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“Welcoming Restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan”

Barrachina Restaurant
Ranked #46 of 999 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Bar, South American, Central American, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Puerto Rican and International Cuisine, Home of the world famous Pina Colada
New England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 442 helpful votes
“Welcoming Restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Our disembarkation port on the Celebrity Summit was San Juan - but our flight did not leave until 7pm. We were so happy to have a full day to spend exploring before heading home, but what to do with our luggage?? Thanks to Cruise Critic, we discovered Barrachina and we are happy that we did. Barrachina is an historic restaurant in Old San Juan which serves great traditional dishes, fantastic pina coladas and, drum roll, will keep you luggage for the day at no cost, though tips are an unstated expectation. We caught a cab from the port (beware of random luggage guys at the port who literally grab your luggage, throw it in the back of the cab and DEMAND a tip!!! - they were so fast, we had no idea what was happening - we had 2 pieces of small luggage, we needed NO help - VERY annoying and simply not cool, leaves a bad taste toward the city in a visitor's mouth) and went directly to Barrachina, arriving around 9:10am. A very nice staff person checked our luggage, showing us the room where it would be securely stored. He gave us a check ticket, we gave him a tip, and we were off for a fun several hours of exploration. We returned around 2pm and had lunch, ordering of course their amazing and truly special pina coladas - the story is that they were invented here in 1963 - and two traditional Puerto Rican dishes - the chicken mofongo and the whole red snapper. The snapper was a bit overcooked, but it was very fresh and flavorful. We loved the mofongo - a fried plantain cake-like thing, covered with very tasty shredded chicken in a delicious sauce - loved it, loved it, would definitely order this again.
The staff was very nice, very good service, food very fresh, clearly prepared to order, and the luggage service is super convenient and helpful!

  • Visited October 2012
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Colorado
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Give mufongo a try!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Don't let the plain street entrances fool you. There are amazing gardens and restaurants in the inner courtyards. The Barrachina is famous as the place where the Pina Colada was invented. It was delicious--and I don't drink--and the food and service were incredible too. A little pricey, but not bad. The vegie mufongo was delicious and rich. My friend had the snapper -- delcious and great presentation of food.

Visited October 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“GREAT PINA'S”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

My friends and I had reservations for Barrachina before we even arrived in PR as we had heard this was the place to go. We were certainly directed in the right direction as the food and show were so entertaining and the food was delicious.
We had arrived early to the restaurant and went to taste the Pina Colada's and I can say I have never tasted a Pina like these. These tasted like you were having an ice cream. Our batender, Ricardo was so friendly, polite and always knew when we were ready for another delicious Pina.
We also met the Manager of Barrachina, Roger who ensured we were happy with he service and if there was anything he do for us. Everyone at the restaurant was helpful, friendly and I would highly recommend you do not miss this when you are in Puerto Rico

Visited October 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Awesome Pina colada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

You got to go this place for out of this world pina coladas.Well this the place where it was invented ,so cant miss it. Try their garlic shrimps and mofongos , they were good too.Bartender Ricardo was amazing, made us really good drinks

  • Visited October 2012
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Malden, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pina Coladas!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is the birth place of the Pina Coladas & they are very good. Food was awesome & the portion size is good too. We sat inside for dinner because it was a bit warm. We went outside after for cold beers. This has a great atmosphere. The staff is friendly & very helpful!

Visited September 2012
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