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Yantar
Yantar
  • Address:
    Ashford Avenue- Astor Condo 1018 1-C
    Condado, PR 00907
    Neighborhood:
    San Juan
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

Yantar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (787) 724-3636
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Latin / Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Xiomara Marquez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: In Front of San Juan Beach Hotel and Vanderbilt Ho
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Yantar
Awesome place right in the Condado Tourist Area adjacent to the beautiful Condado Lagoon, has a very nice dining area but also a large bar next to windows that offer great views of the lagoon and the city at night. We offer a variety of tapas at the bar. It is a great place to go with friends to have a drink and also have a wonderful dinner.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was prepared excellently, but in my opinion was over-priced. Service was extraordinarily attentive, but English was a bit broken such that there some things I couldn't understand when I asked. View of the bay was beautiful, though from our table we also had a view of the driveway/alley below. I would DEFINITELY recommend to a friend, but just warn in advance that it's pricey. And, really, on vacation, if one meal ends up costing $75 more (and that was for all 3 if us combined), it's not a big deal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We dined at Yantar for the second time in March 2014. The food as well as drinks were just as good as the first time we dined at the restaurant. The restaurant has been opened for less than 1 year. But, Yantar already gained popularity among locals as well as the tourists. We are both from Manhattan and we've dined at some of the best restaurants and we are not easy to please. However, we were truly happy with everything that we ordered. The service was very attentive and friendly. We are back in Puerto Rico and we made another reservation to back for the third time and we cannot wait to go back. This is definitely the restaurant not to be missed. Be sure to request a table by the window to enjoy the view of lagoon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great View,romantic ambiance, beautiful bar and cocktail area, excellent tasting menu and many tapas selection. Great for either a superb meal or cocktails with tapas."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The lamb dish was incredible. Loved the modern decor. Staff was friendly and attentive. Chef came out to greet . The cilantrillo drink was delicious and very creative. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was overall good. My husband did not feel his steakl was fresh."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I had read only about this restuarant and it was otherwirse hard to see form the street but once inside the restaurant, one is transported inot another world. The Chef has trained in Spain and the octopus I had as an appetizer which is on the tapas menu was out of this world! The rest of the food was delicious! Service was impeccable! Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was our first time here. We went on a Tuesday night and although the restaurant was nearly full, it was not the vibrant scene we were anticipating. We started with some tapas items that were very good and then proceeded to entrees which were also very good. They had a nice wine list and drink menu. We did not order dessert but were brought some complimentary dessert items, which we did not care for. Wait staff was very nice and attentive. The view was indeed beautiful if you could overlook the small parking area and dumpster right outside the windows. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience and we would definitely go back if in the area. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal at Yantar. They were very welcoming to us and our 10 year old. My rack of Lamb was outstanding. My husband had the duck which was beautifully presented and tender."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food and service were pretty good. The cocktails were OK. My biggest gripe is the seating. Yantar has a beautiful view of the lagoon, but the dining room is in the back, so only tables for two and bar goers get to enjoy it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We saw that Tripadvisor had rated Yantar second best in San Juan and was on the Open Table list so we thought we couldn't pass it up. Although the staff was cordial and attentive, the food was not up to our standards. Yantar was advertised as having one of the best bars and bartenders, but the margaritas we had were the worst we have ever had -- too sweet and weak. After ordering our meal, we waited almost a half an hour for our first course appetizer which was a very small portion of tasteless watery scallop ceviche dish. We realized that this must be popular with locals as large parties arrived and the noise level went up. We were not impressed with our fish entree which was also of small portion and not very tasty. An expensive evening!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Beautiful setting with a wall of windows overlooking the bay. The servers was very attentive. The wine list was extensive and very impressive. There are three menu options: tapas, a tasting menu and a la carte. We were presented with an aperitif to begin our meal, shared a delicious tuna starter and enjoyed just excellent entrees of halibut and salmon. We were presented with a small tray of sweets which were enough that we opted not to have dessert. We were even offered a complimentary after dinner drink. This restaurant is up there with the best we have enjoyed anywhere in the US. Yantar is a fabulous fine dining experience in San Juan."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Mi esposa y yo visitamos el lugar buscado nuevas alternativas en San Juan y quedamos sorprendidos. El capitan nos dio un trato excelente y los platos sugeridos tales como el pulpo a la gallega y el rodaballo estubieron exelentes."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "If you are planning a trip to San Juan and want a really nice restaurant to go to, this is the place for you. I would return to this restaurant for multiple reasons: the food, the service, the entire staff and the view of the bay. The tapas were incredible and I can't say enough about our waiter Hector and the entire staff. Another plus: if you are staying in the Condado area of San Juan, you can easily walk to this restaurant. It is centrally located to all the major hotels. Don't let this restaurant be missed."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A fun, and inventive menu complimented by very good service and a beautiful room. The tasting included about a half dozen bites followed by three more substantial plates. Of all the dishes, the Halibut was by far the best, extremely light and flaky without a hint of fishiness. The venison steak (final meal course) was good but not a wow kinda dish to end on. Afterward the owner asked about the food and i told him i wasn't thrilled with the venison and he gladly told me he would substitute it for lobster or something else in the future. Views were beautiful and the bar was very energetic. Room is a bit loud but not overly."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I put a lot of research into where to eat during my winter vacation to Puerto Rico. Staying in Luquillo, which is a far drive from the San Juan area, we decided to go with a cuisine we wanted (tapas) and a highly acclaimed spot: tapas and Yantar; there you have it. The space is beautiful and that cannot be argued. After we were seated, we were asked what we would like to drink but given no menus for 10 minutes. After we ordered, we were given bread dishes and olive oil. 30 mins later, still no bread. I asked and it was brought promptly. Service was poor because the waiter was hardly there. Lovely man but never at our table. Food? What a DISAPPOINTMENT. Overly fried, not traditional tapas selections, blah flavor."