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About Toro Salao
Toro Salao opened in 2007 a pop tribute to Puerto Ricos Spanish heritage. Chef Guillermo Gonzalez creative versions of Spanish Tapas and raciones are an extrodonary culinary journey into the zesty flavors of Spain and Puerto Rico.
Old San Juan, PR 00901
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, View, Wine
Toro Salao Ratings and Reviews
We stopped in for some appetizers and a drink and ended up coming back for dinner later that night and then again 2 nights later. The calamari and fish tacos were both extremely tasty. We ended up having the mahi mahi dinner with roasted vegetables and they were cooked to perfection providing us a perfect meal. The wait staff was very friendly and offered great suggestions. The location s right at the start of your trip into Old San Juan and the outside dining had a very nice atmosphere.
We enjoyed the different food and small plates. Very different and delicious food. Loved sitting
outside in Old San Juan which we love. We had a nice breeze and we looked at a cruise ship in port. Great service. Loved the food and atmosphere. Would return and would recommend.
We had a lot of great dinners in Puerto Rico. This was not one of them. While a similar check amount to the other restaurants we went to ($50 per person), the quality of the food wasn't nearly as good as other restaurants like Oceano or Cocina Abierta. Further, the Sangria was basically a $28 pitcher of fruit juice.
It would have been nice not to have had to ask 3 times for a glass of water, and despite asking for the seafood paella without the sausage, I still got the sausage. I was too hungry to send it back and just picked it out and passed it to my boyfriend. Wasn't the end of the world. It was expensive but old San Juan is expensive. The seafood tasted fresh, great Sangria, and opened table made it really convenient to just walk out of my hotel without worrying.
We made a 7PM reservation on OpenTable. Our plans changed and we arrived a little early. While the restaurant was temporarily closed early to organize from a large function, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. At our assigned reservation time, we were shown a table and had a good meal with very good service. We ate outside and enjoyed the views.
fresh, beautifully spiced food The crispest salads with homemade salad dressing,, mahi mahi tacos are delicious and their patatas bravas are as good as they are in Barcelona. This is an informal place perfect for outside dining and people watching . The wait staff is attentive and firiendly.
We had a New Years Eve reservation (confirmed through Open Table) for 5:00 p.m. When we arrived, we were told by the hostess that although they had our reservation, they did not open until 5:30 and she asked us to come back. That was not a problem for us because we wanted to check out some more of the shops in the area.
When we came back at 5:30, the hostess recognized us immediately and apologized for the timing issue earlier. She sat us right away at an outdoor table (which we had requested).
Our waitress (wish I remembered her name because she was awesome!) came out right away, greeted us, and took our drink order. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions regarding portion sizes, appetizer selections, etc.
We ordered a few appetizers (Empanadas and Queso Fundido) - both were excellent!
For dinner, my daughter and husband shared the Steak Paella which they raved about for days after. I had a small side salad (not on the menu, but the restaurant accommodated my request with no hesitation) and the Caprese Flatbread Pizza which was great.
Only negative - and it's minor - is that because the street is so steep, the outdoor dining tables are all on an angle. This created an issue anytime the waitress placed a plate of food on the table - it all came sliding toward me because I was on the downside of the angle. We rigged up our own ledge in one of the table slots to stop anything that slid that way from crashing into my lap and the problem went away. The foam coasters do a great job of holding the drinks in place so they don't slide. Suggest that maybe place matts made of the same material would help to keep the food plates from sliding - or get tables with adjustable legs so that you can make the table surface more even to avoid this problem.
Overall - excellent service, food, and ambience - well done Toro Salao!
I found this place through the open table app. It was right in the main part of old San Juan, just around the corner for the castle. The waitress we had was very nice and it was lovely sitting outside. the food was very tasty! We order the tropical sangria (AMAZING!), crispy shrimp rolls, the vegetarian paella, seafood paella, and the shrimp pizza. My only comments about the food is the the paellas were similar in taste besides what was mixed in them. I recommended just ordering one not both. then, the shrimp pizza has meat in it. this was not written on the menu so pescetarians make sure to ask! we notice this was trend through puerto rico not just here so ask if you don't eat meat!
