Being Puerto Rico’s capital, as well as its largest city, it is no surprise that San Juan has a fantastic array of dining options. From traditional and authentic Puerto Rican cuisine to innovative dishes with international flavors, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to eat in the city. To help make your decision slightly easier, OROGOLD has rounded up some of the best places to eat in San Juan.
Sage Steak Loft
Located in the Olive Boutique Hotel, the Sage Steak Loft is one of the hottest new restaurants in San Juan, serving up classic steakhouse dishes with playful twists. Meats are given a local flavor with the use of native fruits, from papaya to mango, and even the ketchup is given a makeover, resulting in a tangy guava ketchup. OROGOLD recommends trying the Wagyu Tomahawk for your main dish – a 30 oz. Australian Wagyu served with the bone in, alongside brussels sprouts that have been roasted in a pomegranate syrup.
Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar
With a head chef that has trained with Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay, you know that the standard of the food served at Marmalade will always be the highest possible. The menu focuses on fresh, raw and veggie-heavy dishes, and while this may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Puerto Rican cuisine, this is the restaurant that will change the way that you think about food. Native produce is paired with global inspiration, resulting in dishes such as the ceviche served with tostones, and the vegan poblanos rellenos served on spicy black beans and a flavorful mole.
Located in the Condado Plaza Hilton, Pikayo provides luxurious fine dining that features traditional Puerto Rican cooking techniques and ingredients alongside international influences and hot culinary trends, such as molecular gastronomy. OROGOLD loves how Puerto Rican staples are paired with bites of pure indulgence, such as the seared foie served up with the humble plantain, before being topped with a black truffle honey, as well as some micro cilantro. While this may not be somewhere that you would eat at on a regular basis, it is perfectly suited for a special occasion and will not disappoint.
Oceano is a modern mansion situated right by the beach, providing unforgettable ocean views as you enjoy your meal. The chefs make full use of locally sourced ingredients, pairing their Caribbean flair with unexpected flavors. The mahi mahi chicharrones, served with a sweet papaya salsa, make a great starter, while the fresh scallops, served with oven-baked prosciutto de parma and a sweet potato puree, simply melt in your mouth. OROGOLD recommends ordering one of their signature cocktails, as these just make the dining experience even more heavenly.
Puerto Rican cuisine has made quite a name for itself in the culinary world in recent years, with fresh, native ingredients being used to create bold and vibrant flavors. There is no doubt that San Juan has some of the best restaurants in the country, and these will continue to open up around the city as more and more chefs discover Puerto Rico‘s culinary delights.