Barrachina
Barrachina

Barrachina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barrachina.com/
  • Phone: (787) 725-7912
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Luis Miguel De La Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Catering: The entire menu is available for off-site catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: for groups of 50 or 75 people
  • Private Party Contact: Rafael Ruiz 7877257912
  • Entertainment: Flamenco Show on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.
  • Special Events: Weddings and Rehearsal dinner

Getting there

  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Four blocks away, Doña Fela or La Puntilla Parking
A word from Barrachina
Located in Old San Juan, just one block from La Fortaleza (the Governor’s Mansion) Barrachina restaurant has been catering to tourist and locals for over 40 years in the old city. The surrounding beauty of a colonial building over two centuries old with an interior courtyard and magnificent tropical foliage is the birthplace and home of the world famous piña colada, where don Ramon Portas Mingot, first made the famous drink in 1963. A visit to San Juan is not complete without Barrachina. For reservations for the Flamenco show on Friday and Saturday evenings, please contact the restaurant directly.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Barrachina reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (7)fit for foodies (7)special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Charming setting -- interior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2012
    Charming setting -- interior cobblestone courtyard with umbrella tables. Service was good. Very comfortable place to eat in Old San Juan. However, the food was pretty bad. We went there specifically for paella. Four of us had the seafood paella ($49 for 2 people). The dish was totally bland, seemed to have no spices whatsoever, and the seafood was overcooked and mushy. The other things we ordered were also pretty bad. Our 15-year-old was happy enough with his steak. We were surprised, because we had chosen this restaurant specifically because of good-food reviews -- perhaps we didn't look for enough reviews.
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • The atmosphere was great for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/12/2012
    The atmosphere was great for both kids and adults alike. The kids were able to draw on the paper table cloths. The food was delicious...large portions, almost too much food. We did not have to wait for our reservation time, we were taken in early...thank you! Service was good and our waiter was friendly. Price was very reasonable as well.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food here was just okay,
    benne
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    The food here was just okay, but our waiter was great fun and the pina coladas were great!
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    great for lunch
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  • A wonderful dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    A wonderful dining experience. Are large group was well taken care of and our server Miller was gracious, prompt and knowledgeable.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post-Cruise Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    My friends are more into the Spanish fare than I am, but I did enjoy a "surf and turf" dish of shrimp and steak. The waiters were helpful with suggestions, and appropriately attentive without being overly obsequious. Jose's final words of gratitude for serving us, when presenting the bill was also a nice touch, and the tip we added to the bill was well-deserved. We booked this restaurant as a place to have lunch and store our luggage after a great 7-day cruise. We were able to relax, play cards after lunch and shopping, and then enjoy a walk to "El Morro" as well as enjoy the views and ambience of Old San Juan. Great location, and only a 25 minute (and $20) ride to the airport.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • This restaurant is known for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    This restaurant is known for its Pina Colada...which was not the best I had while in PR. We sat inside and it was unbearably hot (to the point we were all sweating excessively)and once our order was taken the waiter vanished so when one of our dishes was served VERY under cooked, my husband had to go and find the waiter for assistance.
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    hot spot
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  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2012
    Great restaurant.. They were waiting for me due to a traffic issue. They greeted me at the front. I had requested an outdoor terrace table and it was reserved for me! Gabriel was our waiter, he was very helpful and gave many recommendations. The food was very good. I had the pork tenderloin, it was good. Pina Coladas were great as well. I would reccommend this restaurant if your in the Old San Juan area..
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was excellent, prices
    Cyberbond
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Food was excellent, prices are resonable and service is great. It is the birthplace of the Piña Colada and still the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • This is where you want to eat!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Actually ate here twice during our most recent visit to PR, Feb, 2012. First was 9:00pm dinner reservation (four of us); We enjoyed it so much we came back; Second time was walk-in lunch a few days later with a larger group (nine of us). EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR GROUP LOVED IT! We loved the drinks (yes, the pina coladas are special here!) We all loved the food, and each had something different and it was each meal equally as plentiful and flavorful. Service is excellent, staff very friendly, I was so glad to find a really great place among some others I did not enjoy in the downtown (Old San Juan) area. LOVED everything about it.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Fantastic drinks...mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2012
    Fantastic drinks...mediocre foods. Time to stop living off their reputation of creating the pina colada and start looking at their less than stellar food.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the piña coladas
    davidcooperbergVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    The piña colada was invented here in 1963, and they are great. The shrimp is pretty good, but not outstanding. Sitting on the patio is recommended, so specify when you reserve. On a Thursday night, we closed the place at 9:15 PM, which was a bit surprising.
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  • Outstanding
    lexi2VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Outstanding ! We found this place on-line and were so glad we did. Had a few days in San Juan before a cruise and decided to check this place out on a Sat nite for dinner. We had made reservations ahead of time and the four of us loved it ! Would definitely go back next time we are in Old San Juan !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a good experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    It was a good experience, I was looking for a place to visit with Spanish Colonial look and Barracina has it. I look forward to seee it at day time. I like this colonial Arquitecture.
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    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful open air courtyard,good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2012
    Beautiful open air courtyard,good fish.and pina coladas! Would return on next visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Hmm, well the service was
    Stratguy
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Hmm, well the service was awful. Food was good but nothing special. Flamingo show was horrific. Apparently they were having trouble with the sound system and the turned it up to compensate. Not good. It took 30 minutes to get someone's attention to get the check and finally I had to track down the manager. NOT Recommeded.
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  • Food was tasteless, flamingo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Food was tasteless, flamingo dancers Friday night were interesting, though, And service was very good, friendly waiter
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  • Overall, I think that the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/3/2012
