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“Great food - neat experience.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barbara Rosa

Barbara Rosa
195 Calle Escudero, Puerto Rico
787 742 0773
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Ranked #4 of 28 Restaurants in Culebra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner
Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great food - neat experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

When Barbara Rosa has her Christmas lights turned on it means she is cooking dinner. We got there early on Valentines Day and both had her Grouper. It was a huge meal of fish, salad and fresh cut steak fries. We brought our own bottle of wine to drink. It was great. I would get there early as if you arrive later the wait for your dinner can be a long time. She only has eight tables and you sit on her porch for dinner. You grab your food when she shouts your name from her living room. When you bring you empty plates back you pay for dinner.

Visited February 2014
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English first
Cologne
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is an out of the ordinary place. The food was very good, we were lucky to try the famous shark nuggets. Barbara is not only a good chef but also an interesting person and you can tell solely from her eyes that she has experienced a lot in her life. Go and see for yourself, and make sure to leave a decent tip if you like it.

Visited February 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“one wonderful woman and super food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

she does it all, takes the orders, cooks it all, lets you know when it's ready and then takes payment after you eat. A wonderful casual spot, BUT call or check before you go as she isn't open every day.

Visited February 2014
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Alexandria, VA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

True home cooking - straight out of Barbara Rosa's kitchen. The fish and ships are wonderful. The pasta also god good reviews from friends we were with. Really liked the shark bites!

Visited February 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Visit marred by annoying patrons”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

If' you're on Culebra more than three nights, you have to eat here. It's the closest thing I've experienced to Mother Hull's in Atlanta in the 1970s. (That's high praise; Ma Hull served straight-up Southern home cooking at her boarding house, which she opened to non-boarders to help pay off some medical bills. $2.50 for weekday lunch, $3.00 on Sunday. All you can eat: fried chicken, okra, biscuits, banana pudding with nilla wafers, and much else was on the groaning, common table. Jimmy Carter ate there, as did a musician named Jagger. Not together. But I digress.)

Others have described the setup: go into her house and order at the pass-through to the kitchen. She'll call you when your food is ready. Meanwhile, stake out a table on the large porch.We had to wait more than a half-hour for our food, which was not unreasonable. I didn't plan in advance and had no idea where to get beer on a Sunday night; she directed me to Happy Landings, a local pub at the end of the airport runway. Just going there for take-out Medalla was one of the more interesting experiences I had on Culebra. The seafood stroganoff I ordered ($15.95) was interesting if not quite excellent, but it certainly was very good. On the main island I would call it a bit overpriced, but Culebra restaurants seem to be a bit pricier than one might expect. Still, this is a mostly self-service establishment. That's said, I will happily return next time I'm on Culebra.

Unfortunately, what should have been a very nice evening was ruined by the loud, rude, and annoying patrons at the three other occupied tables. This was on February 2. They had a spirited (i.e., alcohol-fueled) conversation, shouted from table to table. Our table was in the middle of this three-way "conversation," making it impossible to enjoy our food. This is not to discourage you from eating at Barbara Rosa's. But it is intended to remind you that other patrons at this or any other restaurant deserve to enjoy their meal. If you want to have loud, annoying conversations, there are plenty of bars that are suitable venues. This restaurant is not among them.

(I did not take into consideration these inconsiderate customers in my rating.)

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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