Permanently Closed - Aguaviva

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401 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Caribbean, Latin American
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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
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Phone number
(787) 722-0665
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 ;)

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Seafood specialty restaurant including raw bar

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Was below par for $125
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Very disappointed in the food - the salt level was so high it was nearly impossible to eat. The noise level was so high I was more than anxious to get out of the restaurant. Our service was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

So so food poor service has gone downhill what else can I say

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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MS
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Agua was nothing short of amazing. I would absolutely return.

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Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Came back after 14yrs for our 15th wedding anniversary. Service and food remain excellent. Decor and vibe not as bright and alive as it was in 2002.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice date with great service and excellent food.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with extreme friendly servers

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great fine and classy place in the heart of an historic town like Old San Juan

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff. Food was good not mind blowing but good.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience of my life... it took 2 hours to get ours food it's was cold without flavor, I told my server and the manager about the quality of the food they didn't do nothing

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated out 35th wedding anniversary here. The food and service were both exceptional. What was even nicer is we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves and never feel as though we were rushed.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was very disappointing but the service was excellent. Good dinks.

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TR
St. Louis
114 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Puerto Rican seafood at its best. The service was slow, but that was my only complaint as dinner took over 2 1/2 hours.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed. The food was not as good as the reviews indicated. The service was very slow, and the prices were very high. The ambiance was a bit claustrophobic. We would not recommend and would not return.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This place has a decent menu but they have to get their act together with service---slow, slow, SLOW!!

Plus, not a good place to go if you don't want to smell like the kitchen when you leave.

Finally, server Diana was rude, rude, rude.

Do not recommend.

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Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

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.

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P
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, from appetizers thru entrees. The whole fried flounder was perfectly deboned with an excellent Puerto Rican stuffing. Enjoyed the ceveche.
Service was slow and inattentive. Server did not understand dining and how a
Dinner should flow.

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JS
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average restaurant. For appetiser, we ordered a fresh red snapper and avocado. More avocado than snapper. As main plate we had signature an orzo paella. Taste was average, portion was generous, not too much seafood.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. Made great suggestions. We had the calamari, coconut shrimp and grilled oysters for appetizers. All great choices.

Dinner was also delicious. We had the steak, tuna and salmon. Will definitely be back!

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LG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Something wasn't right in the kitchen the night we went. The food itself was excellent but took forever. However, the staff apologized profusely and comped a round of drinks and dessert in recompense. Would definitely go back.

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Snapper and Mofungo! Great spot in Old San Juan. Will return.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just okay. Was hoping for more interesting menu. Ceviche was the highlight. Service was very good though...

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jorge took excellent care of us making good food recommendations as our waiter. Found was as outstanding as we enjoyed 10 years ago when we visited San Juan

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as always!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service, ambiance, and could not eat two of three meals.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

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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JL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going here for years for their ceviche and fresh seafood. The quality and service has always been good but this recent visit was better than ever!

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best seafood in Puerto Rico! Outstanding service, loved everything.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

truly excellent seafood. Creative and very tasty ceviche. A place for seafood lovers. Very uncrowded, just a few steps away from thy busy area of San Juan harbor.

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