serves great sushi and a popular Chinese menu to a wide array of clientele. The Dim Sum menu, served daily, is considered the best on the entire Island. Lunch specials, bento boxes, outdoor seating and private parking available.

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Condado

Condado

Ashford Ave. #1504 (787) 993-5710 Sun-Wed 9am-10pm Thurs-Sat: 9am-11pm

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

www.blondacondadopr.com

Danny’sInternational

Pizza + Deli

Condado’s swiss army knife restaurant serves big portions at nice prices for breakfast, lunch & late. A huge menu with omelettes, italian subs, sandwiches, calzones and strombolis. The toppings menu for the pizza is equally large with dozens of house special options on top of C o n d a d o ’ s 30+ options to make your own with. Open ‘til late, swiss army knife Danny’s has TV screens for the big game and outdoor restaurant serves seating. Ask for the specials, on or off big theportions chalkboard. at nice

Danny’s

Caribbean Food + Oyster Bar

Waikiki

Oceanside dining with a gorgeous view and a wide range of i z z aright + Dsmack e l i on the beach. Outdoor terrace is menu P items great for drinks or romance or both. Lunch specials available. Fresh Oysters by the dozen or half l Spiny Lobster Tail l Whole Churrasco skirt steak in tamarind sauce l Linguini di Mary shrimp, squid, mussels, clams in alfredo or marinara

prices for breakfast, lunch & late. We love the pizza and there’s 50 different menu varieties or have-it-yourway. Conveniently smack dab in the middle of the Condado strip, it’s a stone’s throw from most of the major hotels. Outdoor seating available. Breakfast Omelettes l Italian Subs l Huge Pizza toppings menu l Philly Steak Sandwiches l Calzone Strombolis l TV screens for sporting events

Condado

Condado

Ashford Ave. #1351 (787) 724-0501 Sun-Thurs: 7am-1am; Fri-Sat: 7am-2am

www.dannysinternationalcafe.com

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Condado

Ashford Ave. #1025 Ashford Ave. #1351 Sun-Thurs 7am-1am; Fri-Sat 7am-2am (787) 977-2267 787.724.0501 Every Day: 11am-11pm www.dannysinternationalcafe.com www.waikikipr.com

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Sushi Bar and Teppan

Yamato

Yamato boasts a serene and blissful ambiance broken only by the trickle of flowing water and the whirling blades of acrobatic Teppan chefs. A thoroughly modern space with several separate areas perfect for meetings and sprinkled with technological gadgets like retractable walls and “smokeless teppans”. Famous for over a decade among local sushi aficionados for their premium cuts, but don’t let that stop you from trying a choice Filet Mignon.

Isla Verde

The El San Juan Hotel and Casino (787) 791-8152 Lunch: Daily; 12pm-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Wed; 6pm-11pm Sat-Thurs: 6pm-12am www.yamatopr.com Asian Cuisine + Noodle Bar

Eight Noodle Bar

The Lucky Eight Noodle Bar serves ‘til late with your favorite Japanese and Chinese dishes. Specialties include sushi and the noodle menu with your choice from a myriad of toppings. Right next to the ringing sounds and flashing lights of the Casino, Eight Noodle reminds you that luck and betting with a full stomach go hand in hand!

Condado

2nd Floor San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino (787) 723-8881 Everyday: 4pm-3am

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Platos

Puerto Rican Cuisine + Bar

Platos Restaurant prides itself in serving the best and truest Puerto Rican Cuisine in Isla Verde. Platos is a must in your culinary tour of San Juan and the Resort Area Strip. Experience this slice of authenticity complimented by an excellent wine selection and a modern cocktail bar with Caribbean influenced house specialties. The ambiance is vibrant with Latin music and retro Puerto Rican artwork. The service is crisp and professional with just the right amount of warmth and character. This refined and sophisticated restaurant is ideal for any occasion whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a business dinner, romantic dinner or a group gathering.

Mofongos Smashed plantain with your choice chicken/skirt steak/shrimp/lobster l Premium Gold Angus Beef New York Cut, Filet Mignon, Ribeye or Churrasco l Braised Pork Chop with coconut-rum-guava sauce l Seafood Paella with lobster l Lamb Chops chick peas, mushrooms, balsamic reduction

Isla Verde

Coral By The Sea Hotel - 2 Rosa St. (787) 791-7474 Mon-Wed: 4pm-11pm; Thurs: 12pm-12am Fri-Sat: 12pm-2pm; Sun: 12pm-11pm www.platosrestaurant.com

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Japanese Cuisine + Sushi Fusion

