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“Don't go to the tourist trap Raices and go to Mojito's instead!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mojito's Restaurant

Mojito's Restaurant
323 Recinto Sur | zip 00901, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-438-8387
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Ranked #115 of 627 Restaurants in San Juan
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: directly across from public parking garages in Old San juan
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“Don't go to the tourist trap Raices and go to Mojito's instead!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

The fish is delicious, fresh, and priced well. I have tried just about everything here and enjoyed all of it. Great stop for local food. Raices is a wannabe imitation.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Traditional, tasty, abundant, and inexpensive; service lacks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Mojito's has been around for quite some time, at least ten years, serving local patrons from nearby offices as its primary clientele. Occasionally, a cruise ship based or other tourist walks in and discovers the bevy of local dishes at reasonable prices that are offered, leaving satisfied in the belly and in the wallet, perhaps not so much in the ego. Mojito's is located right next to various other, more "classy" restaurants, which can indeed provide a more relaxed experience with elevated cuisine, at double or triple the prices, such as Al Dente (good) and Raices (avoid). As such, many tourists don't even know Mojito's is there, or will skip it altogether, dismissing it as the sort of the hole-in-the-wall it is by comparison. Rest assured, the inside is clean, hygiene is good, and I've never gotten sick from eating here - even with my fairly touchy stomach.

Mojito's is not a tourist destination; rather, it's a taste of local life, with the typical slower service, the once in a while forgotten plate in your order, and the "I might not be able to care less" attitude of younger waitresses, tempered by the more friendly and dedicated approach of the older gentlemen that also help serve dishes. You will find yourself having to chase a waitress down to get another beverage or ask for dessert, and you'll usually be seated in the coldest area of the restaurant (to the right and then to the back when you enter), which is where nobody wants to be and thus is usually the most empty area. Be sure to ask for a reseating, which during busy times such as noon to 2pm on weekdays will mean being seated next to a fridge near the bar from which waitresses will elbow around you to get items out as you eat. Still, don't let it disturb you, and enjoy the traditional food, which is why one comes to Mojito's in the first place.

Churrascos ($15) are good. Do try the mofongo with camarones al ajillo, a mashed plaintain base with garlic shrimp on top ($18), or the bistec encebollado ($13), which is essentially a skirt steak with onions. If you go during the weekdays for lunch, there are always specials that bring down the cost of some lunch plates into the $8 region. Accompany with tostones (four large to a serving if ordered as an appetizer), or the typical arroz con habichuelas (rice and kidney beans in a tomato based sauce, which is far tastier than it may sound).

Be aware they do close for vacation at times. For example, this September (2013), they are closed for the entire month. Visit once, and you may find yourself visiting more.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Amazing churrasco! The atmosphere was good, not too tourist. The place is not fancy but the food has GREAT taste, well seasoned. The price is good and the experience great.

Visited August 2013
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“Great food and drink.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The food was pretty good. Try the peach/mango frozen margarita. You wont be disappointed. The service was excellent.

Visited August 2013
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“Good Mojitos, Good Food, skip the soup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great restaurant for Puerto Rican food. Prices are very reasonable and the food is very good. The place is a hole in the wall, could need some TLC, but your are not going for the place, just for the food. For cruise ship passengers, the restaurant is only a couple of blocks away from the pier. Start, of course with a Mojito (white rum, sugar, spearmint (yerba buena) and soda). These are good mojitos, not the best, but very likable. Skip the soup and head for the bistec encebollado (thin pan fried steak with sauted onions), rice and beans and ripe plantains ("amarillos). Want to indulge? Get a side order of mofongo (mashed fried green or ripe plantain with pork fried skins and garlic) and order the lamb chops. The place closes for one month during the month of September.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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