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Marcelo's Restaurant

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PR-1 Road, Jose Mercado Ave., Munoz Rivera Corner | Mercado Esquina Munoz Rivera, Caguas 00725, Puerto Rico
787-743-8801
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: They also serve steaks, Spanish food and a daily special menu, but...
They also serve steaks, Spanish food and a daily special menu, but specialize in Criolla food. The "Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas" or Fine Arts Center of Caguas, the "Las Catalinas Mall", as well as the Caguas Bowling Center "Bowlera"
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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Smoked Chicken

our waitress was great...steered us towards the house specialty - their 3 day smoked chicken. excellent. for lunch we ordered 2 for the 4 of us - plenty. came with sides that were delicious. chocolate cake for dessert was ok, not great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
BarbaraSS
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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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  • Families with children
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Juan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I go to this restaurant like once a month. I love almost everything they have on the menu, especially Smoked Chicken (of course) and Paella, both are like nowhere else. Service is always high class. Prices are very reasonable especially thinking what a great quality food you get. On top of all Sangrias are fantastic!! The only tip I would... More 

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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123 reviews 123 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

our waitress was great...steered us towards the house specialty - their 3 day smoked chicken. excellent. for lunch we ordered 2 for the 4 of us - plenty. came with sides that were delicious. chocolate cake for dessert was ok, not great.

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panama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Marcelo is family owned restaurant with over 40 years of being established in Caguas. I love to go there to have "churrasco", mofongo, "croquetas de bacalao", "Bolitas de queso". It is located in Caguas, a small town located close to San Juan, with excellent amenities.

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Gurabo, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The smoked chicken is their signature plate. It is the only restaurant in the Caguas region that prepares it. Excellent service. I recommend it.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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123 reviews 123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you love the smoked chicken this is the place for you. Chicken was smoky, rigth salty and juicy. The service is ok. Worth the visit.

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Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This place was once upon a time about as good as it got in Caguas. That was long ago. It is now a mediocre place for a business lunch. Not great, not bad, just okay. The prices are okay and the service can be okay. It needs a kick in the butt to reclaim what it once was. Many other... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was my third time. Just after lunch hour. The service was excellent, so was the Mojito. The food was very good. You can find very good options in the menu that you do not find in regular restaurants, Will probably be back next month.

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juncos
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I'm very passionate about food, because of that I tend to be a strong critic of what I'm served on a plate. I go a lot to this restaurant, meaning that I'm a frequent client, and may I say the food is beautifully cooked. You have to try the paella with tostones. Most of the time we go here because... More 

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Fitchburg
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Marcelo's restaurant is an ok place to go if you are looking for a fast convenient and on the budget Cuban meal. It is pretty good. Staff were very attentive and kind. I would go again next time I go to my hometown.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Really good local restaurant,,I ordered the Gallinita Rellena with Congri it was delicious! Mofongo tastes really good,,if youre a coffee drinker order a Cortadito and you will remember this review,,finally service was great and prices even better,,I will come back for sure,,

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: PR-1 Road, Jose Mercado Ave., Munoz Rivera Corner | Mercado Esquina Munoz Rivera, Caguas 00725, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Caguas
  • Phone Number: 787-743-8801

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 40
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

They also serve steaks, Spanish food and a daily special menu, but specialize in Criolla food. The "Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas" or Fine Arts Center of Caguas, the "Las Catalinas Mall", as well as the Caguas Bowling Center "Bowlera"

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