Comfort Inn & Suites
Del Valle Ave. 1829
Phone: (787) 641-9090
Fax: (787) 993-2555
For some quality seafood in and around San Juan, it's worth taking a short drive out of the city center to get to Millie's Place. It's a family run business that serves some really juicy crab meat. The land crabs are fresh, no doubt about it. You can pick yours out of the enclosure. The meat is prepared either as a stew or simply steamed and seasoned for you to crack open at the table. (Mallets, rolling pins and bibs included!)
This upscale eatery serves some of the best steak dishes in the city. Porterhouse, Double Porterhouse, Double Cut Filet Mignon, New York Strip - all feature on the menu. You can whet your appetite beforehand with the seafood appetizers such as Lobster Bisque, Bluepoint Oysters on the Half Shell, and Smoked Pacific Salmon. Among desserts, your best choice would be the sinfully indulgent Chocolate Velvet Cake - it will prepare you for the toll that dining here takes on your wallet!
A view of the San Juan Bay is one of the main features of this steak and seafood restaurant. Mike Fierro, the owner and chef makes an effort to personally welcome all his guests. Known for its theme nights, Wednesday is Mexican night; Thursday and Friday are Bohemian nights, and Sunday is 'Tríos' night. Morgan's décor features walls that are decorated with photographs of local landmarks. The menu offers a variety of meat dishes including t-bone steaks, filet mignon and veal chops. Also on the menu you will find chicken Marsala and paella.
Located on Calle de San Sebastián, Nono's is known by locals and visitors alike as the best bar in the old city, due to its excellent atmosphere and its “hip” crowd. While American specialties like burgers and salads are served, Nono's is best known for the partying spirit of its visitors. Full bar service is also available with frequent Happy Hours. The bar is housed in a colonial-style building overlooking San José Square. There are two floors, the first contains the bar and a seating area and the second features pool tables and other entertainment. The clientele comes from all walks of life.
El Patio de Sam is a Puerto Rican institution on Calle de San Sebastián. It is frequented by all types of personalities, American expatriates and local celebrities. Best known for its burgers, patrons are also impressed by its Creole cuisine. While the prices may appear steep, the burger plates(loaded with extras) are quite filling. The establishment features live entertainment M-Sa. Even though the dining room is indoors, one gets the sense that they are dining al fresco, under a skylight. Creole specialties include Asopao (heavy rice soup), rabbit, and seafood crepes.
On the isle of Culebra, across from the harbor, this large, clean establishment maintains a full bar and prepares an array of deli-style sandwiches. The cold beer is refreshing and the pool tables make the place lively, especially with the locals. Disco brings in the Saturday Night Fever crowd. Weekdays, it's much calmer. The owners, Digna Feliciano and Tomás Ayala, have made a lot of fans on the island.
Located on Calle del Cristo, this restaurant is one of four restaurants selected by the prestigious local newspaper, El Nuevo Día, to receive the island's "Golden Fork Award". It resides in a building that was built over two hundred years ago. Typically, the restaurant attracts an upscale clientele. With just twelve tables, it is the epitomy of an intimate atmosphere. The cuisine focuses on Northern Italian dishes including Warm Salad of Scallops with Porcini Mushrooms, Carpaccio, Breaded Piccata with Raisins, Nuts, Balsamic Vinegar and Sugar and Rack of Lamb. An extensive Italian wine list includes Chiantis. The restaurant is closed during the month of September.
Traditional Caribbean fare deep in Old Town San Juan, Aureola is a great place to get away from the tourist crowds. Stocked with a full bar and an amazing bartender, it is also a great place to get a quick cocktail.
This is a traditional sidewalk bar-café that is located in the middle of Old San Juan on Calle Cristo. Its claim to fame is that the world-famous Piña Colada was invented there. Your knowledge of this makes for great bar banter with the locals. But in addition to the PC, other excellent drinks are available. Nice place to stop in for a 'attitude adjustment', with a traditional Puerto Rican beverage and perhaps some afternoon snacks.
Los Amigos is a traditional cafeteria located in the center of the Old San Juan, catering mainly to hungry visitors and locals. They quench their thirst with a US$1 Medalla (the local beer). The fare consists mostly of 'grande' traditional sandwiches. For visitors, décor doesn't matter much: Los Amigos does its job in an excellent way.
The cuisine of Puerto Rico often features recipes based around the green plantain fruit. The Anamú Bar & Restaurant raises the bar for these dishes, and serves local classics with distinct American and Spanish tweaks. The restaurant building dates back to the 19th Century. Its patio affords views of a sparkling water fountain and the lively street scene. Savor dishes such as Filet Mignon Risotto, Tuna Carpaccio and Malanga Chips, accompanied by Goat Cheese. Do not miss their green plantain fritters, called Arañitas, and their Mofongo, prepared from garlic, shrimp and plantain, and soaked in olive oil. This restaurant frequently invites popular local musicians to treat guests to groovy tunes. It is also a great venue for hosting private functions, with excellent catering services.
All hamburger fans can get a chance to design their own burger at Bistro Burger. This eatery offers a vast selection of meat, cheese, bread and toppings. Guests can match options such as focaccia bread, camembert cheese, chorizo and aioli sauce to come up with novel burgers, that would do Wimpy proud. Their artisanal loaves are procured from local sources. This eco-friendly restaurant uses only reprocessed materials in its interior decor. Their ready-to-eat burgers are named after renowned native painters, including the likes of Jorge Sierra, Rene Benvenutti and Dafne Elvira. In addition to burgers, one can also savor the Caribbean Ropa Vieja, along with a choice of creative cocktails.