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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

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 10
    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
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Chris E
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Sparta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is one of the best restaurant in town the service excellent , the food excellent the ambiance great , and for all the price you will not believed . I fully recommend This stop for the best food coffee and food.

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Hightstown, NJ
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

El Buen Cafe is located across the street from the hotel by the same name. There are two parts: a dining room and a cafe that serves lunch and breakfast, and sells convenience items. In the evening, we sat in the dinning room and had Mofongo Pollo (plantains stuffed with chicken), Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice), and Casquito Guayaba... More 

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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?