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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

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Beatiful

We were there last April. My sister always stays there when I vacation. Beatiful people. Clean. Helpful. Polite. Near stores and beaches. Wonderful! I recommend it to everyone. I would stay again n again...when I go on vacation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were there last April. My sister always stays there when I vacation. Beatiful people. Clean. Helpful. Polite. Near stores and beaches. Wonderful! I recommend it to everyone. I would stay again n again...when I go on vacation.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I returned to this restaurant having been a few years ago. I think they are in the middle of upgrading the dining room. The cafeteria side was more comfortable. Tostones Relleno de Jueyes were good. Bistec Encebollado was ok. I should have made sure a temperature was taken for the meat. Came out well done. I guess I will try... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Good coffee, good plantain soup. Puerto Rican tipical food. Good service, fair prices Bad they don't have good hot chocolate Easy to reach. Parking

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Hatillo, Puerto Rico
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We ate at the BC for the first time today. It appears to be a cafeteria style - serve yourself setup. The place is not that fancy at all. You get a tray and tell the the food service worker what you would like on your plate. After we (2 of us) got our main course, we were told to... More 

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Captiva, FL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Right off rt 2 you can't miss it. Very good service. Hubby had Thai chicken with mixed rice (they were out of regular chicken). Very good he said. & he loved the plain rain soup. Good coffee also. I had the Cubango which was good although the pork was a tad dry. Would come again. They also have free wifi.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A fun, cafeteria-style place with typical dishes and great service located conveniently at the beginning or end of the northern expressway to or from San Juan (depending on which way you’re going). We stopped by on our way to Mayaguez at about 2:30 pm for a bite, and the place was almost full, which is pretty much the way it... More 

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the hotel. Dining area was clean and appealing when entering. Food was average. Creole shrimp didn't have much seasoning and portion was small. My wife had chicken stuffed with plantains and guava sauce. That dish was pretty good. Vegetables included in the dinner looked and tasted like frozen mixed vegetables. They do... More 

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

THEY HAVE DECAF! After traveling all around PR, no one had coffee, but they did and I was sooo happy it wasn't instant! I had an omelete and my family had breakfast sandwiches... Really good!

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

El Buen Café is one of those places that's been around forever. What was once but a truck stop is now a small hotel as well. To me, it's always been a required stop on the way to the west end of the island, and has kept up a reasonable level of quality throughout the years. Everyone's experience may vary,... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Our first bad food experience, and we knew it immediately when we sat down and the table was vacant but had a "residue" smell to it, even though it had been prepped for service and it was only slightly past 1900 on a Saturday evening. We ordered staples from the menu recommended and favoured by our wait staff-- house specialties... 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?