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Cafe Manolin

Certificate of Excellence
Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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251 San Justo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
7877239743
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Lunch place

Recommended by a lovely couple we met while walking around old San Juan. Filled with locals and a few tourists. Don't be deceived by the outside. Nice bar area with tables also. Excellent meal and reasonably priced. A good find!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Recommended by a lovely couple we met while walking around old San Juan. Filled with locals and a few tourists. Don't be deceived by the outside. Nice bar area with tables also. Excellent meal and reasonably priced. A good find!

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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

As a local I'm always please to bring my visiting friends to this small cafeteria. I usually have lunch with my family at Manolin when visiting Old San Juan. They have the best prices. To avoid the waiting try to go a few minutes before noon, remember this is the lunch spot for many locals in the area. It is... More 

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Provo, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Manolin has great local Puerto Rican dishes mofongo, fried plantains, beans and rice, pork. Great prices and super friendly wait staff. Sit at the bar with the locals or tables in the back. AC is great, too.

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Refusing to eat hotel food during our stay in PR, we were advised by the hotel staff to go here. All I have to say is that we ate here almost everyday...gotta try oatmeal ...and fresh squeezed juice and ...

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PA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Our first time in Old San Juan, we visited Cafe Manolin after reading the reviews . We were not disappointed. The food was delicious. I had the chicken mofungo with yellow rice as a side dish, my husband had the chicken breast with rice. Both were accompanied by a small bowl of beans. Our waiter, Alejandro ("like the song"), was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Cafe Manolin the puertorican stile diner place. Well for a first visit to the diner its pretty well hidden in San Juan city. But it holds the greatest customer service and food. But as you can see its only one star short for been perfect so i shall explain why. Reception and costumer service: As we enter to the diner... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Had a yummy cheap breakfast at the diner counter. Zoos and service were both very good. The coffee was great! Definitely a local spot and not touristy at all, the best kind of place. I only wish we were in Old San Juan longer so we could go back for dinner.

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Amazing food. Looks like a typical Puerto Rican restaurant. You know you are on to a winner of the locals are queuing up to eat there! Incredible prices and incredible food! San Juan equivalent of a British cafe! Awesome!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We got there right before the lunch crowd (11:30ish) and walked right into sit at a table. Service was great and our food arrived quickly. I tried the chicken mofongo with rice and beans and my husband got the strip steak with rice and beans. Both meals were about $10 each and you got a ton of food. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Friendly people. Good food. We ate breakfast here every morning. It was right around the corner from our hotel. The staff got to know us and remembered what we wanted to eat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 251 San Justo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 7877239743

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Puerto Rican

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