Caña by Juliana Gonzalez

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40 reviews
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Puerto Rican
Celebrated Chef Juliana Gonzalez shares her passion for local flavors with a menu that celebrates culinary adventures through the regions of her native “Isla del Encanto”.

Breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner daily. There is an outdoor bar, and pool service is available.
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New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Caña was delicious and very fresh. The shared plates/tapas format is a great way to enjoy a meal with friends. However, the large plates are very large but not presented in a way that makes sharing easy. We all ended up ordering our own meals and it was way too much food.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The Crispy Snapper Salad was disappointing...there was nothing crispy about the snapper! The Crispy Rabbit had good flavor but little meat. Atmosphere and service were very good, some dishes were as well. Overall the dining was inconsistent.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the mangu. Had the Local cocktail, which complemented the fried pork.
The service was slow compared to how busy the place was.

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SW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambience was beautiful at the outside table. We felt the waitress was very new as she had difficulty answering some of our questions. They have small, medium and large plates, all to be shared so ordering was a little tricky. Tuna Tartare was to die for. Fish of the day was snapper and it was delicious. My husband loved the wine, Josh red blend. For the El San Juan Hotel, the price wasn’t too bad. I would definitely recommend Cana.

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since we came in, the treatment we recieved was INCREDIBLE!!!! The hostess, the waitress...EVERYONE. WE LOVED THE MUSIC PLAYING, the thoughtful rose, the food...EVERYTHING!!! Can NOT wait to go again!!! Great Valentine’s Day experience!

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Food way too spicy. Almost inedible. Not for most American taste....

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PJ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Our server was extremely competent. Quiet night and not many people seated inside, so we did not have a long wait for service or time between ordering and arrival of food. Heirloom Tomatoes and Avocado Salad was delicious,however, was lacking enough avocado. If I were to order again I would ask that they be more generous with the amount of avocado since that is what is expected when Avocado gets top billing in the description. Steak dish was very good , cooked as requested . The bread pudding dessert was perfect in every way. Moist, tasty and every bite a treat! We will be back!

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! My favorite the Pulpo en Escabeche. Wow!

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. Our waitress was very friendly, the food was incredible and we dined outdoors which was very relaxing. Will definitely dine here again on our next trip!

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c
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a friend’s birthday. It came up in conversation with the server, and they brought us out a surprise dessert. It’s quiet night during the week, but it was a beautiful patio out by the pool overlooking the property.

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PP
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Cana Restaurant occupies a renovated space entirely with pool and patio views. The bar area is beautiful and inviting with a great bartender and robust offerings.
After a couple of drinks, we went to our table which is just off the bar in a space that catches the winter breeze and the sights and sounds of the night.
We receive our menu’s, and we ask the waiter to explain the offerings to us, and his response was, ”You should order by the prices if small. Price it's small. Portion and big price big piece” You see the menu does not have an appetizer or Tapas section and it's quite confusing to order without a logic arrangement. We ordered to start and Octopus Escabeche with tostones quite tasty, Longaniza that were good, Bernegena dish quite good and Rabbit Chicarron, that was tough and cold.
We then ordered a Pidgeon peas rice with a block of porkbelly, that was too large for the plate a smaller or had.the Chef sliced it and arrange it it would have worked better, it didn't. A Churrasco dish that was bland and a Pork Dish that was ok.
Overall the service was inattentive and slow, with the waiters aloof and somewhere else. The menu needs to be arranged better and divine, appetizers from main courses or just make it a tapas place.
The Chef needs to take a hard look at this to make it work better. We would like to see this improvement to come back.

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AP
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate my fiance’s birthday and we had an awesome time. Food was amazing, cocktails were on point and the service was outstanding. Our server was Carol and we loved her. She was very talkative and explained her favorite choices on the menu.

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Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was great.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiters should pay more attention to detail.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and served at just to right pace! Waiter was friendly and made great recommendations

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HR
Caribbean
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place just reopened after all the renovations and the repairs after Hurricane Maria, and the Hotel lobby, usually very busy, was nearly deserted.
The restaurant was almost empty too. The service was almost personal. Excellent. Maybe because the place was not busy at all, but the previous time we came here the service was very good too.
The food is excellent. The portions are generous; the purpose is to encourage sharing, tapas-style.
We had the crispy snapper salad: refreshing and flavorful. Excellent. Also had the smoked sausage with taro purée: well cooked, very flavorful and the taro purée was beyond excellent.
The crispy pork terrine with celery textures is the dish you cannot miss. The pork is cooked to perfection. With thin, crispy skin... OMG...
The pigeon pea and pork belly rice was also incredible.
For dessert we had the best flan I have ever tasted. Coconut and caramel custard with toasted coconut. Heaven on earth.
It was an incredible experience.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was pretty tasty, with some interesting takes on Puerto Rican dishes. We liked the tomato and watermelon salad and octopus especially. The ambiance was very pleasant, with a mix of outdoor and indoor seating overlooking the well manicured hotel grounds. Service was quite poor, as it took 30 minutes to get our waiter to take the order, despite numerous request. (There were also some less prominent shortcomings during the meal that followed). Staff apologized profusely for the exceptionally long wait, but didn’t offer any compensatory dish, as might be expected.

