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El Asador, San Juan, PR

El Asador

3.7
3.7
466 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
El Asador The Grill-house Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts and Puerto Rican cuisine, has a prime location in Old San Juan's entrance, and right in the heart of the Old City's nightlife. The stylish and exclusive décor of this Bar & Restaurant, accentuated by a magnificent interior patio, provides the perfect environment for a delightful, cozy and sophisticated experience. Whether you are looking for an early lunch, a romantic dinner, or even if you are looking to have a couple of drinks with friends, El Asador The Grill-house Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is your ultimate destination.

El Asador The Grill-house Old San Juan. Ideal for large groups, special, private or corporate events, weddings and rehearsal dinners. For information, please contact us via phone 787-382-0325 or via email at info@elasadorpr.com. You can also visit our website at www.elasadorpr.com

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Puerto Rican
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (787) 289-9966
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location in Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife. If you would like to book a private event, please contact 787-382-0325.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator Johelly Martinez: (787) 721-5193
  • Neighborhood
    Old San Juan
  • Cross street
    Callejon de la Capilla
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 466 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

466 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Ordered calamari for an appetizer, terrible! Other food was not good either. Just a tourist place to loose $100. Open air so the bugs tore me up!

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  2. MikeH

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jorge and the team are phenomenal. Food was outstanding and very friendly staff. Fascinating history of the building. The best of Old San Juan!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Do not eat here! Easily one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. The fish tasted frozen, and was overcooked to the point of being inedible and made me sick. The sauce was horrible, so they kindly sent it back with a new sauce which was even worse. Risotto was undercooked and the lobster in it was inedible, endlessly chewy and filled with cartilage. The fried calamari also tasted frozen and was deep fried in dirty oil giving it a burnt old frier taste. I don’t know how they can claim to be a seafood restaurant serving food like that. Even the sangria was terrible. The manager was reasonable and only charged us for some items but I still would not return. Would give zero stars if I could.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Thanks for a great dining experience!

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  5. AnneC

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very family oriented—sangria was a hit and good was excellent!

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  6. Fishlover

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is a wonderfully quiet escape from the bustle of Old San Juan. The ambience reminds me of an old monastery or mansion. There is a not quite internal garden area that is especially nice. The plate that I wanted most, the mofongo with ropa vieja, was not available. However their seafood mofo go was excellent.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. It’s not a closed building, meaning no AC but wasn’t a problem at all. Food was delicious and drinks very good.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Too few servers A group of work colleagues - chairs were not comfortable We had to look after serverss

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  9. 3023472

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was open and upfront that at the time they were understaffed on the front of the house. (Was nervous about this based on prior reviews). Do recommend placing a reservation for this reason specifically, saw multiple walk-up parties leave because they didn’t have a reservation. Food was fantastic, would certainly dine here again.

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  10. BusymomDBQ

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations after reading other reviews, we were prepared that service would be slow- we simply enjoyed each others company with drinks and didn’t stress about how long it would be for our food. We could see the servers hustling like crazy (they were understaffed like many places we had been prior). The food was excellent, they even brought us some risotto to try (complimentary) for our long wait. We had a lovely outdoor table in the back, it was quiet and nestled in the palms. It was a perfect evening while on vacation, staff couldn’t have been nicer and food was excellent!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great experience, from reservation to follow up and special seating requirements. Food was very good and customer service was excellent. Totally recomend it.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were great! The restaurant was gorgeous. However, we had to hunt down a server after sitting for 15 minutes. It says online they close at 12am, but they were closing up by 11pm, which made us want to get out of there ASAP

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  13. Regan

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant was extremely disappointing. The photos online make it seem like a very nice, more up-scale restaurant, but it is not- we were given Dasani water bottles. The food was terrible. We got the shrimp with garlic sauce- the sauce was just microwaved butter. I got the lobster risotto, and the lobster was extremely overcooked, and there were so many shells it was barely edible. We had about 5 different servers throughout the night.

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  14. JohnJ

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Server very good. Food just adequate. Wouldn’t go back

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was my birthday here on vacation didn’t tell me happy birthday and they were rude to me all night..

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  16. GwendolynE

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The pictures are not exactly matching the actual appearance in-person. I expected a bit more upscale; the restaurant foundation is beautiful however the furniture decreased the appearance. The customer service was concerning due to taking 2 hours to serve dinner for my birthday celebration of 8 ppl. The waiter could hve been overwhelmed but had poor communication skills. As for food, my Linguini Seafood Pasta was amazing which makes me chuckle based on the above review, however, I was pleased 9/10 along with the Lobster Risotto. The calamari was fried hard. Crunchy. The ceviche was not it! Hve tuna can vibes.

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  17. ToniaS

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end our server Tonja was fabulous. They also gave us a complementary shot and small plate. Wonderful private room with breeze. Food was 5 star. Service was 5 star. We will be back. Close to the port and great shopping around it.

