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“Great and delicious Christmas season family outing”

Hacienda Luz De Luna
Ranked #12 of 18 Restaurants in Adjuntas
Cuisines: Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Brooklyn, New York
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great and delicious Christmas season family outing”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Traveled to Puerto Rico to see my family and decided to gather them, per a friend's suggestion at the Hacienda Luz De Luna, chef Ventura Vivoni's restaurant in the mountains of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. His father, Edric Vivoni, greeted us with a ginger sangría, a tour of their coffee plantation and stories galore. His mother, Luz Rivera de Vivoni, handled the business side of the half-day long visit. (We arrived at noon, after a couple of hours on the road from San Juan, and stay until past 5pm.)

The food was creative and delicious. Thoughtfully and beautifully presented. After a series of tasty hors d'oeuvres, we had many Puerto Rican staples, each presented with "molecular" flair and details. My husband and I are vegetarian and they were able to accommodate our requests. The prix fix was $75, which would be on the high side for a country restaurant in Puerto Rico, but is completely understandable given the number of dishes, duration of the meal and the sophistication and detailed attention that accompanied each dish and the meal in general. The charismatic chef came out each time to explain each dish, the ingredients for which all come from nearby farms and ports. They included a deconstructed root vegetable soup, an arroz con gandules topped with capitan fish, a yuca and pumpkin "pastel" topped with pulled pork (roasted eggplant for the vegetarians), and "arroz con dulce" arancini balls in coconut cream and crumbs, local cheeses,
"cidra" paste and "jobo" jam/ They also have a less expensive kids meal, which in our case included chicken, rice and plantains. The sorbet making with liquid nitrogen was a big hit with kids and adults alike. Do make sure you set aside the whole day!

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank Salome G
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English first
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Truly authentic. Refined crafting of puertorrican and caribbean culture”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

As a lifelong puertorrican resident i can say that this is the best culinary experience I have had of Puertorrican and Caribbean cuisine. The Vivoni family share a world class experience with visitors with careful attention to fresh ingredients, gourmet execution, traditional foods and recipes, local resources, timeless story-telling, and unique location to satisfy the most demanding taste. Chef Ventura Vivoni's artistry and soulful attitude gives way to a one-of-a-kind interaction. Not to be missed, although appointment is necessary since individualized service is a main feature and everyone feels like family.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank JC G
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Mountain gem”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

We had a wonderful gastronomic experience at Restaurante Vida Ventura. The Vivoni family and their staff go out of their way to make you feel at home at their hacienda. The 6-course lunch was carefully prepared and beautifully presented by their son Ventura who made some delicious creations with local ingredients. He even prepared a vegetarian menu for two in our group which was exceptional and we were allowed to bring our own wine. It was definitely worth the 2-hour trip from San Juan. We're already planning to go back!

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank Ana715
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caguas puerto rico
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“Average place to have nice get together.”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Nice place to be outside of the rat race. Food was average , nothing to write home about. Story tellers are a dime a dozen, but I still enjoy them and Mr. Vivoni is a good story teller.

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A unique experience”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We visited Hacienda Luz de Luna to celebrate my husband's b-day and our wedding anniversary. Edric, Luchy and chef Ventura made us feel at home. The storytelling, history, walk through the Hacienda and greeting other guests before sitting down to dine, sets up a unique atmosphere. Food was delicious and very creative. Chef Ventura comes out of the kitchen and explains every dish that is served. He even played the guitar and sang happy b-day and happy anniversary to us. Luchy showed us pictures from a family album. We are looking forward to reading one of Edric's books. He has a special way of telling the Hacienda's history, and is a great artist with paint and wood. We had a great afternoon and enjoyed some of the most delicious plates we have had. Jeanette & Efraín from Coamo, Puerto Rico.

  • Visited September 2013
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4 Thank NativoyJeanette
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