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Pito’s Seafood Café & Restaurant

Pito’s Seafood Café & Restaurant (Hwy. 2, Las Cucharas, Ponce) — This is the best of the string of seafood restaurants along the undeveloped waterfront west of the city center. The building has a handsome wooden structure on the water, with three different dining levels with open air views of the sea. There is a […]

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La Monserrate

La Monserrate (Rte. 2, km. 252, Sector Las Cucharas, Ponce) — This is one of a string of seaside restaurants specializing in Puerto Rican cuisine and seafood lined along the beautiful coastline about 4 miles (6.4km) west of the town center. This restaurant draws a loyal following, and has a large dining room overlooking the […]

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La Cava

La Cava (Ponce Hilton Hotel, 1150 Avenida Caribe, Ponce) — The restaurant underwent a modern makeover, but the food is still classic continental and its still one of this southern city’s best dining experiences. Start out with the duck terrine and lingonberries or the lobster empanadillas with spicy mango sauce, and move on to the […]

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Café Tomas/Café Tompy

Café Tomas/Café Tompy (76 Calle Isabel, Ponce) — The more visible and busier section of this establishment functions as a simple cafe for neighbors and local merchants. At plastic tables often flooded with sunlight from the big windows, you can order coffee, sandwiches, or cold beer, perhaps while relaxing after a walking tour of the […]

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Archipiélago

Archipiélago (76 Calle Cristina, Ponce) — The new place to be in Ponce is this sixth floor restaurant that offers sweeping views of the historic district and innovative criolla and continental fusion cuisine. The interior dining area is as smart and modern as the menu with subdued tones and an expansive glass window that brings […]

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Old Harbor Brewery

Old Harbor Brewery (202 Calle Tizol e/Calle Recinto Sur, Old San Juan) — Serious beer-lovers know to head to this authentic microbrewery and restaurant close to the harborfront. More clubby than pubby, it packs in locals as well as tourists who come to taste the five delicious German-style beers, brewed in European-style open fermentation tanks. […]

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Café Cuatro Sombras

Café Cuatro Sombras (259 Calle Recinto Sur, Old San Juan) — If you want to try locally grown, single-origin, shade-grown coffee, this micro-roastery and café is the place to do it. Owners Pablo Muñoz and Mariana Suárez grow their beans in the mountains of Yauco on a hacienda that has been in Muñoz family since […]

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St. St. Germain Bistro & Café

St. Germain Bistro & Café (156 Calle Sol, Old San Juan) — One of the city’s hidden treasures, this charming French-inspired café-restaurant stands on a quiet cobbled street corner. The interior is just as inviting, with rustic white wooden tables and benches. St. Germain delivers exceptionally fresh, made-from-scratch food and friendly service. With an emphasis […]

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Barlovento

Barlovento (Plaza Alberto Escudero, 1043 Avenida Ashford, Condado) — Packed on weekends, this chic outdoor bar that’s on a breezy plaza is a great place to sip tropical drinks oceanside. It also has a menu if hunger strikes.  

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Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena (1350 Avenida Ashford, Condado) — Tables on the terrace are hard to come by at this Cuban restaurant, one of the busier spots in Condado. That’s fine, because the glassed-in dining room is even more comfortable and has exactly the same view. Cuban classics such as ropa vieja (“old clothes”—meat cooked so slowly […]