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El Quenepo

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148 Calle Flamboyan | Esperanza, 00765, Puerto Rico
+1 787-741-1215
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fine dining located on the waterfront in Esperanza. Innovative cuisine...
Fine dining located on the waterfront in Esperanza. Innovative cuisine with lots of flavors. Featured items include fresh local seafood, specialty cocktails, and local greens. Vegan and vegetarian items also available. Open for dinner only at 5:30. Closed Sunday.
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  • 473
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  • 132
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Excellent Food and Service

Two of us went here on a Saturday night, without a reservation. Since it was the "Patronales" in Isabella II, our dinner plans had fallen through. We came here on a whim, and were so glad we did. They had a table for us (which probably would not have happened on a Saturday night during the high... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
LaBurladdora
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New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
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New Jersey
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Two of us went here on a Saturday night, without a reservation. Since it was the "Patronales" in Isabella II, our dinner plans had fallen through. We came here on a whim, and were so glad we did. They had a table for us (which probably would not have happened on a Saturday night during the high season). We were... More 

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Austin, Texas
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Nice atmosphere, of course, but service was unbelievably slow, some of the food was great, some not so much. slow slow slow. And I'm usually pretty patient, certainly on vacation. The date on my review is inaccurate. We were there in September 2013, at the very end of the season. FYI the whole island shuts down about the first week... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I wish we had come here on our first night, because I would probably have enjoyed it more. My husband and I were in Vieques for our anniversary, and we went to Bili the first night, so everything after that was just being compared to that experience. El Quenepo is fine. The staff seemed a bit lack luster (we were... More 

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Highland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We wanted to go to El Quenepo our first night on Vieques based on the reviews, but it was closed. Disappointed we went somewhere else. The next night we tried again and were pleased to find it open. The server seated us and explained the specials. Bread with a homemade oil and basil dipping sauce was brought promptly.We ordered the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I'm a executive chef and I can say the food is ok. It's a small Island and the food is different than in the state. I really do not understand if you are a "good restaurant " why force a 18% tip on people. I really do know what people really see in this place.

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Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at. Don't miss coming here while in Vieques. Incomparable. Presentation was as exquisite and the taste of the food.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

All the locals tell you to go this place. It was really filled with tourists, but the locals know what they are talking about! Great service, great staff, amazing dishes, great ambiance right across the street from the ocean and a fabulous owner who checks in with each table. Full bar and on the night we were there, a raucous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The ceviche is amazing! The specials are also always delicious. Kate the owner has great advice about what to do while on the island so make this restaurants one of your first stops, you won't be disappointed

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Had the special of the night, Pana(breadfruit) and sweet potato mofongo stuffed with shrimp and skirt steak, one word, delicious!!

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Vieques is such a small island and I wasn't expecting to have such a great dining experience. This restaurant was fabulous. The restaurant felt clean and had nice decor. The hostess and servers were very professional. I had the scallops and there were so many different amazing flavors. It was definitely on the expensive side but well worth it.

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Additional Information about El Quenepo

Address: 148 Calle Flamboyan | Esperanza, 00765, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: +1 787-741-1215
Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Isla de Vieques
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 40

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 148 Calle Flamboyan | Esperanza, 00765, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Isla de Vieques
  • Phone Number: +1 787-741-1215

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Scenic view

Description

Fine dining located on the waterfront in Esperanza. Innovative cuisine with lots of flavors. Featured items include fresh local seafood, specialty cocktails, and local greens. Vegan and vegetarian items also available. Open for dinner only at 5:30. Closed Sunday.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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