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Vaca Brava

29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
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“ribs” (23 reviews)
“mofongo” (46 reviews)
“chicken” (30 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best Mofongo I had in a while! Our waitress was awesome, the food was delicious and the prices were acceptable. Can't wait to go back and try different stuff...Keep it up Vaca Brava!

Thank R2_Ramirez
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the chance to make mofongo then enjoy appetizers, the Puerto Rican specialty mofongo, then a wonderful dessert. This restaurant is a lot of fun and it's noisy and lively. Large tables accommodate bigger groups. It was very busy at lunchtime so be patient...More

Thank Blondedawg
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent service excellent restaurant and great location. If you are in old San Juan! Must visit- we were absolutely happy with our 3 meals !! Yes, yes and yes must try the Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 Mufongos dishes!!! Or steaks... Enjoy 😉

Thank Dainelle D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there as part of a shore excursion. By the time we reached the restaurant we were rather hungry after our walk around old town. The place was bustling with people.. Service was a bit slow, especially since the restaurant knew we were coming....More

Thank Robert516
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived for lunch just after noon. The place was mostly empty as the lunch crowd had just started to arrive. It took a while for someone to acknowledge our group of five and seat us at one of the many empty tables. As we...More

Thank hugoa834
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a typical puertorricans restaurant in Old San Juan. I took my family for their first meal on the island. They serve a big piece of pork, OMG! My niece’s boyfriend couldn’t eat the whole thing. I don’t eat pork, but I had to...More

Thank Lavell V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful restaurant to get a great, filling meal with delicious cold drinks. The service is fantastic. You are greeted like old friends at the door and treated so well all during your visit. If you like meat...they have outstanding choices for you....More

Thank Bill K
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We throughly enjoyed our meals, from the appetizers to the main courses (e.g. El Tendedero de la Vaca and el Can Can). Our meals were prepared fresh and in a timely manner.

Thank Rocio M
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Food was fabulous our host Antonio was gracious and kind. The food he recommended was some of the best I've ever had. We had an oversized pork chop and some of the most delicious rice I've ever tasted. Liz our waitress was fantastic and the...More

Thank Cruisefun2018
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

We ate here for the first time. My cousin and I (two women) shared the “Chuleta Kan Kan”. If you like roasted pork, you’ll enjoy this. The cut offers both rib and chop meat and it was cooked to perfection. The rib meat and pork...More

Thank 45marianer
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Ken J
March 8, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-3700
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Vaca Brava is fun and tasty! A unique puertorrican country style restaurant, focused on steaks, mashed plantains and other delightful local ingredients, this place introduced the elevated custom designed platters. That revolutionized the restaurant industry along the island and spread the word of mouth, calling the attention of the locals, as well as the international media. Some of the dishes like "La Vaca Acostá" (The resting cow), "El tendedero" (The drying rack) and the traditional mofongo, amongst others, became famous and immediately long lines of diners were made to taste the innovative concept. Whole families ate from a single service; and singles like Adam Richman from The Travel Channel visited Puerto Rico to take on the "Vaca Acostá" Challenge, an 8-lb. platter of grilled sirloin steak and sides.
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