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GV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food , beautiful atmosphere

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and tremendous service. Pretty expensive, trendy.

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SS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ehhhhh. Limited menu. Not great not bad.

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Christmas Day, so slower than usual. The room, the food, and the service were all outstanding. We were encouraged to share, so we sampled a bunch of unique options and some traditional Puerto Rican dishes. Rice w/blue crab and pork terrine (we told them “terrine” didn’t do the dish justice) were favorites, but the roast chicken, shrimp over rice, and mafongo were also excellent. Among the best meals I’ve had in Puerto Rico.

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G
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great. Everything was fresh and delightfully prepared. Service was attentive and helpful. Most of the dishes are meant to be shared and, compared to other local restaurants, the portions are not huge. One of our dishes would not have been enough for a larger appetite. This is definitely fine dining.

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Their concept of sharing food is wrong. Certain orders should be served with the appropriate side dish at the same time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Loved the vibe but food was very salty and over seasoned. Good flan.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fresh local cuisine. Great staff and good drinks

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food. The service was amazing and the ambiance ad well.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner we had was AMAZING. Local favorite dishes but prepared exquisitely. The menu was smart and fun. The service was excellent. The restaurant itself is beautiful.

Try the pulpo. The tomato and avocado salad. The fish of the day. The vianda. The morcilla.

It was about $65 / person with appetizer, entree, drinks and dessert. And it was absolutely worth it for the quality of the experience. Will definitely return.

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Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly delicious! A very gourmet & creative take on Puerto Rican food. Highly recommend the octopus, pork and churrasco. Beautifully decorated and top notch service.

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MK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The view and setting are wonderful. Unfortunately, the praise stops there. The food quality and service do not reflect the steep pricing. Overall, quite disappointing.

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New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not what we thought or expected.

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Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great mix of puertorrican flavors and a nice drinks!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food. Just what I was looking for.

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MO
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We consider the wine list to be very limited.
The food was delicious, and the service top notch.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Juliana Gonzalez returned to her homeland and has arrived with a bang. Great location in the newly renovated El San Juan Hotel. As great as the location is, it fails to compare against the great food.

Octopus cooked in duck fat, codfish fritters, slow roasted pork, guinea hen fricasé, yellow tail snapper, mofongo; essentially the flavors of the island she grew up in, taken to the next level. All ingredients sourced locally really show up in the freshness of the final product.

Make room for dessert. The Barrilito Bread pudding is the way all meals should end.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is too new to be up on Yelp so I'll leave my review here. This was honestly one of the best dinners we have had on any vacation. Just what we wanted - Puerto Rican with an upscale twist and every dish we tried was so stinking good. Not what I expected to find in a resort hotel, to be sure. Kind of blew us away. Loved loved loved it.

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A
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our first visit to Caña. Very impressed with the level of service and quality of food. The dishes are served tapas style so it's a great place to go with friends. Great way to experience Puerto Rican Cuisine. Can't wait to go back!

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SD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was authentic Puerto Rican with plates to be shared - our waitress was helpful and guided us through the menu. The venue itself was attractive and overlooked the El San Juan pools. Highly recommend

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JF
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Great dinner last night. Our party of 6 ate our way through most of the menu sharing the adventure. Elevated a Puerto Rican cuisine using mostly local products on the level of other local favorites Santaella and Jose Enrique. Juliana Gonzalez's food rocks. And the staff, despite just opening, was extremely welcoming, enthusiastic and caring. And by all means, save room for desserts! (Note that was plural on "desserts!"). There's also a great outdoor verandah with intimate seating that overlooks the resort's Beach Club and ocean. We'll be back!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tourists should try these succulent creole food to the taste and to the eye. Caña is new and if they keep these effort I´m sure they will win a prestigious position in the local market.

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CF
Wilmington
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Do not even bother for breakfast or brunch. What a disappointment. Having read about Chef Juliana, I was so excited to dine at this new restaurant. Boy was I in for a surprise. It's basically a typical hotel buffet for breakfast. With so few options for an actual brunch menu, we didn't even bother eating. We did enjoy two mimosas at $35!

Hopefully she's on her A-game for dinner, but I won't bother going back. There are too many other choice out there to waste the time and money.

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