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El Asador, San Juan, PR

El Asador

4.2
4.2
312 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Puerto Rican

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 8:00 am–12:00 am Tue, Wed 11:00 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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 312 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Late-Night Find

  • Puerto Rico

    Child-Friendly

  • Puerto Rico

    Late-Night Find

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  1. DA

    DebbieA

    Miami - Dade

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious meal, cooked to perfection! The service was excellent and the staff was extremely helpful and attentive. The ambience was great, the lighting made it very romantic. Only drawback was no air conditioning. There were plenty of fans and this wouldn't stop us from visiting again!!!!
  2. M

    Miguel125

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    La comida estaba buena y el servicio tambien un poco crowded para mi gusto.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! A little pricey, but great atmosphere and service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I didn’t care to much for the Calamari. The breading was kind of unseasoned and the dipping sauce was as well. It was skinny rings of squid as well. My mom had the grouper with creole sauce. She did not like the sauce at all. Said it’s not your typical creole sauce. I personally did not try any. I had the Mofongo with seafood and I surprisingly liked it a lot. The seafood was good and it was flavorful (it’s kinda pricey though). The plating was very nice as well. I heated it up for lunch and it tasted good the next day as well. The restaurant is quite and dark. The server we had was very nice. Kind enough. For the price of the items on the menu, I don’t feel like the quality of food matched.
  5. C

    Carlady

    Nashville

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a reservation. It was a lovely evening. Grouper with Lemon sauce was delicious. Flan was also delicious. Service was lovely. We ubered there and I do think there would not be any parking. It is a short walk from the Canon Club Piano Bar which was also wonderful. We were celebrating a Birthday and friendships.
  6. JS

    JenniferS

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great seafood and outdoor dining available. The menu also had chicken and pork dishes for non-seafood eaters.
  7. LP

    LuisP

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The risotto was amazing. Skirt steak was perfection. The staff were very welcoming and warm. Bravo El Asador!
  8. DD

    DaphneD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lo recomiendo !! El sitio es bien acojedor y pintoreco. Nos atendieron con prontitud y muy amables. El chillo frito y el filete espectacular! Definitivamente volvemos.
  9. N

    Nico

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Es mi restaurante favorito en el viejo San Juan!!
  10. NM

    NedfromMD

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food with great ambiance. It has a nice selection of food, but the best part of going there was the location in a very old building in Old San Juan.
  11. CM

    ClaudiaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Abbiamo aspettato un'ora per avere l'acqua e non ci hanno portato nemmeno i bicchieri. Il cibo è arrivato dopo 2 ore dal nostro arrivo ed era pessimo. Non ci andate.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jorge was amazing!! This little hidden gem in old San Juan was one of the highlights of our trip. The food was beyond delicious and the staff was out of this world. The ambiance was perfect and something out of a dream. I have not one bad thing to say about this restaurant. Will definitely be returning!!
  13. u

    unfoundnemo

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and perfectly executed food.
  14. KR

    KarelizR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experiencia sumamente agradable. El servicio excelente; todos súper atentos. La comida muy buena. Para haber sido un fin de semana festivo, el tiempo de espera fue menos de lo esperado. Sumamente agradecidos y dispuestos a regresar.
  15. T

    Tom1026

    Philadelphia

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Service was great. The ambiance was perfect.
  16. EN

    ENM1

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a great restaurant. The overall experience was fantastic. The service, food, timing, and ambience was top-notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  17. S

    Shyam

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Uncomfortable seating, no bread, long wait for food, poor customer service and overpriced for the experience
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Service was quick and friendly. Ambiance is amazing. Food was unfortunately poor. We really wanted to like it more but it was not good.
  19. KB

    KerryB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a great dinner at El Asador in Old San Juan. We had a group of 7 and sat at one of the tables right by the open windows near the street. Overall, we had a great experience. The only thing lacking a little was the service. The service was good enough, but it was not exceptional. We ordered many different appetizers and entrees and everyone enjoyed their food. They also had a few drink specials which were unique and tasty.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner. Food and service were very good. The majado was excellent. Wine by the glass was very limited (2).Nice place with a different architecture.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Food looked good and atmosphere was great- but service was nonexistent. Waited 20 minutes just to speak with a staff member only to be left without service at a table. Left without ordering as we had already been waiting 45 minutes and didn’t even have water.
  22. AJ

