Barrachina

3.8
388 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.
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Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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OT
1 review
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
8 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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OT
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
5 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
29 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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KH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great! The food, drinks, service, menu selection, ambiance, and price. We will definitely return

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Service was slow. Prices were expensive for what you got.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Overrated. All of the food was extremely salty. Maybe we caught them on a bad night. Pina Coladas were good, but not the best we’ve ever had.

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Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit there. I went to celebrate my birthday with dinner and the flamingo show. Great food, show and service.

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S
Washington DC
11 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
9 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
7 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
9 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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