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El Asador, San Juan, PR

El Asador

4.0
4
366 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
El Asador Restaurant, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts and Puerto Rican cuisine, has a prime location in Old San Juan"s entrance, and right in the heart of the Old City's nightlife. The stylish and exclusive décor of this Bar & Restaurant, accentuated by a magnificent interior patio, provides the perfect environment for a delightful, cozy and sophisticated experience. Whether you are looking for an early lunch, a romantic dinner, or even if you are looking to have a couple of drinks with friends, El Asador Restaurant is your ultimate destination.
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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Puerto Rican

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (787) 289-9966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location in Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife. If you would like to book a private event, please contact 787-382-0325.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator Johelly Martinez: (787) 721-5193

  • Neighborhood

    Old San Juan

  • Cross street

    Callejon de la Capilla

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 366 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RM

    RonM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Nice ambience. Good service. Extremely mediocre food. Everything was bland. Quality would be something Bilo or Denny’s.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Waiter a little not accommodating our needs. Stake strip with chimichurri not much flavor. A few things were challenging to complete. Seating and place a little or much informal and all over the place
  3. MP

    MPP58

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lobster risotto was outstanding. The other dishes were very good as well. Very nice atmosphere
  4. AR

    AnnyR

    Atlanta

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant in old san juan. Very rustic and romantic setting. The small patio is definitely a vibe. Food was good, we had the calamari appetizer, lobster risotto and grouper and fries. the waitress was super friendly.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was friendly and polite, but the waiter would disappear and
  6. JJ

    JayJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The service was very very very slow and we had to ask for water multiple times. It ended up taking 30 minutes before we got water. They forgot one of our dishes and it didn’t come until everyone else had finished eating. The food itself was nothing impressive. I would honestly save your money and eat somewhere else.
  7. CM

    CathyM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was quite good. Though our server was busy, they made our group feel welcomed and very much at home. The food was quite good and definitely will be eating there again!
  8. FF

    FranciscoF

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    This place is not at restaurant level, It is more like a town every day place, risottos was salty the octopus was from a can, wine hot, and on ,
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Food on the streets (example: Piñones) is way better. VERY expensive restaurant and the food didn’t show it. Small portions and average taste. The mofongo stuffed with chicken was a tiny cup of a mix of yuca and plantain. The mofongo is supposed to be just plantains. The chicken had good flavor but it was dry ($24). It all tasted and looked like it was reheated food. I’m from Puerto Rico (born and raised), live in the US but I go back often to visit my family. I know Puerto Rican food, this is not it. We were hungry and had to be back on the cruise ship right after dinner so we ate what we could and left. Service was slow from the beginning.
  10. SM

    StacyM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Had reservations, got seated, server didn’t come back to take our order for 30 minutes we sat without any drinks for that long. Very unhappy with the service, and this restaurant came highly recommended
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food and drinks were good however the service was very slow.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was amazing. The staff was excellent. However, the food was okay, most needed more spice and flavor.
  13. JM

    JeffryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We got there around 9:10 for a reservation at 9:15. They sat us at 9:40. The appetizer didn’t come for 1 hr. The entree came after 1.5 hr. If you are hungry this is not your place. If you just want to chill and you don’t mind how long the food takes well this can be your place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    waited 20 mins and no one came to seat us though we had a reservation. went and got someone ourselves and finally got sat. after ordering, we waited an hour and our food still hadn’t come and no waiter came by within that time to ask how everything was. we asked someone politely to check on the food and it came instantly, so it probably was just sitting there. my dads fish was tremendously overcooked and inedible. they took it off of our bill which was very nice, however the service was terrible. no apologies were given and one of the waiters was just very rude. the actual restaurant was really nice! maybe they were understaffed however it was just a really bad experience. we should have left at the beginning.
  15. G

    Gjnbln

    Chicago

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I so wanted to like this place. They are just way understaffed and I think their food needs an update. The people that were working there were doing the best they could. Our shrimp appetizer and My grouper had the exact same bland sauce. She was supposed to get a traditional shrimp dish wish came out as mixed seafood with mostly cold fish. In addition, they never put our order in. Drinks we good at least.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    waited over an hour for food that was not very good. only one chef in the kitchen and 3 servers for the whole restaurant. the place is very nice and cute on the inside, but the wait time and mediocre food was not worth it for the price (almost $200 for 4 people)
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Typical Puerto Rican vibe....no rush and enjoy the ambiance, people and food.
  18. RC

