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An unforgettable experience #FlavorMeetsFire  - La Central by Mario Pagan, San Juan, PR

La Central by Mario Pagan

4.6
4.6
678 Reviews
$50 and over
Caribbean
Rediscover the bold flavors you love from renowned Chef Mario Pagán and get immersed into Puerto Rico’s roots and traditions as you join us on an unprecedented culinary journey that will ignite your palate.

La Central pays homage to a fundamental emblem of Puerto Rico’s history: “la caña de azúcar”, through the creative use of sugarcane & rum in its dishes.

The heat of the charcoal grill is palpable from the dining room in this open kitchen concept, where guests can enjoy a decadent tomahawk steak or a crispy branzino cooked to perfection over an open flame. La Central’s entrées are sizable, meant to be shared among friends or family with cocktails or a bottle of wine from the sommelier’s selection.

Chef Mario Pagán’s appetite for new techniques while staying true to Puerto Rico’s heritage proves that an upscale cuisine combined with fire are a timeless match worthy of your palate.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 998-9445

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Formal Attire

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pagán

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan

  • Parking details

    We have self-parking available at Lote Oeste and & the Magenta Lot as well as Valet Parking service for $20

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 678 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Puerto Rico

    Hot Spot

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. H

    Hunter

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great rum/old fashion, food and service, keep up the great work and cheers to Josean for an outstanding service!
  2. MR

    MarisolR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Entremeses y comida llegaron frios. La comida a pesar de que ya el salon estaba vacio tardo demasiado. Una lastima tenia mejor expectativa del lugar.
  3. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, run flights, and dishes
  4. ZR

    ZaimaraR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Will be returning.
  5. ZR

    ZuleykaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente!! en todo ambiente, servicio, comida! Nuestra familia disfruto cada momento. Agradecidos del servicio ofrecido. Planificando ya cuando regresar.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    When we went to pay they said they did not take visa which was not stated anywhere. The manager was VERY disrespectful and told us we had find a way to pay. Finally visa did work and we were very skeptical about why they stated this in the first place. Very disappointed. Food was okay.
  7. LG

    LuisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food, will recommend 100%. Enjoyed our time there.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiente agradable, meseros atentos y muy simpatico lugar muy acogedor y comida excelente
  10. OS

    OlgaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Love the authentic but upscale vibe.
  11. EG

    ElliotG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiente excelente. Servicio de primera. Lugar cómodo y coctelería de primera. Términos correctos en las proteínas.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall experience was great. SERVICE WAS ESPECTACULAR and food quality awesome. Only flaw and being from the island is pricing. A little bit overpriced but all in all, good place to go if you do not want the mayhem outside with people cramming the place in Distrito!! Great place to enjoy good wine, tapas and drinks.
  13. F

    Famtomerc

    Caribbean

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great roasted food on a coal grill and amazing rum cocktails. Themed around sugar cane history of Puerto Rico with lively music. Bit pricey but worth it.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re on vacation and tried this place twice. One for happy hour one for dinner. Everything was delicious! I LOVED the 1/2 chicken. Food takes quite a bit to come out but so worth the wait. The cocktail the first time was also delicious.
  15. E

    Elizabeth

    Caribbean

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed dining here. It’s a nice option for fine dining in Distrito. The food and service were both excellent.
  16. BB

    BusyB

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a lovely dinner at La Central- but I was expecting a better experience. I had dined here previously at a private party and the food was AMAZING- so I came back with friends. The items we had for the party were NOT on the menu and the items we did select were ok but not the WOW I expected. The steak was AMAZING- the fish appetizer tiny and uninteresting. The desert- Mango Cobbler was way too sweet and barely a taste of Mango. Not many GF options as well. The ambiance is quite lively- but on the NOISY side for my group that struggled to hear each other. That is why this deserved a 4 out of 5
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    El arroz estaba crudo y los amarillos también. La mesa des balanceada y teníamos una gotera al lado.
  18. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Place! Great Food, Great Service, Excellent Overall
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Los aperitivos estuvieron frios
  20. OE

    OrianaE

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Celebrating love
  21. AB

    AnnetteB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    El filete de carne estaba un poco sobre cocido a lo pedido y el acompañamiento no tan bueno. El filete de pescado muy pequeño aunque de buen sabor.
  22. NJ

    NJEH5

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening - delicious food and lovely service
  23. HC

    HectorC

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food taste and preparation is great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went with my friends for my birthday and it was the best service we received during our trip. Everything was perfect! Our server broke down the menu for each person personally! It was 7 of us! The live band was great and sang me happy birthday. The food was on the pricier side but totally worth it! Please go and ask for Coro because she’s truly amazing and full of good vibes. Awesome experience overall and would definitely recommend!
  25. RV

    RajV

    Houston

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at LA Central is always memorable. Paul took exceptional care of us. The new menu is delightful! The crispy rice is a must try. Delicious! The lamb chops were perfectly cooked. The coffee seasoning on the chops is amazing.
  26. WV

    WandaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida es exquisita. El servicio es excelente. La atención de los mozos es excelente. La decoración, música y ambiente es excelente.
  27. KM

    KareenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice!! Must to visit at T-mobile District.
  28. Y

    Yeisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and spectacular service. We will definitely visit again.
  29. WM

    WilmerM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Estuvo todo excelente, desde el servicio, el ambiente y la comida
  30. MT

    MorganT

    Miami

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite meal of the trip! Gorgeous restaurant with delicious food and great service. Our server Alexandra was wonderful as was everything about this place. A must do!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious but they arrived cold. Everything else was excelente.
  32. JC

    JulioC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El mesero fue muy atento a nuestra mesas y nos brindo un servicio excepcional. La comida supero nuestra expectativa y no dejo con el deseo de regresar. El ambiente, la comida y el servicio estuvo fenomenal.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, tried the branzino with pastel al caldero. Good seasoning and portion.
  34. RC

    RubenC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is very creative. Making use of local fresh products for a very nice selection of plates. The bar is awesome, offering a great variety of cocktails based on rum, besides the classics. The staff is very knowledgeable of the menu and cocktails and service is excellent.
  35. RR

    RaquelR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner las night and I must say it was exceptional. Starting with our server Jose. He was very attentive without being obvious about it and gave us excellent recommendations. We had the octopus, lamb chops, New York a few cocktails and dessert and everything was delicious. We are definitely going back.
  36. RT

    RamonTrump

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice Place, Great Food, Excellent Drinks... This is one Place to NOT dismis AT T Mobie District Area
  37. t

    teodoros

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience! Tmobile District complex is Next Level Fun. Must visit when in PR!
  38. Z

    Zulma

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This restaurant creates a great expectation because it is absolutely beautiful. However, it didn’t impress me as I expected. It was OK but not memorable. Good service but exceedingly loud! We couldn’t have a conversation among us because it was so terribly loud. I don’t think I’ll be back again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We were surprised to know several items in the menu were not available (i.e., Octopus, NY Strip, Swordfish) where there are only 11 main courses. This was a Saturday night with live music - not the best impression for our first time experience at La Central. Josean was a great host, though.
  40. JV

    JoelV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great Service, Great Food ,Very Nice Place to visit

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

La Central by Mario Pagan is rated 4.6 stars by 678 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for La Central by Mario Pagan

250 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Formal Attire

  • Parking details

    We have self-parking available at Lote Oeste and & the Magenta Lot as well as Valet Parking service for $20

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pagán

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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