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“Landmark Puerto Rican cafe”
Review of El Popular

El Popular
Ranked #351 of 1,036 Restaurants in San Juan
Restaurant details
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Landmark Puerto Rican cafe”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

When it comes to landmark places for traditional cuisine, you have to include this place. You'll find the usual Puerto Rican plates, with generous portions and good taste (albeit the beans were disappointing since they cook them with carrots (?), maybe the cook is Dominican)). Place is quite small (maybe 30 people tops) and clean. As for service expect the usual island service: no water nor refills unless you ask for them, no bread, took almost an hour for food to be delivered to the table (we were 7). As pointed out elsewhere, menu is in Spanish and does not display the prices. Since I did not pay for the meal I don't know how much it was, but it obviously puts clients, specially non-Spanish speaking tourists, in a very uncomfortable position of having to ask for the prices.

  • Visited December 2012
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Great place for local food. Just a heads up there is no english here: The menu the staff all Spanish. They have different specials each day and a fair amount of food that's not on the menu, you just have to ask. Really tasty!

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Thank elissa-ra
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
866 reviews
600 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 434 helpful votes
“Great place to eat in Santurce-La Placita”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

My husband and I visited La Placita on a Friday night and decided to give El Popular a try. Great service and food. We love to be with the locals and this was the perfect place. We will definitely go back next time we are in Puerto Rico.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank love2traveltogether
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Level 6 Contributor
603 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Nice experience”
Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

What else that all typical ? Good traditional food and great atmosphere

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1 Thank Bambooly
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pricey and below expectation”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

My experience at Popular was disappointing. Poor service and food quality below expectation.

Visited March 2012
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Thank Daphne167
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