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Vaca Brava

29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good24%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
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“ribs” (23 reviews)
“bravas” (12 reviews)
“mofongo” (44 reviews)
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11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

If you're coming to old San Juan, definitely make a stop out to vaca brava! Amazing food, amazing people, amazing drinks! I had the coconut mojito and it was to DIE for ! Make a stop out here definitely ! Loved it ! Thanks to...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

The best restaurant I'll ever been best service great food all the employees very kind everything on time my family loved it was a very great experience for my wife on her first time in Puerto Rico

Thank Jean R
Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere here is very casual. Picnic tables and high tops mostly. I came by myself so I couldn't partake in the sharing dishes. I ordered the surf and turf (skirt steak and shrimp) with the Spanish rice with meat as my side. The food...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed March 2, 2017

tasty, lovely, the food may have been on the cool side. ask for extra dipping sauces the place has a great family atmosphere. the original restaurant in the mountains is fun and worth the time to get there

Thank emhoke
Reviewed February 22, 2017

The steak was cooked perfectly- and the plate could have fed three people. Definitely large portions.

Thank willingly_lost
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Jesse was amazing at entertaining us and serving us with such a great attitude. The food was delicious!!!!

Thank RafySoto
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Amazing service and food. The passion fruit mojito was top notch. Our family of 5 ordered a huge platter of meats and sides and it was more than enough food.

Thank luzalma
Reviewed February 2, 2017

If you're looking for a huge plate of so-so meat and you can't tell the difference between good bbq and mediocre bbq, you might like this. I mean, nothing was gross--it was all edible. But when you're surrounded by so many authentic places to dine,...More

Thank lorim395
Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

We were looking for some authentic Puerto Rican cuisine while exploring this amazing city and Vaca Brava came highly recommended by some fellow passengers we met while touring. We were told to expect authentic cuisine and ambiance. What we found was poor service exorbitant prices...More

Thank william h
Reviewed January 10, 2017

My wife found this place through a recommendation on Bon Apatite and I have no idea how it found itself there. This is an over-priced, low quality, establishment and if it isn't a chain then it sure feels like one. It seemed like locals (or...More

Thank CJThom79
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Ken J
March 8, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, 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, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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Vaca Brava is fun and tasty! A unique puertorrican 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 visited Puerto Rico to take on the "Vaca Acostá" Challenge, an 8-lb. platter of grilled sirloin steak and sides.
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