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Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

We had dinner here twice during a short trip to SJ. Loved the casual atmosphere, the service and the food. Great mofongo and seafood, fresh and well prepared. Loved it!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 15, 2022 via mobile

After trekking through Viejo San Juan searching for something to eat, my boyfriend and I stumbled across this place. In this humble restaurant, you’ll find the most welcoming staff and delicious food. While waiting for the food, we sparked great conversation with the waitresses. The...dish that I ordered, salmon with garlic sauce with rice and beans, satisfied my salmon craving and beyond. My boyfriend and I ended with $7 piña coladas. Customers are able to customize the liquor in the coladas thankfully, so we substituted rum for tequila. This was a fantastic way to end our Viejo San Juan journey and would gladly come back not only for the food but for the staff as well!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022 via mobile

Great bartenders and great apps. Beef empanadas with homemade hot sauce!! Best in old San Juan. Mojitos also amazing!!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 14, 2022

This is a good choice for dining. The menu is extensive and the waitstaff helpful. The food was wonderful. If we had time we would have gone back for another meal.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed October 30, 2021 via mobile

Phenomenal shrimp mofungo and coconut mojitos. Great atmosphere, and incredibly friendly people. Will definitely be back to eat more and drink more.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021

The best Mofongo by far that I’ve tried on the island during our vacation. I ordered octopus with Mofongo. Highly recommend! The staff was super nice. Drinks were yummy. This place is a gem!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 3, 2021

Upon arrival, the host quickly informed us that it would be a wait because she just put an order in for 10 people. We did not care because we heard the restaurant was good from a local resident who was working at the plaza at...the kiosk pastry place. The wait was well worth it. The bartender/host/everything else, made us the BEST DRINKS ever! Especially coming from a resort where everything tasted like juice. The food was impeccable!!! It was three of us, we had Mahi Mahi with the yellow rice/beans, seafood paella, and oxtails-----everyone loved their meals. I would recommend visiting this restaurant. It is well worth the money.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 25, 2021

We happened upon this place and the lil ole man came dancing out to us. We were seated and he was soo helpful and friendly. We had the best rum punch of the whole trip there along with the most AMAZING Empanadillas. A MUST TRY....We wanted to go back the next day but we didn't have time before our flights home.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed November 10, 2020 via mobile

The manager or owner ( not sure) and staff were amazing. Chino treated us like family and gave us a taste of caldo/soup before our actual food. The food is so great, the locals eat here.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

My family and I went there for my birthday. Price, food and service where excellent! We where a group of 17. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020 via mobile

Aaaamazing mofongo with garlic shrimp and platano relleno. Strong mojitos also. Looooved the food!!! Decent prices also. If you a garlic lover this place is a must!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

After a week cruise if the Caribbean I had a day to kill before my flight back to the states. I wandered into this place for a beer and put my hands on the coldest beer in a week. None of the 6 islands that...I visited or the cruise ship had beer anywhere close to this cold. It was a very welcomed sight, beer is always better when it’s freezing cold.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

I ordered the shrimp in garlic sauce with amarillos. The shrimp were a little rubbery but overall good. The amarillos were the best I've had! However, my mom ordered grilled chicken and it was awful. The texture and flavor made it inedible. It is probably...best to order traditional local dishes here.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

With good food and comfy atmosphere, Ajo del Pais pleased us well. Servers warned us of a possibly lengthy wait, although appetizers and food were timed well, plus the wait was bearable, despite what some experienced. The food was warm and very flavorful, and the...drinks were fantastic. As a casual lunch option, you should not overlook it. Any existing delay or wait may become a problem during peak hours, but in consideration of all their successes, Ajo del Pais scores 4 stars.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

If you can go on a Sunday, they make pernil and so many other really traditional foods. Any other day, they have a solid menu of local food. If you they have the whole red snapper, order it.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Ajo del pais is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4