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Aguaviva

364 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
787-722-0665
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Ranked #148 of 607 Restaurants in San Juan
Price range: $15 - $60
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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Connecticut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I was so looking forward to visiting this restaurant and was so disappointed in the experience. Unfortunately it was the last night of our vacation so we don't get to give them a second chance. Ordered one of their special cocktails only to be told they didn't have the ingredients to make it. One of our party didn't get the... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

It's really unfortunate to hear you were disappointed with your experience. It sounds like you caught us on an off day, so I'm sorry we didn't live up to expectations and wow you with a fantastic meal. I hope that we might get another chance to impress you the next time you're in San Juan. Thank you for letting us... More

Weehawken, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Came with a group of guys in a bachelor party, we went to a different restaurant each night and this was BY FAR the best. Cool place with Jellyfish (aguaviva) lighting coming down from the ceiling. We we like an hour late for our reservation and they accommodates us anyways, a little angry at first but it didn't reflect poorly... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Glad you guys had fun, Jon! It's great hearing that you enjoyed the ceviche as well as our other dishes. Hope to see you again the next time you're in Puerto Rico! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Jacksonville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My husband and I ate here on our last night visiting Old San Juan. It was not crowded and we were seated right away. The decor was casual modern with soft blue neon lighting and an underwater theme. The glass neon jellyfish lamps were unique and eye-catching. For an appetizer, we ordered the two ceviche tasting; one was mahi-mahi in... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you two enjoyed your meal and thought the service was friendly and attentive. I hope you'll join us for another meal the next time you're in San Juan! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I go to Aguaviva at least once a month. We always start with the raw oysters and then a combination of the cooked ones. The cocktail shrimp is also delicious....cold, large, plump and juicy. We continue with the trio ceviche and the orzo paella. Every item on the menu is absolutely delicious and fresh. Every employee from... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Thanks for the continued support! It's great to hear that you and your husband always have a good time when you visit and think our cocktail shrimp and ceviche are so fresh and flavorful. I look forward to seeing you next time! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Went here for dinner on a Friday Night, there was a food festival going on outside, so it was not crowed when we got there. We were seated right away.I ordered the Mahi Mahi cerviche, it was very good. Then I ordered the Red snapper stuffed with Mofongo, and the test of my party ordered the surf and turf. I... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

I'm glad you thought the ceviche and red snapper were excellent, and it's great to hear that your party raved about the surf and turf! Thanks for the wonderful recommendation, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in San Juan! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Ann Arbor, MI
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is in a great old town location, has really good food and the wait staff were outstanding. Our waitress gave us some recommendations and we were not disappointed. The Ceviche sampler was simply amazing - I'm a bit ceviche fan. The drinks were pretty good too. The only reason I'm giving it a 4 is because the prices... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Fantastic service and delicious food are what we're going for, so it's great to read your review! I'm sorry if you felt our prices were a little steep, though. We only use the highest quality ingredients in our dishes, which explains our prices. I hope you felt the meal and overall experience was worth it! Thank you for letting us... More

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We chanced upon this restaurant and was not disappointed. The hostess was really polite and quickly had a table for us. The waitress was really very professional. She had a great attitude and new her trade. Everything was no-fuss. And then the food. We had a ceviche starter of three tasting plates that showed some real imagination. The flavors were... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Glad you happened upon our restaurant and stopped in for a meal! It's great to hear that you thought the food and service were top notch. Thanks for your recommendation, and we hope to see you again sometime! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Houston, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were on a long weekend celebrating my daughter's 30th Birthday and this restaurant was recommended to us. We could not of done better for our selves. We had an amazing time and the food was awesome!!! My daughter enjoyed her B-day celebration and so did we. I do feel it is a little bit over priced but hey we... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

So glad you all celebrated at our place, Veronica! It's great to hear that your daughter enjoyed her birthday meal. I hope you'll stop by for another meal the next time you're in San Juan! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Orchard Park, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I just returned from a one week visit to San Juan We had dinner on 3 nights at this restaurant The coconut and regular mojitos were outstanding. The ceviche the best I ever had The red snapper is the entire fish stuffed with lobster mofongo and deep fried. All food is outstanding. Don't miss this restaurant.

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Three nights in a week? Sounds like we're doing something right, Joe! Thanks for the wonderful review, and I'm happy to hear that you were such a fan of our ceviche. I hope you'll join us for another meal the next time you're in San Juan! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

Connecticut
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Would highly recommend this restaurant. Restaurant had a laid-back atmosphere with beautiful blue lighting inside. Very friendly staff & had the best waiter, Billy. Homemade Watermelon sangria was delicious & refreshing- had a carafe ($30). Fried red snapper filet with lobster monfongo ($25) was delicate and not too heavy. Scallops with seafood risotto was creamy and had perfect texture ($30).... More

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Emilio F, Owner at Aguaviva, responded to this review

Thanks for the glowing recommendation! I'm glad you thought the food, drinks, ambiance and service were all top notch. I hope that you'll have the chance to join us for another meal in the future! Thank you for letting us be part of your story, Emilio More

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