El Asador

4.1
86 reviews
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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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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KK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

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”.

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VM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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 :)

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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AJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food - great location

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HW
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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e
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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DM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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H
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

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.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LD
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JM
Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente y acogedor. Deliciosa la comida y buen servicio.

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GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

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LF
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

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PD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

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.

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OG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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

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EK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing mofungo and red sangria!

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Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Food was delicious (mixed bean salad, catch of the day, and mofongo). Service was friendly. I highly recommend!

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was okay and it was a bit pricey. There isn’t much to say about the restaurant. The service was great!

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Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was good, a lil on the bland side. I had the market fish special of the day, whole fried Red Snapper, was fresh, not oily, but an the bland side.

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R
Atlanta
186 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not bad, but not great. I had the mofongo with fried beef. The meat was good. The mofongo was really bland. I know it's supposed to be a little bland, but this was almost completely without any flavor at all. The server was very nice, but there was hardly anyone in the restaurant, at 7:30pm. It just wasn't what I was expecting.

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m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Even though we were running late, the staff was very accommodating and seated us promptly. We ordered a caesar salad and risotto as appetizers, not expecting as much food as came out. The portions are huge for the money - what a value! We ended up not being able to finish our entrees because we ate too much from our appetizers, but we each ordered a fish dish with rice and beans. It was a ton of DELICIOUS food and we were so sad to leave leftovers behind since we were staying at a hotel and had nowhere to put them. If/when we return to Old San Juan, will DEFINITELY go back and order less appetizers so we can enjoy more of the fresh and delicious seafood entrees. Service was professional and inviting.

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YC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My waitress was awesome and the food delicious! Quality of food fresh!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service was great. I was with a 16 year old and 6 year old.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Service and atmosphere were great. The food was not. The Lobster Risotto was decent, but the fish dishes (Red Snapper and Mahi) were not good at all. Tough and hard to eat. Just sayin.... maybe stick with the risotto when you go here.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Restaurant is beautiful! Fabulous light, breeze and candlelight. Service was very friendly. We gave the food more of a B grade.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice server Sarah

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