The 10 Best Places to Eat and Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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One of our favorite things about traveling around in any capital is experiencing the cuisine! We've been to Puerto Rico many times, which has given us the opportunity to try some great restaurants and bars! Here are our ten favorite places to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico #1: Raices

This is hands down a must to go eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Raices is the most typical restaurant you will find, from the decorations, to the food, to the way the employees are dressed.


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This restaurant is known for their mofongo and their Piña coladas, so make sure to try them both! Raices is conveniently located in the center of Old San Juan, and actually also opened another location! It's close to the airport, making it a great place to have your last meal before heading back home.

Pina colada at raices, best places to eat and drink in San Juan Puerto Rico
Mofongo at Raices, best places to eat and drink in San Juan Puerto Rico

Raices has amazing piña coladas & the best mofongo in Puerto Rico.


Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #2: ChocoBar 

This is another must visit when it comes to going out to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The entire restaurant is revolved around chocolate! The second you walk in you will intoxicated by the smell here.


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Chocobar's signature dish is their famous chocolate grilled cheese, which we highly recommend! Their chocolate latte is also to die for. Not only is this a bucket list spot, but it's adorable inside as well for those wanting a great Instagram photo!

Choco Bar, eat and drink in San Juan Puerto Rico

Chocobar's signature dish is the chocolate grilled cheese.


Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #3: Stuffed Avocado Shop

Located just across the street from the Chocobar is the Stuffed Avocado Shop. This place is great for those avocado lovers, as well as those who like Poke! You can change up the ingredients too for those that don't want rice as the base of their bowl.


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Our personal recommendations are the salmon bowl and the tuna bowl! Stuffed Avocado is an excellent option for those needing a break from the typically fried and heavy cuisine of the island.

Stuffed Avocado Shop, best places to eat and drink in San Juan Puerto Rico

Make sure to try one of their awesome poke bowls.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #4: Anita's Gelato

Looking to cool off from the Puerto Rican heat? Look no further than this brand new ice cream shop that is just on the corner of Calle Fortaleza (where the giant Puerto Rican flag is).


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This place is not only adorable inside, but has the best gelato creations you will see outside of Italy. They have tons of interesting flavors like salted caramel pretzel and mascarpone ricotta, and couldn't be more creamy or delicious. Not to mention the people that work there are the sweetest you'll ever encounter.

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Anita's Gelato. features a variety of drool-worthy flavors.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #5: The Mezzanine

Here is another place that is going to bring you some Mediterranean vibes, When it comes to food and drinks in San Juan, this place has all the boxes ticked!


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This tapas style restaurant has chic vibes and tasty dishes without the high prices! They even have little balconies that you can sit on, so you can sip on your wine while people watching from the second floor. We suggest getting a lot of small plates and sharing to fully enjoy their great menu.


Did we mention their customer service? Every person we came in contact with was so down to earth and friendly making us feel right at home. The all-around perfect experience to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Mezzanine, places to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Make sure to grab a table on the balcony for a super romantic night.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #6: The Cannon Club

This is one of our favorite spots to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not only for their restaurant, but for the hotel! This place is a true hidden gem in the city.


The Cannon Club is a piano bar that features Steinway pianos, outdoor and indoor seating, and even exotic birds! The owner has also decorated the entire place with art she has created over the years. Every corner you turn in this place you will become more amazed!


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If you get a chance, spend a night upstairs from the bar at the Gallery Inn. It is one of the most unique and extraordinary places that we have ever stayed, The story behind the building, the art, and artist's touch add so much charm that we will keep going back!

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The Gallery Inn San Juan
The Cannon Club, best places to eat and drink in Puerto Rico

The Cannon club has the best vibe for any of the places to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #7: Lote 23

Here's a spot that is actually located outside of Old San Juan, but definitely worth the short ride away. Lote 23 is a  clean and trendy food truck venue that can be found in Santurce (where you can also find another smaller food truck venue).

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Here you will find such a great variety of cuisines, and a full gastronomic park. Our two favorite trucks were the Poke Bowls at El Jangiri, and the pita sandwiches at Tia Dora. 

Lote 23, best places to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lote 23 has a bunch of food trucks with a variety of different cuisines.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #8: El Jibarito

El Jibarito is one of restaurants in San Juan Puerto Rico that we really loved due to it's truly authentic food. This spot was recommended to us by several locals, so we had to try it.


The restaurant itself is small and brightly colored, making it a very welcoming atmosphere. The menu is traditional Puerto Rican cuisine, with tasty and affordable food.

El Jibarito, food and drinks in San Juan

El Jibarito is a local place full of color.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #9: Pirilo

We love this spot because it's got great service, delicious food, and just all-round good vibes. Pirilo specializes in pizza, but has plenty of awesome menu options. Everything from the tapas to the steak was so good, and our waitress and the bartender were attentive, always having a smile on their faces.

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Pirilo is an all round great spot to eat in San Juan for its prices, taste, and service.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico  #10: Al Fresco

This rooftop bar has some pretty great views, and is the perfect place to grab a drink and an app. It's actually located one level above The Mezzanine! We personally prefer The Mezzanine for the food and prices, but Al Fresco does have a great atmosphere and is worth the visit as well.


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There are so many amazing places to eat and drink in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not only is the local cuisine great, but they also have such a diverse choice in the city. 


Not only could you spend days just eating and drinking your way through San Juan, but there are so many fun things to do here. Check out our full guide here! Or feel free to check out some of our other Puerto Rican articles.


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