Barrachina

4.3
351 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
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
Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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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
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 351 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Celebrating with my family

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere for a special night.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful hostess and server

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food was good but place was pretty empty.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Pina colada’s heaven

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Wir waren Anfang November dort. In der Altstadt sind noch viele ohne Strom, das Barrachina jedoch hat offen und erwartet wieder Gäste.
Auch kann man dort sein Gepäck unterstellen, bitte gebt gutes Trinkgeld.
Wenn ihr in San Juan seid, besucht unbedingt das Restaurant mit dem Ursprung der Pina Colada 👍👍👍
🇵🇷 PRSELEVANTA 🇵🇷

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Barrachina Restaurant was recommended by a friend who came to Puerto Rico on a previous trip. The food and drinks were excellent. We had a great time and the staff was terrific. Definitely next time we are in Puerto Rico we'll make an effort to return.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Absolutely delicious and a perfect way to end our vacation in San Juan! I will definitely be going back again when I get the chance. And the Piña colada was AMAZING!! A must have!

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2017

Worst tourist trap ever. Not sure what was worst - the poor service or the Luke warm food.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent food in SJU

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We visited Barrachina twice and both time ordered locally caught red snapper (it was delish).
First time for a lunch meal the service was top notch (like in many places in Puerto Rica- they are doing a great job), our passion fruit mohito was amazing, everything serviced fast.
Second time was dinner- we went to Flamenco event.
Flamenco Event:
Make sure you book by phone- there is no reservation option for Flamenco event on line- what looks like that is just their general reservation.
Ask to be seated close to the stage.
Performance: TOP NOTCH ; I am fan, I saw Flamenco many time- they were EXCELLENT, - A +!
Service: was not as good- the waiters were kind of tired and confused. The food was still good; nothing over the top.
Overall- a very pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a great time. Pina Coladas were great. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Considering that they close at 5pm on Wednesday's and my reservation was put in closer to 3:15pm, the restaurant had the courtesy to call me and notify me of the early closure. That was greatly appreciated since we were doing souvenir shopping nearby. And the young ladies at the front were very pleasant seeing that it was the end of their day.

Now to the food --- Four out of five in my party had the roast pork with pigeon peas rice and it did not disappoint. The last person in our party had the red snapper and there were nothing but bones on the plate!! Needless to say we were very satisfied! Oh, can't forget about the piña coladas...They were very good and hit the spot after a hot day. My family and I very much recommend Barrachina!!

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2017

I had great time at Barrachina. The food was good and fresh. The presentation of the food was good too. The staff was friendly and very professional. I had there famous pina colada without liquor and I thought it was very good.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Came for the original pina colada. It was good but we should have left then, we were rushed to order and then waited at least 45 minutes for our food, which was mediocre. Waitress never apologized for the delay and never came to check on our meal.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The food and service were both reasonable. This is another restaurant living off its glory days and catering to cruise ship tourists. Although the flamenco show looks pretty good.

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