El Asador

3.9
126 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.
Free WI-FI

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 4:00PM - 8:30PM

What 126 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.8
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarlizM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente servicio excelente ambiente Super hermoso y perfecto para ocasiones especiales

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vipCaityD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

The catch of the day tasted like it was the catch from 5 days ago. Over priced and service was meh

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vipJustinA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Food was not seasoned well and there was only 1 server for the entire restaurant.

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AFer
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Muy buena comida, ambiente muy bueno! Otro restaurante para volver.

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NinaK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was quick and pleasant. The food was delicious, seafood mofongo and grilled chicken, both excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

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vipKevinS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was beautiful me an family celebrated my mother’s birthday in San Juan an visited Old San Juan for the culture .. we reserved El Asador for the 2nd night it was beautiful I took amazing photos an the vibe was amazing thank you

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CarmenP
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was rather bland, fish did not seem fresh but frozen filet covered in sauce; mofongo needed more taste- garlic, tocino. Churrasco was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

There was no experience because the server never brought out our food....on purpose.

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vipGregoryB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I only wish they offered a better cut of steak. Favor was amazing

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AngelC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and drinks. Friendly staff and an awesome ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Overall it was a solid experience. They do not use the correct rice for their risotto, yet it’s listed 6-7 times on their menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Table was ready, service was good, food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal! The lobster risotto was the best I ever had, and my boyfriends steak was cooked perfectly. Would definitely recommend.

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vipDarrenB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance. Very focused menu. Some continental choices as well as local specialties. My dining partner had seafood mofongo which looked fabulous and I dined on mushroom risotto (vegetarian option). Best of all was the service and setting. Very relaxing courtyard style dining. Highly recommend.

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vipJoeT
New England
75 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delish and we ate at the bar and the bartender was excellent

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vipRecmanmc
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to el Asador at 5:30 in the evening because there were no reservations after that time. The restaurant had limited seating inside, but considerable seating outside. Since it had rained heavily earlier in the day,the outdoor seating was not available.

We chose a table that was a high top because the seating had backs to them. Normal height seating was on benches. The drinks were wonderful and the food was great. The atmosphere was classic Latin. While not plush it was very atmospheric.

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JannieMay
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The environment at El Asador was very pleasant. Unfortunately the food was average at best and the linguine with shrimp was almost inedible, drowned in a thick cheesy sauce. There are only two choices for wine: a house white and a house red. The steak was disappointing but not awful. The service was friendly. In short, don't go for the food.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must go when you are in Old San Juan! The food, service, and atmosphere make for a truly enjoyable dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We had a nice meal but our server disappeared for an hour and we had to get up to get someone’s attention for another drink, and then eventually just the bill. It appeared that only two people were serving the entire restaurant, but our table was looked over. Still a nice atmosphere and a nice sampling of risotto to start as a welcome.

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vipJASH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was decent, but not really special. The risotto was real just average. It does have a nice ambiance, and the wait staff was attentive.

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vipRLin
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Restaurant is dysfunctional. Would not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

No one came up to us after 15 minutes so we left.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Really great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

We ended up leaving after 1 hour we barely had one drink and no appetizers or food. The restaurant is clearly understaffed. We felt bad for our server and knew he was trying but way too understaffed. While waiting for our food we ordered 3 pizzas from a nearby establishment and got confirmation it was ready before we even had the appetizers we ordered. Poor experience. The table next to us had the same experience.

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ToddF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Attended on a recommendation. Unfortunately left disappointed. Food was very average. Drinks took forever. We had mojitos to start and then a second mojito and a wine with our entrees. Mojito 2 and wine arrived as we were finishing our meal.

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VladimirM
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

terribly, we waited for drinks for almost 40 minutes and 1 hour 50 minutes we waited for food, which was none.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Reservation was at 7:00. Restaurant was not busy. Waited for about 20 minutes to get a server and a drink and order. Waited for 1 hour 45 minutes, until we left at 9:15 since it didn't appear we were going to get served. Bar tender was good. It appears many were having the same experience, so maybe just a bad night there.

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vipZoccaMarketing2013
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were concerned that there were not busy on a Thursday night but the food and ambiance were delicious. The venue is charming. I hope the word gets out!

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vipAbby5654
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit, and it was as fabulous as our last! Frank was wonderful, all meals were delicious, and the restaurant is beautiful. This will definitely become an annual stop!

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vipWilliamM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Casual with excellent fresh local cuisine.

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ElbaR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food selection was good for all 6 of us. I had the Red Snapper delish!!!we enjoyed everything except the beer. Refrig was not working beets were flat.

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almair
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Dinner in a lovely setting. Good service of reasonable food. Don’t be fooled by the online/website menu.... it shows an extensive wine list, with a range of prices .... reality is the restaurant only has one red and one white wine .... both overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice sized portions, definitely enough for leftovers. Quick with appetizers and drinks as well. Lots of large tables make it great for a group!

Open and airy— great if you want any outdoor feel

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, we were celebrating my father in law birthday, and our server was really kind, good attitude and quick service. Nothing to say about the place, nice decor and beautiful concept. I recommend it!

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DianeS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I could not recommend this restaurant. The food quality is poor and the wait staff were inattentive even though the place was empty. We made a reservation based on previous reviews. I am not sure what happened to make them go downhill but we did not even stay past our appetizers. We decided to move on to a different restaurant for entrees.

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AmidouK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance and terrific service

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FreqTvlr
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Overpriced, average food. Poor wine selection. Nice waiter, but sorely understaffed. Neat atmosphere.

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vipCindylou
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The restaurant itself is beautiful, the staff friendly and attentive. The food is average, but pricey.

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JECR
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No AC is open AIr. But drinks, food and service. Excellent

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ShannonH
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

The place came highly recommended on travel sights so I went there for my birthday dinner. The food was bad. I got a pork chop that I am pretty sure was just a brick of salt that they made look like a pork chop. My boyfriend got the cod that was some kind of weird boiled situation and then he was very sick for the next day or so of our trip. He said that the fish was essentially inedible and the garlic sauce that they put on it to drown out the taste just made it worse.

FAQs

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

El Asador is rated 3.9 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.