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“Well worth finding in San Juan”
Review of Jose Enrique

Jose Enrique
Ranked #37 of 1,046 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast
Description: Located in the Placita de Santurce, the local farmers' market in the heart of San Juan and a very popular Friday night hangout among the locals.
Reviewed March 13, 2011

All the praise on TripAdvisor for Jose Enrique is well deserved: from start to finish, our meal was incredible. Our taxi driver had a little trouble finding the place, but he recognized it after we pulled up; we were sure to take his card so we could call him for the trip back to our hotel, because it was obvious that cabs don't drive by frequently in this neighborhood.

The dining room is small and loud; we arrived between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, and were lucky to get the only available table, a four-top. They asked us to move to a two-top when one became available, and we were more than happy to oblige, especially after finishing our appetizers of homemade, grilled sausage and a simple spinach salad with grated (manchego?) cheese. Those two dishes set the stage for two of the best entrees we've ever had, anywhere: grilled flatiron steak over mashed purple potatoes and pan-fried dorado (mahi mahi) over mashed yuca. The steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender and perfectly medium-rare, and the potatoes were creamy, but firm. The fish was crisp and flaky, and the yuca was a sweet delight. Pitchers of sangria were a great accompaniment.

For dessert, we debated between a plate of three chocolate concoctions or corazon, a heart-shaped local fruit served with lime sorbet. We chose the chocolate selection -- a cake, a mousse and a shell filled with ice cream -- after our very pleasant server suggested we could always buy corazon in a nearby public market. But she brought both desserts anyway, and said the corazon was on the house! We were blown away -- by that, and by the food, the service and the fact that one of the best meals we have ever had was in a nondescript, of-the-beaten-path gem in an otherwise ordinary San Juan neighborhood.

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Thank mainemojo
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

Generally, I defer to the recommendations I read in tripadvisor before making my choice of a place to stay, eat or visit. The reviews for this restaurant, though comparatively limited in number to the other San Juan restaurants have been effusive in their praise. Thus, I was disappointed when my wife and I dined there March 8, 2011.

The place is very small (about 30 seats). It does not accept reservations. We had two different appetizers and two different entrees, both were only average compared to some of the other restaurants we visited in San Juan. I have posted reviews of those as well. The food prices are fine dining prices but alas the food does not measure up; it is only average and not a good value for your money.

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2  Thank derbycityvisitor
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

This restaurant was recommended to my wife and me by a San Juan native. The area Jose Enrique is in is slightly off of the beaten path from the more typical touristy areas, but once you get inside all is forgotten! The restaurant is small, but delightful with lively music and a bilingual staff that is attentive, friendly, and informative.

The menu changes depending on what food is available; all of the items are hand written on white boards and explained by the waiters. Each item we sampled was outstanding - up to any high end restaurant in New York that we've been to.
The wait is probably too much to deal with so arrive early. Our hotel's concierge advised arriving before 7pm, so we arrived at 6:15 and were seated immediately. Sure enough, around 7, the place started filling up until people spilled out the door, onto the porch, down the steps, and onto the sidewalk. And it was RAINING.

I highly advise this restaurant. You will enjoy any item that you eat, guaranteed.

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Thank iceage366
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Loved this place. Good food, service was fantastic, and the drinks were good. Recommend the sausage and steak, but it appears the menu changes frequently. Make reservations (it was packed when we went and people were waiting for an hour or so), but it is worth it. Can't go wrong with the Don Q and grapefruit juice.

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Thank egwood
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

This was one of the best meals my wife and I had ever had. The appetizers, entrees, and deserts were all wonderful. The menu changes every day (even throughout the day) based on what is available. The quality and sophistication of the food is good enough to succeed in any city (NY, Paris, etc.)!

This place is relatively small (maybe holds 30 to 40 people eating and another 15 or so around the bar) and it get's packed. Go early (by 5:30 or 6:00) or go for lunch. otherwise you may wait two hours or you may be told that you can't be seated that night. Two tops can get in most easily, larger parties absolutely need to show up off peak or you will not get in. They do not take reservations.

All of the staff we spoke with was bilingual so you can easily order in English if you like.

This place can be hard to find and/or get to. Take a look at the official web site, it has a map. Be aware that mapping software gets a little confused by the one way streets in Santurce so be prepared to improvise when you get close. The restaurant is totally unmarked so take a look at the photo(s) on Tripadvisor to know what you are looking for. This is a very popular area so don't try to find parking on your own, just use the valet lot owned by the restaurant directly across the street (also not well marked, if you are facing the restaurant, it's directly behind you). Valet parking was free (before tip) as of Feb 2011.

This place is amazing. I hope you get to go.

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1  Thank chump2010
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