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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff recommended the Paella but served us an insipid yellow rice with unopened muscles, frozen horrible tasting fish, a few calamari rings, overcooked asparagus, and 3 small but tasty shrimp. The staff offered to wrap it up to go but we told them to toss...it to their dismay. Alot should be expected from such an expensive dish from a restaurant with such history but it’s really quite horrible. You can try metropol down the street where you’ll pay half the price and get a generous serving of seafood plus a flavorful rice.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They do not have a wine list so they bring you 5-6 bottles of different wines depending on what kind of wine you like and the you chose and they tell you the price. A bit strange! We started with a small bland onion soup...with a large amount of mozzarella and a fresh tasty house salad. The shrimp in creole sauce was amazing and the pork chop was very good. The paella had 2 medium shrimp, 5 pieces of calamari, 1/2 of a very small lobster tail that was so tough we spit it out, two small fish cubes that was equally disgusting and a yellow flavorless rice. We used the creole sauce to add some flavor to the rice. Definitely stay away from the paella!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

We made a reservation at El Ladrillo. It’s a nice restaurant, friendly staff, good food. Intimate setting.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022 via mobile

Visited here with my family on our vacation to Puerto Rico! Also was myself and husbands 16 year wedding anniversary. The staff made my 5 year old daughter and children feel at home. They went out of there way to cater to my Gluten Allergy...and really worked with me.Sangria and Paella was to die for! We ended up having a fantastic night. Thank you El Ladrillo!!! We will be back next time we visit for sure :)More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 25, 2022

Awesome food even better service. Milton was very helpful with recommendation's and super attentive. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 22, 2022 via mobile

We visited this place on a whim and were blown away by all the beautiful art pieces on the wall and the sophisticated environment. The staff were friendly and even treated us to a few extra things we hadn’t ordered. We absolutely loved their salmon...entree, and they had other daily fresh fish specials such as Mahi Mahi and Sea Bass. We also had their Sangria and the bartender was extremely welcoming. Would absolutely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for higher end dining. You might need a reservation on busier nights!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022 via mobile

45 years and counting. Great restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and awesome food! Neat place all around. Thanks!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 8, 2022

We went after a trip to the beach, not knowing this was apparently a "high class" restaurant. We were wearing casual clothes and swimsuits, but we had money and were hungry and it seemed like a nice place. The staff kept asking my toddler if...he was going to pay, which is something funny if it wasn't repeated by three waiters constantly. Our were not replenished and had to ask the staff for more. At one point, y toddler got out of the chair but was close to our table and not disrupting other clients, we were placed at the back of the restaurant. A waitress picked up my toddler and placed him forcefully on the chair. This was unacceptable. The food although not bad, it was not great and too pricey for what it was. My husband and his friend had their beers refilled and as soon as we paid the bill they started saying remarks about how long out trip home was going to be and rushing us out of the restaurant, with our drinks still filled. We decided to go because we just felt they didn't want us there.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

I understand other reviewers comments about this restaurant's confusing identity, but we found that to be part of its charm -- it's such an interesting space, if a bit dark--so much interesting artwork. Staff was so warm and friendly. Best Margarita I've had in a...while, clearly made with fresh juice and perfectly mixed. Paella was also very good.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 17, 2022

We went for dinner despite the confused menu. Some Italian, Spanish and Peruvian items with local dishes on the menu. I got the whole fried snapped and it came out soggy, oily and tasting old/fishy. My wife had shrimp with rice which was flavorless. Our...waitress didn't bother asking how the food was despite both of our plates being left half uneaten. Definitely not worth the money.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 8, 2022 via mobile

I waffled between giving this restaurant 3 vs. 4 stars but I give it the higher rating because of the wonderful eclectic decor of wonderful and colorful artwork covering every surface. I’m sure there is more to the story of their art and artifact collection...and I will look into reading about it. The service was good but sorta disorganized - multiple people came to our table to talk to us about the choices and, at one point, they bought one whole big raw fish in front of us to show us they’d be filleting this very guy and they were all excited about that one fish. So I took their advice and did order that - it was snapper or red snapper or I don’t know because the explanations weren’t clear about the difference but it was tasty and well presented, yet a bit tough. The food was very good overall but the whole experience felt a little disjointed. At first they wouldn’t let us in because we arrived 10 minutes before they actually opened, but it was raining and they decided to let us in and suddenly they were totally ready and showing us the big raw fish. Maybe it was just a weird night and overall I would recommend eating there if you visit Dorado.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 19, 2021

Great food, excelent service and very good atmosphere. The Guava Sangria wos excelent! The decoration makes the place feel incredibly homey and comforting. The beautiful paintings covering the walls add a wonderful touch of class.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed August 13, 2021 via mobile

This place always surprises us with its nice atmosphere and food quality. Long time we didn’t enjoy a dinner the way we did in this restaurant. I had a Mahi Mahi and my husband had a prime cut steak. Wine was on point. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 1, 2021

The service is extremely slow . Even though the waiter and the employees were very polite . The serving size was extremely small. The person who seems to be the supervisor or owner was very arrogant with the employees . They did not have tap...water and the bottles of water were 8 oz size !! Cheap water With price of Voss or Fiji water . ( and of course it was not fancy water it was the same water served at El Meson fast food and they have 16 oz bottles available . Everywhere even gourmet places have 16 oz bottles and have tap water as an option. My brother ordered lamb chop and it was basically plain bones . I won’t return!! . I feel sorry for the employees because they are hard workers and very nice people . And as mentioned before the flavor was awesome . Not even the Ritz Carlton is expensive as they are !More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 22, 2021 via mobile

I’m very bad reviews about writing reviews, which is terrible since I depend on them from other people. But I feel I have to write a review here. My husband has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we came to Puerto Rico as a last trip...together. Last night we celebrated 21 months since his diagnosis, something we do every month, because we have fought this cancer and he has survived longer than anyone expected. So I wanted a really fabulous restaurant for our dinner. I read the reviews about what an interesting place it was, the great service and about the steak that people said was the best that ever had. Steak is always some thing I can get him to eat, even when he doesn’t want anything else. We were so incredibly disappointed! We had reservations at 7:30 and they are supposed to be open until 10, but I think that we were the last reservation, and they all just wanted to go home. We were in a corner table, our waiter had absolutely no personality, did not engage with us, did not come back and check on our meal, get us more drinks, and overall it was just not the experience we were expecting. SO disappointing! I had lobster, which was good, but not $78 good. My husband had a filet mignon and it was just not tender. We had much, much better steak dinners at our resort, the Ritz Carlton Reserve. All in all it was a waste of $200 for dinner and more importantly, it was not the wonderful celebration that we hoped for. Go somewhere else!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Response from Wanderer367083 | Reviewed this property |
About 15 mins away .. best food and service we had while in Puerto Rico
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First and foremost that you for reaching out, we are approximately about 5 minutes or 2.5 miles driving distance. Looking forward to see you soon. Always at your service,
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El Ladrillo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5