    AnaJ

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great mofongo - good value for the area. Ventilated and gets you out of the sun
  23. D

    Dallasw

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun place with great food. Incredible place to get a feel for the local vibe
  24. BF

    BruceF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The fish was good and large portions but was pricy for the casual nature of the restaurant.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing
  26. RC

    RafaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of 5 and this is a slow day for them, they keep their staffing low. Despite that, everything was great. Everyone loved the food and the drinks.
  27. EG

    EvelynG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated in a beautiful private alcove, just right for celebrating our last night in San Juan. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was very nicely prepared and presented.
  28. AD

    AngelicaD

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We paid 3 glasses of tap water $10.50 - which is ridiculous. Portions are way too small (also for the entrees) for what they charge you and the quality is not even that great - I got sick few hours later. Would not recommend and it’s way overpriced compared to other restaurants that we tried in San Juan.
  29. v

    veronicam

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the monfongo, steak an tostones. The maduros were ok- I prefer mine sticky and gooey. The guava flan had a cake consistency but the crèmebule was delicious
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and feel
  31. LL

    LuvLocs

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This place had amazing food. It was a little bit of a long wait, but the food came out hot.
  32. OC

    OCBoston68

    New England

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We arrived on time for our reservation for two and 75% of the restaurant was empty. The waitress took us to a very small table right on the main walkway in the back room where nobody else was seated. When we asked if we could be seated in one of the empty booths she said she had reservations (this was at 8:45pm…) and when we asked if we can sit as a normal size table she threw our menus at one of the tables on the other side. We took a seat, just to have the next waitress come by and inform us this part of the restaurant was closed and we could only sit at the tiny table 6 feet away from where we were sitting…. Absolutely nonsensical, so we left. Ive eaten there before, food is basic, nothing you can’t get at a place with much better service. I won’t return for sure.
  33. F

    Fishers03431

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very nice meal in old town San Juan, good authentic Puerto Rican fare, attentive wait staff, understated but comfortable environment. Would recommend
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The space is nice. The food portions were decent. The ceviche appetizer was not like traditional ceviche, so do not recommend it. Also, the menu list for the wines on their website/OpenTable were not up to date as per the waitress. The waitress informed us that they had a limited selection and for white wine they had like 3 to choose from, little did we know that the one we selected Pinot Grigio costs $44.00 dollars. In my opinion, way overpriced and nothing out of this world in terms of taste.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We waited an hour for our food and when the waiter finally showed up with two of the 4 entrees we ordered he informed us that they didn’t have one of the dishes we were waiting for. When I told him he should have told us right away he said, “The kitchen is a disaster. The chef cut his finger and the other waiter is cooking now.” Need I say more?
  36. CE

    ConnieE

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Skip this place for many other better options in the area. The service was some of the worst I've ever received. After our food was delivered, we didn't get any acknowledgement from our server. No one checked to make sure the food was OK or if we'd like something more to drink. After finishing our meals, we sat for another 40 minutes to get our check. My husband finally tracked down our server at the bar who proceeded to roll her eyes at us and presented him was a total that must have included gratuity - it was far more than our food cost. I would not suggest this restaurant to anyone; there are so many others that are much more friendly and with far better food and service.
  37. SR

    SimonR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The waiter forgot our order. After waiting two hours we got a serving rushed through the kitchen. Mashed Yucca and Sweet Potato purée was cold and with large chunks of Yucca. Fish was alright but the creole salsa with it was terrible; extremely watery and tasteless. Though the dish was partly unbeatable, the waiter offered a complimentary glass of wine but demanded full payment for the food. A very unfortunate experience. I would avoid going to El Asador.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Booked a last minute reservation with my family on vacation. We were seated quickly and had drinks on the table in a flash. The waiter helped us pick some great things to try. The only knock was that there is no kids menu, so the kids got adult portions they couldn’t finish. Probably would split a plate between them next time. For 6 of us, with 4 drinks and a few appetizers, it came to around 300 with tip. Would visit again.
  39. AB

    AimeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting old building. I got the risotto..good but very rich
  40. RE

    RachelE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The food was not good and had no flavor. The service was fantastic but did not make up for the low quality of food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised 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 4.2 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for El Asador

350 San Francisco St., San Juan, PR 00901

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Callejon de la Capilla

  • Neighbourhood

    Old San Juan

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 8:00 am–12:00 am Tue, Wed 11:00 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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