Between Bites Column by Barbara Tasch Ezratty

Up and Coming Chefs

As wonderful as the chefs in PR are now, there will some wonderful new ones soon!

Award-winning Chefs Deepen Culinary Experience

Three of Puerto Rico’s award-winning chefs have been named to the 2014 “Top 25 Chefs of the Caribbean “ list, by on-line magazine Caribbean Journal.

A Superb Argentinian Restaurant

One of my favorite places to eat pan de agua is at Che’s, an Argentinian restaurant in Punta las Marías, bordering Isla Verde. (Calle Coaba #35, 787-726-7202). Their lemon chicken is amazingly moist and tasty; their churrasco (skirt steak) is grilled to perfection; their rice and beans is comfort-food heaven.

Great Food for Children

School breaks always offer the temptation of a warm getaway. With at least  6 or 7 weeks till then, it gives you lots of time to make your plane reservations, secure hotel accommodations and whisk yourselves off to an exotic (but familiar) destination. Exotic because undulating palm trees are not the view you see as […]

When Thinking of Getaways Think Puerto Rico’s Diverse Restaurants

But the restaurants of Puerto Rico should clinch your decision as to the destination. No matter if you’re lucky enough to be heading to San Juan for a company-paid business meeting, taking a get-out-of-the-cold vacation on your own dime, or thinking of improving your Latino dancing skills wi

Eat Your Heart Out on Valentine’s Day

How about a sexy and glamorous dinner in a luxury hotel? You’ll find that at KOCO, in El San Juan Hotel in Isla Verde. Have a drink at the popular bar and include a few delectable shrimp from the mouth-watering raw bar, as your appetizer. Then slide into a seat in your reserved booth. Admire the beautiful room. Choose some fabulous entrees from the great menu… so many to choose from: the pan-roasted duck in passion fruit sauce is a treat! Enjoy the vibes, too.

  • Live Music

  • Red Coral Lounge

    Red Coral Lounge

    Red Coral Lounge San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, 1309 Ashford Avenue, Condado (San
  • Shannon's Pub

    Shannon’s Pub

          Shannon’s Pub Acuarela Street #98 Guaynabo 787-287-8466 11:30 am to 1am, daily
  • La Vecindad del chavo

    La Vecindad del chavo

          La Vecindad del chavo Road 771 interior, KM. 4.1 Barrio Barrancas Barranquitas
  • Vendimia 305

    Vendimia 305

    Vendimia 305 Calle Antonio Pérez #100, Isabela 787-830-6622 Noon-10pm Wednesday-Thursday; noon-midnight Friday and Saturday; noon-9pm
  • Vaca Brava, La

    Vaca Brava, La

    La Vaca Brava, (2 locations) 253 Recinto Sur, Old San Juan; 787-723-3700 Thursday 11am-6pm; Friday
  • Tierra Santa

    Tierra Santa

    Tierra Santa 284 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue, Hato Rey (San Juan) 787-754-6865 Open Monday-Thursday noon -1o
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  • Open Air Dining

  • La Veranda

    La Veranda

        La Veranda Mayagüez Resort & Casino Mayagüez, PR 787-832-3030 $$ A casual al
  • Rosalía


            Rosalía 2324 Loiza Street Punta las Marias, San Juan 787-268-7328 Free
  • Orquideas


        Orquideas 61 Calle Orquideas Esperanza, Vieques 787-741-1864 $$$ Open for dinner 6:30 to
  • Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant

    Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant

          Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant 1214 Ashford Avenue Condado, San Juan 787-722-1176 Open
  • Zuly's Yogurt & Cafe

    Zuly’s Yogurt & Cafe

            Zuly’s Yogurt & Cafe Torre de la Reina 450 Ave Constitucion
  • Via Appia

    Via Appia

          Via Appia 1350 Ashford Avenue, Condado (San Juan) 787-735-8711 Open from noon
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  • San Juan

  • Fogo de Chao

    Fogo de Chao

          Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Paseo Caribe 15 Ave. Muñoz Rivera (Caribe
  • Le Macaron

    Le Macaron

        Le Macaron 1302 Ashford Avenue Condado, San Juan 787-679-7185 Monday to Wednesday, 8am
  • Asere Cuban Kitchen Bar

    Asere Cuban Kitchen Bar

            Asere Cuban Kitchen Bar CalleDos Hermanos 180 Placita de Santurce San
  • Yamburger

          Yamburger 1104 Ponce de Leon Ave, corner of Ponce de Leon Hato
  • Melanzana Bistro Pizzeria

    Melanzana Bistro Pizzeria

          Melanzana Bistro Pizzeria 650 Ave. Ponce de Leon Miramar 787-722-1010 $$  
  • La Jaquita Baya

          La Jaquita Baya 801 Fernandez Juncos (corner of Estado) Miramar, San Juan
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  • More Restaurants!

