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“Quintessential Puertorrican Seafood Restaurant”
Review of El Dorado

El Dorado
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Seafood is outstanding and so is the service. Clean, friendly, and delicious food. The best I have had on the Big Island without question! A nice water view overlooking a small marina. The best counch I have ever had. So very tender. The best lobster salad ever!! One of the best whole cooked fish. The other best is at Mucho Gusto on Vieques, PR.
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is the fifth time I go to this place and they have never disappointed me. The food is excellent. This is real, authentic, puertorrican seafood in the middle of the seafood scene in Salinas, a southern coastal town of Puerto Rico. The physical layout of the place is very simple and charming; a second floor, air conditioned, dining area, enclosed by windows with views of the Salinas bay, surrounded by mangroves.

The menu is very characteristic of the area, yet they somehow make it very special. If the fish is not fresh, they will not offer it to you, as has been my experience. Fried whole red Snapper, “Chillo”, is a must, if available, as is the Queen Snapper or “Cartucho”.

As an appetizer we always have the “muslitos de pescao” or fish thighs. This is a small local fish “Arrayao” or Lane Snapper, deboned -except for the tail-. Then it is opened down the middle, battered and deep fried. When they bring it to the table, most first timers think it is deep fried shrimp. This local specialty is super delicious, as are the “chicharrones de mero”, or grouper rinds. Again, battered and deep fried pieces of grouper. Both come with a variety of local dipping sauces. Also, their tostones and mofongo (both plain and stuffed), a plantain-based local staple, are some of the best I’ve tried, and mind you, I’m a local.

The service is several notches above what you would expect for a local criollo restaurant, and it has more to do with how warm these people are than their technical expertise. They treat you like family and that what’s important when you go to one of our local restaurants.

Try El Dorado in Salinas, you won’t be disappointed.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

I think this is one of the best rest that I tried in Salinas. I like the mofongo stuffed with shrimps and also one with octopus.
Don't forget to visit this place.
If you are at lunch, there is a chance the you'll spot manatees swimming around!!! Really cool ah?!!!

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Reviewed June 23, 2011

Some if not the best seafood I have ever eaten. Conch the best ever. It was so tender! The Lobster salad is beyond belief. I have never eaten Lobster this good, and I have eaten many! The whole fish fried or grilled was delicious. Almost as good as Mucho Gustos in Vieques, PR.

Overlooks a small marina and is roomy and comfortable. The servers are experienced and take pride in their work. We went back a second time, and whenever I am in that area, will go again. A real treat!!!!!!!!! Wonderful PR food!

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