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El Picoteo de Tapas y Paellas

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100 Cristo St | El Convento Hotel, Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
787 723 9202
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a tapas bar where we were excellently served by Jean. He made recommendations about the menu and we had: Lamb shanks which were amazing Ceviche - served traditionally Calamari Cheese served in a tomato sauce with pita House Salad Flan Chocolate Tarte I loved all the tapas and look forward to going back. The flan and the chocolate... More 

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Andover, New Jersey
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a shame the food is - well the title of my review says it all - because the setting is beautiful. I ordered the salmon tapas and it was overdone and dried out. The drinks were watered down and without much flavor. We stayed in El Convento so it would have been very convenient to eat here a few... More 

Thank my2cents999
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined at El Picoteo because it was convenient for us...we were staying at El Convento. We absolutely loved the atmosphere and the service was very good, but the food fell short of our expectations. We had ordered a pitcher of red sangria and an array of tapas, but not one of them was to our liking. Not sure why... More 

Thank AMP1975
Cleveland, Ohio
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped here for a light lunch on a hot day. The setting is gorgeous and it felt like I was transported to Spain when I walked into the courtyard. Tried the gazpacho, which was perfect - light, cool, flavorful - and the hummus, which was also tasty. Service was good, though we drained our water glasses faster than the waitress... More 

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Bottineau, North Dakota
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

After a long hot tour of San Felipe del Morro Fortress, we needed this restaurant/bar. The food was wonderful, everything we ordered was perfectly made and very shareable (tapas). Sitting in the shade with a glass of wine, eating delicious and interesting food revitalized us.

San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Great food and drinks, the place is lovely. You feel like you are in old san juan because the bar is in a ex convento type of arquitecture so it makes it lovely.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We found this tapas restorant while we were walking on the narrow streets of old San Juan. It is located in the historic El Convento building. We loved the tapas, especially ceviche. Our server Nathalia was a great host and loved her food and wine recommendations. It's a kid friendly place but It would be great for a romantic, candlelight... More 

Thank Gun E E
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We were walking around Old San Juan and had a lunch break here. Ordered the Sangria which was too sweet. Menu is very limited. We had the mixed appetizers which were just ok. I had seen so many great reviews but we were disappointed. Service was friendly. We ate upstairs - ran into people at the hotel who had eaten... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We had a great, relaxed meal in a beautiful, semi-outdoor setting. We sat at a table not far from the bar. Certainly one of our fave meal experiences in PR. We tried many of the tapas and the tasty red sangria (don't miss it). The service was attentive too. If staying at El Convento (or not), try it. (wear some... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Having lived in Spain for a year, I was thrilled that there was a tapas bar in the hotel (they're not affiliated). But the food and atmosphere at Picoteo were both subpar. The sangria tasted more of rum than red wine, the tabla de embutidos was disappointing all around (but particularly the meats), and the awning protected nearly nobody from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $45
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Mediterranean, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Cristo St | El Convento Hotel, Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 787 723 9202
  • This restaurant is at Hotel El Convento

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