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Vaca Brava is fun and taste! A unique puerto rican country style restaurant, focused on steaks, mashed plantains and other delightful local ingredients, this place introduced the elevated custom designed platters. That revolutionized the restaurant industry along the island and spread the word of mouth, calling the attention of the locals, as well as the international media. Some of the dishes like "La Vaca Acostá" (The resting cow), "El tendedero" (The drying rack) and the traditional mofongo, amongst others, became famous and immediately long lines of diners were made to taste the innovative concept. Whole families ate from a single service; and singles like Adam Richman from The Travel Channel
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $40
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a disappointing lunch (across the street), decided to try this place. The staff was friendly and helpful. Ribs were cooked well and pretty tasty. Mufungo was seasoned well. But the item that blew me away was the pistachio flan. DELICIOUS! Never had it before,...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typically I check reviews when deciding on dinner but I left that decision to my friends 18 y/o daughter. We just happened to walk by and there wasn’t a wait. Should’ve known. Now the food wasn’t horrible, but it’s similar to many American chain restaurants;...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In old San Juan, it is a need to visit. I tried the kan kan here so delicious. Definitely would recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Rebecca T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked by this place many times and finally decided to try. Were quite disappointed. The service was terrible and the ribs, that are supposed to the signature dish, were just ok. Won’t be back.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank laurabH7577DC
Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

Ok this is in el Viejo San Juan and honestly the food here is geared toward tourists, so if you’re looking for authentic comida criolla this place isn’t it. But if you want a good dinner then give this place a try, we have eaten...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank sulai b
Reviewed August 18, 2019

the service is horrible waited at the door for 10 minutes before thay noticed i was there. the food is very common they try to impress you with the size of the portions but the quality is not as expected quality is always better than...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jose C
Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

I followed the hotel recommendation decided to go there for dinner. Menu online was appealing enough and saw that it was in old town area of San Juan where we were going to be. We followed the MapQuest to get us there but the direction...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Yokohawaii
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

I’ve read in Google reviews from people claiming it takes them a long time to bring out the food and it fact it takes them over 30 minutes even though the place was not busy on a Tuesday night. The food is average, not terrible...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank MoeMoeMoe822
Reviewed August 5, 2019

Good place to have dinner, portions are gigantic! Good taste, maybe not the best Mofongo in town, but it was ok. The container where they put it on is very big so it becomes uncomfortable to eat on it. I like the location, and the...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank unpardeviajeros
Reviewed July 28, 2019

We enjoyed the food at Vaca Brava so much that we returned a second occasion within 48 hours. The selection of excellent barbecue or traditional meals was great. This is one of my favorite restaurants of Old San Juan.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Alan R
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Response from Hector P | Reviewed this property |
I am just a customer who ate there and reviewed the restaurant.
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Ken J
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Response from Lisandra H | Property representative |
Hi Ken, If we send the menu should only be called at 787-723-3700.
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