Barrachina

4.3
362 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Puerto Rican, International, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(787) 725-7912
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luis Miguel De La Cruz
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Catering
The entire menu is available for off-site catering.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Four blocks away (10 Minutes), Doña Fela or La Puntilla Parking Available parking at the San Juan Cathedral, Hotel El Covento Parking 3 hrs for $5.00 with stamped ticket.
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Entertainment
Flamenco Show on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm to 9pm.
You must call at 787-725-7912 to make a reservation for the show..
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Special events & promotions
For groups of 50 or 100 people.
Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Rehearsal, Wedding Dinner, Aniversary, Barchelor Parties, etc...
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 362 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The Pina Coladas are good and not as expensive as I thought they would be. Skip the Paella, it’s mostly rice and meat with bones. Not authentic at all. It was supposed to come with chorizo and when we asked our waiter he brought out a small plate of polish sausage. Overall it was ok for lunch.

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PP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrachina is very deserving of all of it's high rating. The service was great and the food was delicious. We saved this restaurant for the last night of our Honeymoon and it was wonderful! We tried their famous Pina Coladas (which we don't normally drink), and they were delicious. We sat indoors where it was a tad bit cold as opposed to the cute court yard which was a little humid.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming, wonderful, delicious... perfect for a big family outing!

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BO
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, outstanding service, &, of course, the pina coladas!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The pina colada’s were amazing!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time again at Barrachina. Milica was fantastic as was the rest of the friendly staff. The food was delicious, hot, and wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I heard about your famous pina colada and it was my birthday!
Great atmosphere!

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AK
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A great spot to try out local fare, and the courtyard is wonderful. It’s a bit basic but they do plantains well and it’s a historic spot. Try fried grouper appetizer. It was the best dish we had!

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TK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed, we had booked the reservation for my mother’s birthday. And when we got there they told us most of their desserts were out. Our waiter Hector said no to any request we asked even simple ones like splitting the check. Definitely would not recommend to anyone for a special occasion especially coming on a vacation

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for the Flamenco show which that don't have anymore. Location was 2 blocks away from where we stayed so we just walked down the street. Server was attentive at first but then seemed to disappear as the place got busier. We had the Seafood Paella which I recommend, I had a few glasses of Merlot and my wife had the Pina Colados. Great atmosphere with the Puerto Rican vibe. Don't miss this place when visting Old San Juan.

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EK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Barrachina while on vacation in San Juan! We had an excellent time, the service was prompt & friendly, and the mofongo was delicious!

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit to Puerto Rico and Barrachina did not disappoint! Can’t wait to return!

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TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we spent our last night in PR here. Was in town for oue anniversary from New Orleans. Delicious food, great ambiance . Felt right at home. Snapper, shrimp, pina coladas were yum

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SO
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation and had 2 hours before having to go back to ship. They could not give us a meal only appetizers during that time. They stated it was not enough time. 2 hours!! Will not recommend. It was apparent they were not prepared to service at full capacity. We had to leave.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and authentic cuisine from Puerto Rico, famous for originating the Pina Colada. It lived up to its reputation.

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CV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had made an online reservation months in advance because my wife and I would be coming into Old San Juan via cruise ship. The accommodations were 100% on point. The food was outstanding and the wait staff were very friendly and attentive.

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MR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating with my family

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C
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Family was visiting PR and this restaurant was on their visitor's guide and wanted to go check it out. I made the reservation for nine ahead of time with the OpenTable app. The lady at the front was very friendly and the guy that took us to our table too. We ordered Piña Coladas, of course, they were good, however they did not impress us much from others we have had before, not much alcohol flavor, but at least now we have tasted the ones from here. The waiter was not too friendly and after he read our order back to us, we told him we wanted two of such dish, instead of just saying ok then is two, he was like well you all were discussing this and that and did not make up your minds and I just wrote one down. It is a really beautiful restaurant and had a good atmosphere. It was clean and cool inside. For us it was a one time place to visit.

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DE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere for a special night.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The best pina coladas in the Caribbean. Hands down. They claim to have invented them, and I believe it! And the food is fabulous—I had the coconut shrimp and it was really good. My husband had the seafood mofongo and he said it was also very tasty. The portions are BIG so come hungry!

We took a group of 18 people from a cruise ship, and they all loved it. The service is a little slow, so make sure to allow for extra time if you’re on a schedule, and make reservations if possible. The restaurant is about 15 minutes from the cruise port and easy to find.

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p
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Worst service ever ! Food which was brought out about 60 mins after being seated didn’t really matter at that time. I wish there was an option for minus stars

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and pina coladas! Good but slow service at times.Highly recommended

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by our waiter Hector. Pointed us to the mixed mofongo which was a great starter and finished with a seafood paella that was excellent. Tried the piña coladas that were strong and a delicious. Overall a great restaurant to visit in Old san juan.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch the service was excellent
We had frozen mojito’s and piña colada’s
Red snapper hamburger and fried pork

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you visit San Juan and don't eat at Barrachina...shame on you! Seafood Paella, AMAZING! I will dream about that dish forever. And if you want to know what a real Pina Colada tastes like, this is the place. Thank you for making part of our vacation so yummy and memorable. Will definitely be back next time we are in San Juan. Muchas Gracias!

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DM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, the food was very good, and the service was excellent. Definitely recommend if you want a taste of real Puerto Rican food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambience, great restaurant.

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DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was good. Nice atmosphere. Home of the original Pina Colada and they were delicious! Touristy prices

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Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrachina exceeded my expectations. Since they are known as the place where the Pina Colada was invented, I had expected the r staurant to be much more touristy. The ambient was pleasant and the paella excellent as was the Pina Colada. Well worth the visit.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place. The people & food we're excellent

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LB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hostess and server

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready and waiting, staff was very prompt with requests; food came out hot. Great experience; that's why we keep going back!

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DV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good but place was pretty empty.

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Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly didn’t live up to the reviews. The pina colada came from a pre-mixer in a rotating icer. Paella was celebrated as one of the best items and the lobster was so over cooked we couldn’t cut it with a knife, it didn’t make the mark. We did hear that many other items were good, however it will probably be a while until we return. The coconut calamari was tasty, server was attentive and the restaurant was busy and clean.

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JB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is actually quite well put together for a very welcoming ambiance. But the lobster was dry and over priced. The steak and our other dishes we fantastic, we could definitely try this restaurant again.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pina colada’s heaven

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

5 of us went here for our last evening on an otherwise wonderful first trip to PR and am sad to say we were disappointed, as our experience definitely did not match the glowing reviews we had read in several places. First surprise was finding the table was set with plastic cutlery, plates, etc.--the whole meal was served on disposable everything. Apparently a water problem, so OK, probably not their fault, post Maria we definitely cut them some slack in these matters. But more importantly, the food was very pedestrian, not terrible but definitely not anywhere near the best we had eaten elsewhere, including in much more modest places. Portions also on the small side, we did not starve but given what they charge we were definitely underwhelmed. Would not recommend this place any time soon.

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CA
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always look forward to a dining experience at this gem of a restaurant when visiting San Juan.
It never disappoints and we were very pleased with our meals. We actually dined at the bar and received excellent service. Next trip to San Juan be sure to make it a dining stop.

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Oaxaca
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

EL lugar tiene comida típica, y las mejores piñas coladas que haya probado. Me gustó que había opciones típicas vegetarianas como mofongo de verduras. Los precios son bastante accesibles y la atención es buena.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

On vacation, we tried this restaurant because it was recommended for the pina colata. It was great. The food was meh.

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