Aguaviva
Aguaviva

Aguaviva

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oofrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (787) 722-0665
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from Aguaviva
Aguaviva, opened in 2002, specializes in "Seaside Latino Cuisine" the freshest fish and seafood prepared with Latino - Caribbean flair by chef Hector Crespo, and fraturing an amazing ceviche and oyster bar in front of an open kitchen.
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Aguaviva reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Ordered the whole red snapper stuffed with Moffango. Both the fish and stuffing were bland and tasteless. The wine list was very mediocre. The service was good, but we felt like we were being rushed out of there. I would not go back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foode
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Accommodated 10 people at short notice. Great service and outstanding food. Their special menu had great choices-3courses for $36! Loved the choices of crevice; I sampled the shrimp and tuna tartare
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific evening!
    JfromLenexaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were in San Juan for a conference and the concierge recommended Aguavivq. We had a terrific time. The food was outstanding and the staff there was wonderful - very friendly and helpful. We all felt very welcome. Can't wait to be back in San Juan to return!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC!
    MrMikeLive
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I visited Old San Juan for the first time and we were told by friends of ours to eat here. I have to say this was the single BEST dining experience my wife and I have ever had. Our waiter was superb (I believe his name was Manuel)...everything he recommended to us was outstanding. Amazing ceviche, watermelon sangria, and the fried snapper with lobster mofongo was to die for! This restaurant is a MUST when in Puerto Rico!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 198 reviews are from the Aguaviva reviews archive.
  • Small group with child
    Pleased
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our experience was a pleasurable one. We were a group of four adults and one child. You were very accommodating in getting her a child's plate while maintaining excellence of quality. As for the adults, everyone was impressed and satisfied with the food an service. We would all recommend you to other people. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great find, excellent location on Ocean, food and service were great. a definite go to again place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and service
    jackiel224
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My boyfriend and I throughly enjoyed our experience at Aguaviva. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is decorated beautifully. The seafood was delicious. Right in the center of Old San Juan. Highly recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND
    Steve
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    After several days of Puerto Rican cuisine, my wife and I were ready for a change. Our palates were thinking seafood! After reviewing several spots we settled on AGUAVIVA. It turned out to be a great choice. The atmosphere was what I call "bistro", lots of energy and noise, great lighting and interesting décor. We had the cerviche sampler which was incredible along with whole red snapper. I only wish we had an opportunity to come back another night to try other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "Must Eat At"
    Alan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Spending a few days in San Juan, Puerto Rico and this was one of the 3 places on the 'must eat at' list. Dinner was great with a range of fish dishes that were outstanding. Both the halibut and the grouper were terrific dishes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aquaviva
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I found this restaurant on a google search- a native Puerto Rican who lives in the states compiled the best of San Juan dining. After reading the reviews of his recommendation, I looked up Aquaviva online. From there, I found that I could reserve through Open Table. Within minutes, I had a reservation for the time that I had requested. Not once did I follow up with the restaurant (two weeks prior to trip) or contact the restaurant on my arrival. My husband and I showed up to the restaurant on the date/time requested and our reservation was there. The ceviches were amazing! We ordered enough food for 4 people and enjoyed every bit of it. OpenTable was easy and reliable!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great and our
    lbebry
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was great and our waiter was very attentive, however, we made a reservation and then waited 45 mins to sit down because they just gave our table away to another party. Further, the reservation was for 9pm on Friday, by the time we left the restaurant around 11:30 it was completely empty and the staff was already cleaning around us. Again, the food was great, but if you're gearing up for a night out, perhaps the energy here this late is maybe not the best choice.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO GOOD
    foodroxmysoxoff
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This restaurant was FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it! Our waitress was attentive and friendly, and the food was absolutely amazing. A reservation would probably be good in the evening as the dining room is relatively small, but if you have the chance to dine here, you should go for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing fish and seafood
    Miguel
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The mahi mahi was to do die for and so was the calamari! do not skip these two. Overall it was a great experience and the prices were not too expensive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure in Old San Juan
    Brenda
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    If you like seafood and appreciate the culinary arts, this is quite the find. Small and intimate in size, with a staff who are passionate about what they do, you will be mesmerized by what comes to the table. The paella, grouper, jerk chicken, and ceviche with avocado are all strongly recommended. Our family of four adults all felt welcome and cherished. I want to go back and wish I lived closer. Next trip to San Juan....a definite stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • trendy expensive
    gabrielglass
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I don't mind paying top dollar for a great meal, but it burns me to pay top $ for average food. The waitress could have turned our mediocre experience into something better with a smile or warm words, but we got a snooty attitude. This was surprising because every place we went the receptions were warm and hospitable. We met many friendly servers that explained the menus. My son had chicken thighs with rice and beans. Maybe a $12 entrée elsewhere, here $24. Cevice and oysters were ok but overpriced for the small portion. After arriving back to our apartment we all had a snack and were disappointed that our last meal in PR was such a downer.
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  • Perfect Meal
    AnythingOnce
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This was an outstanding meal from start to finish. The ceviches were amazing and had a wide range of flavors without losing the light freshness of the fish, the sangria was flavorful, the oysters were on point and the deserts were divine. With a welcoming wait staff and fun and modern décor that doesn't forget it is in the Caribbean, Augaviva still retains a romantic vibe that provided a wonderful experience from the moment we walked in.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unorganized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were here on a Saturday night with a 9:30pm reservation. There was a party of 10 guys there for a bachelor's party so it was very busy and the service was pretty bad. The waiter was helpful when he took our orders, but we did not get anything to eat until 10:30pm. There was a table of 3 next to us that were seated after us who got their meals before us. So we are not sure what happened. The waiter never apologized for the wait and when we finally were done we got the wrong check,it was $75.00 more. The food was good, especially the appetizers but not good enough for us to go back on a weekend night.
