El Asador

3.8
216 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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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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Offers

  • Complimentary Risotto Tapa

    Sep 12 - Dec 31, 2021

    Sun - Sat 1:00 PM - 10:45 PM

    Intimate and chic, our space has elegance to spare. Experience the exquisite flavor of our risotto tapa with any order. Limit per table.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 216 people are saying
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vipMayr71
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The pasta dish was watery and only one red wine selection. Cool ambiance though and the servers were nice. We had a risotto that was tasteless. It’s just the NU had no creativity

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Was very disappointed in the quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un hermoso lugar. La comida exquisita y los empleados muy atentos

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food wasn’t that great for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious but the servers seemed miserable.

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vipBhamReviewer
Atlanta
135 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was good and the staff was very friendly.

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SamanthaR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The service was terrible. The place itself is beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Our reservation was at 8:15… we were seated on time but unfortunately that’s where the good impression ended. We sat down and waited quite a while to have a drink order taken… so long that we had our food order ready when our waitress came back; we just decided to put it in together. We could tell it would take a while.

At one point after observing nobody around us had their food, I leaned over and asked a table how long they had been waiting. To which they replied “Yeaaaa it’s been a while”

My husband and I were sitting in a great spot and the restaurant was beautiful BUT he couldn’t get over the fact that no one in the kitchen was wearing gloves. I don’t think it bothered him as much at first but when the cook began to handle raw meat WITHOUT GLOVES… that’s when the argument became whether or not we would stay.

We ordered seafood so I convinced him to stay… and we continued to wait for our food. We sat down at 8:15p and received our food an hour later. I have no problem waiting that long for amazing food but our seafood pasta left much to be desired. The crab meat tasted like runoff water from the crab being thawed out and there was no seasoning…….. at all.

We quickly boxed up what was leftover of the food but to be honest I wasn’t interested in taking it….. and then waiting another 20 mins for a check. A waiter came over to our table to let us know a large party was splitting their checks so it caused a hold up. Another 15 mins passes and finally someone else asked if we were okay. “We still waiting or our check…” I said. She checked us and we left….. top it off with the fact that my husband got sick from the pasta and I’d say the night was pretty “mehhhhh”. I was definitely a little disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

DON’T EAT HERE

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JosephD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked about a mile uphill to get to the restaurant. When we arrived for our lunch reservation (11:45am) we made using the app, we were told that the restaurant was not open until 4pm. The restaurant doors and windows were open and service staff had the room looking like it was open. You should not be able to make reservations for a restaurant that is not open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was ok but Waited a very long time to be seated

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vipTerrieL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Service was horrible, took over an hour and a half to get food. But once we got the food it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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LaurenM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food and nice spacious seating areas. Great breeze through the courtyard. They were understaffed when we were there so it was a little slow but the food was good and made up for the speed.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a great experience. Service is rude and slow. Food mediocre and super overpriced. Would not recommend

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LaurenV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ceviche was the best I’ve ever had! Incredible! Other dishes were tasty. Service was slow and sometimes made us feel ignored, more so than other restaurants in PR. Overall the menu had a nice variety and the setting was super cool!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated my large party of 12 for a bachelorette party. The food and service was both great!

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monicaR
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El menu variado. Todo lo que ordenamos estuvo excelente. El servicio de Jorge OUTSTANDING!!! Sopa de calabaza perfecta, calamares y risotto de mushrooms exquisitos, Filete de Mero en salsa de mango … ufff!!! Espectacular!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
65 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

In a country where slow service is in our experience commonplace, this place takes it to new levels of awful. 25 minutes of standing outside waiting to be seated when on time for our reservation. Once seated, another 20 minutes before anyone showed up at the table. Anticipating yet another long wait for food, we ordered drinks, salad and entrees once the waiter finally appeared.
Drinks arrived reasonably quickly ... hmmm, maybe this will be okay. Then .... nothing. 30 minutes ... 60 minutes ... no waiter in sight. Went to the bar to get a couple glasses of wine.
Another 30 minutes. Nobody acknowledged we were there. Grabbed a different waiter to say we had ordered 2 hours ago and asked how much longer. Got the story of how busy they were and it should arrive soon.
Food finally arrived ... was quite good. Our waiter finally reappeared with the bill and was quite chatty and friendly (after last seeing him hours ago). At this point we were well past 3 hours from arriving and were not impressed with his sudden interest in us. A very rare NO tip when paying the bill.
If you still decide to go ... you've been warned

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Slow service, 2 people got their food when everyone else was done. We found a bottle cap in a monitor. Never again!!

