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“Very good tapas”

El Picoteo de Tapas y Paellas
Ranked #140 of 1,033 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $45
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Chicago
Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Very good tapas”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We went there on a recommendation from a bar tender and had a wonderful lunch with great service. The shrimp dish was fabulous as was a mushroom dish. It was a little pricey but a memorable meal in a great location.

  • Visited January 2013
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New York
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Always a place to visit”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Love the rooftop atmosphere. Great tapas and sangría selection, lots of energy, friendly servers, andthe beautiful El Convento Hotel makes it worth the visit. We never miss it when we are in San Juan.

Visited January 2013
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Statham, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Romantic tapas, paella perfecta”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The deck environment overlooking the hotel's atrium is most special after about 9pm, when the guests arrive in their finery and the mojitos and pina coladas get to flowing. A special night is always found here at El Picoteo - visit and find yours.

Visited January 2013
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Yakima, WA
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A Fun and Tasteful Dining Venue in Old San Juan”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

El Picoteo is a very fun and tasteful dining venue in Old San Juan. We learned of it from the Fodor's guide and were not disappointed. Our party of 8 was wonderfully well cared for in every way. The food and service were terrific. We recommended El Picoteo to friends who dined there the following evening. They reported having had the same experience. All in all, our dining experience at El Picoteo was excellent.

  • Visited November 2012
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Miami, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Located on the second floor of the historic Convento Hotel, El Picoteo is a romantic Spanish themed restaurant. To start, I tried their Gazpacho which was quite good and refreshingly different from others I've had. I then ordered the grilled Salmon with Manchego sauce, which was unfortunately disappointing. The fish was overcooked and very dry and the Manchego sauce did nothing to help it. What was also aggravating is that my male friend who ordered the same dish got double the portion of salmon that I received. OK - I get it, guys eat more than us women. But if that's the case, do not charge me the same price.

If I ever do go back to Picoteo, I'll stick to the tapas and forget the main course.

Visited December 2012
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