Mario Pagan Restaurant

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JA
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service very good. I orden the Lamb shoulder confit best ever. Plantain soup with truffle oil was super good . Looking forward to going again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!! My new favorite restaurant ever.

DR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We were approached by waiter asking us for drinks without presenting us with a menu of any kind! Then when we asked for a menu- we received an eye roll and he walked away. Brought a drink menu back and took our order. Then we asked for an actual food menu and explained that it was our first visit. So he brought a menu and took our order immediately. We decided to start with a couple of appetizers before we committed to dinner.
hamachi crudo was bland and warm- I used my lime from my flat club soda to add some flavor, the octopus tacos were greasy without any flavor and drowning in mayonnaise!! Didn’t finishe either one.
So we decided to cut our losses and asked for a check- then the waiter finally asked if everything was ok- we said no- the food is terrible and service is poor! We paid $52 for 2 apps, one glass of wine and one glass of flat club soda.
We were the only people in the restaurant on a Wednesday night. Maybe not the best night for the chef and wait staff!

MP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The Rock shrimp were hard and the Yellowtail fillet was a bit dry.
Very unusual. We normally have a very good meal there.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Black Sea bass is a most! Bacalaito chips, wao! Superb! Overall a great experience. Attentive staff, and very accommodating to our daughter’s special requests!

TZ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive service. Very good food, representative of the region. Would definitely go back.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, great food. Excellent service. Beyond expectations.

JB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful, elegant in a very subdued manner and quiet which we really appreciated. The whole experience is very pleasant. Perfect, expert service by a very friendly staff. The food is superb: we devoured the the homemade bread. We shared the Brussels sprout 1st course, followed by red snapper in a carrot passion fruit broth that was unexpected and delicious. My companion had the lamb shoulder which fell off the bone and managed to be a light dish in this tropical setting.
We loved the bread so much, they gave us some to take with us. There was not a single tourist in the restaurant on a Saturday night, besides us. And the restaurant was packed. The sign of a good restaurant.

R
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The app really works. We asked for a table for two, private and discreet, and we got it. Awesome services at the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happened to book a last minute reservation and was thrilled with how great the experience and food was. Could not recommend enough for a nice date night or if you're looking for a fancier dining experience. Food was delicious and creative, and the staff was attentive. Definitely worth trying!

BB
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant for consistent, flavorful, inventive food. The staff is always on point and it is great to see Mario.

CG
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance!!

JT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether we reserve a table or eat at the bar, we always have a great experience. We first tried Mario’s on a visit to PR in Oct ‘18 and after the meal joked we would have to become regulars. Having moved to PR in Dec of 18, we now are. Still my fav restaurant as the food is consistently out of the world, the cocktails are on point and the service is above and beyond! Special occasion, just because, date night or hanging with friends, Mario’s is perfect for all. Just save me a seat!

T
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I go often to Mario Pagan and this time was a disappointment at the service level. The waiter was late in ordering refills, offering coffee or desserts. All through the night we had to remind what to do. He spent more time talking with everybody rather than taking care. The bar noise was awful, it felt we were at a pub rather than a restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 4 adults went to celebrate my husband’s 56th birthday. Food and service were excellent! The “bacalaitos” chips were awesome!! Definitely will return to try the rest of the menu. Fully recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ian es excelente!! Nos encanta la coctelería de Israel!!
Extrañamos mucho el risotto de queso de cabra :(( pero fuera de eso, todo esta EXCELENTE!

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OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Simple, well decorated space. Great illumination and table distribution.
Service was good, not extraordinary, nor friendly.
The menu is well balance with a creative international and “puertorrican fusion”
My plate of lamb was surprisingly too cold to serve. They immediately corrected the temp.
Dessert was great.
Prices are high but it is a nice place, great location, good food and a renowned chef has his name on it.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, as always! Highly recommended!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

After being seated, it took the waiter 15 minutes before coming over to the table. One of our appetizers never came out, and the waiter did not even realize it.

l
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service very good but time between small bites and main dishes, unusually long. Should improve that

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner! Amazing food! Great service!

OT
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service ok, but should be more flexible and at least try

A
Caribbean
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mario to the Max!!
Service is impecable and food is divine!!!

v
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Possibly the best restaurant in Condado.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Como siempre, excelente.

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MM
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited with friends from Peru. It was their first time at Mario Pagan. After dinner was over, they now put this restaurant as their favorite in San Juan.

OM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food extremely good. What I expected of renown Chef Mario Pagán

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The bar service took almost 40 minutes to get ya one drink...they apologized because one of the two bartenders was on vacation!
Seems the restaurant is fully staffed, in fact it looks over staffed but extremely uncoordinated...before dinner we had about 5 different servers come and ask us for drink orders; our appetizer order was taking forever and we asked another of the many servers he asked us “who took your order because it never went in”...

Nonetheless, the food was delicious and on point!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food and the drinks were outstanding! We were seated quickly and the menu was explained in detail, which made it easier for us to choose. The kalamata butter was incredible; so were the cochinillo rolls and the crab appetizer (sorry, forgot the name). Highly recommended!

CR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, recommended by a friend and we had a great experience. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. I am still dreaming about the rabbit ravioli and the chocolate souffle with the orange ice cream.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place for service and ambiance. The pork chop was not tender because it was undercooked. They had to bring it back to the kitchen to finish cooking. The appetizers and bread were amazing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son’s 17th Birthday!!

HD
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasamos una noche especial en este restaurante. El sabor y calidad de la comida son espectaculares. Servicio amable y profesional. Excelente ambiente.

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OT
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio. Comida riquisima

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JS
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We ordered hamachi crudo, duck confit pionono, and samplers consisting of 6 bite size items. Maybe we did not review the menu carefully. But all 6 sampler items were deep fried, and we regretted ordering them. If one or two items are deep fried, it’s not as bad but all were too much. When we go out to eat we would like to order bunch of appetizers to share. I wished the restaurant would get more creative than serving all deep fried bite size items. We had another reservation but decided to cancel. There are tons of other restaurants in San Juan that serve fresh food packed with full of flavor without deep frying.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular, como siempre.

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OT
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great, the service was good. Great ambiance, highly recommend. We will be returning..

H
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a fine restaurant, excellent service and adequate wine list. On the trendy side, which seems to be required to be successful these days. The chef is very successful and deservedly so.