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Aguaviva

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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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364 Calle Fortaleza | 00901, San Juan, Puerto Rico
787-722-0665
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: Aguaviva, opened in 2002, specializes in seaside Latino cuisine - the...
Aguaviva, opened in 2002, specializes in seaside Latino cuisine - the freshest fish and seafood prepared with Latino – Caribbean flair by Chef Hector Crespo. Aguaviva features an amazing ceviche and oyster bar in front of the open kitchen, allowing diners to interact with our chefs and dine in a beautiful environment. Oysters are flown in daily and there are six fresh ceviche varieties, all served with hot crispy Puerto Rican tostones.The Aguaviva bar tempts with creative Caribbean cocktails such as the fresh Pineapple Mojito and Watermelon Vivatini and Sangria.Aguaviva’s design is hip and refreshing, with intimate island seaside touches throughout the glowing blue and white candlelit space.Named one of Conde Nast Traveller’s hottest new 100 restaurants in the world, and San Juan City magazine’s Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Restaurant for a First Date, Aguaviva is not to be missed.
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  • 83
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Oysters and Ceviche

The oysters here were great and the ceviche was nice as well. Some of the seats are very cramped so unless you want to be wedged up to someone at the next table (some ARE that close together) book ahead and ask for a table nearer the kitchen not on the far wall. The service was pretty slow. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Victel
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Following a long day of travel, we were looking for something close to our hotel and found this place on TA. Attentive service, wonderful Chiveche, we has a sampler, they do 6 different styles. Some of the best we've had. This place does seafood in spades. My wife had the Salmon and I had the Jerk Chicken. Both were awesome.... More 

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Thank David L
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stumbled across Aguaviva after walking around Old San Juan for the day and although we hadn't read anything about it we decided to give it a try and we're glad we did. We started off with a couple of cold beers which felt great after walking around all day in the hit sun. I had the Ceviche for a... More 

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The decor was lovely and fun, the waitress was terrific, helpful, friendly, and didn't rush us out. The meal spoke for itself !! Wonderful fresh crab cake appetizer, crisp tostones, and unbelievably fantastic cerviche. I had the jerk chicken and it was amazing! I would go back again!

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Thank Rosa N
Rochester
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31 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had dinner at Aguaviva for our 5th anniversary. The food is great and the service is awesome. Its fresh and full of flavours. The cocktails are amazing too. We had a wonderful dinner and would recommend it strongly

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Thank Missmistymist
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stop by this restaurant during my visit to San Juan it was a great experience from the beginning warm and friendly welcome from the lady in front of the restaurant to the great bartender Mickey who really enjoy giving the best cocktails in the area .I tried the seviche and the clams excellent next time I would stay for... More 

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Redding, Connecticut
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124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't tell you how good this restaurant was. We were a party of eight and all of us raved about the food, the staff, the service, the décor and the atmosphere. This is the first restaurant we'll go to when we go back to San Juan. It's one of the best I ever went to.

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Thank 15MW
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good. Nice atmosphere. Pricing is a bit high, but it is located in a tourist area. Enjoyed our dining experience.

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Thank Matt T
Breda, The Netherlands
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190 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oysters here were great and the ceviche was nice as well. Some of the seats are very cramped so unless you want to be wedged up to someone at the next table (some ARE that close together) book ahead and ask for a table nearer the kitchen not on the far wall. The service was pretty slow. I think... More 

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Thank Victel
St Thomas
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiance and I went to Aguaviva after dining at one of the other restaurant group's establishments, Dragonfly (also delicious!). We were SO happy that we did because it really ended up being our best dining experience during our whole trip! Before I even comment on the food, I want to say the best thing about our experience was the... More 

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Thank PennStateFan2001
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rocking crab cakes, best we have ever had! We also spilt the amazing paella and still had room for desert. Food delicious, great service. Fancy, modern feel.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 364 Calle Fortaleza | 00901, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787-722-0665

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 60
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

Aguaviva, opened in 2002, specializes in seaside Latino cuisine - the freshest fish and seafood prepared with Latino – Caribbean flair by Chef Hector Crespo. Aguaviva features an amazing ceviche and oyster bar in front of the open kitchen, allowing diners to interact with our chefs and dine in a beautiful environment. Oysters are flown in daily and there are six fresh ceviche varieties, all served with hot crispy Puerto Rican tostones.The Aguaviva bar tempts with creative Caribbean cocktails such as the fresh Pineapple Mojito and Watermelon Vivatini and Sangria.Aguaviva’s design is hip and refreshing, with intimate island seaside touches throughout the glowing blue and white candlelit space.Named one of Conde Nast Traveller’s hottest new 100 restaurants in the world, and San Juan City magazine’s Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Restaurant for a First Date, Aguaviva is not to be missed.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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