Barrachina

3.7
407 reviews
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Puerto Rican
Located in Old San Juan, just one block from La Fortaleza (the Governor’s Mansion) Barrachina restaurant has been catering to tourist and locals for over 40 years in the old city. The surrounding beauty of a colonial building over two centuries old with an interior courtyard and magnificent tropical foliage is the birthplace and home of the world famous piña colada, where don Ramon Portas Mingot, first made the famous drink in 1963. A visit to San Juan is not complete without Barrachina.

For reservations for the Flamenco show on Friday and Saturday evenings, please contact the restaurant directly.
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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pallea was outstanding and the Pina Coladas were delicious! Service was a little slow, but they made up for it in their friendly, humorous demeanor.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was really awful; the mofongo was dry and hard and the paella wasn’t prepared in a skillet the way it should be. I’d go again for the Pina Coladas, but I wouldn’t get the food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on our last evening in San Juan, and it was the perfect closing dinner. We made later reservations but we over extended ourselves and NEEDED earlier seating, they were booked and busy but still accommodating and they made it work!
Excellent service

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t
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The Virgin pina cola was so delicious. Definely try the mfongo. Great flamenco show as well.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This place is a tourist trap. The food was mediocre at best. The server spilled a drink on my dinner date and she was slow to bring napkins to clean off his pants. The appetizers and the entrees were cold when they arrived at our table.
As a positive, the pina colada was good. Overall, this place was decent. For the prices, I expected a great experiences. It wasn't a good value at all.

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P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pina coladas. Fast and friendly service. Great food. Decent prices. We went 8pm Fri night and it was pretty quiet which was fine by us since we had our kids with us. Convenient because you can make reservations online.

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LU
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good services, many waitresses helping around! Reservations is very important Is a popular restaurant in viejo San Juan, the piña colada a most try and make your own opinion: my opinion: good “drinkable” but not that good! Mofongo relleno THE BEST!!!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Go for a the pina colada, not a meal

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been there before and had no problem. However, this time the food was not hot. It was warm and I was not happy...

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MS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

With a reservation, we were basically ignored until insisting to be seated or we would leave. We had my meal delivered after my wife's meal was finished. We asked repeatedly about my meal after my wife's was finished, and they kep insisting it was being cooked...............until another waiter cam back and said the order was never made and that we would need to wat 20 minutes for them to cook it. Then the original waiter cam back and said the kitchen served to the wrong customer. Long story short............it was a definite miss.................worst dining experience in Puerto Rico

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C
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Barrachina is great for the bar beverages. It’s the home of the original pina colada, so that’s worth it. Definitely better food in the area.

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KR
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pina coladas and the fish was outstanding.

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t
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Receptionist forgot about us even though we had a reservation. Had a drink at the bar Pina Colada, which they are famous for, and it was amazing. It did however take about 10 minutes to order our drinks.

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CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Touristy but in a great location.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

First of all the luggage storage was flawless, the attendant was right there and helped us immediately with our bags so we would do this again in a heartbeat, we tipped him well. We were a bit late for our reservation but were seated pretty quickly. The waiter took our order then we never saw him again, we had to catch who ever was passing by to request condiments, ask for refills, no one ever asked if we wanted anything else. Once we had finished we waited quite a while and then asked someone for our check two different times, the second time they asked for the name of our waiter and we were told that he left because they had too many waiters on duty! We waited again and contemplated leaving because no one seemed interested in providing a check so we could pay. Finally third time check was provided. The food and price was not bad but our service was terrible.

I would definitely recommend the luggage storage and I would like to think that our experience with the waiter was a fluke.

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TP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went because they claim to have invented the Pina Colada. We had one at the bar and it was pretty average, really more like a vanilla milkshake with some rum and fruit. I've had much better elsewhere that didn't have the little umbrella and maraschino cherry. We sat in the open air courtyard for dinner which turned out to be a noisy, high traffic area. We had the grouper and mahi mahi which were both pretty average, as were the sides, nothing special at all. Most people seemed to be there for the Flamenco dancing show. It was in another dining area that we were unable to see as the show was sold out.

