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Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

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206 Tetuan Street | Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Formerly Carli Cafe Concierto)
787-725-4927
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3:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Favorite bar and bistro in San Juan!

Carli's is the perfect bar, bistro and piano bar. We heard about it from a local couple, and we could not have been more pleased. The food is wonderful, the bartenders entertaining and make quality drinks, and Carli plays the piano with a small group of musicians that sets the perfect ambiance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Gail0922
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Chico, California
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Chico, California
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Carli's is the perfect bar, bistro and piano bar. We heard about it from a local couple, and we could not have been more pleased. The food is wonderful, the bartenders entertaining and make quality drinks, and Carli plays the piano with a small group of musicians that sets the perfect ambiance. Sadly, we only got to go their once... More 

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Thank Gail0922
Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must for Jazz lovers. Music was terrific w/Carli on piano - and food was also terrific. Great way to spend a long dinner.

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1 Thank matt o
New York City, New York, USA
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a last evening event in Old San Juan for us; and occurred during the San Sebastian Street Festival (and Old San Juan was a madhouse). The restaurant is small with outdoor seating. We sat inside and loved the music. Carli was at the piano for two sets and it was pretty special. Food offerings were good, but nothing... More 

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1 Thank cdpinNYC
Geyserville, California
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103 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat down at Carli's bar, a personal recommendation from a friend in the states, and asked the bartender what his favorite drink was, when he replied a Manhattan we were thrilled, it is ours as well. He spend quite a few minutes looking for Bourbon, okay no bourbon, on to plan b..a Martini, can't screw that up..well, there was... More 

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1 Thank theWineMaven
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended but not as good as I had hoped. We did enjoy the live music and sophisticated atmosphere (we sat at the bar) but my soup was so tasteless I didn't eat it and the tuna tartare was just ok.

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Thank Ann L
Arlington, VA
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58 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Sat outside for an early dinner after a full day of walking around the forts in Old San Juan. We had gotten so used to terrible service that I think we almost had a form of mild PTSD so imagine our surprise when our server, Rebecca was not only a consummate professional, but also very cool and personable. We shared... More 

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Thank anissa96
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Celebrated New Year's Eve there -- Carli (of the Beach Boys) played piano while a duo of guitarists played some great 60s/70s tunes. The price fix menu was also great. Wine list has a few amazing bottles -- all of it is fairly priced.

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Thank Nicholas R
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

This may be San Juan's best kept secret. Carli has unbelievable fresh food. Each meal prepared in a small kitchen with just two chefs (we were fortunate to have a table overlooking the kitchen). Everything comes out hot and prepared exactly as requested. The service staff is very attentive. The highlight is also the great piano playing to make your... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

If you see my review on El Asador, you will see Carli's accommodated us on the patio on Christmas eve without a reservation. (Carli's was my first choice, but they were already full when I tried to make reservations!) Fausto, the bartender, was our waiter and he was "old school" the epitome of dining service excellence! Everything we had was... More 

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Merrick, New York
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Great food and drink with pianist. Tried different native dishes that were all fantastic. Would recommend and would return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 206 Tetuan Street | Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Formerly Carli Cafe Concierto)
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787-725-4927

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?