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  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    By far the best food we had on our trip to San Juan. Great service to go along with it too, it's great when the servers are able to recommend a dish and the chefs make it amazing. The food should have been $100/ plate, but the prices were incredible, $100 for 2 people. An overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and friendly
    Terry
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Very innovative seafood dishes. Fresh and well presented. A little noisy but still nice ambience. Children and families are welcome.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    FrankinHKVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Upon arrival we were promptly seated but with no real hello or welcome. Instead we were immediately asked if we wanted to purchase a discount card for their other restaurants. This cheapened the experience. The waiter was very friendly and we ordered their signature crab cakes to start. The waiter returned apologizing that they were out of this dish. I found this odd as it was 7pm on a Saturday night, seems early to be out of a signature dish. The main courses were delicious, cooked perfectly. Lighting is way too dark, we asked for a new candle as ours was way too dim. They said 'sure' but forget. We exchanged candle with empty table nearby. I was eating spicey jerk chicken and had to repeatedly ask for water glass to be refilled.
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  • Great ceviche
    patrickVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great selection and tasting sizes of ceviche from mild to spicy. The watermelon sangria was also a great accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    Pucks
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Aquaviva. My wife and I shared the Paella which was marvelous and somewhat different in that it was orzo-based, not rice-based. It was more than enough for the both of us. The show stealer, however, was the ceviche. We tried 2 different kinds, the octopus and red snapper. They were the best I have ever tasted, and we have traveled extensively through Mexico and central America. The Mojitos were gems, as well.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agua Viva Restaurant
    luv2eat
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Visited this restaurant while on cruise. Wife found online and made reservations about a week or so before we left for the cruise. Once there, staff was really friendly and informative, food was awesome! When I go back to Puerto Rico, we are definitely going back to AguaViva!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the Ceviche
    JerseyJoeC
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    All of the fish we has was great, but the Ceviche sampling menu was great. If you like spices, thy the Mahi. Hot from the first bite, but the spice level was consistent and terrific. Very nice atmosphere and very convenient location in Old San Juan.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level over the top
    Mpk52
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    It appeared that too many people were seated at the same time causing a backup at the bar and in the kitchen. We stood in front of the bar while we waited to be seated.There was one bartender looking a bit stressed trying to keep up with all the orders. When we finally got to our table ,we saw the couple next to us leave after only being served water. The noise level was so high it made conversation with our group and our server difficult. Our server, Billy, was very personable though and did a dreat job.The food was very good. It's too bad we picked such a busy Tuesday night. I would maybe come back, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit overrated
    Stephanie
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This restaurant has a prime location - first corner that tourists encounter entering Old San Juan. I think because of that, it is busier than the food warrants. It is solid and you will enjoy it, it is just not as great as some reviews. A local let us know that it was a stronger restaurant some time ago. Stronger restaurants in Old San Juan would include Marmalade (better food, service, ambiance) and Cafe St Germain (more casual, but better food).
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  • fresh, fresh, fresh
    NvizbleVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Lives up to the hype. Ceviche, oysters, fish entrées were all amazing. The dining area is a little small and noisy. Great food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Disappointing
    missemiee
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I had much higher hopes for this place based on all the great reviews. Had reservations for 8:30pm and arrived 5 mins early. There are a bit of a wait at the hostess station which is cool but when it was out turn to check in she didn't even ask my name. Told us that some diners would be finishing shortly and pointed to where we would be seated. When that table was clear, it was given to four ladies that walked in about 20 mins after us. I was cool with letting that slide. Ended up waiting a total of 40 mins for a table we had reservations for. Would have been willing to overlook it if the food would have been good. I had the lobster and it was so tough I couldn't chew it. Oysters were ok and the waiter was friendly. Just overall a letdown.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The tables were crowded together. The crowd was noisy. The tuna was dry and its taste was only fair. The shrimp were hardily recommended but were only fair to good. However, the mousse for dessert was killer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The ceviche was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The ceviche was outstanding. The rest was pretty good. I love the atmosphere and it was romantic.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant had great
    serena
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant had great food and service but a real cheap feel to the environment. It says, by the sea, however it is not anywhere near the sea and there is certainly no ocean view! It is a small space on the side of one of the main roads in Old San Juan, so it is close to other restaurants, but the vibe is certainly not chic! Although the food and service made up for it- so if you don't care about the atmosphere- this is your place!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Icfire9
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great! We will revisit this restaurant.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal
    tpdols
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Aguaviva, We were seated promptly and the waiter explained the menu and helped with suggestions. Wine list was somewhat limited but after 2 tries found a nice compliment to our meal. Ceviche was outstanding. Fish was cooked very well and accompaniments highlighted the dish. Great pick in old san juan
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Surprise!
    WBHedis
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Great Ceviche! Party of 5 shared 3. Amazing. Entrees were cnsistently good and plentiful. The seared shrimp was truly to die for -- beautiful plate, great sauce. My husband raved about the crab cake. And they have gluten free menu items.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    Traveler
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Great place to celebrate our anniversary.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable
    dougie
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    food was excellent, service even better. The best place I've eaten in PR since I arrived. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is delicious. Fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    This place is delicious. Fresh seafood and the waitstaff was very helpful making recommendations. I would recommend this place to everyone
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was the best meal I had in
    Judi
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Was the best meal I had in my recent trip to Puerto Rico.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lively dinning
    kjninamherstVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We shared the 6 type ceviche course, every one was unique and interesting. The watermelon mojitos were amazing! Fun place to go for fish.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Grat seafood dining in beautiful, convenient location (Old San Juan).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.