Cocina Abierta

4.6
684 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
We are an interactive culinary environment.

At our restaurant we create and interpret the culinary ideas inspired from different cultures, products, and techniques. Our always evolving menu is a result of the interaction and interchange of different experiences.

An open kitchen, eclectic and without limitations.
Because cooking is our passion.

Historically cooking evolved through the interaction and exchange of cultures. Through this premise and advances in technology our project, Cocina Abierta, was born, designed for the sharing and development for our passion.

Cocina Abierta is a restaurant and school.
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KD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambience - book outside if available but inside is nice as well.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Checked in with no problems and was seated on the patio. After 10 minutes the server came over to answer any questions then left. 25 minutes went by no service no nothing. I wasn’t even poured a glass of water. I left without eating or drinking anything. This was a management failure. Guests expect at least a glass of water after they’ve been seated. Guests require communication if the restaurant is understaffed so that we may lower our expectations. The clock starts ticking when we sit down. If the restaurant isn’t interested in taking our money another one will be.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious, and we enjoyed our table until the end, when a large party was seated nearby and we had to shout to be heard. The only drawback to the meal was all of the food arriving at once. It was impossible to fit everything on our table for four (and we ordered less than was recommended). In addition, the hot foods got cold quickly, which forced us to rush through the meal instead of talking to each other and enjoying the experience. Luckily, we ordered only one meat dish, so the steak, at least, could be enjoyed piping hot. I hope to come back, but not with a big group and not with a big appetite. Very fast service also added a sense of rushing to the meal.

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j
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant. They have such a friendly and accommodating staff. The food was delicious, and I took the server's recommendations, and I was so happy.

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The first courses were served within 20 min of ordering but the main dishes took aprox 60 min to arrive and the steak oredered was rare instead of med-rare. When returned, it was sent back medium well. Initially, the server was efficient , but while waiting for main dishes, did not follow-up with the kitchen( we were seated next to it), neither did he apologize for the delay. Overall a dissapointment.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I was not initially happy with where we were seated but our waiter Danny was thorough and helpful explaining the menu and wine selection. I had a fresh whole snapper. One side was well cooked the other under cooked. The kale salad and the mushroom croquettes were excellent though. My daughter had the seafood curry that was also really good. There's some interesting stuff on the menu like Peking duck mofongo. Over all I'd go there again

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SP
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

I did not get the hype. It was super busy, and hard to get a reservation . We started with the soup which was puréed with foam on top and fritters that were supposed to have mushrooms, but it was puréed mushroom. Both apps were like nursing home food, no texture.
My husband had the jerk pork and did not like it I had lobster thermidor. It is the first time I have eaten lobster and didn’t like it. It was hard to eat. There was a weird taste. We were very disappointed. I would not recommend it. There are better restaurants to in the area.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The bread was the star. Lobster was overcooked. Good ambiance. Better food around but overall okay.

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FC
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. We were please you surprised by the quality and innovation of our meal at Cocina Abierta. Booked for lunch at the last minute and got a table outside on a small patio area adjacent to the restaurant. My wife and I shared plates, tapas style. Short rib empanadilla was delicious as was the zucchini pakora, but top marks reserved for the “made from scratch” gnocchi and ricotta. Good selection of wines by the glass. Service was friendly and efficient. Great meal. Highly recommended.

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d
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The cabbage appetizer with goat cheese and onions was amazing

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in San Juan. Everything was delicious and very reasonably priced. Service was great also.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Great experience and delicious food! A must visit in Puerto Rico!

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A
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of a few amazing meals here in Puerto Rico that I had the pleasure of experiencing. Superb food and excellent wine, topped off with top notch service. Thank you!

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SF
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an excellent choice! We had the octopus tentacle, the tuna tatake, and the jerk pork chop. The smaller plates were truly delicious, but the pork chop was the best I have ever had. The menu was a little odd at first but easily explained by the server, who did a great job as well. Also, great location for us and outside seating was nice. Loved it!

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent, imaginatively conceived and executed. The service was very good, attentive and informative. The room decoration was no better than OK, and though it was far too cold to be comfortable, that is easily the only negative I can think of. When we return to San Juan we will surely dine here.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chic comfortable with delicious food , was there for lunch so relaxed and not crowded/noisy

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Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite places in SanJuan. Always consistently spectacular!

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CO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Seafood Curry, focaccia and empadillas were outstanding and priced reasonably. My short rib although plated beautifully lacked salt and the dipping sauce provided was mostly oil. It needed another sauce, perhaps something from a mir poix and some of the drippings. And at 37 dollars I was expecting a bit more of an effort.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty Sunday Brunch Buffet. Good value for the price!

