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Al Dente

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309 Calle Del Recinto S, San Juan 00901-1988, Puerto Rico
787/723-7303
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a business lunch for our boss that it's retiring. Our party of 12 was accommodated promptly. Because it was lunch the place was not packed. Very friendly service. The manager was always around making sure that everything was doing ok. For starters the arancinis and the sausages where delicious. As for second course, I had the pumpkin filled... More 

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Cortland, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing little gem hidden in Old San Juan. They had excellent service and amazing food. We started with the most amazing bruschetta and for dinner I had the linguini carbonara and my husband had the veal tortellini. We could not get enough. It was a shame there was no room left for desert because they looked good.... More 

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Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I had never tasted a Pasta Carbonara like the one I had in Al Dente. This pasta was by far the best I've ever had. It's rich flavors, creamy texture and perfect portion delighted me! Had great food and a great time with my husband friends/family :)

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Washington
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The food, the service, the wine - everything was perfect. The bread pudding for desert was to die for. And we tried a bottle of Recanati wine from Israel, it was delicious. Highly recommend this place!!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Excellent place to eat. We hd lunch and were veery well taken care of. Paid very good attention to food allergies. Fried risotto balls for appetizers were crisp and delicious.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Not my wife's in my first choice however what I wonderful surprise. Al Dente we where told was the oldest Italian restaurant in Old Town San Juan. It did not disappoint when it came to the level of quality and flavour in the dishes that they serve. And on top of it all it has a wonderful warm Italian contemporary... More 

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Thank Mrcreackers
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

This place is friendly and great. Go there all the time. Sat outside and loved it. Help out this business which has been here for 26 years!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Went for a business meeting on a Friday afternoon for lunch. The service was good and attentive. We had a spinach salad to share as appetizer. Bacon bits were nice and crispy. They had lunch specials but we had to ask for them. I had the baked penne pasta with italian sausages. It was very good. Tasty with enough cheese... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I have to acknowledge I'm no food expert and that Italian food is not my favorite but I have to admit this place is good. The restaurant is very accesible whether by car (two parking lots are across the street), if you are staying in Old San Juan or even for lunch if you are on a cruise. At the... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

This is one of Puerto Rico's best Italian restaurants located in Old San Juan. They have a great Montepulciano win, reasonably priced at $32 with an excellent rating made by Farnese. The rigatoni and meatballs is a classic that continues to be very good, and the baked penne was delicious. For a weekday at noon there were just a few... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 Calle Del Recinto S, San Juan 00901-1988, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787/723-7303

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?