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“Amazing food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Restaurante El Estribo - CLOSED

Restaurante El Estribo
Price range: $2 - $11
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Livingston, NJ
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

I couldn't be happier - my husband and I tried multiple local restaurants in the Carolina area and none really impressed us until we walked into this cozy restaurant. We were immediately greeted by the owner, who was so warm and jolly. We ordered a 1/2 pitcher of sangria (delicious), the chicken gizzard turnover/empanadas (so good with their homemade hot sauce), the chicken stuffed plantains, and the kan kan pork chops. Everything was incredible and authentic. The staff was so nice and attentive, and the owner played guitar and sang Puerto Rican music during our entire meal. Every so often, he would toast "Salut!" to all of us in the restaurant as if we're all one big family. My husband and I felt so welcome and had a blast listening to the music and enjoying the whole experience. If we're ever back in PR again, we will return to El Estribo!

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
“Great food and an even better atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Loved this place so much we went twice! The owner/guitar player is a wonderful host. People who had never met before from all parts of the world felt like old friends. Forget the fancy crap.

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Thank Jeff R
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Stoughton, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Best Local Bet for Tourists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

This small but vibrant restaurant is perfect for tourists to enjoy the local flavors of Puerto Rico. Owner is your host and very interested in his customers. And on weekend nights he plays his own guitar and sings both Spanish and English tunes. A treat you don't want to miss just down the Ave from Isla Verde Beach. Heading back there again right after the New Year Holiday.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Forrest L
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Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Warm and friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We choose El Estribo based on Trip Advisor reviews. We were delighted with our choice. The owner was warm and friendly. The food was delicious. An authentic experience. The owner plays guitar, sings and tells stories with warmth and genuineness.
Warning: we walked following the directions button on Tripadvisor ap. it takes you 3 blocks away to a neighborhood.

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Thank JeffL1959
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Chicago, IL
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Best Meal We Had During our Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This little hidden gem was well worth the visit. We went on what was a special night for the restaurant. They were celebrating their 3rd anniversary. We didn't have reservations but the gracious owner Geraldo got us a table anyway even though they were reserved for family and friends. We enjoyed our meal from start to finish and the accompaniment of live music was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend visiting this family-owned restaurant when in Puerto Rico.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank chicagoan0923
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