Ikebana

The inventor of the caribbean-sushi fusion craze is back at the forefront, now fully online with its own mobile phone application and rewards program. Order Online and choose from the famous creative signature rolls or the asian inspired entrées. Then pick up at your nearest Ikebana at any of 4 locations in Dorado, Isla Verde, Carolina or San Patricio. Follow over social media and discover Ikebana’s offers and specials. Whether you are a sushi purist or prefer a more innovative gastronomical experience, this often-imitated Puerto Rican franchise is a standard for quality and service. If you’re more in the mood to dine out, Ikebana is famous for its serene decorations and lounge like atmospheres. Halibut soy-daikon ginger broth, sweet potato pancake l Grilled Lamb Cutlets tamarind miso sauce, sautéed buckwheat noodles, soy beans l Tropical Roll tempura

shrimp, cream cheese, cucumber, masago, passion fruit sauce l Dynamite Roll scallops, avocado, siracha, fresh sliced kiwi

San Patricio

Calle Ebano C-20, San Patricio Plaza, Suite #1 Bo. Pueblo Viejo Tel: (787) 782-6901 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am - 11:00pm Fri: 11:30am - 2:00am Sat: 12pm - 2:00am Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm

Carolina

Plaza Escorial, Lot HE, Local #5 Tel: (787) 776-1175 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm Fri: 11:30am-11pm Sat: 12pm-11pm Sun: 12pm-10pm

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Dorado

Plaza Dorada, Local #18 Tel: (787) 796-7766 Mon-Thurs 12pm-3pm; 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm Sun: 12pm-10pm

Isla Verde

Airport Plaza, 2nd Floor, Ave. Los Gobernadores Tel : (787) 253-1705 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm Fri: 11:30-3pm, 5pm-12am Sat: 2pm-12am Sun: 2pm-10pm

Wanna Sushi?? Download the Ikebana Sushi Bars APP and interact with the best Japanese and Sushi restaurants in Puerto Rico! With our new APPLICATION, you can access our digital menus, receive special offers and discount coupons, and even order directly from the application ToGo!


Nuyorican BBQ & Grill

La Estación

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

Fajardo

PR 987 Km. 4 Las Croabas (787) 863-4481 Thur-Tues: 5pmwww.laestacionpr.com

Piu Bello

Deli + Gelato

Breakfast, lunch and dinner served at all hours at this ultimate Isla Verde diner with outdoor patio seating. Piu Bello is a kid’s dream come true with over 40 flavors of gelato and comfort food favorites like pastas, waffles and Puerto Rican sandwiches. Grown ups will appreciate the extensive coffee menu and the full bar.

Zest

Modern Latino Cuisine

Zest welcomes guests with an amazing sub-aquatic atmosphere and “modern-latino cuisine” menu featuring sustainability-sourced ingredients. A feast for all senses, Executive Chef Raul Correa, has a unique style of cooking which embraces sensory & food science, as he infuses each dish with stimulation for every sense. It’s local, it’s innovative and it’s absolutely delicious.

MistUltra Lounge

Isla Verde

Isla Verde

Coral By The Sea Hotel -2 Rosa St. (787) 791-0091 Mon-Thu: 6:30 am - 11 pm Fri-Sun: 6:30 am - 12 am www.piubellogelato.com

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San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 Zest Restaurant Breakfast: 7 Days a Week: 7am – 11am Dinner: Sun– Wed: 6pm –10pm Thurs-Sat: 6pm – 11pm Mist Ultra Lounge Sun– Wed: 11am–11pm, Thur: 11am–12am Fri-Sat: 11am-3:00am www.waterbeachhotel.com

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Renowned as the hot spot for local residents and tourists, Mist offers comfortable seating areas, signature cocktails and a decadent Island-ItalianSpanish fusion menu featuring Socializers— small plates you can share— prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients.


Salt gastrobar Tapas + Lounge

Howard Johnson’s Salt takes the gastrobar concept to places this island has never seen! Chef Renee Marichal’s menu walks the cutting edge of the culinary arts with mind blowing masterpieces of taste, texture and technique. It is simultaneously avant-garde cuisine and Puerto Rican comfort food with a penchant for clean presentations and molecular gastronomy. Flaunting a cocktail menu devised by certified masters and a heavily pondered wine list that grasps the subject matter, Salt is a foodies’ paradise for the art of foiling and pairing. An equally modern setting breathes freely with roaming space making it ideal for activities and parties. The service is one of the most coordinated, educated and eager to please contingents we’ve ever seen. Brunch available on Sundays.

Puerto Rican Mixta Bites pegao, pink beans, beefsteak, avocado foam l Rockin Fella Oysters fresh oysters, bacon, spinach, zambuca, parmesan, panko l Them Belly Full kurobuta pork belly, fufu, mavi broth l Himalayan Salt Block mignon, scallops, shrimp l Lobin Mac mac and cheese, lobster, truffle oil l House Cocktails

Isla Verde

Howard Johnson Hotel Isla Verde Ave. #4820 (787) 919-7575 Mon-Wed: 4pm-11pm Thurs-Sat: 4pm-12am Sunday Brunch: 10am-5pm www.saltgastrobar.com saltgastrobar

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Taco-Burrito Shop

La B de Burro

This popular little Mexican restaurant with wrestling themed decoration serves chimichangas, burritos and other Mexican goodies in generous portions and generous prices. La B de Burro puts their own stamp on the cuisine, using creative flavors liberally for a unique taste. Homemade juices and daily margarita happy hours make this a favorite for Ocean Park strollers and locals alike. We love it!