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This place was fantastic! It is a newer restaurant on the island and it was phenomenal. The service was outstanding and the food was presented well and delicious. They made my birthday dinner wonderful and provided a special accommodations for my surprise gift presentation! The VIEW is outstanding! Definitely worth trying out!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Yantar is accessible through the side entrance. Adjacent to the side entrance is what appears to be a tenement building with many creatures lurking on the widow sills. My kids counted 8 cats on the outside window sills amongst other creatures. We continued inside because of its online positive reviews. The mood was cool with neon lights and a cool jazz vibe. Our table was directly overlooking the lagoon. Its a nice view , but nothing incredible . Then we ordered our food. The appetizers weren't served together. My son's appetizer arrived 10 minutes after my wife's and my appetizer. Our main course again came sporadically. My NY steak with peppers arrived first. Fattiest piece of meat I was ever served. Overhyped and Over everything."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Our first time at Yantar was in February 2014 and we were pleasantly surprised. The service was superb and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The portions were small enough so that you can enjoy five courses without getting too full. We will return when we return to San Juan."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great service, great bar staff, great food. The octopus appetizer was terrific - try it even if you're a little afraid - tender and wonderful. Both had Risotto dishes, one with salmon, one with shell fish - both terrific. Deserves the ratings it's getting on line."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very good food (I tried the Dover Sole, he had a variety of very good tapas plates), very attentive service, and beautiful view overlooking the water. We're delighted we tried it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food, great panoramic view to the condado lagoon, definitely coming back again, highly recommend the visit."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great new restaurant. All little dishes are awesome"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Lovely location, great wine selection, very hip ambiance, but aside from the food presentation which includes fire, ice, smoke and many other special effects, when it comes down to it the one thing chef Xiomara Marquez's food lacks - is flavor. The chef's tasting menu includes about 7 un-customizable and highly forgettable courses, with many more misses than hits. One more theatrical than the next, but once the smoke and dust clear, there's just not much substance there. The crispy crab-cakes were light and crunchy, but the gazpacho with "olive dust" quickly becomes an oily juice, the gorgeous-looking rice desert had the consistency and flavor of soft polenta, and my husband burned his lips on the excessively fire-heated brandy glass."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is delightful! The staff was super accommodating. The view in the restaurant is breathtaking. Most if all the food was super delicious. We go to San Juan often and we were looking for a new restaurant. I am so happy we found Yantar."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Ambience was swanky, metropolitan. Appetizers very good, entrees just ok, moderate but for price was dissapointed. View, service and decor was very nice."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "V. good overall --- with one exception. The air conditioning was on so high, resorting in a temperature seemingly just above freezing. Even members of the staff were complaining. Spoiled an otherwise pleasant evening. However the hostess and our waiter were exceptionally nice, and v. helpful. R."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our second time in Yantar. everything that we order was exquisite."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and cocktails were AMAZING. The service was terrible."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Restaurant was packed and we still got a 5 star treatment from the staff, My girl loved it. i spent $230 dinner of two, 3 wine glases 2 drinks + food"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Spanish food and a staff that really cares about your experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food lacked creativity and flavor. Service was friendly but not polished. Was just OK."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Very private and overall great experience and food- highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great experience!! Great service. I'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Drinks were very good, appetizers were very good. Entree was ok."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Creative menu with many options. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed the evening for the most part....staff was accomodating, but weirdly, we never got the feeling that one specific person was interested in taking care of our experience. At least 4 different people came to the table at different times for different purposes. And then, only to do something. No one ever stopped to ask us how the evening was going. And there seemed to be an inordinate amount of time between events...maybe 15 minutes before we were asked for our cocktail order. Another 10 before the cocktails got there. Another 15 before someone asked if we had any questions about the menu, and then he verbally listed 8 different specials for that evening, none of which we could remember. Another 15 before someone came to take the order."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We ate at Yantar fairly early (about 6:15) on a Friday night so getting a table on Open Table wasn't bad. It did fill up quickly though around 7:00. The place is very nice. We were sat at a high top table which wouldn't have been my first choice, but it was comfortable enough and had a nice view. The food was great, but not as good as say, Marmalade. However, the presentation was beautiful. Most things were finished table side. I had a warm Mango Gazpacho that was prepared table side with steam just pouring off the bowl. Quite a site. Deserts were just ok. The wait staff we're very very nice and attentive without being overbearing. Id certainly go back. Next time with my wife to enjoy more of the quiet ambiance."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening! Ask for a table by the lagoon and watch the world go by. Drinks were outstanding and food delicious. We loved the service..just right for a romantic dining experience. They made my husband's birthday so special. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed the crab cake appetizers and the salad we shared and the prawn and risotto and sole and risotto entrees. Music was quite loud but lowered when we asked the waiter if the volume could be turned down. Lovely setting beside the lagoon but air conditioning was a bit cold. We appreciated the complimentary after dinner drinks. Excellent service."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was delightful..... The food was great and we had a wonderful time there. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014