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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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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Great place

Have stayed here several times. From the Management to the cleaning staff were very friendly, knowledge and lovers of their job. Had a great stay and they were good that I make them my place to stay on all my visits to PR.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Victor M
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Arlington, Texas
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Going from Mayagüez to San Juan on a Sunday night options are limited. Tgey closed at 10pm and we arrived at 9:20pm. Usually employees would be crazy to leave. Our waiter was Mr.MODESTO who was outstanding. Treated us like it was 1pm. The whole staff was very friendly. Food was great, fresh and neatly presented once again as if we... More 

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Thank Bel122
Arlington, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have stayed here several times. From the Management to the cleaning staff were very friendly, knowledge and lovers of their job. Had a great stay and they were good that I make them my place to stay on all my visits to PR.

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Thank Victor M
Union Beach, New Jersey
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was tasty and fresh. Great prices. We eat here for breakfast, lunch and dinner sometimes when we stay in Hatillo.

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Thank Rebecca G
Puerto Rico
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I guess the PR Tourism Company hasn't visit this place in a while because the "Meson Gastronomico" certificate should be removed. One side is a cafeteria that appears to be from a Hospital. The other is the "restaurant". No decor, service is the same expected at a local bar, food well below average. Avoid at all cost.

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Thank travelauditor
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

The food was inedible. I ordered a Ceasar salad and not only did the dressing have a mayo aftertaste, there was more dressing than actual salad. Absolutely disgusting. My friends plate had raw meat, and it took over 40 mins for the food to arrive. The coffee is awful. Wouldn't come back

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Thank JessicaMoor
White Plains, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

We came here on a Monday and it was nothing less then amazing! I had a red snapper with rice beans and sweet plantains and a piña colada. It was cooked to perfection. My boyfriend and his cousin was very pleased with their choices as well. If you are in Hatillo it is a must try. You will love it!!!

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Thank Amanda M
Maricao, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank Jose L
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Didier A
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Tali2012
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?