Loiza 2050

Thin Crust Pizzas l Craft Beers l Whiskeys l Lunch Menu

Family owned since 1986, Loiza 2050 has mirrored the neighborhood‘s evolution from mom and pop to hipster hot spot and does it with genuine charm. Toppings range from smoked salmon-goat cheese to the bourbon sauteed pork. Check facebook for events.

Ocean Park

Santurce

McLeary St. #2000 (787) 242-0295 Mon-Wed: 11am-10pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am Sun: 12pm-9pm labdeburroshop

Calle Loiza #2050 (787) 726-7141 Tues-Fri: 3pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-2am; Sun: 5pm-4am!!! Loiza2050

Panucho’s

Mexican Cantina

The hippest Cantina this side of Zona Rosa, Panucho’s is a dive into modern mexican cuisine with the pinache of a bohemian antro. Serving tacos, Tortas and specialty dishes like the chicken mole and duck quesadilla. Chic decoration and occasional musical acts (check facebook) make this a pretty cool place to just hang out and sip on the margaritas (watermelon ROCKS!)

Fine Italian Cuisine

Tutt’Italia

Tutt’ Italia is an authentic Italian experience brought to you by Bruno Calenda and his chef Lino Visconti. A compendium of Italian cuisine, this menu runs the gamut from north to south influences, As Bruno harks, “The challenge we have accepted is to offer excellent food and excellent service at a reasonable price.”

Santurce

Calle Loiza #1762 Esq. Diez de Andino (787) 545-2845 Mon-Thurs: 3pm-1am Fri-Sun: 11am-1am panuchoscalleloiza

Pizza + Liquor

Santurce

Ave. Fernandez Juncos #1760 (787) 982-8888 Tue-Fri: 12 pm - 10:pm Sat: 6pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 1pm - 7pm

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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 or 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 decoration of retro mementos and baubles, Pirilo is a faux museum to its own urban legend, using the Old San Juan architecture to evoke the feel of a restaurant that has been there forever. With over 30 artisanal beers on tap and a killer sangria little Piriloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antics have outgrown its original location and will be setting up in Ocean Park in March of 2014. Butternut Squash Ravioli l Salciccia Rustica pork, chicken or veggie sausage l Pirilo Pizza house tomato Boricua sauce, mozzarella, ground beef, ripe plantains l Pizza house tomato sauce, mozzarella, fried pork, sautĂŠed onions, olive oil, garlic l 7 Quesos Pizza fontina, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, Muenster, manchego, ricotta

Old San Juan

201-2 Fortaleza St. 787.721.3322 Sun, Mon, Wed 11:30am-12am; Thurs-Sat: 11:30am-2am; www.pirilopizza.com

Ocean Park

Mcleary St. #2000 info: TBD

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Puerto Rican Bistro

Classic Italian Cuisine

Café La Princesa

Al Dente

The Old City’s most romantic restaurant just happens to have some of the best Puerto Rican cuisine you can find! Tucked away in an electric-lighted garden along the picturesque Paseo La Princesa with fortress walls serving as a back drop, this restaurant embellishes in the centuries soaked charm of its location. The cuisine walks a fine line between elegant and hearty, turning the simplest dishes into delicacies from the savory Skirt Steak right down to the good ‘ol rice n’ beans. Obviously popular for activities and weddings you can also come for the live music on weekends playing on the custom made stage.

We foodies tend to follow our noses and Al Dente greets you with that aroma of fine Italian cooking when you walk through the door. Once inside, you will feel genuinely welcomed and attended by a restaurant that hasn’t let 25 years of operation dampen its enthusiasm and pride. The menu plays odes to the classics of the cuisine and pops a few surprises for the curious. A perfectly selected wine list completes the ensemble at one of the most critically acclaimed culinary destinations on the island. Thoroughly Old San Juan, Al Dente exudes an artists’ heart, with paintings by Margie Alcaraz adorning the walls. Across the street from Doña Fela parking with outdoor seating available.

Chicharrones de Pollo marinated chunks of chicken in creole adobo fried crisp l Churrasco grilled skirt steak w/ chimichurri sauce l Chillo Relleno de Cangrejo Snapper stuffed with crab w/ green plantains and garlic sauce

Old San Juan

Arrancini di Spinici spinach rice 3 cheeses rolled and fried l Melenzane alla Parmigiana breaded fried eggplant, topped with mozzarella, tomato, marinara l Cozze sautèed mussles, spicy fradiavolo sauce, onions, lemon juice l Bistecca New York Strip, barolo-rosemary reduction

Paseo la Princesa (787) 724-2930 Mon: 10am-3pm Tues-Fri: 10am-12am Sat: 6 pm-12mn Sun: 2pm-10pm www.cafelaprincesa.com

Old San Juan

Recinto Sur #309 (787) 723-7303 Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm www.aldentepr.net

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Ristorante and Wine Bar


Artisanal Puerto Rican Cuisine

Inarú Palio is a Puerto Rican Fusion menu with a great selection of quality meats and sustainable fish. Try Pork “Pinchos” on the bone with a honey pepper pique or Seafood Palio with mussels, clams, scallops and sautéed shrimp in roasted garlic butter over lobster ravioli. Dine on the outdoor patio overlooking the bay with a house specialty pineapple mojito!

