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“Awesome view, Not so great food.”

Olas y Arena Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 75 Restaurants in Isabela
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Description: World-class restaurant serves signature dishes created by a celebrated culinary master of international cuisine. Includes a stocked wine vault, a wide array of fresh fish, shellfish and meats cuisines.
Reviewed September 19, 2011

Having moved to the states and being originally from Isabela, PR, it was refreshing to hear about this restaurant, which sounded promising. Although I went there at night and it was raining, everytime there was lighting I could see how breath-taking the view must be during the day, or better yet at sunset. However, we found the view had a lot more to offer than the food. The server suggested we have their special drinks called "Caldo de Oso," a local type of sangria; this was the best part of dinner as the drinks were better than our meals. We ordered a ceaser salad, which was not fresh. The tostones soup was good, but nothing special. I ordered the chicken stuffed with mofongo, and the only good part was that the chicken was not as salty as the rice and beans. Halfway through my meal, I stopped eating the rice and beans because they were just too salty! My partner had the steak with a side of rice and beans, which again was too salty and not the best quality for the price. My suggestion if you visit this restaurant is to ask for no salt if possible, or to order something which you know won't be soaked in salt. The place should be called "Sal y Arena," instead of "Olas y Arena." So obviously my main complaint was that the food was extremely salty so be aware. Although the server's cellphone started ringing as she was taking my order and she just ignored her loud ringtone, I actually did not think she was too bad; however, not the best service either. The end.

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Reviewed December 29, 2009

The view is amazing. As for the food, we ordered ceviche Peruvian which was beatifully presented but it had too much lime that over powered any other taste. We had ceviche mahi mahi the night before at another restaurant, and it was perfect - creamy coconut taste n the right amount of lime. So in comparison, this was not good. Also tried fried banana stuffed with shrimp which was good. All dished had good portions. We also tried the shrimp mofongo n the tbone steak with sweet plantains n rice n beans. Mofongo was average and shrimp was not fresh. Presentation again was execellent but what's the point if it doesn't taste great. Rice n beans could have been amazing if the beans didn't have so much salt in it. Tbone steak was nicely rubbed with herbs so that was a plus and if u like ur meat more on the rare side ud like the steak. Overall I feel everything would have tasted better had salt n lime been on the dishes been controlled and they used fresh shrimp. The service was great. They gave the flan on the house which tasted really good. I left the place wondering if the chef just happened to have a bad day.

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Reviewed January 16, 2009

Great and inexpensive Puerto Rican cuisine at lunch and well done caribbean lobster

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Reviewed August 3, 2008

We have walked through the bungalos and they are really cute. The real reason I am writing this review is because of the eating experience at Olas y Arenas. The new chef, Juan, is truly outstanding, at least in relation to the average chef in Puerto Rico. Our entire meal was outstanding. Really. How often does that happen. If fact, we went back the very next night,and had more FRESH fish. I don't know Juan, though he introduced himself to me. My wife and I are basically gourmet cooks, and we dine out a lot in New York, LA, Austin, Paris, etc. This guy serves the best food I have had in PR, and I live here! We will go back, for sure. Even the rice is to die for. I won't even describe the crazy beans. Oh-the guy keeps a fresh herb garden out on the side to supplement his cooking. I am SO glad this place is on the island. I mean-I thought the Parrot Club sucked, and all the other "great" PR eating spots. But, this place...this chef. Check it out. Just make sure to call ahead of time to make sure Juan is behind the helm. Real home-style PR food, real fresh fish, real creativity, real coffee.

Oh-and my children also love this place. Great view, too.

Frank and Su

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