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$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Puerto Rican, Spanish, South American, Gluten Free Options
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364 Calle de La Fortaleza | 00901, San Juan 00901-1717, Puerto Rico
+1 787-722-0665
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in for dinner with my friend while we were wandering in Viejo San Juan. Service was good, even though the restaurant was very busy with a large party. The bartender was friendly and promptly served us our drinks. The food was delicious. We started with the lobster and shrimp with yuca gnocci and that was one of the most... More 

Thank Wanda D
Panama City, Panama
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a great meal and great company in this charming restaurant at the foot of Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan. A nice wine list, fresh and amazingly delicious ceviche, and a personal recommendation for the snapper fillet with lobster mafongo. Wow!

Thank marcodelbarco
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here for dinner with 6 people and a child. The watermelon sangria was good but a little to light (lots of ice). The Ceviche was the best part of the meal. The fish was fresh and the flavors were spot on. The main dishes were ok. I found the mofongo to be a bit dry. I would say overall... More 

Thank Ricky M
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say? Amazing? 5 stars? Yes and yes. We had an amazing anniversary dinner. The service was top notch, and the food was excellent. The Sea scallops were the best we've had in a long time. Everything was fresh! Oysters on the half shell a bit pricey, but super fresh. Great experience all the way around

Thank Mike S
Hamilton, Bermuda
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This surprising restaurant had old style charm with good food. We ordered an assortment of food and everything tasted good.

Thank RandyR48
Union City, New Jersey
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service at this restaurant is always great. One of my favorite restaurants in OSJ. The seafood is pricey, but very fresh. I had the cod fish balls as an app and ordered the 1.5 lb lobster stuffed with crab as my entree. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

Thank Jessica B
appleton, wi
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We thought the food was okay, but not quite worth the price. The wait staff were excellent, but the chefs were slow when it got busy there.

Thank paula1326
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The staff here were soooo nice, I felt like I had known them for years! The food was so delicious! So fresh, so much flavor! Every time someone tells me they are going to San Juan, I tell them they have to go here! I can't wait to visit again!

Thank Jetset_N_Chill
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Really non friendly waiting stuff. Food quality very unsatisfactory. Not even close to match. Fish over cooked, mofongo too try? if that is possible this place done it. Had better food at food trucks... Definetly place to skip disregard what locals recommended. Payment process painfully long

Thank Jure Z
Ocean, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Entered at 5 PM for dinner. Wife and I were the only customers. Wait staff was good enough but we ordered a watermelon sangria for $11 which was served in a 6 oz wine glass-half filled with ice! Ordered the "specialty" of the house, an orso pailla for 2. Tasted OK but not worth the $44 . Seemed that the... More 

Thank cascadejoe2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $60
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Puerto Rican, Spanish, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 364 Calle de La Fortaleza | 00901, San Juan 00901-1717, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-722-0665
Aguaviva, opened in 2002, specializes in seaside Latino cuisine - the freshest fish and seafood prepared with Latino – Caribbean flair by Chef Hector Crespo. Aguaviva features an amazing ceviche and oyster bar in front of the open kitchen, allowing diners to interact with our chefs and dine in a beautiful environment. Oysters are flown in daily and there are six fresh ceviche varieties, all served with hot crispy Puerto Rican tostones.The Aguaviva bar tempts with creative Caribbean cocktails such as the fresh Pineapple Mojito and Watermelon Vivatini and Sangria.Aguaviva’s design is hip and refreshing, with intimate island seaside touches throughout the glowing blue and white candlelit space.Named one of Conde Nast Traveller’s hottest new 100 restaurants in the world, and San Juan City magazine’s Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Restaurant for a First Date, Aguaviva is not to be missed.

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