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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
625 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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 625 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. J

    Joe864

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  2. DP

    DavidP

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    There was Branzino on the menu and it was over $60 and said it was for 2. When I asked the waitress to order that for me and another person, she said it's not enough for 2 and we should order one each. She then brought out the entire fish with skin bones and all that was fairly large. I have ordered branzino numerous times and it has always been served after being fileted for you and you don't have to worry about picking out bones from your mouth. Very disappointing and I would never go back.
  3. MM

    MirnaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gracias a Marimar por su excelente servicio! El Branzino al carbon y las papas estaban deliciosas.
  4. AN

    ANAH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super siempre ea delicioso volver
  6. D

    Dernitza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Encantada con la experiencia! Una noche inolvidable y con rica comida. El trato de todos 10/10… la comida exquisita! Definitivamente regresaremos!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valeri y todos los asistentes muy amables y alegres. Una experiencia para repetir y recomendar. La comida espectacular y los tragos especiales súper 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
  8. H

    Happy2

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding quality of food and very good taste. Entrees, Main, dessert everything excellent. Drinks are above expectation. The service by Crystal was 5 star. The only thing we didn’t like so much was the toasted bread they serve to as starter, it was too hard to eat.
  9. G

    Great4groups

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Uncomfortable furniture. Would go back
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I decided on this place for my Birthday dinner celebration and it was the best decision. The location was great, food and drinks were amazing!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It can be approved
  12. AL

    ALDLLO

    Caribbean

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Appetizers and dessert were average or below average. The fish was good. Waiters-waitresses are not well trained. They don't know how to serve and explain the dishes.
  13. CV

    CarlosV

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoint, great food , great people Servers are on point.
  14. NQ

    NoelQ

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good service for the server. The food recommendations for the server was delicious.
  15. SM

    SharleneM

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and ambiance!
  16. MR

    MiltonR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and good ambience. The menu is limited.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We went in to dine on a Saturday night. It’s not the cozy atmosphere you have in other places but the noise and busy ambiance is not annoying either. The food was good, everything cooked as it should, nothing outstanding but good. The prices are on the “touristy” side. We paid overall the same we’ve paid in Michelin star restaurants and this doesn’t even come close. Overall good but overpriced.
  18. LK

    LuisK

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food eas excellent. Portions were hugh. I was expecting smaller plates. Excellent service and vg ambient.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10+++++ Great Service & Favs Food
  20. MS

    MortonsSanJaun

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    As an international traveling food critic and unbeknownst to the staff, the following is what I experienced: This was my second dining experience at this establishment. The first was a 5-Star, but this experience justifies a revision. + Reservations made on Open Table on a Saturday night three hours prior to reservation time were flawless. - Customer service from our waiter, Coralys. - Seated for 20 minutes before she arrived. After 10 minutes, I asked another bypassing waitress to send the manager over. - Manager Yerick’s customer service skills are extremely lacking! He responded with an attitude that he was too important to be asked why such a delay in service with no answer nor apology given. Clearly he is in the wrong position at this establishment, more suited as a busboy then a duty manager. - The Owner of the restaurant placed him into this position due to some reason other than being qualified. - Absolutely one of the worst we’ve experienced in many years and the reason for this 1-star vice 5-star rating. STEER CLEAR, you have so many other better options within a few steps away!!!
  21. ML

    MichelleL

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Food was not as described
  22. F

    Fabi

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Arroz Pegao with the Tomahawk simply amazing!!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. We had great time.
  24. m

    melvag

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance spectacular as well as service, the only problem was that my husband requested a medium steak and the one received was almost well done, prices are not cheap, therefore precision should be carefully monitored. Besides that no complains and my swordfish was excellent!!
  25. K

    Kamiorsi

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Octopus appetizer is ok but not amazing vs prices. They need to add more hummus to be a better portion in comparison with the octopus. We order a New York Steak for main dish, and it comes medium-well when we ordered it rare-medium, also the rice was undercooked 😔. They gently take action and replaced the whole main dish but definitely they need to improve in the kitchen. Waitress (Crystal) was perfect 👍 I don’t think we’ll come again.
  26. j

    jcsm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service . Great food . Very good choice for dinner .
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true dining experience!! CORAL SERVER WAS AMAZING!! And so was the live music!! Amazing!!
  28. YC

    YanC

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection.
  29. AC

    AlexisC

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excelente lugar para ir a cenar en pareja. excelente servicio por parte del personal.
  30. E

    Eric

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Your app showed no available tables for party of 3 or more. There were many tables available when we got to restaurant. FYI
  31. C

    Carline

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coral was just the best…again! This was our fourth time going. Coral has been our waitress our first time and last night. She is just the sweetest!
  32. V

    Vale

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida y servicio. Tanto los aperativos como los platos principales fueron de primera. Totalmente recomendado.
  33. I

    Izzy

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The smell will entice you and the food will leave you happy and satisfied.
  34. A

    Anna

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ambiente, servicio y coctelería excelente! Comida deliciosa, aperitivos esperaba más.
  35. RV

    RajV

    Houston

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coral took exception care of us. She is the ultimate blend of a server and a sales person. Special compliments to her. The band, Bri La Pelua, totally blew our mind! Fantastic talent. The food was cooked to perfection! Enjoyed the evening. Thank you
  36. SA

    StevenA

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excelent time!! Food is delicious , staff was very attentive and the cocktails great!! Must try the white beans pegaito rice!!
  37. EJ

    EileenJ

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music was too loud. Pricing is high. At this prices it will affect the use by most customers. Music was turned up at 10:30 pm to a level that didn’t allow to have a conversation
  38. ED

    EugeneD

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Worst ribs ever. Chunks of fat all over. Old fashion drink recipe was not consistent.
  39. KT

    KatherineT

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Muy buen ambiente. Pedimos varios platos y todos estaban muy buenos. El servicio excepcional.
  40. SC

    ScottC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valarie was wonderful. She was patient, helpful to us in making selections, personable, and highly engaged despite having a lot of tables. The atmosphere was the best - fantastic design, lighting, etc. Joel the sommelier and manager - also fantastic. The food was flavorful and very well presented. Had fun exploring the menu - we treated it a bit like tapas - that is we had many appetizers, salads and an entree. - oh - and the rum tasting - what fun!

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 625 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


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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