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“Where The Locals Go For Lunch”

Cafe Manolin Old San Juan
Ranked #25 of 1,049 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed December 22, 2013

On a recent holiday to San Juan, we once again visited Cafe Manolin in Old San Juan. It's kind of hard to find, but worth the search. If you're looking for fine dining, don't go. It's not fancy, looks like it's in a time warp from the 50's, but the food is great. Weekdays be prepared to line up for a table if you go at the noon-hour. Cafe Manolin is very popular with the locals. This trip we visited on a Saturday, and while busy, we didn't have to wait. The lunch menu is extensive and very reasonably priced. Service can be slow and sometimes the food could be a little hotter, but overall, if you want to get a "taste" of Puerto Rico, I recommend giving it a try.

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Thank Eric H
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We had lunch to the Manolin, not realising that it was so highly rated by Trip Advisor. The place was packed with locals, eating at the extensive bar seating but it didn't take long before we were seated at a table. We are talking local here, plastic plates etc. but the service is number one and the food, although plentiful is quite good too but hey, I am not familiar with the local food. Value for money was terrific! Tip - the air conditioning is freezing, so take something warm. We got out our beach towels to stave off the cold.

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Thank Jayne J
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Our hotel told us about this cafe for Breakfast. Food is expensive in San Juan, but this cafe has good food for a very good price! We looked at the menu for lunch & dinner & the choices & prices were very good for both! Cheapest good food we found in Old San Juan!

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Thank 143vrb
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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I decided to try Café Manolin for lunch today. The restaurant was empty when we walked in, but within 15 minutes there was no open seats filled with local government workers.
I will give everyone a heads up, the portions here are very large! I felt guilty for not finishing every bite.
I had the mofongo chicken with rice and beans. Delish but heavy! Would go again if we were here for a longer period of time (3 days in OSJ, then explore other areas in the island)

Thank Lekbla20
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

What a find!! One of our tour guides recommended this place that the locals like to eat at in Old San Juan. We sat at the counter and got coffee and a delicious breakfast that for the two of us was $11.00 total. The prices were unbelievably cheap and the food was great. Lots to choose from. Authentic Puerto Rican restaurant. Nothing fancy but good food and service. Go if you are in Old San Juan. You won't be disappointed and you can't beat the price!

Thank melissa328
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