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La Cueva Del Mar

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305 Recinto Sur St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-726-8700
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great find in San Juan!! I had the grilled seafood, and it had everything in it. Lobster shrimp conch baby octopus salmon Mahi! Wow. It was a special meal, not normally on the menu. My husband had the skirt steak monfongo. Fantastic. The appetizers were the best. Fried pork with grilled onions, octopus and conch arepas, calamari in... More 

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Thank Lisa P
Miami, Florida
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is located in Old San Juan.. Very Rustic place. Went there for dinner with 3 friends.. On that particular night there wasn't many people however the server took about 15 minutes to approach our table.. I order a Pitcher of Sangria and the Fried Fish.. Sangria came about 20 minutes after been order.. Very Poor Taste , with... More 

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Thank JZ55
Champaign, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't say enough about this place. Best meal we had in Puerto Rico. Our hotel recommended this place and he was right! We ordered shrimp and fish tacos and the turn overs/ empanadillas. Shrimp tacos won - hands down- no contest! So good we came back later in the evening to have a second round!. Our server was super and... More 

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Thank AdventuresandLobster
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such a great lunch here! Wonderful food, and great service. I definitely recommend the seafood mofango.

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Thank Christine F
Vancouver
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here because the person in our hotel recommended it. I guest it was an hour to closing time that's why the service was spotty? She forgot our desert and gave us our bill ahead of time. The rice paella style was to die for. Guava desert was very good but small portion.

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Thank fmanor69
Aspen Hill, Maryland
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just steps away from where the Old San Juan walking tour left us and down the block from Starbucks and across from the public parking garage is a block of great restaurants. We had asked our tour guide for a good seafood place for lunch and he recommended this place. Less touristy and more populated by business people at lunchtime,... More 

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Thank Elan H
Toledo, Ohio
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the places we wanted to stop for dinner, on the recommendation of the concierge, was La Cueva Del Mar on on Calle Recinto Sur. This is a place where the locals go to dine, and the food quality did not disappoint. The service was prompt and the prices fair. I had the Seafood Rice La Cueva which was... More 

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Thank crszczub
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mafungo with conch octopus, shrimp & scallops in creole sauce was amazing. Conch empenadas were great too!

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Thank Rosalyn L
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Real Puerto Rican's flavors in a casual atmosphere, with fresh seafood, drinks and contemporary music, ideal to enjoy a friendly afternoon at a very reasonable price, but perfectly clean. Rice with lobster, with some "amarillos" will delight you senses.

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Thank Raul M
Chapel Hill
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During a recent cruise, we opted to do our own exploring of Old San Juan. Upon asking several locals for a recommendation, we decided to visit La Cueva Del Mar for lunch. We were not disappointed!! Some of the local favorites that we tried were fried chicken chunks, can-can pork, mahi mahi, mofango stuffed with chicken, beans and rice and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Soups, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 305 Recinto Sur St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-726-8700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?