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Al Dente

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309 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
787/723-7303
Today
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 329
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great experience

We had a wonderful dining experience. We sat outside which I highly recommend and enjoyed the food (make sure you get the bruschetta app). The owner was very attentive and made great wine and food recommendations even going as far to tell us how to prepare one of the dishes on our own.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
joemccune32
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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458 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a wonderful dining experience. We sat outside which I highly recommend and enjoyed the food (make sure you get the bruschetta app). The owner was very attentive and made great wine and food recommendations even going as far to tell us how to prepare one of the dishes on our own.

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MAUMEE
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We went to Al Dente while in San Juan on vacation. We dined outside on a perfect evening with Jerry as our waiter. He was attentive and accommodating to us in every way. My husband only likes well done beef and Jerry talked to the chef about cooking it that way for him. The chef even came out later to... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Although we chose the outside with lovely umbrellas and foliage, this restaurant had beautiful upscale décor inside as well. For our last night we wanted Italian food, and we were not disappointed with our choice of Al Dente. The early evening drink and food items were great, but the service was a bit slow even with not many customers outside,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service!! Had the fettuccini carbonara, Caesar salad, and risotto balls. Mom and sister loved the chicken parmigiana...huge portion!! Aunt had veal with truffle oil which she loved!! Highly recommend this restaurant...coming from an Italian family, that means a lot!!! Mangia!!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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242 reviews 242 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We ate here the night before embarking on a cruise; there is a decent menu and the prices are not too bad for Old San Juan. We had Arancini for starters, which was very tasty and a decent portion size. My wife's pasta dish was very good but my main was just average, a little bit dry (veal with parma... More 

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ossining
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We are in San Juan every year for vacation and this gem was not on our radar screen. Recommended by friends, we went two weeks ago, ate outdoors and had a wonderful meal from start to finish. All our dishes were over the top and the excellent wait service only added to the wonderful meal. As an encore, we chose... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We stumbled across this restaurant and loved it. We had just returned from Italy weeks before and found the food here exceptional. The atmosphere is quaint and the service was very good. The Owner was extremely friendly. We would recommend this restaurant highly

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

A wonderful place. Very affordable lunches that are delicious. Attentive service and great for conversation. I must eat here every time I am in San Juan.

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Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Nice atmosphere. Food was just average Italian. Calamari a bit tough. Lots of wait staff standing around. Not good for restaurant, but good for us.

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Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were on a cruise and it was our first trip to San Juan. We happened upon Al Dente while we were exploring and shopping. The restaurant is small, but the service is fantastic and the food is even better! The pasta carbonara is to die for! I still can't believe I found my favorite Italian restaurant, by accident, in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 309 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787/723-7303

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?