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El Buen Cafe

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381 Hwy, 2 | Parador Hotel, Hatillo, Puerto Rico
898-3495
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
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
OK if in the area

The place itself is between a luncheonette and a diner, adequate but decor wise nothing special. The food is OK but again nothing special. Service is friendly but not much above basic. There are better choices within 10 - 15 minutes.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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New York City, New York
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Maricao, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great service. Nice internet connection. Pool was ok. Restaurant was within walking distance. Would recommend.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The place itself is between a luncheonette and a diner, adequate but decor wise nothing special. The food is OK but again nothing special. Service is friendly but not much above basic. There are better choices within 10 - 15 minutes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Stopped in for lunch & ordered Mofongo with shrimp in a criollo broth. The waitress very friendly advised us it would take maybe 15- 20 mins. When it arrived it was fresh though a little salty & dry. The waitress came to ask how it was & I told her to dry to which she brought me more broth. Shrimp... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

While on the road we stopped in for a late lunch. The coffee was the worst I've had in all of The island. They brought out my mother-in-laws steak at least ten minutes before any other food was served. Then after that the waitress comes back to tell my sister-in-law they don't have what she ordered! It had already been... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I had a pernil/pork sandwich. It was huge and good. The place is well maintain and the bathroom was small but clean.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Employees are very attentive to needs of us while we were there. The food was clean not greasy. Typical Puerto Rican food and attention! Recommend to anyone not expecting a full very fine 5 star restaurant.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My husband and I stopped here to try their famous coffee. Although not epic, it was a great cup of espresso and the pastries were superb. Service, however, was poor. Waiters didn't really care much about you and weren't friendly. Bathrooms need work. The place had a odd smell too.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Great cafe con leche! Mofongo de jueyes was really good and so was the cubano sandwich. For taste and the coffee I would give the four stars. Prices were a bit on the high side considering you can go to Barancas bakery and eat great food like a king for literally half the price. And we waited a long time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

On a drive, we stopped here for lunch. So good! Chicken and rice were out of this world, as was the tres leches dessert. Forget the tourist places and go here!

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Newark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Overpriced is a good description of this place,5 star prices in a 1star dinner cafeteria restaurant don't know what they really call it if its even that,funny thing the owner was there and he wanted everybody to know who he was,so if you like to be ripped off then this is the place

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 381 Hwy, 2 | Parador Hotel, Hatillo, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Hatillo
  • Phone Number: 898-3495

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Diner
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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