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El Zipperle

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European, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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352 Ave FD Roosevelt, San Juan, Puerto Rico
787-751-4335
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food, very expensive

El Zipperle has been around for eons. I have been there a few times in my lifetime. Food was always outstanding, but not this last time. Their food quality has dropped dramatically. Service remains outstanding except I feel that waiters "hover" around a bit too much, making it difficult to have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Kermode73
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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  • Late Night
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

El Zipperle has been around for eons. I have been there a few times in my lifetime. Food was always outstanding, but not this last time. Their food quality has dropped dramatically. Service remains outstanding except I feel that waiters "hover" around a bit too much, making it difficult to have a business meeting. I am willing to accept maybe... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This restaurant use to be one of San Juan's finest. My last visit was about 8 years ago. I have been here before with my wife and on other ocassions for business meetings. Always very very good. No more for me. This time I went with my wife and daughter. I want to take my daughter to one of SJ... More 

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KUTZTOWN
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97 reviews 97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Stopped here on a whim. Where do I begin? Nothing whatsoever to write home about. Food was very mediocre. The veal was chopped veal and tough. The paella was dry and over cooked. The onion soup was chicken broth. McDonalds would have been a better choice! Just awful and expensive to boot.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We come back again and again for the "paella" (Spanish rice with seafood). Appetizers (fried calamari, "croquettes") and sangria are also good. The coconut dessert ("flan") is also very good. Very good service in a traditional atmosphere. They have music on weekend nights. A little bit expensive but very good.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

El Zipperle is a local classic restaurant, one of those legacy places with a well seasoned staff and decent food. I had the artichoke and sausage appetizer - a bit oily but very tasty. For my first time I tried Mofongo, a mixture of Cassava (Yucca root) and Plantain, with a shrimp blend. While tasty, there was more than I... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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129 reviews 129 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Service is excellent in this old fashioned classic restaurant specialized in spanish and german cuisine. Many private rooms available for any party size. One of the best paellas in town.

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Top Contributor
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101 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Top of the line restaurant. Expensive but at the end you money will made you happy just like the friendly staff and services at the Zipperle. What you want the way you really wanted. A big selection of food and entry. Wine, Champagne, drinks are supper. Dessert will be unforgettable. Even coffee will be a special treat. Went you want... More 

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Bayamon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Fresh food made daily to perfection. Excellent European flavors. Wait staff and Maitre D' are there to fulfill every need. Extra thumbs up to the Pastry Chef. I would dine here everyday if I could afford it. A good $140 spent for a couple but worth it!

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The food is delicious, tasty. The servers are very attentive and polite. Good atmosphere. Plenty of parking space or valet parking available. Well located, easy to access. Perfect place for a wedding celebration or a Sweet 16 party or "Quinceañero",

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Senior Contributor
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31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I was in the mood for paella so I went direct to El Zipperle a German old fashioned restaurant in Hato Rey metro area of San Juan. Was not my first time, and I had a great paella pan at my table. All that big rice plater for me, it includes lobster instead of shrimp, a great flavorful chorizo and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 352 Ave FD Roosevelt, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787-751-4335

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: European, Spanish, Puerto Rican

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?