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    Trois Cent Onze

                Trois Cent Onze 311 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan 787-725-7959 Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly from 6pm-10:30pm; Sunday noon-10pm. $$$ French cuisine with the taste of Provencal in this lovely restaurant. Award-winning Chef Juan Peña has a global menu. Bar menu available. Cocina francesa con sabor de Provencal en este […]

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    Perla La Concha Renaissance Resort 1077 Ashford Avenue Condado 787-721-7500, x6800 Open for dinner weekdays from 6pm-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 6pm-11pm $$$$ Chef Dayn Smith of Stingray fame presides over this stunning almost-on-the-water white dining room with delicious and creative seafood dishes, and more, all under the famous Shell Dome. El chef Dayn Smith conduce […]

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    Carli’s Fine Bistro and Piano

    Chef’s Hat Award Hall of Fame Winner. Carli’s Fine Dining and Piano Banco Popular Building, Old San Juan 787-725-4927 Dinner 4pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday. $$$ Winner Chef’s Hat Award 2007, 2008, 2009,, 2010 = Member, Hall of Fame International cuisine attracts local following with a Mediterranean/Caribbean flair. Carli Muñoz (of Beach […]

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    J.H. Yee’s Asian Bistro

    J.H. Yee’s Asian Bistro Verdanza Hotel 8020 Tartak Street Isla Verde (Carolina) 787-253-0210 Open for lunch Sunday-Friday noon to 3pm; dinner Monday-Thursday 5pm to 11pm. Dinner Friday and Saturday 5pm to midnight; Sunday 1pm to 11pm. $$ A delicious and unique dining room. Sushi bar, too. Un comedor delicioso y único. Sushi Bar. Winner Chef’s […]

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            Pamela’s 1 Santa Ana Street Ocean Park (San Juan) 787-726-5010 Daily noon-3:30pm, 7pm-10:30pm. $$ Dynamite Caribbean cuisine by Executive Chef Zuleim Davila. Air conditioned dining room or on-the-beach. Tremenda comida caribeña por chef ejecutivo Zuleim Davila. Reviewed 2007: “…tables on the beach are magic.” Reseña de 2007: “…lasmesas ubicadas en la […]

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    Marmalade 317 Fortaleza Street Old San Juan 787-724-3969 Lunch from 11:30 to 5pm; Dinner 5:30 to midnight; wine bar open til 2am. $$$ Chef Peter Schintler’s beautiful dining room and bar/lounge with a deliciously creative menu. En este hermoso comedor y barra-salón, el chef Peter Schintler hace gala de un creativo y delicioso menú. Winner […]

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    Chez Daniel

      Chez Daniel Palmas del Mar Resort, Humacao 787-850-7838 Open for dinner Wednesday-Monday ; Sunday brunch $$$ Partners/chefs Daniel Vasse and Frank Arnould’s authentic French cuisine on the waterfront at Palmas; a romantic place. Terrific Sun brunch with classic French dishes and seafood galore. Auténtica comida francesa de los chefs y dueños Daniel Vasse y […]

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    CHE’S 35 Coaba Street, Punta Las Marías (San Juan) 787-726-7202 Open Sunday-Thursday from noon to 11pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight. $$$ Argentinean steaks, chicken and a popular grill-for-two, in San Juan’s award-winning favorite casual restaurant. Cortes argentinos, pollo y la popular parrilla para dos en el restaurante premiado reconocido como el […]

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      Bottles 58 Tabonuco Street Guaynabo San Juan 787-775-1210 Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 10 pm. ; Sunday 11am to 4pm; Monday 10am to 4pm. $$$ Chef Trent Eichler offers lunch and dinner specialties in this popular restaurant/shop, in its new, larger and elegant space. El chef Trent Eichler brinda sus especialidades de almuerzo […]

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    Bistro de Paris

      Bistro de Paris 310 de Diego Avenue Condominium Plaza de Diego, suite 102 Santurce, San Juan Frente al Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. (787) 998-8929 y (787) 721-8925 Bistro de Paris 310 de Diego Avenue Condominium Plaza de Diego, suite 102 Santurce, San Juan Frente al Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. (787) […]

  • Al Dente Ristorante

    Al Dente Ristorante

    Al Dente Ristorante 309 Recinto Sur Old San Juan 787-723-7303 Open Monday to Saturday for Lunch noon to 3pm and Dinner 5pm to 11pm. Closed Sunday. $$ Owner/chef Giancarlo Amenta and chef de cuisine Billy Gautier serve authentic Sicilian menu; wine bar has 23 selections by the glass in this oldest (25 years) Italian restaurant […]

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    Augusto’s Restaurant

                Augusto’s Restaurant Marriott Courtyard 801 Avenue Ponce de Leon, Miramar, San Juan 787-725-7700 Lunch from noon to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday; Dinner from 7 to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday, except for private parties. $$$ Owner-chef Ariel Rodríguez has added new dishes to the menu and […]



              No matter where you are in Puerto Rico, you will find great dining experiences!  

  • Toro Verde

    Toro Verde

          Toro Verde at Toro Verde Nature & Adventure Park Bo. Gato, Carr. 155, Km. 33 Orocovis 787-867-7020   Spectacular views, live music and a family ambiance… all with a gourmet take on Puerto Rican food.  

  • Ajimojitos

          Ajimojitos Road 167, Km. 1.6 Barrio Dona Elena Sector Media Luna Comerio, PR 00782 787-914-58347   Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm; Friday 9 am to  midnight; Saturday 9 am to 3 pm   Chef Juan Nieves offers fusion criollo cuisine.

  • Muzzarella Argentinian

    Muzzarella Argentinian

          Muzzarella 1165 Ave J. T. Pinero San Juan 787-774-0990 $$$ Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, 11am to 11pm   Praised for its food, by chefs Julio Catala and Francisco Sánchez, who specialize in grilled meats and Argentinian style pizza. A popular casual place.

  • Rosa Mexicano

    Rosa Mexicano

          Rosa Mexicano The Shops at Paseo Caribe Ave. Muñoz Rivera San Juan, PR 939-338-7344 Casual-Elegant dining. Lunch Monday-Sunday 11:30 – 4pm; Dinner: Monday – Wednesday, 4pm-10pm; Thursday – Saturday 4pm – midnight; Sunday, 4pm-11pm. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 – 3pm Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm   New to Puerto Rico, but 30 […]

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