Asere

4.6
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Asere is Fine Puerto Rican & Cuban Cuisine! Taken from the best influences of Spanish, African, French and Caribean flavors. Here, the old and the new Cuba comes to life! The elegance of the Caribbean"s Paris of the 50's (as Cuba was known) is showcased in a variety of elegant delights, while the local flavors of today's Cuba come to life with authentic recipes from underground world of home-based restaurants in the island. Asere is located in front of one of the most flavorful Farmers Markets in PR, Santurce's La Placita. The old Spanish architecture gives life to a 2 story building desingned in detail to let you live the experience of visiting the legendary Cuba of the 50's and the hidden world of today's Cuban underground fine-dinning culture. Asere in Cuban slang means "hello,my friend!!!" so come around to La Placita in Santurce and experience the best in Cuban cuisine, Asere!
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OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service ... great ambiance

BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently visited this restaurant with a group of 10 girls for a bachelorette and it exceeded our expectations! The cocktails were amazing, food was delicious, and our waiter was lovely. The live music really topped the cake and made our experience all that more special. We also loved that Asere was right in the heart of La Placita, making it incredibly easy to walk to our next destination of the night. This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend (thank heavens!), and I will be sure to recommend this myself to family/friends who are planning to visit San Juan in the upcoming future!

t
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eric , our server was excellent!!
One of our favorite places!!
Food was delicious!!

PB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food, service (Lana) and ambiance. There was a trio that I thought was very good but it did increase the noise level.

TG
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Location is excellent for people watching and fun.

MH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Holiday meal

OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good music!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food and service is excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a local experience for our last night in San Juan and we were not disappointed! The food was great, service was outstanding, and the people watching from our outside table was perfect. I highly recommend Asere.

LK
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun and low key vibe with amazing food. My family are Cuban and the food surpassed our family recipes, which is impressive. I rarely find good Cuban food away from home. The restaurant is cozy enough to make you feel at home but with enough edge to ensure you feel like it’s a special night out. Service was relaxed and attentive. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

JR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! This little gem had fantastic food and service! One of our best meals while in Puerto Rico!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Asere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food. Lovely local feel. Service was really great.

TM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was in the middle of a jumping part of downtown Old San Juan so it was crazy noisy- music singing dancing everywhere
The food was the best we had the entire week- really special- we had whole red snapper fried and so beautiful! The cocktails were expertly done- has to have a mojito! Highly recommend - but understand the area is crowded and hard to get an Uber right to restaurant- you have to get out and walk a bit- which is fun.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was amazing, the only thing I would say is that food took too long but our waiter made sure we had drinks and appetizers while we waited. Overall a great place.

OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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C
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good Service
Drinks were good
Food little bit salty

CC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was not good. Really underwhelming. It used to be good not sure what happened!?

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Be prepared for a very loud and cramped dinner. A lot of fun but the band is right on top of you and they are not quiet.
The restaurant is right in the heart of La Bacita and there is a lot of nightlife, one big street party.
Just be prepared otherwise we had a great time.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Called prior to confirm vegan options on the menu (beans and rice, salad, eggplant dish)

... we weren’t throughly impressed however the energy and location were both vibrant!

PM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good service. Convenient location. Indoor and outdoor seating

JT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Asere. We always sit outside so we can enjoy the live music coming from other venues around the Square, as well as indulge in some people watching. The food is great, service is generally fantastic. Favs include the warm bean dip, empanadillas, pork belly tacos and pretty much everything else on the menu!

XB
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I ordered the Lavanda cocktail and it’s refreshing and strong at the same time. It’s really good! The empanadas, and spring rolls for appetizers and they were EXCELLENT!! Dinner the salmon and it was crispy on the outside and very tasty! Loved it! The best dessert is the crème brûlèe!

AK
Anchorage
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food... awesome service!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was wonderful, we enjoyed our meal so much. I would go back if I am in the area

OT
Caribbean
170 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent empanadas and Vaca fritas. We enjoy our food each and every time we visit.

DS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great night thanks to our wonderful server,Erik. He took the time to explain everything in the menu and gave us great advice. The food was absolutely delicious and all the seafood plates were super fresh . We left full and very happy !

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great we let her take the wheel on drinks and food and she directed us to some delicious apps, entrees portions are pretty big and drinks are strong HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FOR DINNER+DRINKS

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went there to enjoy lobster and mussels but at 7pm they were out of several dishes on the menu including these two items. We ended up ordering beef and salmon because it was late and we did not want to drive to a different restaurant. What a disappointment

OT
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Must try the rope vieja and the best mamposteo I've had while in Puerto Rico! Finished dinner with the tres leche which is absolutely to die for!!

AD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Great area!! Love the outdoor street seating!! Food was A1!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️service was perfect!!..

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, friendly service and incredibly unique atmosphere!

G
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right in the heart of La Placita, this is the place to be for a fun evening. The live music from next door was the perfect volume, the food was great, and the vibe was energetic. We went back again for the Empanadillas they were so good!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fathers day

CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had made a reservation at Asere for 9 people on a Friday evening. Upon our arrival, the host greeted our group and told us that they had a table set up already. She guided us to the second level of the restaurant and to my surprise, she wanted to seat our group on 2 small sofas with a small round table. I explained to the host that this was obviously not what I was expecting as I assumed we were going to be seated at a regular table. She insisted that they could serve food in this area, but I told her this was unacceptable. She then explained to me that all tables were taken and she left. I stood there trying to figure out what to do on a busy Friday night because I knew it wouldn’t be easy to accommodate 9 people at any restaurant in San Juan. I went downstairs and told her to cancel the reservation because this was unacceptable and all she said was “okay, bye”. The host could care less and was very rude, which was a huge loss for the restaurant as we were going to spend quite a bit that evening. The location of this restaurant is in such a crowded area of San Juan and the restaurant is very claustrophobic. Would NOT recommend to anyone looking for a place to dine in San Juan. We ended up at Metropol in the Sheraton Convention Center and the service and food were AMAZING! Go there instead of this place because you won’t regret it!

SD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Not sure what anyone would sees in this restaurant. Service was terrible, food was at best ok, and the noise level high. The waiter didn’t understand us, and I spoke Spanish to him. A ‘one and done’ place for sure!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

RD
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great service to begin with. Very very nice server. We went early 7:30 and he just got buried as it got busy

N
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this place, but it's very loud, even by PR standards, and the valet parking is good but VERY slow at times. The food is excellent and the bartenders are fabulous!

M
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service as well I definitely recommend this place also amazing drinks