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  18. DeanF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I made reservations a day in advance. When I showed up they made us seem like we were intruding. We weren't provided a drink menu and when we asked for water, they only brought it after we asked for it second time and didn't tell us it was not free Food was adequate at best and not nearly worth what we paid. Service was under staffed and rushed.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service very poor. Despite having reservation the waiter was ignoring us for almost 45 minutes. Instead of 2 calamari orders the waiter brought us only 1 and then was pretending that we order only 1. Then he mentioned that the place is understaffed, has 1 cook and that there is a big party in the back of the restaurant, so the priority will be that one and everything else will have to wait. Then the waiter brought us food that was uneatable. 1 Example: grilled salmon was under cooked, rather poached than grilled and „flooded” with gray looking sauce instead of fresh mango salsa. Also, instead of roasted potatoes they served me a cooked whole potato. Absolutely disgusting. On top they asked us to pay for this so called „food”. The waiter had a lot of attitude when we mentioned all this issues with service, long wait and food to him. Avoid at all costs!!!

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  20. DonnaD

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Get the tostones ! Great ambience. Lovely wait staff!

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  21. ChristopherS

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best seafood in San Juan! Make sure that you have a reservation.

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  22. OpenTableDiner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was extremely disappointed with the service. We waited over an hour for our food. Not worth the price. Overrated.

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  23. AjaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful space. Decent cocktail. Food- meh. Service ok.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Taster app was a great touch! They offered us free shots but we don’t drink. Check out took a while. I think the internet was down? All and all, great

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food and ambience we’re extraordinary. I’ve seen some less positive reviews but they don’t make much sense given our experience. I’d gladly go there again next time we’re in SJ.

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  26. Willie

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent , good food in a peaceful atmosphere and good service

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was quite low. It took us 2-3 times to get the meals ordered.

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  28. John

    New York City

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was BAD. Like really bad. This is my first time to PR and I had food at a local place away from Old Town that was 100X better and half the price. This food had no flavor and was clearly preheated. The drinks were also below average. Avoid this place.

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  29. BarbaraM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The wait staff were incredibly rude throughout our entire experience. As a former waitress, I was taken aback by the blatant lack of professionalism and disrespect. The food was ok but it was not the experience we had hoped for.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was cold and the plating wasn’t the best. We had to returned the soup since it was too cold.

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  31. GerryC

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent place for dinner in Viejo San Juan. Parking your car will be a challenge but the excellent food and ambiance will make up for it. The place is busy and the staff is great, professional and friendly but the restaurant seems a bit under-staffed. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Asador de San Juan.

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  32. LaureenF

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here back in 2018 when we vacationed in Pierto Rico - made it a point to go back here in 2024. We love it! You feel like you’re eating somewhere special / different / like in a grotto of sorts. Food and drink fabulous!

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  33. Paul

    New York City

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The worst meal my wife and I have had in years. And we eat out frequently. The grilled grouper was inedible. I ate my grilled tuna but it was not good! Don’t go there! We would have eaten better at Mc Donald’s!

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  34. MayraF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not a great experience. El Asador did not honor the reservation and the servers complately ignored us. We waited around 30 min for canned drinls and the restaurant had plenty of seating. Servers looked the other way

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm assuming that because it was New Year's Day, there was a lack of employees and management working at the restaurant. Overall, slow service and average food quality.

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  36. JenniferP

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolute waste of time and money. A new years celebration dinner was advertised and what we received was deeply deceptive. The food (appetizers received 1.5 hours of waiting) was inedible. The entrees (received almost 2 hours after arrival were a joke. The lobster risotto had zero lobster and was just a plate of plain rice. I doubt they even know what risotto actually is. My husband ordered the fish and after waiting so long- we were told that they were out. My chicken was absolutely inedible. It gave me nausea after a taste. I did not expect 5 star meals or service on NYE but I did expect a decent meal after paying $444 for 3 of us. The restaurant also advertised it as a celebration with music and celebrating the new year- it was just a normal sit down restaurant with terrible food and service and once you are done eating you leave. We left deeply disappointed and upset with the management for false advertising on every front. We were taken for fools. When I tried to explain my concerns to management, they just brushed us off. “Oh well- it’s non refundable”. Terrible way to end 2023.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Horrible service - treated very poorly and we weren’t asking for much or anything. Shocked how little attention we were given. Left very thirsty and disappointed !!!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    NYE experience was absolutely horrible. $150 per person for a 3 course meal that was tasteless and took over 2 hours. And didn’t include drinks. We didn’t even stay for the dessert it was so bad. Originally tried to seat us in the very back of the restaurant next to a literal mop bucket when there were several other tables open. Service was non existent. Will never be back.

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  39. TeresitaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    La mayoria de las sillas no tienen espaldar por lo que resultan incomodas. NO aceptan pedir licor por "botella", solo por trago. La comida estuvo buena pero costosa. Por ser 31 no habia "carta" y solo podiamos elegir teniamos 1 de tres opciones. Entendimos que tenia musica en vivo el 31 de Diciembre pero ni siquiera tenia ambiente de fiesta y mucho menos de "fin de año" Esperaba mas del lugar. Sin ser malo creo que no volveria.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    So dissatisfying and disappointing, please do not spend your valuable time and precious money at this restaurant! Waste of everything, they don’t even know how to apologize! Don’t go!! There are much nicer restaurants in town!

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FAQs

El Asador offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 289-9966.

El Asador is rated 3.7 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Asador

350 C. de San Francisco, San Juan, PR 00901

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Callejon de la Capilla
  • Neighborhood
    Old San Juan
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steakhouse, Puerto Rican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (787) 289-9966
  • Private party facilities
    El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location in Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife. If you would like to book a private event, please contact 787-382-0325.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator Johelly Martinez: (787) 721-5193
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