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

La Central by Mario Pagan

4.7
4.7
735 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 35 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner

    $88.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebra una noche íntima y sabrosa en #LaCentralbyMarioPagán junto a esa persona especial♥️ Acompáñanos el martes, 14 de febrero para una cena de cuatro cursos creada por nuestro Chef Ejecutivo, José Cruz, para celebrar el Día de San Valentín de la forma más deliciosa 🔥 El menú consiste de platos como Coffee Rub Beef Carpaccio, Tomato Risotto, Duck Breast, Tiramisu y más… Para comenzar, disfruta de los cocteles creados por nuestros mixólogos. Romeo: Whiskey |Café | Sal | Caramelo. Julieta: Pitaya | Parcha | Clara de Huevo | Limón 🍸 El menú Prix Fixe tiene un costo por persona de $88 (no incluye IVU y propina). Los cocteles tienen un costo de $14 cada uno (no incluye IVU y propina). ¡Los esperamos! 🔥✨

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What 735 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Puerto Rico

    Good for business meals

  • Puerto Rico

    Hot spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was not tasty and very expensive. We were really disappointed. Also, old fashioned was not done well. Restaurant Is Very overrated!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Birthday dinner. Sat upstairs and would have liked to be seated downstairs. Food was delicious and drinks were awesome
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was on point. Excellent service, knowledgeable waiters, delicious food and cocktails and the desserts, out if this world.
  4. EK

    EricK

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. We would definitely visit again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 Stars Excelent Service and attention
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!!! Love the food and service!!! Great location
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good service, good food
  8. AR

    AracelisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Estuvo todo espectacular y la comida rica, fuimos por nuestro aniversario y tuvieron hermosos detalles con nosotros.
  9. FS

    FoodiesSanJuan

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great grilled fish and meat. But PLEASE, turn the loud music down. I want to hear my friends not the music you think I should like played too loudly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about El Central by Mario Pagan ! Bravo !
  11. OG

    OfeliaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The appetizers were excellent, specially the morcilla and the octopus, however, my filet mignon was cooked medium well even though I ordered it rare. Critical mistake!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Post Holiday Dinner
  13. WP

    WallisP

    Caribbean

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valerie was the waitress she was great. Super sweet and she know the food .
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Una experiencia encantadora! La comida y el postre a otro nivel!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Thanks to our server, Paul!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Se enjoyed every second of the night
  17. DP

    DPerez

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio, la comida diferente, maravillosa. Personal con mucho detalle y de conocimiento. Mucho exito!
  18. ND

    NestorD

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Food was not as good as last time. Also being on a turistic area not having kids meal was uncomfortable. The choice for a child was 60 $ steak.
  19. PF

    PatrickF

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was very good, “tabaco y Ron” drink was amazing (do Barrilito instead of Bacardi 8). Server was not very knowledgeable and not very personable. Definitely expensive but it’s worth it!
  20. TC

    TracyC

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstandibg service, great Drinks, ambiance, and Charcoal grilled. Thumbs up (Family 5)
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Espectacular! Recomendado 💯
  22. GR

    GiselleR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exelente lugar, servicio y comida 💯 Recomendado 💯
  23. AH

    AndreaH

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tommyhawk steak was perfect! The service was excellent and the cocktails were delicious!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner. Great table and service. The food and the wine were a nice experience. Highly recommended.
  25. S

    Sharice

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was FANTASTIC! Appetizer, cocktails, meals. The restaurant decor was stunning in person compared to the online photos. I wish I recalled our servers name because she was an absolute delight! I really hope to return to this restaurant sooner than later.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second-time visiting, and was an excellent experience. Highly recommended.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Estuve con mi familia ya que estamos de paseo acá en Puerto Rico!!! Divino para una cena elegante. 100% eso si reserva con tiempo, Sin embargo la atención SÚPER BUENA.. Casualmente reserve el mismo día solo para 4 personas y somos un grupo de 8 pero la chica trabajo lo imposible para conseguirnos la mesa la verdad muy queridas. Definitivamente para volver x todo.
  28. MD

    MarianaD

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My reservation was on 9:15 pm but when I got seated the waiter told us that the kitchen closes at 10:00 and I was like I don’t understand why they take late reservations and they rush you to choose what we wanted not a good experience I couldn’t enjoy nothing. The food was too expensive for the quality.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente todo muy rico , el majado de apio espectacular!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and this was beyond my expectations. Every recommendation and plates were 10/10. The attention by Coralys was excellent.
  31. NR

    NathanielR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, the food exquisite and great customer service
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anivesarry
  33. d

    ddfm

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my Birthday and I felt so pampered. The service was great. The food was excellent as well as the presentation.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    servicio increíble con comida y bebidas deliciosas. nuestra servidora era fantástica
  35. R

    Rita

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    We sat outside very noisy and the tables were plastic definitely not what we expected for the extremely expensive bill
  36. HC

    HectorC

    Caribbean

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service is super friendly!
  38. ER

    EileenR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and perfect service.
  39. P

    Provi

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service. Our host Coral was great!! Food very good
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service and ambiance!

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 4.7 stars by 735 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 35 times today
Experiences are available.
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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