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Restaurante' Ariel, San Juan, PR

Restaurante' Ariel

4.8
4.8
266 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
Restaurante Ariel is the masterpiece of Chef Ariel Rodriguez. After years of upholding the highest standards as the Chef & owner of the legendary Augusto’s Cuisine, he has created a renovated space for his culinary artistry. Join us and enjoy Chef Ariel's gastronomic creations that will delight your senses!


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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary French / American, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue, Wed 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 725-7700

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Ariel Rodríguez

  • Private party contact

    youraugustos@gmail.com: (787) 724-3913

  • Neighbourhood

    San Juan

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 266 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Caribbean

    Best Food

  • Caribbean

    International

  • Puerto Rico

    Best Overall

  • Puerto Rico

    Best Food

  • Puerto Rico

    Best Value

  • Puerto Rico

    Notable Wine List

  • Puerto Rico

    Romance

  • Puerto Rico

    International

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marcos guided us to a wonderful experience. Bravo!
  2. MM

    MaryM

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ariel is always outstanding!!! Never disappoint.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant hands down in Puerto Rico. Best service and elegant ambiance.
  4. U

    Unhappy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Very nice restaurant but the first time I’ve ever felt discriminated against. We were dressed nicely according to what they’ve stated but apparently me having on dress sandals was not acceptable but they said they would sit us in a corner since we were already there. Next group comes in after us, two young ladies in jeans and sneakers!!! They are sat in the midst of where all could see. We had guests and staff just looking at us through lunch. Decent food but would never recommend.
  5. B

    Bing

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual , excellent service. Very professional people. The restaurant was full so I would recommend making a reservation. Food was absolutely fantastic.
  6. R

    Ryan

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service and food was delicious. Great experience
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente!!! El Sommelier Marcos increíble!!! En fin todo espectacular!!!
  8. BB

    BrendaB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente, como siempre! Recomendado para cualquier ocasión.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Waiter was completely lost. Wasnt good at explaining the dishes and at times rude when we asked him to describe a dish.
  10. S

    Surplus

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails!! You get what you pay for and more! Best of class!!
  11. G

    Giorgio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Just a perfect place to be at and have a great gastronomic experience!
  12. j

    jvernon12

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The best part of our evening was our interaction with the sommelier who was knowledgeable, brilliant, energetic, and the best part of the meal. Everything was downhill after our interaction. I do not write negative reviews, but this is clearly a restaurant that needs some humbling due to some pretenses and the arrogance of its clientele (the table next to us had no problem complaining about wine that was clearly a perfect pairing for their meal). Our main issue was with our service. It took 40 minutes for us to receive a menu and to meet a server to take our order. We did not receive our first course for an hour and ten minutes. Additionally, there was clearly a lack of communication amongst staff, and there seemed to be frustration between some of the servers. Instead of helping one another out, they were willing to let each other fail, which let the customers have a bad experience. Next, there seems to be a lack of training with all of the staff, with even the smallest of tasks. For example, you should be able to distinguish between still and sparkling water. When we had ours mixed up, a server thought the solution was to simply pour still water on top of the sparkling. When a meal costs at least $100 a head here, this just won't do. Lastly, one of the best servers was the gentleman who came around to talk to us about dessert. He was also brilliant, funny, and passionate. We were wondering where he was all night? Why is the restaurant keeping their best servers on the bench? They don't have their best players in the best positions. Anyone can see that. Such a disappointment. In a city full of so many options, with so many dining experiences, this is not the place to go.
  13. l

    lvm29

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative , tasteful food, excellent service Great sommelier!
  14. NV

    NicoleV

    Caribbean

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was great! Sommelier Marcos Mercado offered great suggestions, our waiter was very attentive, food was awesome. Ariel’s fried chicken is a must! The dessert and coffee where also great! Will be back soon.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El mejor restaurante de San Juan!!! Una experiencia gastronómica!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  16. NP

    NanetPink

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an unforgettable experience - filled with yumminess - the pairing of wonderfully unique pizzas confectioned by Chef Ariel with exquisite wines chosen by Sommelier Marcos Mercado. A Saturday lunch to be treasured forever and the perfect way to celebrate my husband’s Saint Day and coming bday!!! If any of you guys who couldn’t make it this time, ever miss such a memorable tasting again, it’s on you. We’ll be looking forward repeating it anytime!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Siempre superando las expectativas!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente!!!
  19. ED

    EricD

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good first visit. The ambiance and warmth of the team was very good and the food was excellent!
  20. d

    diane88

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very good service. Would highly recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food is always good.
  22. ST

    SandraT

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. German and Marcos were always checking on us. The wine was great. We will return.
  23. V

    Verotastingflavors

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Our server Miguel Mateos was amazing !!! And the food delicious!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Día de madres
  25. L

    Local

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Starters, dessert and wines where excellent. The main course wasn’t the greatest, all meats were over cooked
  26. RI

    RIgourmand

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The food was excellent but the service was the worst I have ever received. The waiter took our order and then never came back. We were literally ignored. We were never given a chance to order a second drink, never asked if everything was OK. I had to flag someone down for the check after trying to make eye contact with anyone. At that point we were asked if we wanted dessert, one of which was a soufflé which would take half an hour and is normally discussed at the beginning of a dinner. Once they gave us a check I then had to flag someone down to take the credit card. We were in Puerto Rico for a week and received excellent service everywhere we went whether it was fine dining or just small cafés. Also the chairs and floor were filthy and the linens looked like they just came out of a bag. The food is great but not worth the price when you consider everything else. Save your money and go to marmalade or Mario pagan.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. The only hick up was when we arrived they sat us in a table at the bar. Not the ambience we were looking for, we had reservations and were celebrating a special occasion. I requested to be moved to a table in the restaurant. They were very nice and moved us. Letting us know they normally don’t sit people at the bar unless they are full but they found a table for us. After all this everything was perfect!!
  28. G

    Georgie

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nos encanto la cortesía y amabilidad con la que nos atendió Germán explicando todo muy bien 👍
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply Excellent!
  30. BM

    BellaM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great good and service.
  31. AL

    AmandaL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful food and service. Would go again. Get the polenta and lobster empanada.
  32. FG

    FiorellaG

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great comforting food and amazing service with outstanding cocktails
  33. DR

    DorothyR

    Birmingham

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The drinks and food were outstanding. We got off to a shaky start when no menus were offered while we sat for 20 minutes. A waiter did come to take drink orders but we did not have a drink menu or wine list. The waiter had a hard time understanding us and we could not understand him. Later several of the staff came by to check on us and were very personable.
  34. J

    Josecookingclub

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect as usual ! Our server was amazing Best sunday brunch on the island !
  35. CA

    CARLOSR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most elegant place in town. The food is excellent and the staff is very professional. Ambiance, as always, A+.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our final dinner in San Juan and we couldn’t have been happier. The service was incredible and the food divine.
  37. PR

    PRFoodie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing and our server was good. However, drinks were slowly served and the sommelier was snobbish and treated us poorly. His behavior ruined what otherwise could have been a wonderful evening.
  38. GN

    GuestfromNm

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, wonderful food and staff! Make sure you book a reservation.
  39. l

    local

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The fish was overcooked , cold and salty. Service was not what one will expect.
  40. CS

    CristinaS

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We went for Brunch, food was good, but took for ever. Be prepared to wait.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Restaurante' Ariel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 725-7700.

Restaurante' Ariel is rated 4.8 stars by 266 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 5 times today
Google Map for Restaurante' Ariel

801 Av Ponce De León, San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    San Juan

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue, Wed 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary French / American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Ariel Rodríguez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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