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“Nice Pitstop while in Old SJ” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano

Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano
206 Tetuan Street | Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Formerly Carli Cafe Concierto)
787-725-4927
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Ranked #37 of 628 Restaurants in San Juan
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Nice Pitstop while in Old SJ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stopped in here because it started to rain and we were wandering the streets looking for a dinner place. The lady that greeted us at the door was extremely nice and knowledgable of the menu. Things started out great, wonderful atmosphere, dark and romantic. A piano was in the far corner. Everything turned when a family of 6 was seated two tables down with shouting kids competing with the piano player - that quickly turned a nice, quiet meal into a train wreck. We did order the mushroom risotto and two cocktails, then appropriately left this place to go to Al Dente up the street. Nice place, but if you are looking to have a conversation, you may find it too loud to do so

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We landed here after a long day of walking. We were in no mood to pursue long lines at other restaurants.

Carli's was delightful. A bit pricey which makes entry plausible. The staff is ultra friendly. Food is outstanding. Do try the spinach ravioli and grouper filet.


The live jazz deserves a shout out as well!

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Goldens Bridge, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Carli puts on a good show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Good food and wine at a decent price. Throw in some live music from Carli and his band plus a great waiter (Wolfgang). What more do you need!

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New Mexico, USA
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“A lovely evening!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Carli Muñoz knows how to tinkle the ivories, and he's got the gold record to show it. Carli's Fine Bistro & Piano is a lovely place for a romantic dinner or special occasion in Old San Juan. Mr. Muñoz is a gracious and welcoming presence on his genuine Steinway grand, the service is gracious and professional, the bartender is artful (my wife declared the mojito to be the best she had in Old San Juan) and the food is solidly good (and I don't mean this as a slight - there was not a thing wrong with the food, but it isn't really the jewel in this crown). It's an "experience" place - the highlight for me was listening to Mr. Muñoz' interpretations of the Great American Songbook, which captivate both the heart and the head. I know Cole Porter was smiling at one point. The food, atmosphere and service are a wonderful complement to the beautiful experience of the music. I'm so glad we spent the evening at Carli's - great memories, for sure.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Matteson, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Little Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Staff was excellent. The bartender that made our drinks put his heart in soul into it. I don't think I ever had a mojito made with so much conviction.The outcome was excellent. Food was wonderful as well. A little on the pricey side but worth every penny. Entertainment from Carli was phnomenal. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting old San Juan for a wonderful experience.

Visited September 2013
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