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Carr. 191 Km 1.1 | Barrio Mameyes, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
+1 787-415-2317
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Ranked #4 of 37 restaurants in Rio Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Romance, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Barbakoa it is on the main road to El Yunque Rain forest on Puerto Rico Hway 191 Km 1.1 You will see it as you go up on the left. BarbaKoa Opens from 12:00 noon until 8:00pm Thursday thru Monday. A pleasant beautiful outdoor area with a river view while you eat and a relaxing Rain Forest atmosphere. We have great friendly service and we have taken our food to a diferent level. Come and experience Barbakoa is an exceptional restaurant!
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85% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Juan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We stopped by in our way down from climbing El Yunque. The place is big and the river runs on the back of the property so you have a nice experience sitting in open air and close to nature. What is not so nice are the prices. Food is average by Puerto Rican's standards and their house drink (a green... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was a fun place to stop & have dinner on our way out of the rainforest. It's not fancy- open air, mostly outdoor seating with tiki torches by the river and a fun bar area with dance music. The restroom is very modern & clean, especially since the atmosphere is so casual. The staff is very welcoming & friendly... More

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Smithfield, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The seating is all outside (some covered areas) at the bottom of the Rain Forest and beside a shallow tributary of the Rio Grande. My kids (ages 5 & 7) played with the owners grandson (age 9) in the shallow tributary while waiting for our meal. We were treated and greeted very kindly and the scenary was beautiful. The food... More

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Casselberry, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We stopped here before our zipline tour in El Yunque for lunch and I'm sure glad we did. The food was some of the best I had in Puerto Rico. Good portion sizes and amazing flavor. I had the turkey with sausage rice, the meat was very tender and the sauce was delicious. We also tried their house drink, I... More

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Let me start that if you are visiting El Yunque or JungleQui I say stop here for food first. Outside seating with adequate shade and the river behind you is such an experience. The server was great despite our translation issues but she was patient with us. As with every place in PR I say the wait is about the... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Stopped after El Yunque for lunch. Entrees were pricey but HUGE. Mango frappe was thick with fruit and enough for a meal. We split chicken dinner and took the 2 lb thick turkey breast home for a full dinner. Beautiful setting alongside running clear stream.

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Mayaguez, null, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

After being at the rainforest my friends and I were starving so on the way down we decided to stop at Barbakoa. The welcoming was good. There was 11 of us. The waitress was a mess. She was all confused with the plates. She didn't have a good attitude about us being there. Told us we needed to vary our... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband was dieing of cancer so our family made a long-postponed trip to PR. We stumbled on this restaurant on our way to El Junque and came back to spend my husband's last birthday there. Every Saturday they have live jazz (probably still 2 to 7 PM but call to confirm) and that day, Luis Ocasio, an AMAZING keyboard... More

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Found this restaurant on trip advisor and I am so grateful. This was the best meal we had the whole vacation. Authentic food, PR chicken tenders and fries for the kids along with shirley temples with gummy worms in them, while my husband and I ate the real deal. The scenery is at the base of the rainforest along a... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Had an awesome dinner at Barbakoa! We tried to eat here one evening after we had seen it on the way to and from the El Yunque rain forest and when we pulled up the owners were closing up because due to the recent heavy rain, the river right beside the restaurant was running very fast and they wanted to... More

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