Inspired by Taino culture, Inarú is an ode to the spirit of Puerto Rican flavors where each artisanal dish is prepared with dedication and the end goal of invoking home cooking. This new restaurant with a very old soul uses sophisticated culinary techniques from around the world to enhance traditional recipes. Inarú’s menu reflects this soulful approach, specializing in hearty stews using local meats and vegetables. Family operated, this restaurant holds the serenity of a classic fine dining setting yet engages you with a sincere warmth and comfort. The house infusion cocktails are worth the trip alone. Outdoor seating available on the romantic Old City sidewalk.

Chicago Burger Co. serves a variety of Angus Beef options at an indoor-outdoor location in front of the San Juan Harbor. You can try the Jibarito Burger with native cheese, plantains & creole sauce or indulge in the CBC burger with caramelized onions, sherry mushrooms, cheese and bacon.

Old San Juan

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino #100 Brumbaugh Street

(787) 721-5100

Palio: Breakfast Every Day; 6:30am -11:30am Dinner; Tues-Sun 5pm-10:30pm (787) 289-1944 CBC: Sun-Thurs; 11:30am-12am Fri & Sat; 11:30am-2am (787) 289-1969

www.sheratonoldsanjuan.com

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Butifarras de la Casa homemade local sausage l Sancocho Criollo Creole Soup w/meat, root vegetables l Bass Fish Fillet mamposteao rice, passion fruit sauce l Slow Pot Cooked Flavory Goat w/vegetables l Pork Chop with guava sauce

Old San Juan

Recinto Sur St. #311 (in front of Doña Fela Parking) (787) 724-7384 Mon-Sun: 12pm-11pm InaruRestaurant

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Puerto Rican + International

Barrachina

For over 50 years Barrachina, the world famous inventor of the Piña Colada has been a perfect choice for Old City strollers. Named after a Spanish chef who was dubbed the “king of paellas”, Barrachina is the epitome of local cuisine, fusing traditional, Spanish & North Caribbean flavor with International influences. Set in a 17th century garden patio and with live music shows on most weekend nights, this spot captures the town’s vibe like no other place, being both family oriented and with nightlife pizzaz. Frozen drink menu includes mojitos and of course the Piña Coladas which really are the best you will ever have. Available for large parties, weddings & rehearsals. Taxi service available and free wifi.

Acqua

Italian Cuisine + After Hours

This local’s after hours pub has one of the best secrets in the Old City: They have a chef that serves fantastic pasta dishes, lasagna and other italian treats. Acqua has an eclectic crowd of Sanjuaneros and globetrotters that merge for late nite bites, drinks and some partying to the jukebox. Sitting right off the famous San Sebastian Street, it’s a must for barhoppers looking to waddle deep into the town’s identity.

Old San Juan

(787) 642-2393 Mon-Wed: 11am-10pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am Sun: 12pm-9pm acqua.vsj

Jamaican Cuisine + Reggae Bar

Blessed Cafe

A little piece of Jamaica sitting in the Old City, Blessed Cafe is as genuine as it gets, serving jerk chicken, curry and brown sauce dishes. Reggae is always playing and the live band on Saturday nights is one of the best shows running in town. Owner Anthony is usually around, entertaining guests and even playing the drums with the band. The kind of place where patrons talk amongst themselves.

Pork Chops can-can style l Fried Plantains stuffed with chicken, seafood or shrimp l Puerto Rican Gumbo Soups chicken, seafood, shrimp or lobster l 16 oz. Lobster Tail butter, creole style or thermidor l Paellas meat or seafood l Chicken Caribeño pineapple, ginger almond sauce l Fresh Whole Red Snapper market price l Kid’s Menu

Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Fortaleza St. #104 (787) 725-7912 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sun: 11am-10pm Wed: 11am-5pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm www.barrachina.com

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San Francisco St. #353 (787) 721-6364 Tues, Wed, Sun: 11am-10pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-2am blessed-cafe

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Family Style Steak

Vaca Brava

Vaca Brava’s legendary gargantuan portions are dwarfed only by the size of its’ desire to make the patrons truly happy. Vaca Brava owns a genuine sense of old fashioned hospitality and, apparently, a genuine worry that you haven’t eaten in a week! The scale of the experience is apparent from the get go, two stories high and with enough space for a small army, Vaca Brava is tailor made for large groups and parties. Speaking of high, most of the dishes are “elevated”, meaning they are sticking straight into the air, magnifying their utter hugeness. The flavors match the grandness, The sauces are savory and the meats are seasoned liberally. This is the restaurant with a legend so deep, Man v.s. Food came to challenge it. A family restaurant at its core, Vaca Brava is priced accordingly, but don’t let that stop you from trying the best flavored mojito menu on the island!

