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El Patio de Sam

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Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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102 Calle San Sebastian, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
787-723-1149
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Yummy food

The Cubano sandwich was very good as well as the Pastellios!! We went for lunch. Very close to the Del Morro fort.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
mamamowebby
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Parker, Colorado
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Parker, Colorado
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cubano sandwich was very good as well as the Pastellios!! We went for lunch. Very close to the Del Morro fort.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the restaurant . Food was great. Waiter was very nice and spoke excellent English. Menu has sandwiches and great local food.

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Thank klandaw
Maryland
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135 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place!! As tourists, we were impressed with this place as many locals were there eating, and some celebrating. Great burger, and everyone at our table enjoyed their meal. Service was a little slow, but we were relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. We had a great waitress who smiled and genuinely had fun doing her job.

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Thank AlishasHubby
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After walking the fort and downtown, it was a great stop for drinks an the apetizer sampler. Sat at the bar, the staff and locals were fun and great.

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Andersonville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Burger tasted like I grilled it at home and they had music playing from my college days to boot! The bartender was very nice and everything there was really low key.

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Thank Rodney A
Monroe, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Puerto Rico on a cruise and stop by a place for a quick break after walking the fort. We wanted to try monfongo and this place had it. WOW! We got a local beer, some calamari and the Carne Monfongo with red beans and rice on the side. It was a great experience! Food was awesome! Service... More 

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Thank Glenn M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's an annual tradition. My husband and I go to the bar and order all side dishes. The ceviche was delicious (creamier than most), trifongo, amarillos and rice/beans so yummy! We tried 3 types of mojitos; regular, passion fruit and coconut and all 3 were amazing! (Shout out to "Emma"--ask for him). We will he back again next year.

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Decatur, Georgia
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The feel of the restaurant is good. The interior is a cool open room with a skylight in the middle. We were drawn in for lunch by a bogo drink coupon. However, the coupon required us each to have two drinks, instead of me buying one and my wife getting the other. The food was not good. My wife had... More 

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Portland, OR
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206 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Hamburgers are the house specialty. You should order medium or well done: medium-rare just doesn't hold :) Service is great, attentive, but not too imposing. Quick. Prices are quite reasonable. I would also recommend a green salad, it is plentiful and it is hard to find in San Juan for some reason. Just ask for dressing on the side.

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Canada
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111 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Service was great. We were not in a hurry and our bartender served us cold beers and a smattering of drink sample the did lurer us into the trap! :-) Sam's is the same owners of the Tortuous near by and the pizza I was told is the same, excellent. Best part of this place, locals and tourists alike seem... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 102 Calle San Sebastian, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787-723-1149

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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