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About Permanently Closed - Koco Modern Caribbean
This restaurant is permanently closed.
The Koco Modern Caribbean restaurant serves fusion meals inspired from Latin and Caribbean influences. The restaurant's staff is generally congenial. This up class, trendy place offers a fine dining experience. The dining areas are set in an elegant romantic setting with drapes, fairy lights, and dim lighting. The overall Koco Modern Caribbean ambience is relaxed and cheerful.
Koco Modern Caribbean restaurant serves a variety of salads, steaks, burgers, pastas and chicken meals. Customers particularly enjoy the coconut shrimps, the braised pork, the blackened tuna and the grouper mofongo. There is a separate menu for craft tropical cocktails and wine available at the bar. The restaurant also serves desserts. The choco kaco is particularly famous.
Carolina, PR 00979
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm - Close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have parking available through the hotel. If you park your vehicle, present your parking ticket to any Koco employee & you receive 3 hours free parking (after 3 hours normal hotel rates apply to any additional time spent). If you want to use the Hotel Valet Parking please do so, simply present your Valet ticket to any Koco employee & you receive 3 hours Valet parking for $10.00 (normal Hotel Valet rate is $25.00). If your stay exceeds the 3 hour limit you are billed an additional $5.00.
Private Party Facilities:
The private Chef’s table dining room seats up to 14, and our glowing imperial table accommodates 22.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access
Koco Modern Caribbean - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
El San Juan hotel is famous for its lobby, which starts the wonderful experience at Koco. Good for couples but big enough for groups and private functions. A party of four we tried guava empanadas for appetizers. We had coconut risotto, churrasco, and snapper fillet. For dessert we had coconut mousse and Koco Choco. The food was great. The white sangria was outstanding. And Mauricio Ovalle's service was the best. We've sent him business associates who have loved their experience as well.
We were the first to arrive at the restaurant after opening and it was a glorious experience. The ambiance was great and we had excellent food. Our waiter was delightful and while we could've spoke in Spanish, he wanted to practice his English and he was so attentive.
Tucked away in a corner of El San Juan Casino and Resort, this restaurant was a great find! The atmosphere and decor was trendy and comfortable. The wait staff was amazing and very helpful. The food sounded amazing, looked fantastic and was incredibly delicious . Dumplings for appy, pork and beef for dinner , and donuts for dessert....all remarkable!!
From the hostess who greated us with a huge smile through the Chocokoco dessert my wife devoured we could not have been more pleased. Surf and turf combined a perfectly cooked and tender filet with their signature coconut shrimp. My wife substituted coconut risotto for an even bigger coconut punch and loved it. My paella, though missing the crunchy edges I love, was excellent as well. The saffron rice was infused with the sausage flavor and the pieces of chicken melted in my mouth. Wife agreed. The seafood was perfectly cooked. Mussles and clams were tender (no chewy, gritty versions you sometimes get). Shrimp pulled out of their tails easily (my personal benchmark for evaluating freshness and kitchen talent). Highly recommended. Our Gustazo made it an even better value but we plan to return without one. Enough said?
I had the grilled chickens and Caribbean rice dish as thus was our first night at the hotel and didn't want to go off property, Friday night is the best night at ELsanJuan. The rice had red rice, diced red potatoes, chirozo, sautéed onions, slightly spicy from the chorizo every fork full of garlic arom! The server deck scribes it "stairway to heaven". My husband actually ordered fish! He never orders fish and never offered me a bite that's how good it was, chorizo encrusted Mahi Mahi served with yuca fries( these I thought had too much butter) but he thought was so good he was still talking about the dish the next day. Two round of drinks N with tips an even $100 what a steal! Definitely give this a try
We made a reservation for valentine's Day for ourselves and two other couples. We were greeted nicely by the hostess and shown to our table. The decor of the restaurant is attractive, and the ambiance moderate despite been steps away from the busy lobby of the hotel. The food was good, nut nothing spectacular. We would recommend the appetizer "pastelillos" and the shrimp. They have an interesting variety of cocktail drinks which were good. The service however was slow, and the waiter not friendly at all. He was not knowledgeable about the menu. The unintended consequence is that because the service was slow we had plenty of time for good conversation and fun. Unfortunately, that was not the intended consequence. Overall, if the restaurant improves its service it could become a great restaurant. It seem however they are conetn with being a tourist trap.
