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.
Old San Juan, PR 00901
Seafood, Caribbean, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: Sun from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Mon - Wed from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu - Sat from 5:00pm to 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Aguaviva Ratings and Reviews
The staff was so energetic and friendly. You felt as if you were in good hands! Ceviche was fresh and delicious!
I got the whole fish of the day, but my dad got the red snapper. Oh. Em. Gee. That might be my favorite meal of the trip so far! I think I ate more of it than he did ;)
Extremely poor service and lack luster food, We waited over 20 minutes for our check while the server chatted with another table - this was after asking for the check for the second time. The food was mediocre, ceviche was bland and boring. Would not recommend.
Billy our waiter was outstanding. We went here on our honeymoon and he surprised us with complementary champagne. The menu has a nice variety of food. Price is great. It sits on a beautiful small side street in Old San Juan. Just perfecto!
This place does seafood great. I have eaten here several times and the whole fish is alway cooked to perfection! If you're in old town and craving seafood..this is your place. Unless of course, you want to find something not quite as good!
Based on the reviews, maybe we came on an off night. They seemed understaffed and even turned away customers despite having less than half the dining room full. Service was slow. Food was ok, but not worth the wait. The Mango ceviche dish tasted like they dunked it in Franks Red Hot sauce - like a Louisiana hot sauce. The coconut shrimp was on par with some pub grub you might get in the states. We opted out of getting entrees because the appetizers weren't too great. I'm generally skeptical of the places near the entrance to Old San Juan. They tend to be tourist traps. This fell into that genre for us. But, like I said, they seemed understaffed, so it could have been an off night.
Had a great evening with very welcoming staff. The ceviche platter we ordered was very tasty. Great bread and garlic butter. Our entrees were mahi mahi and branzino with mashed apio plus steamed veggies. We had a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
From the minute we walked in we were treated like VIPs. Our waiter Jorge Madera and his assistant Steven were outstanding and went out of their way to make the evening special including asking the kitchen to make some special side dishes just for us to try. We highly recommend Aquaviva to anyone visiting Old San Juan. Excellent seafood with delicious Puerto Rican side dishes.
Loved our stop during our Apr 2017 vacation to San Juan. The coconut shrimp and sea scallops were amazing! The creme brûlée was also on point! To top off all the great local seafood was some of the best service we have received! Additionally, we were never rushed, we felt like their goal was to make our evening great!
The oysters, the cocktails and the dessert were ok. But the worst was the terrible wait. 45 min for the first course to arrive. Another 30 min for dessert. Simply beyond annoying. And on top of that, the ceviche, which should have been the highlight of our dinner, was tasteless. Overrated and overpriced.
Had read reviews online and decided to try - sorry we went. Food was mediocre; overly salted calamari, watered down watermelon sangria. Waiter forgot to put in our main order, came over politely apologized and then we waited an additional 30 minutes before dried out rare tuna and cold coconut shrimp finally came. Never even saw the rice and beans we ordered. Skip this place and go elsewhere. Too many other fun places in Old San Juan to try.
Had never been to "old town" San Juan, PR. Restaurant was lively and fun for a Saturday pm.... food delicious and our group from Seattle had a lovely waitress. Great dining experience. A little loud but FUN. Very nice bartender too while I waited for our group to arrive.
First night of vacation. Table wasn't ready at appointed time. Very noisy. More than an hour passed from giving our order to being served appetizers. So with an 8:30 reservation, we first put something in our mouths after 10 pm. We were only served after I nearly begged the waitress for food. She was terrific, but the kitchen/managerial staff were atrocious. Because the restaurant has an open concept, we were able to watch the frustration of the manager and cooking staff as each wildly gesticulated over the delays. The food was good, but certainly not worth the aggravation. I wish I had paid closer attention to the other reviewers.
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