Pablo Marmol (Barney Rubble) whole rib rack with french fries

l El Toten de la Vaca (Totem of the Cow) chicken

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Kids Menu

Old San Juan

Recinto Sur St. #253 (787) 723-3700 Mon-Wed: 11am -10pm Thurs-Sun: 11am-11pm www.restaurantvacabrava.com VacaBrava

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Vaca Brava Bolitas Puerto Rican Cuisine

The legend started HERE. Take a drive into the scenic Cordillera Central mountains and discover what it’s really like to live like a boricua. A restaurant inside an amusement park inside a gorgeous mountain plot, Vaca Brava is a completely unrivaled experience. Waterfalls, mechanical bull, a barnyard setting and meat...Lots and lots of meat, done Puerto Rican style, REAL Puerto Rican style (accept no substitutes)! It’s a huge space made for taking large groups so don’t be afraid to bring your friends and family. Portions are hunormous so bring an appetite and leave with a doggie bag! It’s a full day’s activity with a waiting list that gives you time to check out the whole plot so we recommend to come prepared.

Puerto Rican Cuisine

Up in the picturesque mountains of Naranjito you will find Bolitas, a hidden gem that makes an interesting twist on Mofongo, one of Puerto Rico’s national plates. Chef Amaury Berrios has channeled his creativity into making bite-size, tasty Mofongo balls (bolitas) that pack as much flavor punch as the original. This must-try appetizer or side dish comes in three versions: Plantain, Yucca or TriFongo which combines Plantain, Yucca and Sweet Plantain. After being dazzled by a plethora of savory bolitas filled with options like meat, chicken and fish, you’ll most certainly want to stay for a Bolitas style dessert! Chocolate dipped cake bolitas? Yes, please!

Bolitas Surf & Turf (Mar y Tierra) Churrasco, Shrimps, Risotto, Garlic beure blanc sauce l Bolitas Strips Breaded Chicken strips, Guava sauce l El Lomillo de Bolitas 8oz. Beef Steak, onions, mamposteao rice l Bolitas Sampler three different Mofongos l Plantain Cream Soup

Naranjito

Barranquitas

Carr 771 Km 9.3; Bo Barrancas (787) 857-2628 Fri: 11 am-11pm; Sat. 11am 9pm Sun: 11am-8pm www.restaurantvacabrava.com VacaBrava

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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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Grappa

Nuovo Giro Cuisine

This 10 table bistro has become Dorado’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 feels like 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

Dorado

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

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Italian Fusion

Arborio

The “House of Risottos” has 8 different delicious kinds ranging from the lobster-champagne to the black trufflepancetta. This whimsical take on Italian cuisine has plenty of surprises like the ricotta gnocci with pistachio pesto served in a friendly atmosphere where owner Victor Rodriguez personally roams the floor. Music on weekends, private area for 20pp and valet parking Sat-Sun.

Dorado

Carr. 693, km 8.1 Marginal Costa de Oro (787) 796-3999 Tues-Thurs: 3pm-10pm ; Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12pm-9pm LaCasaDelRisotto

Creative Puerto Rican

La Terraza

This beautiful 2-story wooden structure has a revamped menu to match it and professional service that harkens respects the craft. Scrumptious offerings like the Mahi Mahi pinchos with watermelon or the Terraza chicken breast with bacon, churrasco, ham and chorizo in the main dining room while the 2nd floor patio bar has a late night menu that runs activities from salsa nights to DJ’s.

Dorado

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

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Lola

Eclectic Cuisine

Located in the historic district of Ponce near the cathedral in Plaza Las Delicias, Lola Eclectic Cuisine is quite simply the best restaurant in town. Lola was not named after a person, but is rather a symbol of what this restaurant embodies: passion, style, sensuality and deliciousness. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, award winning and Puerto Rico National Culinary team member Executive Chef Angel Santiago masterfully combines a variety of different cuisines in inspiring new ways while always paying homage to his Puerto Rican roots. Much like the cuisine, the décor fuses old and new by preserving the buildings’ Spanish style architecture with a modern and sexy twist.

Mahi Mahi Bites bacon, coconut, cilantro l Homemade Crabcakes passion fruit aoili l Seabass tarragon, feta cheese, guava viniagrette l Beef Wellington puff pastry, asparagus, carrots l Lobster Raviolis vodka sauce

Ponce

Hotel Ramada Reina Isabel st. and Union st. Plaza de Ponce (787) 813-5033 Mon-Thur: 11:30am - 11pm Fri: 11:30am - 2am; Sat: 12:00pm - 2am Sun: 12:00pm - 10pm www.lolacuisine.com lolacuisine @lolacuisine

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Susie’s

World Cuisine

Dine under the stars at Susie’s Restaurant and experience a variety of Caribbean flavors and culinary influences from the West Indies to the Mediterranean. Chef Susie masters casual sophistication by combining her fine-dining background from working at first class establishments like the Ritz-Carlton and Caribe Hilton, with her love of Culebra’s natural beauty. In order to showcase flavors at their finest, Chef Susie, changes the menu continually to make use of the freshest ingredients available. Reservations Suggested.

