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“Celebrating Christmas”
Review of Perla

Ranked #37 of 1,014 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $85
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Perla is a luxury seafood restaurant serving refined contemporary American cuisine with gracious and professional hospitality. DRESS CODE: No open toe shoes for men. No tank tops for men. No bathing suits.
Oslo, Norway
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Celebrating Christmas”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were staying at La Concha and decided to have dinner on Christmas day at the Perla restaurant.

The restaurant is shaped like a seashell and the ocean views are beautiful. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and very romantic. We had a table for 2 - unfortunately not by a window, but still so that we could look out. Only problem was that there was an air vent under one chair so it was really cold sitting there with the air conditioning going full blast. We really liked the quiet relaxed and sophisticated ambiance - so different from discomania down in the hotel lobby.

For starters I had the Argula salad - delicious. My second course was the diver scallops. I was a little disappointed. The dish looked beautiful - and everything was well prepared - but the tastes didn't go well together. Scallops are mild in taste and in my opinion were drowned by the bacon and beans. I skipped the dessert - but had some spoons of my husband's. We were happy with the portions (being European we don't like enormous portions where you send a lot out) - but for those used to normal American sizes, they were probably on the small side. Also, we were a little surprised that they didn't serve a special Christmas menu.

What really impressed us was the wine list. There was a lot to choose from. We didn't even try asking our young waitress for a recommendation - and in hindsight we should probably have requested a sommelier to pass by the table. We ended up with a US white which was a little different from what we expected - but never the less, a good wine that we enjoyed.

When it comes to service, we had a young, probably not very experienced waitress - but she tried hard. She answered questions and served correctly. Food came in at a slow enough pace for us (living in Europe we often find service in the US and Caribbean very rushed). The only trouble we had with service was when another waiter (not ours) came along to empty wine bottles (maybe they wanted the last guests to go home) - and poured wine from the next table in to one of our glasses. We liked the wine we had chosen so we were not interested in drinking a mix of wines. A short apology was given, and the glass taken out.

We had checked out prices before we ate at the restaurant so we knew they were on the high side - but that's how it is when you choose a top restaurant.

All in all we had an enjoyable evening.

  • Visited December 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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180 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fine dining at its best!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We ate at this fine restaurant on Christmas Eve. It was fine dining, with incredibly delicious meals for the entire family. We were 4 adults and 2 children, and each one of us truly enjoyed the entire experience.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank nab800
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2 reviews
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Best Food & A Ridicluous Wine List..Fresh Seafood - Everything was Cooked to perfection.. On our 1 yr anniversary- we will definitely be going back

Visited December 2012
Thank lovedmyhoneymoon
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Enjoy the View - Not the Meal”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Some restaurants are special for encompassing the total package. Spent $150 and the steak was tender but not at all seasoned. The view was spectacular.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Tiffany H
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

The restaurant was nice with great view to the ocean, but the food wasn't so good. But the place is beautiful, is sad because if the food have more flavor the place would be full.

Thank Sheila M
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