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Puerto Rico restaurants

The Puerto Rico dining scene is, unlike that on smaller Caribbean islands, exceptionally sophisticated, inventive, and food-obsessed. True, American chain restaurants dot the landscape, but resist the temptation to indulge in foot-long subs or buckets of fried chicken, and you'll be rewarded with restaurants serving up well-executed local classics as well as cuisine imported from South America, Asia, and Europe. A new generation of fusion-minded chefs have incorporated these international ingredients into traditional Puerto Rican dishes: Try their fare at restaurants like Pikayo and Marmalade in San Juan.

Traditional Puerto Rican cuisine is based on Spain's, with African and West Indian influences. Paella with langoustines, fiery black-bean soup, and a beef stew called sancocho all include typically Puerto Rican flavors of clove, cinnamon, ginger, and sour orange. Other favorite dishes include the plantain-based mofongo and salt-cod fritters, a legacy of the country's colonial past. Tropical fruit is abundant, so you will see papaya, mango, tamarind, coconut, and pineapple everywhere, not least in the many rum libations.

For restaurants in San Juan and other cities, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the big nights out, so reserve in advance. Note that prime dining time is at 9 pm.

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Pamela's Caribbean Cuisine, San Juan

Like the Numero Uno Guest House, the hotel in which it's housed, Pamela's is both surprisingly high-end and reasonably affordable. In posh Ocean Park—one...more

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Pikayo, San Juan

Long before it found its current home in the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel, Pikayo was considered San Juan's most innovative restaurant. Credit Wilo...more

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Raíces, San Juan

At first glance, Raíces looks as if it caters to the Old San Juan cruise-ship crowd: The waitresses wear Ye Olde Island kerchiefs on their heads, drinks...more

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Sol Food, Vieques

The Vieques National Wildlife Refuge on the southeast coast is home to the best beaches on the island: Playa Chiva, Playa Caracas, and Playuela. But there is no...more

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Tasca El Pescador, San Juan

The restaurants of Condado are always crowded—with tourists. If you want to live it up with the locals, head a few blocks south to the Santurce...more

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Toro Salao, San Juan

The latest addition to the collection of OOF Restaurants (owners of the much-celebrated Parrot Club and Aguaviva), Toro Salao forgoes the trendy fusion movement...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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