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  1. Distance: 2.06mi

About Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine

Treat yourself to the Taste of the Tropics. The new world cuisine of the Caribbean, with its emphasis on only the freshest ingredients and seasonings, offers an exciting blend of taste sensations. Caribbean cuisine has been influenced by many culinary disciplines, including European, African, and Asian to name a few. Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine is Open Daily, offering casual fine dining inside with air-conditioned open view seating of the beach or seating outside directly on the beach!

1 Calle Santa Ana
San Juan, PR 00911
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Caribbean, Seafood, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Calle Italia

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(787) 726-7550

Website:
http://www.pamelaspr.com/

Parking Details:
Pamela's is located in a gated residential neighborhood. Street Parking available.

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.2

ambience

4.5

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3.9

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (543)
Scenic View (490)
Romantic (445)
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Special Occasion (316)
Fit for Foodies (288)
Neighborhood Gem (276)
Good for Groups (75)
Great for Lunch (68)
Notable Wine List (54)
Hot Spot (47)
Late-night Find (44)
Kid-friendly (38)
Waterfront (27)
Great for Brunch (24)
Good for a Date (18)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Pamala’s has always been our first place to have dinner when we arrive in PR
We were so happy that it was open and the dedicated staff and the creative chef were still there.
We both enjoyed the ceviche , followed by the Tuna for dinner.
Never disappointed!! We will continue to return to one of our favorite restaurants!!
A must try if you haven’t !!
The food is delicious and the staff is terrific!!!

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food5
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Unbelievable. Great service, Great food, Great drinks, Great price.

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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Calamari was the best I've ever had. Portions were small though and didn't justify the price. Food was very good and the views were good. Service was decent

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Best restaurant and view in Puerto Rico!!!! The food is creative and delicious. Julio is a talented chef!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food was delicious. The flavors were on point and the service was great. We sat outside on the beach and the evening was perfect.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Enjoy the calamari and the margaritas were delicious. Server was very polite and patient while we decided what we should eat. The couscous paella looked delicious, even though I am allergic to shellfish, and the beef roast just melted in my mouth. It was so tender and juicy it just slid off the bone. Definitely a spot to go to for sunset while you are out in Puerto Rico

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The food was amazing and the wait staff very personable and honest about their favorite items on the menu.

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food5
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 4, 2017

It is a typical hotel restaurant. Over priced ok food, no soul or passion.

Tags: Seasonal
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food3
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We were looking for a great place to eat outside Old San Juan while we were vacationing in Puerto Rico and found this place through Open Table. The service was phenomenal. Casual, yet very attentive and helpful. My husband had the tuna and it was absolutely wonderful. I had the sweet potato dish and it was great, as well. My daughter's short ribs were also tender and delicious. The wine list, particularly the white, is varied and well-priced. We splurged on key lime pie and bread pudding and both were fantastic. The key lime pie was particularly good as it was very tart and "limey." The presentation in the little glass jar was nice, as well. We started our dinner on the beach, but as the "beachhoppers" (I call them sand fleas) started biting, we moved inside. The staff was very accommodating. I'd recommend a can of OFF in your purse if you plan to dine on the beach near or after sunset. Otherwise, this place is wonderful and charming. It's set back in a gated community, so don't be afraid to go through the gate to get to it. It's worth it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Pamela's has a great location, service was fine and the food was good, but we found the portions relatively small and the prices high.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Pamela's offered a great view of the beach and tremendous service. The food was quite good as well. For an appetizer, my fiance and I shared the tamarind calamari. The flavors were delicious but the calamari could have used a touch of salt. For the entrees, my fiancee ordered the one of the specials which was the lobster mofongo. The mofongo was made of cassava and was delicious. The lobster was good as well but definitely overcooked. My entree was the lamb chops which were delicious and cooked to my liking. Overall, Pamela's offers a terrific view, great service, and good food. They also have a nice wine selection and full bar, but the beer selection is quite limited. Good place for a romantic date.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Tap water is undrinkable. The grouper (special for the evening) was overcooked and therefore tough and chewy. Sangcocho soup was good. Service was good too.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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value2

 
 (Caribbean)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Boyfriends birthday!

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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

best dinner of our vacation. worth getting there. food was amazing. my wife had plantain gnocchi which was the best thing we've had in a while. GO HERE!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Spent a couple of nights in San Juan for my wife's 40th. Slow night at restaurant but the staff was super friendly. Food was good but view is limited from inside restaurant.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Went to Pamela's our last night in Puerto Rico. Excellent on the beach dining. Good food and good service. The only drawback was it was a bit pricey. Still, I'd go again if I was in San Juan.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Awesome little place in ocean park. You can sit on the beach and dine. Food was very good. We had the calamari and fish tacos.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Good restaurant, they didn't have whole snapper on the menu anymore. Fish tacos was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Pamela was a perfect spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary! The food was tasty and the presentation was beautiful.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Food was excellent, but the service was even better. This is a must stop for dining on the beach while in pr

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 6, 2017

On vacation. Lovely lovely spot!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The staff was friendly and polite. The ambiance was quiet. The view of the ocean was beautiful and calm. I was wearing shoes but everyone else had sandals (which is smart because half the seating is on the sandy beach). Entrees are in the $20-40 range and quite worth it. The food was delicious.

