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“Casual restaurant, live music on Sundays”

El Racar Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #44 of 104 Restaurants in Fajardo
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Bar scene
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Casual restaurant, live music on Sundays”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

We were staying at the Marina Lanais condos and this place is in walking distance. We had a Medalla (the only Puerto Rican beer) here on a Sunday night and listened to some live music. The atmosphere is very casual - plastic outdoor tables and chairs. The servers and bartenders are fairly friendly (but don't expect to grab a quick bite to eat and head over to the kayak bio bay tour). We ate here a couple days later and I had the shrimp mofongo - soooo good. Something about the sauce from the shrimp on the mofongo was awesome. My husband had the pork and mofongo - the pork was dry but then again...what would you expect at a seafood restaurant? It's around $15-20 a plate which is pretty much the standard in Puerto Rico for seafood dishes. If you're in the area it's definitely worth a stop.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Vista, CA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Unforgettable Quality and Value”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

This restaurant was recommended by locals, who told us the seafood was better than elsewhere and at an attractive price. My wife ordered lobster with garlic and she got the biggest, freshest and best lobster she ever ate. It was a "medium" size by restaurant standards. I ate a huge King fish entree. Dinner included a modest, but tasty, salad and a fried plantain made into a cake. With iced tea, the bill was $42, a real bargain. We heard that there is live music on Sundays. Service was good. Most customers were locals.

To get there from the El Conquistador, turn right after passing the guard shack. Drive about one mile. At the lighthouse, veer to the right. Go up a hill and down a steep road. At the "T" intersection, turn right. The restaurant is the first one on the right. One local suggested that we not go there at night. We went in the early evening, left after dark and had no problems.

  • Visited December 2011
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food but long wait”
Reviewed June 26, 2010

My friends and I decided to head to the area early to catch dinner before the biobay tour. We thought we left plenty of time, but the time it took to get our dinner after ordering quickly upon sitting was very surprising. The red snapper and mofongo dishes were good though the salad that comes on the side was nothing more than shredded lettuce and unripe tomatos. Overall, I'd go back again but only if I had plenty of time to hang out while waiting for the food....and get an app if you're hungry upon arriving.

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St. Louis
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“You've been warned!”
Reviewed March 26, 2010

We (party of four) thought we'd get a quick bite of dinner in Las Croabas before going on the bio-luminescence tour. El Racar was recommended by our tour guide, so we decided to go. Big mistake. The fish we ordered was bad: greasy, rubbery, NOT FRESH. You'd think they'd manage to make a marginally decent fish fillet, but no. The red snapper was disgustingly chewy. The fried sweet plantains were sopping in oil. Yuck! For entertainment there was a "house cat" that roamed the tables licking people's plates. Don't get up to go to the bathroom unless someone is guarding your plate! This greasy spoon is the kind of place where you place your order at the counter. The owner, the only guy working the counter added 15% to the bill as a tip to himself. I swallowed hard. You don't have to. Don't go!

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