    RemingtonC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Waiters were very busy. Only two waiters for about 30 tables. It took one hour to get food. Waiter came only to take order and bring food. Food was okay, I ordered fish and a salad, but for some reason the salad had no dressing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Servicio muy lento. Cubertería y vajilla de mala calidad. Comida correcta pero demasiado cara para los ingredientes y elaboración requerida
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food took hours to arrive. We sat across from the kitchen and there were only 2 cooks for 15+ tables. The food was bland and mediocre. Stay away.
  21. S

    Sharice

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal! I absolutely adored the octopus risotto and my partner talked about the steak the next night. Loved eating outdoors under the large umbrella, even while raining, because it added to the peaceful ambiance.
  22. SA

    SofiaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Local restaurant I would definitely visit again.
  23. S

    Siobhan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious, drinks were great. Service was slow, but if you are going to enjoy a dinner and not in a rush would highly recommend. Great location as well. The red snapper was amazing
  24. JV

    JuanV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    35th wedding anniversary
  25. RR

    ReneeR

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    A disappointment. First and foremost, they don’t have the staff needed as we waited an inordinate amount of time for service, so much that several tables, including our own, had to go to the bar to pay our bill. Second, the food is mediocre. We ordered calamari as an appetizer. It was fried to a very dark brown, chewy, and edible. Our main course was also overcooked and seemed like it had been sitting around for a while, hence lack of wait staff. We suspect that this restaurant caters to the one and done tourist, never to be seen again.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    There were only 3 waiters for a full restaurant. They did what they could, but we waited almost 2 hrs for our food. Reservation was for 7:30pm and we got our main dishes, which we order before 8:00pm, at 9:20pm. The restaurant should limit to reservations they can serve well.
  27. J

    Jeff

    Miami

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    INCOMPETENT! We booked a reservation on Dec 20, and it was for Dec 28. When we arrived, we were told that we would not be served for over 90 minutes. Just the fact that they had such a long time to reserve a table for 4 people is just obnoxious. The staff was not apologetic at all, and I’m glad we immediately left. IF YOU WANT TO ENDURE A LONG LINE, El Asador is the perfect place.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was awful took 2 hours for dinner
  29. ZC

    ZhuoC

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked the place for lunch and got confirmation that it was booked. When we arrived on time, they didn’t have enough people to service. We waited for 10mins to get a drink and 30mins for a menu. When we were finally asked to order, they ran out of food as well. We basically wasted 45mins there. Bad experience!
  30. GO

    GerardoO

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived to San Juan in a Christmas cruise and made reservations for Christmas dinner with my family and my family who lives in the island. The experience was outstanding. The day was busy but the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Nice atmosphere in the middle of old San Juan. Definitely this is must go every time that I visit San Juan. Good bar with a good selection of local rum’s and other libations.
  31. k

    kgzs

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Unique interior but food lacked flavor. Terrible mojitos. Would not go back.
  32. B

    Buster

    West Palm Beach

    48 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The alcohol is water down, taco was cold, and it’s the only time I’ve had Caesar salad using spinach leaves. Oh, I forgot it’s the toughest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten (half eastern) in my life. This restaurant should not be on OpenTable. Disgusting!
  33. LA

    LoversAndWarriors2

    Caribbean

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Always delicious, friendly and very authentic in there 🥰 Thank you for another great meal 🍷
  34. ZM

    ZoccaMarketing2013

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came back to this little gem after dining here in 2019, the last time we were in PR. It’s a delight between the outdoor patio, the food and the service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We ordered the Risotto but it was not good. It was made with Orzo not rice. Not good at all. My husband ordered pork chops and it was thin and over cooked
  36. PS

    PalS

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing, the food so flavorful! I’ll be going back for sure!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, adequate prices for a place in old SJ. I expected more red meat variety as the name is “El Asador” but overall good taste of everything we ordered including the Risottos. Very friendly staff. Definitely recommended.
  38. DR

    DeborahR

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rustic decor with dark wooden tables nicely tucked away in alcoves for large parties or small intimate, romantic parties of two. The food is delicious. I peeked in the kitchen window and two abuelitas were in there cooking the food. That’s when I knew the food would be great! Try the skirt steak or the tuna steak!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Very slow service and cold food.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Layered flavors. Would definitely go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

El Asador offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 289-9966.

El Asador is rated 4 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for El Asador

350 San Francisco St., San Juan, PR 902

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Callejon de la Capilla

  • Neighborhood

    Old San Juan

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Puerto Rican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (787) 289-9966

  • Private party facilities

    El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location in Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife. If you would like to book a private event, please contact 787-382-0325.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator Johelly Martinez: (787) 721-5193

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