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Al Dente

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Italian, Pasta, Puerto Rican
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 338
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 16
    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
Nice place, great food, great service, free wi-fi

This place serves excellent Italian food at a reasonable cost. The atmosphere is very comfortable (upscale) cool, and very friendly. They have a nice wine selection and a fully stocked bar. If you are staying in San Juan come here for their wine tasting on Thursday nights. We came off a cruise... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
divergirl1Phoenix
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Phoenix
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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476 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Phoenix
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This place serves excellent Italian food at a reasonable cost. The atmosphere is very comfortable (upscale) cool, and very friendly. They have a nice wine selection and a fully stocked bar. If you are staying in San Juan come here for their wine tasting on Thursday nights. We came off a cruise ship and took the free trolley here by... More 

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Hammond, Louisiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Food was great and the service was very good. The carbonaro was great, the best I have had outside of Italy. Prices were very reasonable.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great staff....Check! Nice ambiance. ...Check! Great food.....Check! My wife and I left this restaurant satisfied and very full.

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

We were on a cruise ship. Disembarked for couple hours in San Juan on April 30th to escape from the crowded Disney machine. We stopped by some burger place right by CVS to get some lunch for our daughter. Fortunately my daughter insisted on pasta and the burger place didn't have any. The waitress was kind enough to suggest Al... More 

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York,Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

They had the look the feel, and the well dressed staff, but unfortunately the food was just ok. We had the eggplant parmigiana , and a chicken dish. Both dishes as well as the bread and olive oil served before hand were tasteless and unimpressive. We love a good Italian restaurant and often eat in the north end of Boston,... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We found this place because we wanted something different than Puerto Rican food today. It was so delicious and the service was very good. Nice place and nice owner as well!

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Had a great meal here. I had the Tuna special while others had more Italian specialties. All were fabulous. The decor is nice, it was quiet the night we went and the staff was wonderful. Can't say enough. Great place!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Don't go to this restaurant they are proud of serving frozen food!!!! And the manager/owner a joke its more important to him talking to another person that just arrived and did not sat down than coming to my table (the only one by the way) with an unsatisfied customer... If you want really italian food there are better restaurants like... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The food, drinks and service was amazing. We really enjoyed the pasta dish that we shared. Big portion if you order anything definitely share it.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I could actually describe my experience with one word...WOW. However, for those who need to experience this incredible Italian Restaurant, one word is not enough. Our waiter's name was Jerry, who introduced us to owners Giancarlo and Margie made such an impact and is why I must give this review. The food was delicious and had a nice presentation with... 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, Pasta, Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?