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El Asador

4.2
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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El Asador, where you can find the best seafood and meat cuts, as well as some Puerto Rican cuisine, has a prime location near 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 is your ultimate destination.
Free WI-FI
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Puerto Rican, Steak
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week from 10 am . - 11 p.m.
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(787) 289-9966
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location near Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife.
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a Private Event Coordinator: (787) 289-9966
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Callejon de la Capilla
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Nice server Sarah

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Jorge was very sweet and helpful

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service! Jorge was quite enjoyable and attentive. The food was outstanding. He gave us a taste of the mushroom risotto right off the bat and it was delicious - we were instantly hooked. Two of our group had the skirt steak per the recommendation of our server and I had the seafood risotto - both dishes were very, very good. Good sized portions - be sure you are hungry when you go here. Our side order of yucca also was quite delicious. The ambience is stellar - the old building is beautiful and the tables are spaced out so you feel like you’re in your own private dining room. Highly recommend El Asador!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Vacationing in Puerto Rico we wanted really “Puerto rican” food,”.
This lovely restaurant in Old San Juan plays great jazz, makes great drinks, dirty Martini delicious food
Fish, rice beans, yucca & sweet potato mash
Just great
Please note the stress are quiet, the life has not come back yet, but these little gems are still here

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Good service and delicious food. Risotto and salmon were very good.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and beautiful outdoor seating

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was very slow. Food way overcooked. The fish of the day was the only thing etable. We went there for the ceviche but was told they didn't have today. I would not recommend if in Old San Juan. Very expensive as well.

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Great atmosphere, decor, and ambience. It's located in an old building in the Old San Juan neighborhood which gives it lots of character. We got three appetizers for our meal: tacos, chorizo sausage, and mushroom risotto.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Great service. Excellent food. Perfect ambiance setting for my family.

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Got the fish of the day which was red snapper. I am not sure it was snapper and tasted very fishy. On a good note the ceviche was good.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Words cannot describe my dinning experience at El Asador, from the outstanding service to the amazing food, I am so very happy that this was my last meal in Puerto Rico during my vacation. I used Open table to search for a restaurant and to my surprise it was definitely my favorite meal of my vacation. Kudos to the amazing staff and Chef and I WILL be back! My Sister "co-signs" this review! PS? The Skirt Steak and variety of Risotto (seafood, mushroom, lobster) You will thank me later!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Amazing seafood but lacked on the veggie still a great place. Would go back

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2017

El lugar es muy cogedor.
Hermosos muebles y ambiente.
Comida perfecta, termino de carnes y tiempo de servido.
Servicio excelente.
Es un gran lugar.

Visitalo - recomendado para visitarlo con tu pareja.

Dios te bendiga.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

I like that the tables aren't really close to each other as that means a little more privacy. The background music though was louder than I would have preferred.
The rest room was clean but needs more light.
The service is very slow.
The food is delectable at a very good price.

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Terrible service. Worst I have experienced.

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2016

My party and I arrived on time for our reservation, the host looked at me bewildered and said she didn't know how I made reservation and said kitchen was closed. 10pm reservation

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Dinner was to celebrate my wife's milestone birthday, a part of the plan since vacationing at Puerto Rico, Old San Juan. We made reservations, only to show up to an empty restaurant. That should have been our first clue. There is only ONE type of red wine and it is a house wine, $10 per glass. The waitress seemed more engaged with her phone than with our service. The meal was only meh.... we ordered the steak and baked potato... no butter, no sour cream, they don't serve that. Salad was awful, I have purchased better pre packaged from the supermarket. Overall, disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2016

We went for lunch on a weekday and had the place almost to ourselves. I don't know why because the food was absolutely phenomenal. It was the best and freshest food I have had over three different trips to the island. We spent about 200 dollars, including tip for 2 appetizers, a salad, and three entrees. Complimentary mushroom risotto before the meal was amazing. Service was notably good as well.

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2015

We made a reservation, showed up on time and were immediately seated. Unfortunately this was the best part of our experience. The hallway we were seated in had way too much volume on the speaker above our table so we were near yelling to talk to one another. After 30 minutes a waitress came by to take our order. We were informed that several dishes contained items they were out of so we scrambled for replacements. We put our entire order in (ie drinks and food) at one time. We then noticed not one on person was eating. A table near us walked out, a table of six people seemed to be considering leaving and from our vantage point we could see the kitchen. Nothing was coming out in the way of food. After another 15 minutes of waiting without so much as a glass of water we left as well.

I understand restaurants working on "island time" but this was way beyond simply moving slower than mainland Americans are comfortable with in service. It was unorganized and no one seemed to be able to prioritize their work. The restaurant is beautiful and in such a great location. Some basic support of wait staff and kitchen help could make this a great place. Instead a half empty restaurant had people walking out. Ouch!

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Horrible service. Took an hour to get drinks, and a hour and a half for food. By the time we got our drinks, the ice had melted and they were watered down. The side salads did not have dressing even after it was requested. Three different groups walked out during our span there.

Will never go back.