    Overall, I think that the place is overrated and without the cruise travelers, it would probably not have survived this long. As the originator of the Pina Colada, I guess that I expected a whole lot more from their version. Next time we visit San Juan, we'll try something different.
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  • Poor service throughout evening.
    Bobaloo
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Poor service throughout evening. We came to the bar before dinner...took a half hour to get our order and another 20 minutes before the drinks were prepared. Food service was rushed on the order taking side and very slow on the delivery side. Getting the a doggy bag and the check required more patience than I have. I would not return.
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  • Great Service and Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    Our vacation to Puerto Rico would not be complete without a trip to Barrachina. We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner with our two children (age 9 & 11). The atmosphere was very relaxing and comfortable. The food was excellent. The fish was cooked to perfection. My son wanted fish tacos which were not on the menu and they were happy to accommodate him.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • juicy steaks!! best mofongo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2011
    juicy steaks!! best mofongo i've had. awesome pina coladas.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • The whole team are extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    The whole team are extremely helpful, attentive and the food is excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was ok nothing special.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/12/2011
    Food was ok nothing special. Beers were warm, the fish I ordered couldn't be grilled since the grill wasn't working but he menu didn't say that. The water refill took a while. Best thing that place has going for it is the ambiance, very nice colonial architecture in old san Juan
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Do not waste your time here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    The hostess sat us at our reservation time. No one came to our table for at least 10 minutes. I had to get water for the table myself while we waited. Another couple was seated after us and had their water drinks before anyone came to our table. The manager came to apologize and subsequently did nothing to improve our experience from there. The food was poor and we could not get out of there fast enough. I would not recommend going there.
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  • We were looking forward to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    We were looking forward to dining here due to the good reviews, and we were very disappointed. We tried the Pina Colada' and it tasted no different than any other I have had. The food wasn't good either. It was a tourist trap...save your money.
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  • Excellent-Authentic PR Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Excellent, authentic Puerto Rican food. During our time in PR we dined at at least 6 or 7 different restaurants and overal this restaurant had the Best tasting authenitic Puerto Rican food of all of the diffrent spots!! Loved It!!! Our waitress was wonderful and the drinks were great!!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • OUTSTANDING FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    The service was impecable, the food was delicious and the Flamenco dancers made the evening PERFECT
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • My overall experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    My overall experience was excellent. The staff was wonderful.The hostess was very friendly and was very helpful with getting us seated promptly. Our waiter was also friendly and very professional. I was most impressed with the manager who went above and beyond to please my wife, infant son and I with the promptness of service and restaurant experience. I would definitely come again when visiting. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like the food a lot but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    I like the food a lot but the service need to be improved. After waiting for the entree for 40 mins. the waiter never apologized and never checked back on us to see how we are doing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really enjoyed the ethnic
    RitzVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2011
    Really enjoyed the ethnic beauty of this restaurant. Old San Juan is a charming city, beautifully structured. I would definately go back and dine at this charming & warm rest.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We loved our dinner. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2011
    We loved our dinner. Food and service were both outstanding. And we loved the pina coladas!! Would definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Had a large group the night
    Phoenician
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    Had a large group the night before our cruise, decent food, nice ambiance and excellent service.
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  • Worth the time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    Good food. Enjoyed the Flamenco dancers. Pinocoladas are awesome!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience! A must
    QueeniroseVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    Great experience! A must stop for any visitor to Old San Juan!
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  • Great Restaurant in Old San
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    Great Restaurant in Old San Juan. Long history in the area serving locals and tourists alike. The home of the Pina Colata!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • combo mofongo was the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    combo mofongo was the best I had all vacation. Would have liked to see the flamenco show in the other dining room but the hostess didn't even mention that there was a show at 8 when she sat us at 7:30.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Hospitable. Great setting.
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2011
    Hospitable. Great setting. Very good food. Would go back.
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  • They claim to have invented
    MetroWesternerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2011
    They claim to have invented the piña colada, and I believe it. All four of us had at least one (I had two -- plain and Blue) and they were fantastic. The food was quite good. Service was delightfully friendly and perfectly attentive. The only downside was that they didn't quite know how to process my OpenTable credit check. I guess I was the first one, so they should have that sorted out by now.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A major bonus for us was that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/20/2011
    A major bonus for us was that they will store your luggage if you are an arriving or departing cruise ship passenger. That was a real plus because there was no place else to store our luggage until we could get on the ship. A lot of people took advantage of this. We left our bags there and walked around El Morro and Old San Juan for a few hours and then went back and retreived the bags and went to the ship.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a large group including
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    We had a large group including kids. The kids enjoyed fajitas and burgers while the adults were able to be more adventurous. Some had salads, others local sandwiches. My wife and I shared the house paella which was very good with lots of meat and seafood. Not formal or romantic, at least for lunch but fine for our purposes.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since we were utilizing the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2011
    Since we were utilizing the luggage storage that they offer for cruise passengers, we decided to eat lunch here. The food was just ok, we both had fajitas. I wanted to try the Paella but it was over forty dollars for two people and they didn't have single servings. The service was really, really slow on the day we were here.
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    great for outdoor dining
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