Culebra

PR-250 Km. 2.5 Las Delicias, (787) 340-7058 Fri-Tues: 6pm-9:30pm www.susiesculebra.com SusiesRestaurant

Mexican Taqueria

Zaco Tacos

Culebra’s only Mexican restaurant offers a laid back, fun and colorful Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) dècor with indoor and outdoor covered terrace seating, as well as a full bar. Try the pork belly tacos, any one of their burritos, and their bestselling beerbattered fish tacos which are worth the ferry ride over from the main island just to try. With great prices, friendly service, and even great vegetarian/vegan options, Zaco Tacos is a must try for anyone visiting Culebra.

Culebra

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

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Sophia’s

Caribbean Sushi Bar

This Japanese Latin American Sushi Bar is brought to you by the unique mind of Chef Joerick. With a passion for sourcing the freshest fish available and a vision to fuse Asian and Caribbean cuisine, Sophia’s delivers classic favorites and creative dishes not seen at other sushi bars. Sophia’s also specializes in organic wines, unique sangria offerings, and of course, sake!

Costa

International Cuisine

Costa is one of the best places to watch the sunset as you dine al fresco. In addition to offering a great dinner menu, Costa offers a lunch buffet that is a local favorite for just $15 Monday-Friday from 11:00am- 3:00pm. Their lunch buffet typically includes: pasta, meat, fish, salad bar and of course dessert! Also, check out their delightful Sunday brunch

Mayagüez

Rincon

PR 115 Km. 12.4 Bo. Pueblo RSVP or CarryOut: (787) 370-3605 Thrus-Sat. 5pm-11pm; Sun: 2pm-10pm SophiasCaribbeanSushiBar

Al Gusto

Rustic Cuisine + Beer

Award winning Chef Aneudi Garcia boldly traded the frills as an executive chef at a fine-dining establishment for a more meaningful career to rediscover his Puerto Rican roots. Going back to basics helped Chef Garcia master classic Puerto Rican cooking techniques using only charcoal as his heat source. Al Gusto is the perfect stop for a cold beer and authentic Puerto Rican snacks like alcapurrias, piononos and empanadillas. Roasted Lechon (pig) served on Sundays.

Isabela

PR 2 Km. 112.9 Sector la Curva (787 ) 872-9926 Mon-Wed: 10am-10pm Thur-Sat: 10am-2am; Sundays: 10am-12am AlgustoRusticCuisine

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Plaza de las Banderas, Playa El Litoral (939) 272-9095 (787) 519-6647 Mon-Tues: 11am-9pm; Wed-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun: 10am-9pm, Buffet: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm CostaTioMonRest

Puerto Rican Cuisine

Mahi Mahi

Winner of the Best Mojito in Puerto Rico, and one of the best bars in the western part of the Island, Mahi Mahi Restaurant is a casual, laid back eatery that serves fresh catch of the day, plus delicious Certified Angus Beef. Noteworthy entrees include the Whole Fried Fish, Fresh Lobster, and Stuffed Churrasco with Mamposteao Rice. Whole Red Snapper l Stuffed Mahi Filet l Stuffed Churrasco l Fresh Lobster l Mamposteao Rice l Dragon Berry Mojito and original Mojito.

Añasco

PR 402 Km. 4, (787) 826-5500 Wed-Mon: 12am-10pm Tue: 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 12am-11pm MahiMahiRest

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Tours for large and small groups

GSI

El Yunque Forest Excursion

Named after the good Indian spirit, Yuquiyu, and shelter to the Carib Indians for 200 years, El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Spanning 28,000 acres and reaching an elevation of 3,624 feet, the area receives over 100 billion gallons of rainfall each year. In El Yunque you will see many unique sights and hear many unique sounds unsurpassed by any of the natural wonders.

Tours for large and small groups

GSI

Culebra Island Snorkeling

This trip offers the unique opportunity to view the island chain that stretches eastward from “Las Cabezas de San Juan” all the way to Culebra, the Marine cordillera. The excursion includes a fast scenic ride to Culebra on our sleek Power Catamaran, a land tour by taxi around the island, arriving at Flamenco Beach in time for a picnic/BBQ lunch, use of snorkel gear, sodas, beer and snacks aboard the Power Catamaran.

Scuba El Yunque Rain Forest Hiking Tour

Hike at the Rainforest and take a swim at La Mina Falls.

Light Tackle Fishing

Catch snook, jack, lady fish and tarpon.

Deep Sea Fishing

Famous for its international Bluefish Tournament, Puerto Rico boasts one of the most productive fishing grounds in the world, where Marlin abound, as well as tastier game-fish such as Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo. Our experienced captains will ensure your group the best time possible.

