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La Madre

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Mexican, Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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351 Calle San Francisco | Callejon Del Tamarindo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-647-5392
Today
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: We are a small, locally owned business offering high quality meals cooked...
We are a small, locally owned business offering high quality meals cooked with the best ingredients. A very intimate space to enjoy lunch or dinner, and now brunch on the weekends. Fresh fruit juices, mimosas & margaritas, premium coffee and great music make this a place you don't want to miss.
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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Make no mistake, this is the go to place in OSJ.

Don't go to La Madre if you're looking for a traditional mexican meal, go there if you're looking for great, creative mexican and puertorrican food fussion. They don't take reservations and have limited space so plan ahead, don't go late on a friday night if you want a quick bite. When you get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Luis S
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Don't go to La Madre if you're looking for a traditional mexican meal, go there if you're looking for great, creative mexican and puertorrican food fussion. They don't take reservations and have limited space so plan ahead, don't go late on a friday night if you want a quick bite. When you get there ask for their signature margaritas, I... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We encounter the greates group of servers. There was one gentleman that made our visit extra special. The food was great, we truly enjoyed our visit.

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Bayamon PR
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

My wife has been here several times,1st time we went together was on her birthday.Small restaurant but you don't feel crowded,nice atmosphere low lighting and seemed AC was not working to good that night. Food is good at a reasonable price,wife loves the coconut mojito at $8 a pop.Went on a Saturday night wait time was about half an hour... More 

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Minneapolis
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Of all the fine restaurants to choose from in Old San Juan, we chose La Madre as a repeat for our last night in Puerto Rico. Though it's a small place, the ambiance is comfortable and the service is excellent. We enjoyed a pitcher of frozen mango margueritas during our first visit, and tried the watermelon mojitos and mango mojitos... More 

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The other Tripadvisor reviewers are correct! This is a fabulous Mexican restaurant situated in the picturesque Old San Juan. Combining both traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine, the meal we experienced was fabulous! The duck quesadillas were amazing as were the fish tacos. The cucumber margarita was not too shabby either!

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Toronto
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Well at last! A decent San Juan restaurant with great food and service, funky but modern décor and great music that isn't deafening! WE chose this from our guide book, but we checked it out during the previous night en route to another resto. Old San Juan is steep and small, so getting around on foot (our preferred mode) is... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Do not miss the seared ahi tuna tacos! The tortilla soup was also delicious. ..unlike any I've ever had. Another primo recommendation from Eduardo at Da House.

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This place gave me a really bad service. We waited way too long for a food and the servers were not paying attention to our table, but yes to the one across. At the end we just asked for the check ourselves and left no tips.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

good food, WORST SERVICE; they saw us empty glass finish meals never heard how was your meal? or more water? they gave us the receipt without even asking if we wanted something else

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Simply work of art. Me and my hubby shared sesame crusted tuna first. It was delicious. Then we ordered the Japanese skirt steak, and OMG . Every bite you can taste the merging flavors of different spices. It was really a work of art. The corn on the side was not just a corn. It was heavenly made Highly recommend... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 351 Calle San Francisco | Callejon Del Tamarindo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-647-5392

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 26
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Puerto Rican

Description

We are a small, locally owned business offering high quality meals cooked with the best ingredients. A very intimate space to enjoy lunch or dinner, and now brunch on the weekends. Fresh fruit juices, mimosas & margaritas, premium coffee and great music make this a place you don't want to miss.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 2:00 am

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