What are the best restaurants to visit in Puerto Rico? The answer, of course, will depend on what you are yearning for, at any given time of your visit. However, if you’re willing to go all-out and experience a different approach to cuisine, you might want to try out any of the delightful local flavors. You can also go fusion, if you’re not feeling that ready yet to taste different sensations on your tongue. And, of course, if you’re looking for something more towards 5-star dining, that’s also not a problem in Puerto Rico.
These recommended restaurants could help you to make up your mind.
Located at the courtyard of the tony El Convento Hotel in Old San Juan, El Picoteo is renowned for dishing up the ultimate in Puerto Rico tapas. The supremely delicious Spanish snacks or appetizers are perfect when you don’t want to over-indulge, but at the same time, also don’t want to deprive yourself of a culinary adventure.
From the spiciest finger foods to the traditional jamon, quezo y chorizo (ham, cheese, and sausage) on soft dinner rolls or crusty bread (French baguettes), El Picoteo will surely have you longing for more.
Bistro de Paris
When you want to splurge and savor exquisite French cuisine, Bistro de Paris awaits you in the Santurce district. With its elegant bistro ambiance, this restaurant indulges the taste buds of the social and political bigwigs (past and present) of Puerto Rican society.
If you want to hobnob with the rich and famous, visit Bistro de Paris. The landmark is the Puerto Rico Art Museum, from which it is directly across.
Luxury fusion cuisine dining to the heights of perfection is what Pikayo offers. When you dine at Pikayo, you won’t just feel special, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a foodie’s paradise.
Dishes such as the delicately flavored shiitake mushroom and truffle risotto and jalapeño tuna tartare have done their share to make Pikayo popular, even though it may be pricey. But if you want on the spot recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly diners and service staff who are very accommodating to tourists.
Budatai serves the best of two distinctly different cultures – Asian and Latino. This is where you should go for full gourmet satisfaction, specially in the seafood and meat departments. You’ll appreciate the sushi bar that has the freshest ingredients, even as you revel in the Puerto Rican spices and herbs that are used in their other dishes.
Aside from its cuisine, Budatai is also famous for its fantastic view of the ocean. Definitely a place to go when you want to leisurely savor your food and the ambiance.
La Casita Blanca
If you want to enjoy the exact cuisine that’s enjoyed by the locals, hurry over to La Casita Blanca (“The Little White House”). It’s got 80 years of food history and tradition backing it up. Many local and guests can attest to its superbly delicious down-home cooking. Enjoy the standard starters of fried cod fritters, and then try the pastelón de carne, the Puerto Rican version of lasagna – you won’t regret it.
Though not really impressive by way of ambiance, the quality of the highly affordable food more than makes up for it, which is why this dining place is always crowded. So, be prepared to wait for your turn or be there as early as possible.