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1.0Dined on December 28, 2015

1. I set reservation for 7:00 pm on the Open Table app. They had no table for 7pm, so they leave us in the bar until 8:15.
2. Every drink arrive with 15 mins difference.
3. Appetizers arrive after 9pm.
4. Food have many inconvenients. The waitress came back several times to gives us the news they don't have the food we ordered. She last more than 20 minutes between every notice.
5. Food was good and at the end, they apologize and didn't charge for drinks.

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2015

We are giving one star in all required categories only because we never got to actually experience the restaurant other than passing it several times during our visit to Old San Juan. We received a call from the restaurant manager a few days prior to our confirmed reservation advising that the restaurant would not be open on the night we chose and they were therefore cancelling our reservation. We were disappointed and had to scramble to get another dinner reservation for that night. We passed the restaurant several times the night of our reservation and it was open so not sure why we were cancelled. It looks great from the outside and the posted menu looked very good as well. Would love to have experienced the food. Great location.

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2.0Dined on December 11, 2015

It is true that this restaurant only has 2 people on the floor, one waitress and one bartender that divides her time as bartender and waitress. However, we had no complains of the service. They were both attentive and we felt the service was very good.
The food on the other hand was disappointing... The only dish worth trying again was the mushroom risotto they brought on the house. The seafood we ordered was tasteless and rubbery and expensive for what it was...
The drinks were good. Perhaps this is the reason why the bar was full and the tables were empty... It's sad to see they have such a great spot in Old San Juan and they are not making the most of it.

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1.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Absolutely one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. The food is tasteless, rubbery, and served in inconsistent portions. The staff is unreliable. They do not check-in with the table and serve the food and drinks without a server's tray. Do not be deceived by the pictures and high rating. El Asador was a disastrous Saturday night dinner. No wonder the restaurant was empty on a Saturday night. AVOID!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

The food was very good and the open-air building was a delight. Nestled in Old San Juan, we found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

We went on the earlier side around 6:15 pm. Had the Mahi- Mahi with Garlic sauce and my frith had seafood risotto. Service was great- very cool decor- thoroughly enjoyed!!

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2015

In old san juan this place is a gem with great friendly service Awesome fish and a wonderful staff (Karin and Johendy) made for a great afternoon.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2015

Found this place on Open Table and really enjoyed it. A very nice find after a great afternoon roaming the streets of OSJ and the fort
Friendly service and good apps, we shared some items and have some drinks in the open air of a very nicely done space.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2015

The restaurant is not air conditioned, so we were trepidatious; however, there were ceiling fans and nice breezes. The drinks were delicicious--try the passion fruit punch-- and our shrimp mofungos were quite good, but enough for two people to share. Would recommend this as a good lunch spot in Old San Juan.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The food was excellent but there were only two waiters attending and giving special attention to the group tables. We waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine. However the place is very nice and as I said before the food was great.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2015

This is probably our 12th trip to PR. My wife and I have had not so good to very good mofungo. By far, we had the best mofungo to date at El Asador.

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2014

Yes we arrived right on rime and an hour eight before closed however one waitress came saying rhat only had two items available out of menu which ia quite good dor eaters no doe new comers in other words we never get the chance to be surprised by a new Asador improve creation but subtly expelled from the restaurant without having a bite.

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2014

El Asador is a very nice looking bar/restaurant. After that, it's all downhill. It took 1 hour for our food to arrive, and it was very underwhelming. Our group ordered Seafood Mofongo, Chicken Mofongo, 2 fish entres, and chicken Caesar salad. The salad was the only one with a positive review. And to make matters worse, there were only 2 people working the floor of the entire bar/restaurant! I heard them turn several dinner parties away (before we had received our food), saying "the kitchen is closed." This was on 12/29, one of the busiest weeks of the year! This is a nice looking place to have a drink, but there are much better restaurants in Old San Juan.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

We were looking to get away from the rain, and saw people eating inside, in spite of a sign which said "waxing salon". The lunch turned out to be simple but perfectly cooked: grouper with mango/lemon sauce. We decided to reserve for dinner two nights later and had another wonderful meal. This is unpretentious Puerto Rican cuisine cooked perfectly; service was excellent both times.

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1.0Dined on October 4, 2014

By far the worst dining experience we had ever encountered. The service was TERRIBLE. We were a party of 8 with a reservation. We showed up on time for our 8PM reservation - our table was not ready so we stood around while they pushed 2 tables together and put plates out (meanwhile, the place was empty). The waiter was completely unfamiliar with the menu - couldn't even get the drink order correct. We were uneasy but decided to stay through appetitzers to see if it got any better. Some of the appetizers came out, some of them came out different than what was ordered and some of them didn't come out at all. We left the restaurant an hour and half later in search of a decent place to enjoy a meal. Truly AWFUL!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2014

This restaurant is on a quiet street in Old San Juan and a great find for exciting menu items. The service is outstanding and the food is even better. I had the whold Red Snapper and it was by far the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2014

We decided to see if OpenTable worked in Puerto Rico....surprise...it does! We found El Asador here & it was delicious. The creole grouper was great & definitely try the mushroom risotto!

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