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“Food, atmosphere and fun server”
Review of Ropa Vieja Grill

Ropa Vieja Grill
Ranked #36 of 1,045 Restaurants in San Juan
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed February 6, 2014

We entered Ropa Vieja and were greeted by a nice older gentleman who was a server. He was leading us to a table he thought was open, but as soon as he rounded the corner saw that it was occupied. It caused him to stutter step a bit and he nearly lost his balance. He then smiled and, in an attempt to communicate 'I meant to do that', started dancing a little jig right there. My girlfriend started dancing right back and they did a little number for about 10 seconds. It was endearing.
Because the menu is very extensive, we asked him what the specialties of the house were. His English wasn't perfect but was much better than our Spanish and he gave us several recommendations. We ordered mojitos (delicious and not too sweet), cuttlefish in garlic sauce (Sepias al ajillo) the Puerto Rican pork chop (Chuleta Cancan) and the shrimp mofongo (Mofongo de Camerones)..
The cuttlefish was a bit tough but was decent and had a lot of garlic flavor. The shrimp mofongo was delicious and, while rich, was not a gut bomb. We ate every last morsel of it. The pork chop was the traditional Puerto Rican cut that is deep fried. If ordering this, go all out and make sure to get a bite of the fat with each bite. I know that is decadent, but just eating the meat won't give the full flavor of the dish. Sinful, yes, but worth it. He also recommended a nice bottle of red wine that was just $35 which is very affordable in this part of San Juan.
Overall they made us feel like regulars. We recommend Ropa Vieja for anyone who desires authentic Cuban and/or Puerto Rican food.

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Thank KCBrad
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Atmosphere was great but a little let down with the food. It was good but not what I was expecting based on the reviews I read. Service was great and the music made the night.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Went to Ropa Vieja after the deception in Santaella. This place is not that modern but the service, the food and the wine list is superb. Thank you to Jose Luis for being a great host. Outstanding rissotto of what they called chicharron. Mofongo with ropa vieja is a to die for experience. To end our night the cheese flan is by far the best i ever had!!! Another place to visit again when i go back to Puerto Rico. Cant wait to go back!!!!!!

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Thank chef726
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

The ropa vieja is the best I have ever had. The service is lacking, but this is most of Puerto Rico. Atmosphere is ok.

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Thank mapacho
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Absolutely delicious food, great service. Everyone in town recommends this place. I had the yellow rice with codfish and it was one of my favorite meals all trip.

Thank Katie-bug508
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