Ponce City Excursion

Puerto Rico’s second largest city, is located on the southern coast and easily accessible by highway. We provide enjoyable all-day group excursions to Ponce, with our knowledgeable step-aboard guides, which include a visit to the Ponce Art Museum, housing a fine collection of paintings, sculptures and prints that cover five centuries of Western Art, as well as other historical sites. Lunch can be arranged at one of the many quaint restaurants in the area.

Camuy Cave Excursion

Visit the largest Radar & Radio telescope and interactive center. Visit one of the most massive cave networks in the western hemisphere.

Bacardi Rum Distillery & Shopping

We will take your group to the world’s largest distillery, where they will ride in open-air trams through the beautifully-maintained grounds to stop at the Bacardi Museum and bottling plant. Following the tour, provided by multilingual guides, your group will be treated to complimentary rum drinks at the pavilion.

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Bar Hopper’s Guide Old San Juan After Hours with pool table, kitchen and jukebox

#56 Calle San Jose

Blessed Café

Jamaica in Puerto Rico. Ask for Anthony.

#353 San Francisco St.

El Batey

Old bohemian bar. Practically and institution.

#101 Calle Cristo

La Factoria

Hottest new spot with cocktail menu, tapas, wine bar and great music

#148 San Sebastian St.

La Taberna Lupulo

150 craft beers menu and 30 rotating taps.

#151 San Sebastian Street

Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe

Mecca for salsa lovers & other artsy stuff.

#312 San Francisco St

Condado #1302 Ashford Ave.

London/Small Bar #1106 Ashford Ave.

Moonbar

#1104 Ave Magdalena

Bar, dance floor & wet bar. Any questions? Burger Bistro with nice happy hours. G&L crowd haven. Steps away from the beach and kitchen open ‘til late.

#6 Condado St.

#1024 Ashford Ave.

“La Placita”

Open ‘til late with house cocktails and excellent bites.

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Locals’ labyrinth of bars with big after work crowd fridays. Highly recommended.

Canal St./ Dos Hermanos St.

La Respuesta

Everything from indie bands to live art shows.

Ave. Fernandez Juncos esq. Calle del Parque.

Pa’al Cielo

Calle Loiza esq. Calle Betances

Plan B

Great food and very cool live acts at hip spot with artsy decoration. Swank & preppy. Good pizza. Cool music.

#1503 Calle Loiza

Isla Verde

Picante Lobby Bar

Splash

Waiter’s

#1425 Ave. Fernandez Juncos

Very cool little craft beer bar with slick interior, live music on weekends and a sushi bar. Glamorous rooftop lounge with seafood tapas & occasional international DJ’s.

Off the beaten path with a variety of hipster acts.

El Local

Mist Ultra Lounge

#1157 Ashford Ave.

#1129 Ashford Ave.

Trendy crowd and awesome house drinks.

#57 Calle María Moczo St

Maybe the hottest spot going with nightly shows ranging from flamenco to electronica.

Patrick’s Irish Bar Punk

Mango’s

Santurce

Acqua

El Barril

Ocean Park

San Juan Water Club Beach Hotel #2 Tartak St.

Courtyard Marriott Isla Verde #7012 Boca de Cangrejos Avenue.

Super hot rooftop lounge with “socializers” menu and DJ’s. Salsa & salsa classes wednesdays-sundays. Karaoke beach bar with a young crowd that goes ‘til late.

Taigüey

#1503 Calle Loiza

Greater Metro Downtown

Huge after work yuppie spot. Cover bands and full menu.

Ave. Arterial B in front of Choliseo Hato Rey

La Terraza

2nd floor patio bar with Salsa Nights and DJ’s.

Marginal Cosa de Oro Dorado

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Barhopping (cont.) West Coast

Weekly Events

Mondays:

DJ Velcro spins Hip Hop @ La Respuesta, Santurce Big Band with Humberto Ramirez @ Yerbabuena, Condado

Tuesdays:

Cuatro Lunas

Live Music and great cocktails.

Aguadilla Carr. 107 Km 2.1 Tapas & Bar

7 Seas Beach Bar

Music, Happy Hours, Open 7 days.

Aguada

Salvatore Bistro

Beer Garden, Live Music and DJ.

Plaza de Cabo Rojo

South

2 for 1 night on house drinks/apps @ Mango’s, Ocean Park Indie Music Karaoke @ El Local, Santurce. Salsa & Merengue Nights @ Oceano Live Jazz @ Nuyorican Poets Café, Old San Juan

Wednesdays: Karaoke @ Bibi’ke, Condado Lola Parties (Ladies Night) @ Casa Lola, Condado. Mon-Wed. Live Jazz @ Carli’s Cafe, Old San Juan. Tues-Sun. Jam Sessions @ Marimba House of Jazz & Blues, Punta Las Marias.

Thursdays:

Viva Casino Bar,

Dinner and Tapas. Live Music on Fridays. and Saturdays.

Ponce Reina and Union St. Plaza de Ponce

Monthly Events Heineken Jazz Fest

Third Sunday of every month. Live jazz by many local acts presented free at el Paseo del Litoral in Mayaguez. Gets packed!

