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Vaca Brava

$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
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29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Haslett, Michigan, United States
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many wonderful restaurants to choose from, we're glad we selected this one! A primarily beef menu, although the salmon and mahi mahi dishes some of our party had were very good. If you have a large appetite for a PR dish, try the Kan Kan. It's a monster pork chop prepared in an almost Brazilian way and tastes wild!... More 

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Thank Edward Z
Salt Lake City
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying at the Old San Juan Sheraton last week, we asked the hotel staff for dinner recommendations within walking distance each night. The Baca Brava (witht funky red bull out front) was easily the best meal of the week. Our server recommended a mofongo dish that was outstanding and a literal "rack" of meat strips (steak, ribs, grilled chicken, sausages)... More 

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Thank D J W
Parkville, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is delicious, served in very generous portions! Service can be a little slow if they are busy, but it is well wortht he wait...just keep the drinks coming! Buen Provecho!!

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Thank Malvarez11977
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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324 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met friends here for a dinner. This is their new location and now has outside seating. The air conditioning in San Juan is always cold and you need a jacket. The burger was cooked perfectly and the Churrasco was melt in your mouth good.

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Thank RusPat_704
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place, location and service..food sooo very delicious..Freddy...was soo attentive, friendly and helpful..would highly recommend it..other restaurants couldn't serve because their ATM's were out of service..but at Vaca Brava...Freddy saved the day.. no problem here!

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Thank elguapodepr
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great entree the Kan Kan really cool place. Really unique fried pork dish and a great portion. Enjoyed it the crispy pieces with great flavor. Would visit again just for this dish.

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Thank Paul R
Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

We had a great dinner here! Thanks to yari!!! Food was good and service was even better. We had some great mofongo and we enjoyed the company!

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Thank jengelsnow
Isabela, Puerto Rico
1 review
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

Excellent place to share food and taste the different flavors. Perfect for more than three friends. My advise is for everybody to try different main dishes, that way everyone tries the different flavors.

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Thank Jamie_Linda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

I'm a native Hispanic from Florida who came to Puerto Rico with my family for Spring Break 2017. We came to Vaca Brava on the second to last day on our trip looking for the famous Puerto Rican "Chuleta Kan Kan", after being disappointed at another restaurant, and me and family were blown away at the absolutely exquisite taste of... More 

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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Great food and attention by the employee named Abilio. It's a fine place to go with a big group of people (family or friends), because it's serves too much food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $60
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-3700
Description
Vaca Brava is a restaurant run with love and dedication.
In the you can savor a delicious Puerto Rican and totally creative food. Our extensive menu is divided into two parts ; To Eat Solito or eat together . In this Second we have a variety of dish where they can eat more than one person in some dishes consume up to 5 people. Among those dishes is La Vaca Acosta where you can participate in a Challenge that if you eat it you just pay you $ 100.00 .

Among the dishes to eat you recommend the Churrasco accompanied by delicious mofongo . Although our specialty is Beef , we also offer chicken, pork, and seafood sins .

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