El Asador

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Seafood
El Asador Restaurant, 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 Restaurant is your ultimate destination.
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ER
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food selection was good for all 6 of us. I had the Red Snapper delish!!!we enjoyed everything except the beer. Refrig was not working beets were flat.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner in a lovely setting. Good service of reasonable food. Don’t be fooled by the online/website menu.... it shows an extensive wine list, with a range of prices .... reality is the restaurant only has one red and one white wine .... both overpriced.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice sized portions, definitely enough for leftovers. Quick with appetizers and drinks as well. Lots of large tables make it great for a group!

Open and airy— great if you want any outdoor feel

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, we were celebrating my father in law birthday, and our server was really kind, good attitude and quick service. Nothing to say about the place, nice decor and beautiful concept. I recommend it!

DS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I could not recommend this restaurant. The food quality is poor and the wait staff were inattentive even though the place was empty. We made a reservation based on previous reviews. I am not sure what happened to make them go downhill but we did not even stay past our appetizers. We decided to move on to a different restaurant for entrees.

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and terrific service

FT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Overpriced, average food. Poor wine selection. Nice waiter, but sorely understaffed. Neat atmosphere.

C
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The restaurant itself is beautiful, the staff friendly and attentive. The food is average, but pricey.

JE
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No AC is open AIr. But drinks, food and service. Excellent

SH
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The place came highly recommended on travel sights so I went there for my birthday dinner. The food was bad. I got a pork chop that I am pretty sure was just a brick of salt that they made look like a pork chop. My boyfriend got the cod that was some kind of weird boiled situation and then he was very sick for the next day or so of our trip. He said that the fish was essentially inedible and the garlic sauce that they put on it to drown out the taste just made it worse.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The filet fish was very bland but the pork chops were fantastic. Their ambiance and the architecture is fantastic. Forewarning, they seemed understaffed, so we often had to go find our waitress as it took so long for her to check on us.

KK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Would not recommend. Although beautiful inside and great menu/food, they were completely understaffed and our dinner of 11 took over 3 hours! Waited almost 45 min just to get our checks and forever to get our drinks. We were disappointed and falling asleep at the end and we saw people come, get seated, then left before ordering because they weren’t getting served. It was empty and when i asked If we could get our checks finally tracking the waitress down she said we’d “need to be patient”.

VM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good spot for a bit of lunch in Old San Juan - food is pretty good, lovely renovated venue, very kind and friendly waiter, good drinks! Grilled Grouper with a side of the DELICIOUS rice and beans and a couple of glasses of white wine made us very, very happy :)

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very cute restaurant. Longish wait after ordering, but very good.

ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had delicious food ... we ordered a fried whole fish and a local shrimp dish. While touristy for sure the food was still tasty.

AJ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely, traditional Puerto Rican meal in a very calm, relaxing setting. Highly recommended for a leisurely dinner!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food - great location

JS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The total experience was wonderful. Our ceviche was fresh and very tasty. The red snapper was cooked perfectly. We also tried the seafood mofongo was very good. The server was helpful and very welcoming and friendly.

HW
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. The food , service and ambiance was outstanding. It was my best meal during my stay in Puerto Rico.

S
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were so excited to try this restaurant out, a local resident highly recommended this place because of daily fish that was purchased from local fisher. Nice atmosphere, food okay.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an AMAZING food experience... Chef made an ridiculously amazing seafood mofongo... literally THE best I’ve ever had!! Thank you so much for a wonderful dining experience!

e
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was very tasty. Unfortunately, we waited 25 minutes to get our order taken. The mojito was dreadful.

DM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with beautiful decor in simple modern/rustic style. Classic jazz playing on an excellent sound system. Wait staff were friendly and responsive. Food was excellent: mofungo and risotto with shrimp and also pasta with shrimp: tasty! Part of the restaurant is open-air under umbrellas.

H
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We made a reservation for 2. After arriving we noticed the place was almost empty but we waited for the host to accommodate us at least for 10 mins. He was the only one hosting, taking orders, serving and taking care of the bar. As we anticipated it took more than 45 mins since we were seated for the first order to arrive: mojitos. Food was ok but nothing to be impressed about. Definitely it is not worthy.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interior very pretty, heavy wood tables , calm lighting. Great jazz music soundtrack. Ceviche was very flavorful. Grilled fish excellent. Loved the Wine

LD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool building - sitting on the patio was great. Good for friends or a romantic evening out

JM
Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente y acogedor. Deliciosa la comida y buen servicio.

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GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would love to give a fair review, but the restaurant did not honor our reservation. We booked same day for a 7:15pm reservation and when we showed up, they wouldn't seat us because they were 1.5 hours behind schedule. The waiter barely acknowledged us and just said that they were not seating more people. Thanks for the hospitality!

LF
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

What a strange experience at El Asador. It has a beautiful ambiance, setting, and music. No wine list - "we have a Chardonnay and a meritage." No sparkling water. A choice of 3 salad dressings. The waiter seemed to be new. Only 2 other tables were occupied. Food was okay.

PD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Took 90 min to get food after ordering and service never followed up to assist. Horrible experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation but it was not honored by the restaurant. We waited for over 45 minutes only to have another family sat before us. The manager, Frank, said he could not do anything about it. We left and went to another place.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was ok, nothing special. The risotto was wasn’t very well done. Service was slow even though the place was empty.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The service is horrible. My husband had made a reservation, and we also had told them that as well. They weren’t sitting people without one. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. However, we weren’t seated. We waited 20 minutes by the door. A party of 6 came without reservation and they were seated almost immediately. So my husband went up to one of the servers and told him that we’ve been waiting for so long, and he responded by saying it was so because we didn’t have a reservation :/. Then of course my husband gave him the server a peace of his mind. After being seated we didn’t have anyone approach us for another 15 min or so, at that time we decided to just leave. It was so horrible. No care in the world for good service.

OG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited at the door for 10+ minutes and although seen by the restaurant staff, not one person came to greet us. We finally approached a waitress and told her we were waiting to be seated. She sat us down but took another 15+ minutes for her to approach us for out drink order. She then took our order. We sat for over an hour without a single morsel of food arriving. Not even salad or appetizer. We kept getting up to ask the waitress to bring the salad and appetizers. Nothing arrived. After about an hour and fifteen minutes we got up and left. It was christmas day so perhaps they were short staffed. But they had no business being open if they did not have the capazity to serve diners in a reasonable manner and timeframe. We have never experienced such bad service before and not only the slowness. Not one staff applogized or brought anything to us to munch on while we waited. Another table got up to leave as well but they were persuaded to stay by their server. They had it right the first time. Abominable service. Would not recommend to anyone.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food at this local restaurant! Very personable service that despite a hectic evening were very attentive. We will be back on the next cruise!

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was very very bad, unfortunately, food was ok!

EK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was very nice. It was quiet when I arrived, but the waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. The ceviche with tostones and the grilled hangar steak with yuca were both delicious

CS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time the staff was attentive and the decor authentic.

OT
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is beauitiful, service was good, and our meals were fabulous!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing mofungo and red sangria!