The restaurant is in a gated neighborhood. We told the guard we were going to Pamela's By The Sea and he let us through. We went on a Sunday evening, 8p, in early April. We had no wait to be seated.

The entrance is on the street. You must ring the bell and a guard will let you in. Once inside the door, walk straight (past the guard room and pool that are on the left) to the black glass door which is the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Waterfront, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I loved this place. Excellent for people watching. My kind of place to eat (barefoot in the sand while watching the sunset). Service was excellent. The food was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Pamela's is always a go to place for us. The outdoor seating is very popular . The service is always friendly & attentive!
Andrea was excellent, she made great recommendations and we enjoyed our ceviche as our appetizer, the salmon is my husband's favorite and I had the fish special of the day.
Never disappointed with the cuisine. Compliments to the Chef!! Another great evening at Pamela's.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

My second visit to Pamelas. The food was just as delicious as it was four years ago. The friendly staff and beuatiful sunset capped off a great dining experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Food was delicious! We had yucca encrusted chicken and halibut wrapped in banana leaf. For appetizers we had a steak kabob and a side order of the wonderfully tasty rice. The disappointments were four:
1. We'd made reservation thru OpenTable. As soon as we walked in, we were asked if we'd made a reservation, despite there being one table taken inside, two outside. We observed two more groups come in later in and neither was asked if they had reservations. Lead us to conclude that our jeans and Ts may have made them think we were lost..? Well, we may look raggedy but our money is green too.
2. They take a long time to come back to the table for check and water refills, despite it being nearly empty.
3. Dessert was a disappointment for me, not the hubby or daughter. I had the goat cheese flan which tasted just like cheesecake, including consistency. Hubby liked his créeme brûlée, but it's kinda hard to go wrong w that or the vanilla ice cream our daughter had.
4. Coffee is terrible. Bitter. No amount of milk and sugar could remedy that. My husband suspects it was instant. We normally drink a medium roast, if that helps any.

Again, the appetizers and entrees were exceptional. For the price though, (all came to $144, no alcohol) this will be a rare treat.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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service2
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Delicious food with great options! Prices are high, but worth it if you like seafood and/or want the view of the ocean

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 15, 2017

The food wasn't good. The menu was very small. The atmosphere was amazing. Everything else was disappointing.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Such an amazing meal! Thank you so much, the view was incredible, service was very professional and the food was great.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The ambience was perfect and the chocolate moulten cake was excellent.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Service was the worst we had the entire week of vacation in PR. So inattentive and slow. The view is amazing, though. The food was very good, but the prices are too much for what it is. There are much better restaurants in the area- don't waste your time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Fantastic food along with service beyond compare. Stayed open late just for us. Whatever you choose as your entree, have the lemon mussels and chocolate souffle!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Pamela's continues to be our go to place. We always make sure we take house guests to experience the delicious food.
The service is always terrific!! The staff is very attentive!
We began with the Guanábana ceviche & Tempura shrimp
Dinners:
Langostinos & Mofongo
Papaya Salmon
Pistachio Tuna
Dessert:
Goat cheese flan
Compliments to the Chef!! The fish is always so fresh and cooked to perfection! We all enjoyed our food!
Try it!!. You won't be disappointed!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Quick Bite
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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Stopped in during 5-hour flight layover. Food was excellent -- tuna tartare especially fresh and delicious. With plantain chips. Yum! Beautiful view and right on the beach. Feet in the sand while you eat. Great service. Very relaxing. Fun local neighborhood area.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2017

In over 100 reservations through Open Table this is absolutely the worst experience I've had. I have never chosen a 4+ rated restaurant and not been able to eat the food. The service matched the food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Wonderful setting and great service. Food was delicious. Go in time to see the sun setting over the water. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We should have dined inside instead of under the tent for Valentine Day (Dia de la Amistad). We have had wonderful meals there over the years. This was my first disappointment. Nonetheless, we will return again. We always enjoy the service both during the day while on the beach, as well as at night for dinner. Thanks for the continued excellent hospitality. Mil gracias! Hasta la proxima!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

my husband and i truly enjoyed the food and ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Average food and extremely over priced

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Very pleasant wait staff but some of the entrees at the table were served more than 15 minutes apart. That's just not acceptable especially at their price point.

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