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Cafe Don Ruiz

Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1462
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (33 reviews)
“iced latte” (8 reviews)
“macaroons” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
Puerto Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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1 - 10 of 342 reviews

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we stumbled upon this little cafe while in San Juan. Sandwiches, iced latte & smoothie were VERY good! And a perfect little spot to enjoy lunch while taking a break from sight-seeing!

1  Thank Ashley M
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Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

First time visitors to San Juan, wandered around the Castillo longer than we planned and feeling onset of hunger. We were it says here, 300 feet from Café Don Ruiz [looking around hopefully] . . . . We must have been amusing with our various...More

1  Thank Tom T
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Such a cute little shop with delicious little treats, the barista eas very friendly and talented. We will definitely go back.

1  Thank Lisah1976
Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

I went with my family and had excellent pastries, very good coffee, loves the "tostadas con mantequilla" , loved the temperature in the room; service was excellent.

1  Thank Vivian D
Reviewed July 13, 2017

You have to search for this place because it is in the central patio of the Museo de las Americas that takes up a whole block facing El Morro. It's worth looking though. The coffee is good and I found the cheapest glass of rum...More

1  Thank edsachs
Reviewed July 12, 2017

Seriously wish they would ship to the states. The coffee is my favorite. The service was excellent, I will always go out of my way to get to Don Ruiz when I'm in San Juan. Try coffee in the chemex. It's life-changing.

1  Thank Michelle H
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We happened into Cafe Don Ruiz after visiting El Morro because they had a few signs posted around and we wanted to grab a quick breakfast. It was much better than I expected! We ordered ice coffee, French toast, and a banana nut muffin and...More

1  Thank eadpMD
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Coffee is worth the sit but forget about a smoothie or sandwich, much better places in town. Scenery is good though!

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Coffee was good, I ordered a smoothie who was terrible. Only sugary syrup and ice, do not recommend. Slow and inattentive service. WiFi did not work.

Thank skarbor
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Slow service, average food, but the coffee is great. Nice atmosphere and the building is impressive. Would recommend for a good cup of coffee (they do many different brewing methods), but go elsewhere for food.

Thank Mads Kristian A
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Graham W
March 18, 2017|
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Response from CafeDonRuiz | Property representative |
Good afternoon Graham! Hope you're having an amazing experience in the island. We have gluten free and lactose free options in drinks but limited gluten free options for breakfast or lunch, just yogurts, chips and other... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-1462
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Description
Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks prepared by baristas, also, breakfast, lunch, pastries and more. Enjoy a puerto rican rum, craft beer, cigars, or a specialty drinks including refreshing fruit smoothies wihile you have a relax moment in our historical building. We are located inside Ballaja courtyard in front of "El Morro" Fort.
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