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WJ
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, service and real pina coladas. We had a great table and the ambiance is superb

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my favorite: Plantain canoe with chicken and cheese. It looked so good (and it is!) that my neighbors on either side of me ordered it also.

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D
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant has a storied reputation from years ago, but based on this experience is a shell of what it might have been at one time.

We were seated in a near empty room and after a long wait had to find the person who seated us to get a server. Perhaps we caught them at a shift change, but then why take the reservation?

Once we got the service, it was indifferent. The food was mediocre but any standard, and especially for a somewhat premium-priced place.

Wine can only be bought by the type (merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, etc).

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

During our visit to San Juan, we were told this was a must visit, and it absolutely was. The paella was incredible and the drinks were awesome. Best pina colada we have ever had. Next visit we’ll be sure to go there

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K
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food here is rated as 4 star but we found it to be a little disappointing. The lobster tail was rather dry and had little flavor. The Can Can Pork chop was more flavorful though.

We ate at the bar and found the service very slow.

I guess from the looks of it, this is the place to go if you drink Pina' Colada. Everyone (except us) seemed to be drinking them. As a result the bar was all sticky.

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DD
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A must for the pina colada! Where they originated. Paella good but not memorable.

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TP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed yet another dinner at Barrachino but this time with the entire family. Everyone had a great time and our server Radman was amazing. Great service. We will return for sure.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Great Pina Coladas! We went here post cruise, they will store your cruise luggage for free, so you can eat there and then walk around Old San Juan. Would definitely recommend this place, it is a lot of fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Everything looked good, we picked the paella Mariners for two, the one dish they overcooked... all the seafood was DRY, so much that they gave us a discount after we said it was dry. The snapper (separate dish) was very tasty

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Does not honor reservations

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DE
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Will never go there again. Took 1 1/2 hours to get food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible place all around

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food took an HOUR to get to our table. Other than that, it was great.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time for our Christmas Eve dinner.
The piña coladas are really amazing.
Food is well prepared and savoury. We enjoyed the paëlla with my wife and my daughters tried the pollo relleno with manchego and prosciutto and the can can.
Everything was over the top.
Our waiter was nice and efficient despite the crowd, and he took the time to intriduce the menu and chat with us.

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BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

Christmas Eve, incredibly busy. Despite the hype, pina coladas and mofongo were mediocre at best.

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LT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had looked forward to our dinner at Barrachina for quite some time, and unfortunately we were very disappointed. The restaurant seemed to be extremely overbooked, which meant that we had to wait well past our reservation time to be seated and then what felt like an eternity to get our food. Also, after waiting in the bar for a long stretch, we were seated pretty much in the opening to the restaurant, on full display for all the people waiting in line at the hostess station. I wish we could have a do-over for that evening. We were in San Juan for a fairly brief time as part of a cruise, and there were much better ways we could have spent 2.5 hours.

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Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Don’t waste your time and money. They cater to the tourist pure and simple. Given they are the “birthplace “ of the pina colada, they were marginal.
Food was just okay. There are fabulous restaurants in San Juan and old San Juan, this was not one of them.
We were a party of 5 and not one of us was impressed

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MI
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined here for Christmas Eve before walking two blocks to the San Juan Cathedral for a service. Our reservation table was ready within a few minutes and the atmosphere was ideal! Our server was very attentive albeit busy and the food was very enjoyable. Nothing inexpensive in Old San Juan but expected that. Try this place...its a winner!

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G
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

All of us ordered a mofongo. It was extremely filling but also very good. A couple of us wish we had shared a plate. Bring your appetite. Pina coladas are worth trying here

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A must for an authentic San Juan experience. Absolutely awesome.

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k
St. Louis
47 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dine while we were in OSJ on a cruise late night port. The original piña coladas were extra rummy! We ordered a couple appetizers - garlic shrimp and grouper fritters - which were good but probably didn’t need since we decided to order the paella for two. The paella was so very good! Delicious meal that capped a lovely night in San Juan.

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Naples
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Whole snapper was over cooked dried out bland. The Pork chop can can was over cooked hard. Not worth eating. Raices restaurant is much better

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JZ
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service. The drinks were incredible.

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