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Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine
Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine

Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.numero1guesthouse.com/pamelas.html
  • Email: reservations@numero1guesthouse.com
  • Phone: (787) 726-5010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Tapas: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jose Rosa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can be rented out exclusively for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Esther Feliciano (787) 726-5010

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Calle Italia
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Pamela's is located in a gated residential neighborhood. Street Parking available.
A word from Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine
Treat yourself to the Taste of the Tropics. The new world cuisine of the Caribbean, with its emphasis on only the freshest ingredients and seasonings, offers an exciting blend of taste sensations. Caribbean cuisine has been influenced by many culinary disciplines, including European, African, and Asian to name a few. Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine is Open Daily, offering casual fine dining inside with air-conditioned open view seating of the beach or seating outside directly on the beach!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Pamela's was an unexpected delight. When we first pulled up we weren't sure what to expect. We had to ring a bell to get in. But what a wonderful surprise. We were lead through the dining room out onto the beach where tables were set up right in the sand, under palm trees, overlooking the ocean. Loved it. The food was also excellent. I ordered the cod tempura. What a lovely surprise when they brought it out and it was shaped like a fish and positioned to swim. It tasted as good as it looked. The cod was light and flaky. My husband ordered a pork dish and said it was the best meal he had during our stay in San Juan. I would highly recommend Pamela's and would definitely go back on our next visit to Puerto Rico."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The experience at Pamela's is incredible. Sitting directly on the beach with your feet in the sand is awesome. The food was spectacular. We had the paella and Mahi Mahi. Both dishes were Expertly prepared and the paella was enough for 2 people. The Bill includes tip and we didn't notice so our server got a 40% tip but it was worth it. We will be back the next time we are in San Juan."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Amazing "on the beach location"; wonderful staff; a bit pricey for salad; ceviche was excellent."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Truly a lovely experience dining outside on the soft pristine sand. The food is creative and fresh - both my 19 year old son and I enjoyed the dining experience. As an aside, he loved it three years ago at age 16 - not usually an adventurous eater, he selected interesing items off the menu both times."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We dined at Pamela's on a Wednesday evening. Juan was excellent and very attentive to our needs. Our drinks were excellent and we also enjoyed our appetizer - PAMELA’S PIONONOS (ROPA VIEJA STYLE). The flavors were balanced and the meat perfectly cooked. My entree was the CHICKEN BREAST SERVED WITH A CARIBBEAN COCONUT CURRY SAUCE which was excellent. The chicken was tender and juicy with an amazing flavor. My companion ordered the PAN SEARED SALMON WITH COCONUT AND CALABAZA CREAM and couldn't stop raving about her meal. For dessert - the fried plantains and caramel ice cream - which is Ben & Jerry's. Delicious - but dessert may not be not the chef's strength. We enjoyed our meal - the drinks, the food, the service and ambience."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Lovely setting, right on the beach. Stars and moonlight as your ceiling. Lucky to have local musicians performing on the beach, as well. Food was very good. quiet and romantic spot."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Very romantic, sitting in the sand right on the beach at night. The food is very good, but uneven in places. The jibaro salad was very good, the calamari was good, but just very good fried calamari. The wine list is quite limited and uninspired. Just a tad bit more care in the selection could make such a difference. The waiter was a little casual for such a nice place and all around service could be a bit more polished, or make it a more casual place in general. We still love the location and the ambience and the food is solid if not revelatory."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "love eating with my feet in the sand.... solid food, nice people..."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "really Pamela's has been one of my favorite lunch spots in San Juan for years and it is consistently great for service, ambience, beach location, and great food coming out of the kitchen. It is well-suited for the well-travelled foodie and it is just so refreshing to find a place with view,outdoor location and high quality food too in San Juan. I highly recommend it to everyone I know."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "pamela's is a wonderful beach dining eperience, right on the sand. service can be very slow when they're busy, but ok when they're not. wait staff are really nice, though."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Recommended by Travel guide and locals, Great find right on the beach, literally!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was delicious-appetizer, main course and dessert! The service was great and were very helpful in getting us a taxi back to our hotel."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "When you leave the congested, gated neighborhood, walk through the restaurant and outside you seem transported to another world, sitting at a table on the sand and under a tent. The food was excellent from apps to dessert."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The rain and wind prevented us from eating outdoors, however, we found the ambiance for dining was excellent indoors. The food was very tasty and well presented. The service was a little slow and they forgot an item, nonetheless, the servers were pleasant. The MOJITO was AWESOME !!! We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Amazing beachfront, feet on sand - full moon - perfect night for birthday dinner. Fruity sauces too sweet - ruined both the pork and mahi specials. "Signature calamari" nothing special. Real disconnect between spectacular setting and food lacking in taste."