Beef short rib empanadas were flavorful, and pastry was light. 4 in the order were enough for 2 to share as an app. Tempura coconut shrimp were fabulous as was the grouper with mofungo. Side of coconut risotto was rich but terrific!!! Would go back!!! Our server Jesus was fantastic too!
I wanted a cozy spot for my husband and I to enjoy late night apps and drinks on our last night in San Juan. The space was beautiful. Loved the bar, our booth and that beautiful long table under the pergola. However, it was quiet when we arrived, which was near closing. Our server was fantastic! The drinks were yummy and the environment complimented my husband's handsomeness! :-) However, the apps were just marginal... typical overpriced hotel fare. I'd come for drinks and vibe with a group, and possibly again for a romantic night out, but I'd eat first.
The chef believes that three golf ball size balls of deep fried goo is his interpretation of crab cakes. We saw nothing in them that resembled crab. I am confident that this chef never looked at a crab cake recipe. Our server, Edwardo did a great job, dispite the lousy appetizer. I would avoid this place.
We shared an excellent ceviche and then had main courses of a chicken dish and mahi mahi. The chicken was excellent, the mahi mahi was tasty, but a little on the dry side.
While in San Juan, we've eaten at Yamato, Koco, and Zest twice — so have experienced some great food and dining experiences. For local color, we went to La Casita Blanca, Metropol, and La Playita — all were good, more local style PR cuisine. Every restaurant had good service and we would go back to them again.
So we went to Koco based on open table reviews. It was New Years eve and I booked the table 3 weeks in advance through open table. When we got to the restaurant , we were told by the manager that because it was New Years , the hotel had decided to institute a 25 dollar surcharge for each person. This had not been communicated by phone call in advance of our meal by the hotel, open table or the restaurant. The people ahead of us checking in were told the same thing and cancelled their dinner. Being a New Yorker , I was not about to take this lying down. I explained to the manager that this seemed to be a scam on the part of the hotel. He wouldn't go so far as agree but he did ask me to accompany him to see the hotel manager. The manager WAS nice and waived the fee for us. But it did leave an unpleasant reminder on what was otherwise a nice dining experience-- delicious food , excellent and attentive service. The only other weird thing was at the end of the meal when we tried to order coffee with our dessert , we were told that there wasn't any---that they would have to brew a pot. Huh? Very pretty interior and nice looking crowd by the way. Oh -- one last thing --- they never checked off our resey when we got there so we were listed as no shows by open table and got an email asking is to explain ourselves .
The food was very good and the service was excellent. The ambience lost something, since you have to walk through the huge resort past the tacky casino to get to the restaurant. Once inside, it's very dark and cavernous - you forget you're in sunny San Juan, so close to the ocean (but that's not really the point). For the money, Oceano is a much better bet.
That being said, the mojitos are excellent, and everything my party of four ordered was enjoyed.
Recently went on a Thursday night. Arrived about 7pm and were first ones there (early bird diners?!?!) so tough to tell what ambience would be like later in the evening or on a weekend.
Food was excellent - extremely fresh - especially the fish. Highly recommend the Koco Mojito to drink.
Service was extremely friendly.
Would definitely return.
Puedo sinceramente decir, que tal y como me lo habían recomendado, el lugar es uno sumamente romántico y la comida es exquisita. Sé que se enfocan en la comida puertorriqueña y por tal razón la música que utilizan para ambiental el lugar es uno que va al unisono, pero con el ambiente tan romantic, creo que otro tipo de música ambientaría mejor. El mesero que nos atendió fue uno muy atento y amable. No me puedo quejar por nada.
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