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“5 Star service you would expect in a major city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante R & R

Restaurante R & R
Calle De El Arte, Juayua, El Salvador
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Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Juayua
Cuisines: Central American
Description: Chef Carlos Careres creates unique entrees combining talents learned while studying in Canada with his El Salvadoran background. We ate at his restaurant, as recommended in Frommer's guide, and it was the best meal we had bar none in El Salvador. The steaks were perfection as was the chicken. He is very creative and incorporates many of the local flavours - one of the steaks was prepared with a coffee rub (Juayua being a coffee growing town). Carlos speaks excellent English and is incredibly hospitable. Our whole meal was delicious and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Juayua. Also of note, it was one of the least expensive restaurants we visited while in El Salvador!
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Description: Chef Carlos Careres creates unique entrees combining talents learned while studying in Canada with his El Salvadoran background. We ate at his restaurant, as recommended in Frommer's guide, and it was the best meal we had bar none in El Salvador. The steaks were perfection as was the chicken. He is very creative and incorporates many of the local flavours - one of the steaks was prepared with a coffee rub (Juayua being a coffee growing town). Carlos speaks excellent English and is incredibly hospitable. Our whole meal was delicious and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Juayua. Also of note, it was one of the least expensive restaurants we visited while in El Salvador!
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“5 Star service you would expect in a major city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant has a really cool character, the painting covered walls give it a real great ambiance. Our waiter was top notch, very nicely spoken and attentive.
The food was an even bigger surprise. The presentation was great, the portions were more than enough and the flavour was so immense. So many flavours that fit together so well. After we had a few mouth fulls the chef came out to ask if it was to our liking and if the steak was done right. And it was.
You really should give the place a try and see just what little gems are hidden way out in the beautiful country in El Salvador.
We walked out wondering what a great little place was doing in such a small town, well done to the chef and wait staff.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 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
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent for steak, ok for vegetarian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Not inexpensive, but satisfying--we ordered steak plus a veggie dish both times we went. No wine by the glass. We chose the potato side over the salad both times--good choice. The steaks were fine--the veggie plate was cooked well but the veggies lacked distinctive flavors (the garlic bread strips placed on top did add a distinct flavor)--the veggie lasagna had much better flavor. The presentation, decor and service were all excellent. R&R also has a food booth at the weekend street food fair (no vegetarian plate)--excellent flavor and value.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lisbon, Portugal
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Steak! Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Very good restaurant, great staff, great steak! They were very welcoming good service, nice decoration. A place to go! They also have a stand on the food festival that is really great.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise in Juayua.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I ate here twice while in Juayua. I am a vegetarian and the owner of our hotel recommended R y R on our first night there, so we decided to check it out. On our first visit we shared the veggie stir fry dish, which was beautifully presented and delicious and came with a very nice salad with local fruits and a cucumbery-dressing. Head chef Carlos was very welcoming and when we asked for some salsa picante he whipped up a delicious bowl of freshly made hot sauce. We wanted to finish it so we asked for a few tortillas, and ended up with an insanely delicious plate of fried tortillas with cheese and hot peppers. It was perfect.

On our second visit my boyfriend had the steak, and when he couldn't decide which sauce to choose Carlos offered to make a small serving of each on one plate so he could taste them all. It was a ton of food but he really enjoyed it. I had the veggie lasagna, which wasn't as good as the stir fry, but still tasty.

Hands down the most memorable offering here was the peanut (mani) horchata. It is life changingly good. Even if you don't have a chance to eat a full meal here you should stop in to try this drink. I am still craving it.

Ambience is nice, with candles and bird paintings by a local artist on the tables and walls. Sit near the window for good people watching. Service was excellent, our waiter was super friendly and Carlos chatted with us and recommended local sights to see.

It was really refreshing to see such creative cooking being done by a local chef in Juayua - a rare treat in the small towns of El Salvador. Thanks for some great meals and conversation, Carlos and crew :)



  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Excellante”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We had the most wonderful meal at R&R. The food preparation and presentation was superb and the tastes wonderful.... We had a great waiter and the chef came out to greet us and was a great guy. We highly recommend this restaurant - one of the best meals we had in El Salvador. We were supposed to return and pick up some spice from the chef but were unable - sorry. we do not have your contact info, but if you email us at tmvp01@aol.com, we will gladly send you a check for the spice so you can ship it to us. Thanks for a memorable meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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