La Industria Industry Night

Last Monday of every month, Industry party for hotel and restaurant employees moves to a different venue. Happy hours and DJ’s go ‘til late.

Flamenco @ Bar Gitano. Also on Sundays. Salsa Classes @ Picante, Courtyard Marriott, Isla Verde. Deep house and dub step @ El Barril, Condado. Salsa Classes @ La Terraza, Dorado

Fridays: Live DJ’s @ The Garden, Punta Las Marias Flamenco @ Barrachina, Old San Juan. Also on Saturdays. Live Salsa @ Bibi’ke, Condado Variety DJ’s @ La Terraza, Dorado Live Mariachis @ Tijuana’s, Condado & Old San Juan

Saturdays: Nightology: Live DJ’s @ Mist Ultra Lounge, Isla Verde. Thurs-Sun. Mainstream Dance Music @ El Barrill, Condado. Live Reggae Band @ Blessed Café, Old San Juan Live Music @ Viva Casino Bar, Ponce Live DJ @ Salvatrore Bistro, Cabo Rojo Karaoke @ Taigüey, Punta Las Marias

Full Moon Party @ Moonbar

Sundays:

Bazaar Urbano

Live Jazz @ Oceano, Condado. Live Salsa @ Cafe La Princesa, Old San Juan. Live DJ @ Pa’al Cielo, Santurce. Live Electronica DJ @ Loiza 2050, Santurce. Outdoor Indie Film @ Cine Paraiso, Santurce. Bi-weekly. Retro Night @ Splash, Condado. Beach After Party @ Patrick’s, Condado

Every full moon brings a DJ with a beautiful crowd to happening Moonbar in Condado.

First Saturday of every month, The Bazaar showcases numerous creations by young designers and features products such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and pet clothing, as well as other items. Condado.

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All events are subject to change.

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Breakfast Blonda

Danny’s Int’l Condado Ashford Ave. #1351 (787) 724-0501 Sun-Thurs: 7am-1am; Fri-Sat: 7am-2am

Palio

Sheraton Hotel Old San Juan 100 Brumbaugh Street (787) 289-1944 Every Day: 6:30am -11:30am

Piu Bello

Isla Verde Coral By The Sea Hotel 2 Rosa St. (787) 791-0091 Mon-Thu: 6:30 am - 11 pm Fri-Sun: 6:30 am - 12 am

Uno

Condado Ave. Ashford Esq. Nairn #1451,Ste. 10 (787) 721-8667

Zest

Isla Verde San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel 2 Tartak St. (787) 728-3666 7 Days a Week: 7am – 11am

Breakfast served at all hours. Omelette menu is class. See Pg. 22.

Breakfast buffet every day. Beautiful terrace overlooks the harbor. See Pg. 40.

Full breakfast menu served at all hours. Try the waffles and the coffee menu. See Pg. 30.

Condado Ashford Ave. #1018 (787) 721-8111 Every Day 12pm-3pm

Condado Ashford Ave. #1504 (787) 993-5710 Every Day: 9am-3pm

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. See Back Cover.

Check out this brunch with favorites like Eggs Benedict Mayagüez and Filet Mignon with Eggs Plaza de las Banderas, which pair nicely with one of Playa El Litoral their signature mimosas! (939) 272-9095 (787) 519-6647 See Pg. 53. Sun: 10am-3pm

The Eclipse

Isabela Villa Montaña Hotel 4466 Road, km1.9 (787) 872-9554 (ext 6009) Sun: 12pm-3pm

Mango’s

Very highly recommended. Chef Raul Correa’s breakfast menu is blowyour-mind creative and delicious. See Pg. 31.

Oceano

Hands down Best Dim Sum on Island has been a tradition for over 25 years. See Pg. 23

Chef Yadira Perez serves Condado’s most popular brunch in a beautiful little spot every day. See Pg. 22 .

Costa

What’s better than cold pizza in the morning? Hot breakfast pizza in the morning, that’s what! See Pg. 15.

Dim Sum New Taste

Brunch

Ocean Park #57 Calle María Moczo St. (787) 998-8111 Sat-Sun: 9am-2pm

Condado 2 Vendig St, (787) 724-6300 Sun: 11am-3pm

Salt

Isla Verde Howard Johnson Hotel #4820, Isla Verde Ave. (787) 919-7575 Sun: 10am-5pm

Weekend brunch at gorgeous beach resort location with Top Chef Jeremie Cruz. Must order the bottomless mimosa. See pages 6-7. Weekend Brunch. Try a mango mimosa at this dog friendly & family friendly popular restaurant. Ample parking. Also see Inside Front Cover. Ocean side brunch at stunning location with live Jazz band and gourmet menu. $22.95 pp., kids $12.95. See pages 4-5. Chef Renee Marichal’s critically acclaimed menu offers a brunch version on Sundays. $14 mimosa samplers and champagne bottle service available. See pages 32-33.


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