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“Excellent and inventive food - A new era for this place”

La Copa Llena at The Black Eagle
Ranked #7 of 115 Restaurants in Rincon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, French, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The management team of Casa Islena Restaurant (also known as The Tapas Bar) has proudly taken over the the historic Black Eagle Restaurant, rechristening it "La Copa Llena". Located right on the ocean, specifically the south side of the Tres Palmas Marine Preserve, people have been enjoying the sunsets from the Black Eagle deck since the 1970's. The combination of Chef Brendan Basham's cuisine, Casa Islena's charm, and the view of the waves, whales, and sunsets, provides a singular Rincon dining experience. With the adoption of a larger space, Brendan has been able to expand the menu and experiment more while maintaining the strict standards of quality that the local community and returning tourists have come to expect for the last 6 years. We have included some of our old favorites such as the char-grilled octopus with heirloom beans and papaya salad, and introduced some incredible new dishes like poke (yellowfin tuna, avocado, and seaweed), coconut steamed mussels with homemade chorizo and fresh herbs, and a 20 oz. T-bone steak with flageolet-corn succotash and a yukon-parsnip mash. As always, the menu tends to change upon the availability of ingredients, keeping the chef creative and our guests surprised. Brunch is served Sundays from 10am-2pm with diverse offerings such as brown butter crepes and southwest style chilaquiles (eggs scrambled with fried corn tortillas and green chile-tomatillo salsa). Happy hour everyday from 3pm until 7pm includes $2 Medallas, $3 well drinks, and $4 house wine. And we're excited to continue the legacy of the ever entertaining Wednesday night Bingo starting around 9pm. Sunset live music Sundays from 4pm-7pm.Buen Provecho!
Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Black Eagle has been a good restaurant for more than a decade -- it was highly rated by Frommer's 15 years ago. In the interim, it's been through a variety of managements, but the latest is surely the best I've seen. The menu selections can fit a range of tastes with an especially pleasing set of small plates that allow sampling by a group of diners. The salads are large enough to share, and everything we ordered was of excellent quality (in both ingredients and preparation). My nomination for a don't;miss item is their octopus dish -- it is uniquely seasoned and comes accompanied with surprising vegetable ingredients. A gem of Rincon and worth traveling to get there. .

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We live in Rincon and are taking all of our friends and family to La Copa Llena this season. We were so excited when the Casa Islena crew moved from their old location to this FANTASTIC beach spot. The ambiance is unmatched in Rincon and the food just might be the best on the island. You definitely have to eat here when you are in Rincon. The service is laid back and friendly. Don't miss the pulpo and all of the salads are killer - the wahoo dish is probably my favorite on the menu (although it's hard to choose!). A great spot if you want something healthy or vegetarian. You won't get a better sunset pic anywhere else.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

If you come from somewhere like NY and you are used to eating great food puerto rican restaurants can be a downer. Its hard to find good (or even decent) food in the rincon area but this place is very good. The Outdoor setting is beautiful (especially at sunset) and right on the ocean. Tapas menu is great and reasonable. Wine is priced right. Service is nice.

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1  Thank Barry217
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

La Copa Llena at Black Eagle is in a beautiful beachside spot. The food was marvelous; we went there twice during our "let's eat in as many restaurants as we can" vacation. The calamari was so good that my husband--who has never like it--ate it and loved it. Unusual dishes in a beach setting. What more could you want?

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was easily the best meal we've had in the two trips we've made to Puerto Rico. We had the zucchini fritters - yummy; the grilled wahoo, and the vermicelli salad with nuoc mam, both dishes an incredible fusion of flavors. The setting is lovely, just steps from the beach, and the server was friendly and not afraid to make recommendations. We will definitely be going back.

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