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CindyS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good, but not spectacular for the amount of time we had to wait. Had reservations and took over 2 hours to get our food. And wait staff was scarce.

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DeniseG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! We will visit again when we comeback for vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Took my college daughters to San Juan for a little getaway and this dinner was chef kiss along with the ambience. If ever in PR again I will return!

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vipBradR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We will definitely go back if we are in San Juan again.

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vipChristineF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was just ok, would not go back. The mojito was exceptionally sour, to the point of undrinkable. The calamari while tasty was too heavily breaded. The seafood mofongo was good. We wanted the caramel crepes for dessert, but alas they didn’t have them.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was good but the food was really disappointing for the price. Quite common.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Disappointing…service was AWFUL! Only reason people seem to go (myself included) was because they take online reservations…better places to eat in Old San Juan! Waited a VERY long time for disappointing food- my husband never got his drink, took 1+ hours after ordering to receive food, and everything was bland and disappointing. Only bad meal in San Juan though! Food is amazing in this city! Just dont eat here.

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vipMiguelC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

There were only three workers in the restaurant . Two servers and one cook. We had a big party reserved through open table at 1:00 pm May 30. The waiter did not take our order until 2;00. The food did not get served until 3:30. Our waiter was not only taking our drink orders but also making the drinks. We were in PuertoRico for a week and all restaurants were very short in personnel. This restaurant was recommended highly and the food was great but until this worker shortage is resolved, plan to spend a lot of time to get served.

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vipMikeM
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

this is a beautiful space with a TON of available seating... perhaps too much. they are obviously understaffed and really incapable of serving the number of guests they are seating.

from when we hit the door (with a long-standing reservation) until when we were served food we waited almost 90 minutes. we had to attract attention from the staff to get everything... drinks, food, silverware, etc...

and, while i truly appreciate the staffing issues, perhaps there could be a better plan of serving people rather than having the entire staff trying to make drinks behind the bar at the same time?

having the whole staff running from table to table frantically and without a plan points to no one doing any planning. perhaps management could build a plan to use staff's time wisely and limit the number of reservations to what can be served satisfactorily?

they were still taking reservations the day we were booked (i kept seeing them as the one place with availability on that day)... but they plainly had no plan for how to seat and serve the bookings.

the food was ok, but felt like it was cooked more for a catering/buffet venue.

not a ton of other options in walking distance of OSJ but many better places are a cab ride away.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I saw this restaurant listed in Conde Traveler, but I should’ve known when locals said they’d never been there. Service was disappointing. My mother and I walked up and stood there for a few minutes and no one greeted, we saw a sign to walk in through the main entrance and walked all the way around the entire block looking for the right spot. Turns out we went to the right place initially it was just roped off. After that, I flagged down the server and he waved me off and we stood outside for 15 minutes until a line formed. Just before we left he let us in.

It took forever to get our order taken, and once we did the food was disappointing too. The shrimp and lobster was over cooked and the risotto was just regular rice. The drinks were not good and everything has one flavor: sour passion fruit.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Do not waste your time here the food isn’t worth the price & they tend to not care if you have a reservation or not

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. cannot say enough good things about the food, staff, and ambiance. Fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food. Not worth your money.

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AriV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great except they were short staffed and that made waiting outside for someone to seat us for a while & made the service itself a bit slower. I believe it was an off night for them. I do recommend going because everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service nasty staff

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lot of drinks! It was great!

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Hatixhe
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Salty food, overpriced, not worth dining here. Drinks are terrible.

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JeffV
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary week vacation

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Vegas7
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such beautiful decor and interior design. The perfect outdoor patio with sunshine and casual ambiance!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Great ambiance, we were seated in a alcove with a view of outside that was just amazing. Service was a bit slow but I think this was due to limited staff. Overall great experience!

FAQs

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

El Asador is rated 3.8 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.