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food is good but the service is extremely slow. We were two people and we had to wait 30 minutes to place our order. After we received the appetizer, we had to wait an entire hour (!!!) to receive our entres. The resturant was not even that busy. I complained and they took the entres off the check. Even though the food was very good and beautifully presented, they need to fix the kitchen timing and speed of service.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

I really, REALLY wanted to love it!
We started with tuna tataki (which was only one of 2 dishes we actually sadly liked) and purple potato ( which we did not order.. What we wanted was the octopus appetizer tho)... Our waitress Paula I think is so soft-spoken that we could hardly hear her through the moderate noise level at the restaurant... Our mains were the green curry (for my standards subpar) and the short rib which was not tender at all.
Our second favorite dish was the chocolate ganache however the passion fruit sorbet was waaaaay too tart).
We had very high hopes for the restaurant but everything went up in flames when I was informed that they do not offer straws any longer for some stupid eco reason.. I only hope that the owners of this establishment drive electric cars like we do in NYC since he's so keen on saving the environment one straw at a time while I'm stirring $12 Margarita with my damn fingers!

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j
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day pre-fix menu with wine pairings. Delicious, well paced, beautiful space, good service. We will be back.

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoying our time in Puerto Rico! Cocina Abierta is always a must visit.😊

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Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very gourmet, very good. Service a bit spotty for the price.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Cocina Abierta was our first meal as we arrived at our destination, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It was just a hunch and I based our trip here solely on pictures of the establishment which looked modern and well kept.
We were pleasantly surprised to have a wonderful and creative meal!
The menu is set up in order of acts: like a play. It is playful.
Our appetizer was a tuna tataki with plantain “carpaccio”. It was delicious. Very savory and with a bit of spice but thoroughly enjoyable and well balanced.
Our next dish was the empanadas made with an onion or scallion ash dough. This gave them a strange grey / blue tint but they were probably our favorite dish of the night.
I can’t even tell you what they were filled with. Some sort of meat cooked low and slow and fork tender! Outstanding and someone needs to make a good truck selling just these! We could have had a dozen!
The entrees were good if rather pedestrian. My girlfriend enjoyed a short rib dish that was interesting but not quite as tender as I would have thought and I had the ribeye that was more medium well than medium but flavorful if a little tough. But for $37 I wouldn’t complain. It was decently executed. I recommend to probably stay in the seafood realm or try many of the appetizer or smaller acts.
We would try again and were very happy.
Service was slightly under attentive and over explanatory but very friendly and so we had a very nice experience.

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GP
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always!! One of my favorite restaurants..

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really terrific creative dining experience. Wine list was great with pairing options available for each dish with appropriate sizes.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed this restaurant so much that we went there twice. The food is delicious. Love the atmosphere.

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K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service, food, ambiance — all was wonderful! I only wish I was dining with someone so that I could have tried more!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The roasted cabbage dish will be a landmark one for me. It will not be forgotten.

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o
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Although the food was good, the place was too noisy and expensive. Your given a small amount of food for a $20-30 plate, meaning that you have to order multiple plates in order to get full. Also the chocolate cake we ordered for dessert was burnt.

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Cocina Abierta, and it was absolutely amazing. The wine pairing was on point, the food came out pretty fast, and we were not rushed at all. The food was delicious, the waiter was attentive, and out of the 4 days, and 8 places we dined in PR, this one was by far our favorite. Dont even think twice, just go ahead and book it. You will not be disappointed.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Brunch!

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine list is amazing and so well priced. Food is just as wonderful. Would recommend 10/10

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London
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

La comida espectacular.

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MS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent!

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NA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nos encantó!!

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ML
New England
46 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I enjoyed our meal very much. Atmosphere is cool and service is very friendly. We ordered Lamb Wellington, Duck with Monfongo, Empanadilla, and Roasted Vegetables. Every bite was amazing. We sat on the terrace, which was so pleasant. The restaurant was a short easy walk from our hotel, La Concha.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal and service !! And celebrity sighting to boot (George Clooney, Jose Andres, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Steven Soderbergh, Lin Manuel Miranda) !!

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G
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience at Cocina Abierta was AMAZING! We love food experiences, especially while traveling and don't always find that the most expensive meals are the best. However, in this case, being that Cocina Abierta leans towards the pricier side, it was well worth it and lived up to our expectations. Our server, Frederico was awesome. He had the perfect balance between being friendly and super professional. He read our needs and delivered an unforgettable experience. Since the menu changes with the seasons I won't go in to details about what to order, however our server did say that the tuna in the "first act" is always on the menu and I can see why...definitely get it. We ordered an item from each of the five acts (as each course is called there) to share as well as their fresh bread and, although it was a bit too much and we took some home, it was worth being able to try so many delicious items. I highly recommend Cocina Abierta and will go back if/when in Puerto Rico again.

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