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Looking for recommendations for San Juan, Puerto Rico

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lacatlin Mar 12, 2007 07:34 PM

We will be going to San Juan the first week in May (joining my husband for work) and will have one night for dinner alone. We'll be staying at the Intercontinental in Isla Verde. We're looking for an upscale restaurant (preferably seaood) either with a nice sea view or a quaint restaurant, perhaps in Old San Juan (quiet rather than high energy loud). Could also use some lunch suggestions for solo lunches while my husband is working!

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  1. phelana RE: lacatlin Mar 13, 2007 04:42 AM

    Go to Tangerine at the Waterclub near the Intercontinental. It's divine. Have a drink on the roof top terrace first. Carli's Cafe was very romantic for dessert and drinks (Old San Juan). Lunch try Cafe Manolin, Puerto Rico Cafe and Parrot Club. Love Bombanera for Mallorcas and coffee and fresh fruit (on San Francisco in OSJ).

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      MRS RE: lacatlin Mar 13, 2007 05:23 AM

      My husband and I had the BEST time when we stayed there!!! Ironically, the sushi restaurant in the hotel was fabulous and we ate it poolside often.You could even eat that one day by yourself outside and just chill for lunch. We ventured into Old San Juan to a very quaint restaurant called Baru. It was wonderful and the owner was friendly and charming. He made recommendations that were right on. Avoid the restaurants at the El San Juan Hotel next door to you-what a rip off.

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        empecot RE: lacatlin Mar 13, 2007 06:27 AM

        Aguaviva is fantastic. Amazingly fresh ceviches and delicious mojitos. It's pretty expensive, but my husband and I (cheapskates that we are) thought it was well worth it and still dream of that meal. It's on a nice little corner in Old San Juan.

        For lunch, please go to Casa Dante in Isla Verde. It's frequented by many locals and is well known for their mofongo (mashed plantain with pork) and camarones (shrimp, especially with Criolla sauce).

        Also, if you have a car, I urge you to spend a day outside San Juan. There are some wonderful streetside food kiosks just a short drive outside San Juan in Pinones. The street food is the best in P.R.

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          lacatlin RE: lacatlin Mar 13, 2007 07:30 PM

          Thanks for the great suggestions!

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            LJW RE: lacatlin Mar 14, 2007 07:21 AM

            Was just there and had a wonderful dinner at Puerto Rico Cafe in Old San Juan. Sit on the second floor near the window overlooking the Plaza del Colon, order the rum punch and the cassava mofongo. Wonderful!

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