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Pamela's. When we first arrived, we were nervous because it looked like it might rain. But the waiter was very understanding and just started us out with drinks before he put in any food orders. Sure enough, it started to rain and I was really disappointed to miss out on the dining experience on the beach. However, he recommended that we go up to the 2nd floor balcony and finish our drinks there. Luckily, the rain stopped while we were there, and he came up to tell us to come back down! We enjoyed the rest of our dinner on the beach - it was private, romantic, and incredibly relaxing. The calamari was good, but the surf & turf (skirt steak & shrimp) and seafood paella were excellent. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Fried calamaris came piping hot out of the kitchen, with a mayonnaise sauce. Pork loin was roasted with mofongo, plantain stuffed with yucca root with golden crust, a moist and meaty rice and guava sauce - delicious. Salmon with calabash and coconut cream sauce was tasty. Service by Jose was informative, professional, yet with Puerto Rican warmth and friendliness. Very good!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "It was a nice experience eating on the beach. A bit more relaxed atmosphere...food was great. Red snapper was the best ever."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "One Sure thing about literally sitting at tables in the sand is that a windy night, as when we went, will make for sand in your drink, food, clothes, etcetera. I would chalk it up to a "dining experience" but for the food being mediocre at best. I ordered their conch salad and it was overly tough and had no taste. Typically it wound have some chili or kick, but this was just a vinaigrette. I then ordered the signature whole snapper, but they didn't "have any this week". So i ordered the skirt steak as the standby and that was fine but certainly not worth the cost of the cab ride to and from our hotel. Best deal of the evening was a pitcher of Sangria for $35."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We had high expectations. This was the only restaurant in san juan on the beach. when we got there we were seated outside on the beach but it was very bland. No ambience at all. a table with 4 chairs and in the middle of other tables. 2 things were terrible: 1. their signature dish is red snapper. we were there very early (6:45 PM) and they were out of red snapper. We wouldn't have gone if we knew that. CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE SNAPPER. 2. During the whole meal, they continuously were moving tables around, I mean disassembling them and putting them up again. This went on for the total 2 hours we were there. then the whole staff would stand right in front of us the whole time and discuss what changes they were going to make next. BAD!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "If you like eating outside on the beach with the sand under your feet, then this is the perfect spot (make sure you request an outdoor table). Although Pamela's is a very romantic place, we took our two teenagers for dinner on Christmas and it was a winner. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and it was a delightful night. We made a nice toast to good health and happiness and I am sure we will always have great memories of Pamela's. The waiter was also very nice to take our family photo with the ocean in the background and the photo has ended up on our New Year's Card this year. Great find, not to be missed when visiting Puerto Rico."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our family of four enjoyed a Christmas Day lunch at this small gem of a restaurant. The menu was varied and included something for everyone in our group, from the tween to the adults. Wait staff was helpful and friendly. Try the mofongo and the coconut creme brulee!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "It was Christmas Day and we thought we were doomed to resort food. Luckily we stumbled upon Pamela's through open table. The guava vinaigrette salad dressing is perfect. My daughter had the land and sea. The skirt steak and accompanying risotto were very flavorful. Our friend had a really nice piece of fresh grouper with crab meat. It was not lump crab though and for the price I thought it should be. Likewise for the land and sea, for the price, a piece of tenderloin rather thank skirt steak was in order. Otherwise great atmosphere. We had the good fortune of dining on the beach and it was a beautiful night. The staff was super friendly. I would definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The reviews suggested that Pamela;s would be a great place to eat on the last night of our vacation and we were not disappointed. Was it the sound of the ocean, the end of a great vacation or was it truly amazing food. I think it was a combination of all the above, but our dinner was one of the best meals I have ever had. I hope we get the chance to eat here again and would recommend this with hesitation."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Pamela's is located in a private neighborhood, with a secluded beach, offering a view of the skyline of San Juan. Lovely setting. We were fortunate to get a table outside on the sand. We met the chef, José Rosa, a personable and friendly guy, who willingly showed us his tiny kitchen, which was immaculate and filled with busy workers. We each enjoyed a Mojito, though the mint was less than pungent. The best dish, by far, was the Yucca Soup. It was creamy and delicious, with a smoky layer of flavor. We ordered the Paella, which the chef is known for. We were surprised that it was a creative dish served atop a flavorful and filling risotto. The seafood, however, lacked luster- and we love seafood. Shrimp was well cooked, but dry. Rest was ok."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "In San Juan for one night with a group (6) of friends. Found Pamelas on open table. It was nothing short of wonderful. Sat on the beach and everything was great. Our server, Juan, was friendly, attentive and made perfect recommendations for all courses of food. Their house favorite calamari was simply the best we've ever had. We were all very pleased and glad we chose this place. Would definitely return any chance we get."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner. The food was superb. Quality, Temperature, taste! I would recommend this restaurant to all. I wish I had the time to go back a second time. The server was knowledgeable friendly, and made our experience even more special."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "One of the best restaurants we have been to this year. You are right on the beach. Food and service both great."
    Dined on 9/6/2013