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.

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  • 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

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

    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

  • La Jaquita Baya

          La Jaquita Baya 801 Fernandez Juncos (corner of Estado) Miramar, San Juan
  • Rosa Mexicano

    Rosa Mexicano

          Rosa Mexicano The Shops at Paseo Caribe Ave. Muñoz Rivera San Juan,
  • Swiss Bistro

    Swiss Bistro

    Swiss Bistro 254 Ave. De Diego Condado, San Juan   787-666-1210   Monday noon to
  • Yantar Restaurant

    Yantar Restaurant

        Yantar Restaurant 1018 Ashford Ave, Condo.Astor Condado (San Juan) 787-724-3636 Open Tuesday through
  • Yantar Restaurant Bar

          Yantar Restaurant Bar Edif. Astor, 1C 1018 Ashford Avenue Condado, San Juan
  • Red Coral Lounge

    Red Coral Lounge

    Red Coral Lounge San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, 1309 Ashford Avenue, Condado (San
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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

    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

            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

    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

    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

      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 787-998-8929 Open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 10pm; Thursday from noon to 11pm; Friday and Saturday noon to midnight. Closed Monday. $$$ Winner of Tables Magazine Chef’s Hat Award 4 times = member of Chef’s Hat Awards […]

  • 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 […]

  • ¡BUEN PROVECHO!

    ¡BUEN PROVECHO!

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

  • Bistro La Plage

    Bistro La Plage

          Bistro La Plage Beach Club Restaurant & Bar 4851 Isla Verde Avenue (front of Howard Johnson) Isla Verde, Carolina 787-268-7733   Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday,  5pm-11pm; Sunday Brunch 11am – 4pm; and dinner  Sunday 4pm-10p. Beach Menu Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm Chef David Chaymol presents this new restaurant (joining […]

  • Meat Market Miami

    Meat Market Miami

          Meat Market Miami El San Juan Hotel 6063 Isla Verde Avenue Carolina 787-791-1000   Sunday to Wednesday 5:30 pm to midnight; Thursday through Saturday 5:30 to 1am. Updated take on the traditional steakhouse dining exp;erience. Their Crudo Bar is the place for fresh made-to-order sharing plates and fresh ceviche. A contemporary environment […]

  • Salt Gastrobar

    Salt Gastrobar

        Salt Gastrobar Howard Johnson Isla Verde Hotel 4820 Isla Verde Avenue Carolina PR 787-919-7575   Sunday 10am to 5pm; Monday through Wednesday 4pm to 11pm; Thursday through Saturday 4pm to midnight.   Chef Rene Marichal offers a multi-sensory experience: good looking dining room, creative menu (try the Himalayan Salt Block Platters) and a […]

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