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Cafe Manolin

Certificate of Excellence
Caribbean, Latin, Cafe, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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251 San Agustin, San Juan 00901-2938, Puerto Rico
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here while walking through the old city. It is a cafeteria seating and there was a huge line but the food is well worth the wait. I had the Mofongu with chicken and it was great. My wife had steak with rice and beans. The pina colada was spectacular. All that for $30, I highly recommend the food... More 

Thank Randy B
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110 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Casual old fashioned stools around u shaped counters--very cool--very good food at good prices! Lunch is a must..Im sure their breakfast is great too!

Thank JJ416
Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

was there for 1 day had mofongo with shrimp and the passion fruit drink with rum very delicious. even the white rice had flavor. i highly recommend.

Thank cseepersad
Nassau, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I arrived at Old San Juan a day early for our cruise and we went to this cafe for lunch after we checked in to our hotel. My older daughter had the chicken mofongo, my husband had pernil (special for the day), my younger daughter had empanada de lomillo (pork), and I had the Puerto Rican style... More 

Thank RCS4316
Maumee, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant had wonderful food, drinks, service, and is very clean. The wait staff was very friendly and the service was outstanding. They want to please you. We were here for 3 lunches and one breakfast. It was THAT GOOD! We tried the Chicken Mofongo, red snapper, and the grilled chicken breasts. The beans and rice are excellent. We also... More 

Thank Lammon18
Springfield, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was visiting my Island, my family and friends, having a great time with them. My brother invited me to this restaurant after we walked more than 15 steps (using a Fitbit) from Santurce to the Old San Juan!! The food, the service, the family atmosphere, the price!!!, in general, all was great! I love mofongo (a ball of fried... More 

Thank irisyvan
Agawam, Massachusetts
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123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many places to dine in Old San Juan - but this restaurant was an exceptional find. We found it by searching TripAdvisor and we were happy we did. As we sat at the counter, our lunch choices were: Biftec Encero, Camarones Criolla Amarillo, and Carne Frita. We topped off our lunch by splitting a flan queso - one... More 

Thank Donna S
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a self proclaimed "foodie" this place is a must. We discovered it on our last day and wish we would've discovered it on our first. Great food and the most affordable we found. Diner style casual get in get it. Make sure you try the orange juice!

Thank Brian P
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for lunch with a large group. It was crowded with locals (always a good sign) and tourists, but service was friendly and quick. Seating at tables and the counter. Menu has a wide variety of options and the portions are very large. My chicken mofongo was excellent!! Several others in our group ordered a chicken fillet that they... More 

Thank Cindy E
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across Cafe Manolin while checking out Old San Juan. Lots of the restaurants we looked at seemed to be very touristy, which wasn't appealing based on the location. Manolin had a true local feel. The lunch counter was filled with locals and that's usually that's a sign of good place. The food is authentic Puerto Rican and all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Caribbean, Latin, Cafe, Spanish, Puerto Rican
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
6:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 San Agustin, San Juan 00901-2938, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 7877239743

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