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“Our favorite on Culebra”
Review of El Batey - CLOSED

El Batey
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed March 25, 2014

A real local place. We ate there twice. The fried whole snapper was fantastic. Hamburgers are huge and hit the spot. Right on the main drag. Plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables. Can't miss it.

Thank Marian M
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

They didn't seem much interested in receiving customers--maybe we were just too early at 5:30 p.m.--but managed to pull together a fish sandwich and some rice and beans. The beans were terrific however.

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Thank Ann W
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Yelp and other review sites give this place a bad name for being what it is. But it is what it is, a local PR bar that lost it's liquor license because of an "incident" that serves very good local food. We have had the whole fish with plantains, the fried pork with rice and beans and they were all very good. Actually the rice and beans were better than very good, they were excellent. But you have to understand that this is as local as they come so yes, it will take about 45-1hr to get your food because there is only one guy making it in the back and no the bartender isn't going to pretend he's happy to see you when he takes your order.

We always end up here because 80% of the time, they are open 100% of the time and the food is very good at a reasonable price. And now it's BYOB!

Thank jtkappa
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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We came here on our last night in Culebra. We were hoping to dine at the newer restaurant on the island but they never called us back to let us know if they could get us in for dinner. El Batey was recommended to us by the owners of Mango Fish Guesthouse, where we stayed while visiting the island. I guess El Batey has no liquor license at the moment, so I'm assuming that might be why they were lacking in atmosphere. You can actually bring your own wine or beer so if you are looking to save some money while dining out, this might be the perfect spot for you. Drinks aren't cheap on the island! Okay, so the food. My Caesar salad with grilled chicken was awesome. The chicken was cooked fresh and the salad was the perfect size. The homemade dressing was amazing! Probably one of the best I've had. My husband ordered the 10 oz. Cheeseburger. It was served on a fresh baked roll and served with all the sides. The curly fries are homemade and delish. I think maybe a little less grease and they would be something I crave. The prices were right at El Batey. If you are looking for a wonderful meal at a great price on this island, this is your spot. Maybe even get it to go and bring it to the beach with a bottle of wine. The beaches are open 24 hours on Culebra! El Batey has been a family run restaurant for over 30 years. There is a reason it's still around. We will be back next time we visit Culebra.

Thank mammatea
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

I went there yesterday and the rice and beans were cold and the fried chicken was hard as rock. Not a tasty meal at all. Not going back.

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Thank ssotomayor
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