We thought this was a good find - paid round-trip taxi fare from our resort. The menu was limited and the food just mediocre. Servers appeared to be very busy and inaccessible although it was not a busy night. The live music advertised online was non-existent.
Found this gem in a travel guide during a recent trip to San Juan. Everything about is was wonderful. We had a beautiful evening - perfect weather, lovely outdoor table, great food and wonderful service. From the hostess to the waitress we were welcomed and enjoyed a lovely night of good food in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.
I located this restaurant (and the group of restaurants of which it is a part) in GayCities.com. I was looking for a special place to propose to my partner. I called them ahead of time to discuss helping me with my proposal. They were accommodating and kind, and they did everything they said they'd do. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented and was very tasty. The service was outstanding, making the evening, the meal, and my proposal a memorable and pleasant one. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, and I'd visit it once again.
We had previously enjoyed a meal at Toro Saleo a few years ago and we were looking forward to returning. Although we had a reservation and arrived early, all the outdoor tables were taken and we were seated in the small room with the bar. It was OK but we could not hear the music from outside and it was very quiet in the restaurant, not what we were expecting from vibrant Old San Juan! Our server Christopher was great, attentive and helpful. The food was so-so, the octopus was our favorite and we enjoyed the spicy garlic shrimp once we cut through the dense fried covering. Next time we head to Dragonfly!
My husband and I visited Puerto Rico for New Years and decided this would be the perfect venue to eat tapas before walking to the water to watch the fireworks at midnight. To summarize, it was a great decision! Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and friendly. Our food was delicious, well made and made it great time considering how busy they were. We also noticed in visiting Old San Juan on other days that they are just as popular for lunch. Definitely recommended!
The food was amazing ! I loved the cheese plate , Serrano croquets and flat bread! The warm chocolate cake was delicious with the Rosemary Mojito. The service was excellent and our table was broken they sat us upstairs quickly and the manager bought our first round of drinks because of the delay.
the food was really good! had the spicy fries, fish tacos, and flat bread pizzas (3 cheese & roasted veggies). dessert was yummy! the parfait & the spicy chock cake were great! the location is great, romantic.... we sat outdoors. joel, our waiter was very nice and the hostess was sweet....
park in the lot across the street if driving so you don't waste time circling...
Don't miss Toro Salao-- their food was spectacular and although it's a smaller space, they have a great outdoor seating area and a lovely room for private groups upstairs. Really nice long bar. This is part of the OOF restaurant group in Puerto Rico and the food, especially the tapas mofongo balls and coquettes, were divine. Grilled octopus ceviche also set the tone for superb sangria! Highly recommend, you wont regret it.
Walking from Hotel El Convento to this restaurant, we worked up a sweat so when the host asked if we wanted to sit outdoor or indoor, we opted for indoor. Big mistake. I've never been to a hotter restaurant than Toro Salao. I don't know if the a/c system was not working properly or what. I suppose the flaming hot brick oven right across from us didn't help matters. We were literally dripping sweat. It made for a very uncomfortable dining experience. On top of that, service was weird. Initially, three different waiters approached our table to ask if we wanted something to drink. It didn't seem like they knew who was supposed to be our server. Food was okay but we just couldn't wait to get out of there.
Though the food left something to be desired, the white sangria was wonderful! The best dish we had was the Mahi Mahi Taco app. The flatbreads look good, but we didn't try one. The other tapas were a little too oily/fried/rich for my liking. Outdoor seating is great.
Despite a great location and promising reviews elsewhere, this is just a tourist trap restaurant. The shameful execution of Paella proves it...all the plain water boiled, flavorless parts are merely assembled in a plate before serving...and this suppose to be a Spanish restaurant? Applebee's would do a better rendition. Some of the tapas is delicious; some mediocre; all overpriced. The one saving grace: the sangria is great.