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“Gourmet restaurant that evokes colonial elegance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Aaron

Restaurant Aaron
Apartado 1132 | Horned Dorset Primavera, Rincon 00677, Puerto Rico
800-633-1857
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Ranked #67 of 82 Restaurants in Rincon
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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75 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Gourmet restaurant that evokes colonial elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We didn't stay at the Horned Dorset, but decided to try its Restaurant Aaron after having a disappointing "special occasion" dinner in San Juan. We had some reservations about eating there because we had heard that the former head chef had moved back to the East Coast, but we were pleasantly and delightfully surprised at the quality of the experience, both in the restaurant and in the fabulous food. The ambiance is very genteel and lovely; the waitstaff were great. We enjoyed drinks downstairs on the patio overlooking the beach and the waves - very romantic! Dinner was similarly lovely: candlelit, quiet, formal, beautiful decor. Regardless of the ambiance, the food was superb: we split an appetizer of cornmeal and pancetta stuffed quail; our main courses were red snapper and duck; and we split a white chocolate and lime souffle for dessert. All were fantastic - the new chef is definitely a keeper! We would not hesitate to dine there again.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Its a great restaurant with an excelent atmosphere. Service also is good. We stay at hornet dorset in August If you need to relax, this is the place. Highly recommended

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, MD, USA
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Delicious, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We stayed at the Horned Dorset property for a week and dined in Restaurant Aaron (upstairs) three times for dinner. The service was excellent each time and the ambiance was elegant without being stuffy. The food preparation was impeccable, what I would expect in NY or London. Unlike many Caribbean restaurants, they did not focus solely on local ingredients or preparation, though Caribbean elements were there.

Among the more memorable dishes were the mushroom soup, the seared game hen, and the scallop (offered as part of the chef's tasting). That single scallop was one of the best I have ever had. The duck was also fantastic. New selections are added to entrees, starters and desserts each evening, so while the menu has some consistent elements, it changes nightly. Another fine feature is the selection of breads offered. There was a biscuit with a touch of anise that was divine.

The souffles offered were excellent (we had banana and raspberry), and the presentation notable. The wine list, while not large, offered good coverage of new and old world, at reasonable prices.

The restaurant itself is large, segregated into a main area with wings off either side. The wing to the left as you enter has an interesting, hand-painted mural. All areas have a beautiful view of the ocean. The light fixtures have shades which give off a ruddy glow that we found very pleasing. Pricing was a little on the high end, but nothing out of line. And coupled with the level of service, it was well worth it.

Note that there is also an informal restaurant on the first floor of the same building. It is not fine dining, but offers excellent and consistent food and service, and has some dishes in common (certain desserts, for example). Its price point is also substantially lower than the fine dining restaurant above.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

The dining room at primavera is absolutely stunning! Service is top notch, expect to pay top dollar for good but not great food. Completely worth it for the experience alone!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Augustine, FL
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Fine cuisine in a relaxing setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

My wife and I booked the Horned Dorset based on location and reviews and had no idea how relaxing and wonderful the hotel would be. Our first night, we dined at the more upscale of the two restaurants. At first, it was a rather odd juxtaposition, an upscale, rather formal dining room in a resort where your toughest daily decision is which bathing suit to wear. Fortunately, the only thing "stuffy" about the place is in the imagination and the service we received was top-notch - even with me in jeans.

The food was unexpectedly superb and blended local seafood with classical French technique, a huge contrast to the other "upscale" dining options in the area. The wine list was small but adequate (note - nothing by the glass).

All in all, the restaurant was a bastion of very high quality dining in a spectacular setting.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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