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“The best ceviche in Puerto Rico!”
Review of El Nuevo Acuario

El Nuevo Acuario
Ranked #1 of 33 Restaurants in Loiza
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$49
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Chef Leo offers one of the best meals you will have in Puerto Rico. Go there and get the ceviche and whole fish! The guava/strawberry and passion fruit sangria is nice too!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank Madeleine H
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

The best seafood on the island by far. I come once a year and no other restaurant compares. The chef is great an invents a different sauce every time I come. Had a fresh Robalo or Snoop and snapper and shrimp.. Not sure why I would eat anywhere else while here.. Must try!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank Shcohen98
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

We were looking for a great Seafood place and El Nuevo Acuario was recommended to us by the concierge of the hotel we were staying at. Concierge also wanted to make sure we knew El Nuevo Acuario is a very casual place, i.e. no frills. No problem with us as that's what we were looking for.

Went to El Nuevo by taxi and we were greeted by the Chef's brother. Could see right away that the place is very chill, no fancy dining seatings, haha! No problem!
Then pretty quickly we were greeted by Chef Leonardo Boitel himself, who went to great extents explaining how he prepares the main dishes on his menu. We could see right away he knew his stuff and made you want to try everything on the menu! We settled on his lobster (which got replaced by crawfish due to lack fresh lobster available that day), and the grilled Robalo fish-du-jour; and boy, were we not disappointed! The Seafood and its preparation was excellent!!! Moreover, Chef's unique Mofongo is to die for and was the best we had on the island, bar none, highly recommended!

Overall, we loved all of the prepared Seafood, all fresh du-jour. Chef will tell you that they only cook catches fresh-du-jour. That's the way a great Seafood place is to be run!

To top it all of, Chef Leonardo is very friendly, easy-going, and will make you feel at ease in his establishment. When he found out it took too long to explain to the taxi dispatcher where his place was located to pick us up, he offered us a ride back to our hotel in his own personal truck (!), since we were also nearing the establishment's closing time. Where else can you get a ride back home from the Chef of the restaurant!!!! Loved it, Puerto-Rican style!!! And to make sure we would enjoy the rest of our stay on the island, Chef Leonardo provided us with more info on where else to go eat and visit. Thank you Chef Leonardo, you made our stay in Puerto Rico more enjoyable!!!

Bottom line, all this to say that, if you crave for great Seafood near San Juan, El Nuevo Acuario is the place to go. You won't regret it!


Date of visit: July 2016
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Thank Olivier R
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Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Visited based on the trip advisor reviews; SO HAPPY we did! We ordered the lobster. WOW! Chef Leo did not disappoint! It was amazing! Several things to note. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT be dismayed by the appearance of the buildings. There are several of these little diners all in this area right next to each other and the buildings are old, etc. The area is safe and I promise you won't regret having visited. They are closed on Tuesday & Wednesday (that is their weekend) so make your plans around. Otherwise, enjoy!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank bel674
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Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is amazing! Don't waste your time and money going to the hotel spots; Local is always better! The chef and staff were so amazing and hospitable! The service was better than any I've received in the states! Leo and his family are doing an incredible job.. My family and I will definitely return soon! A very family oriented place... You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! By far the BEST place in Puerto Rico!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank ash_o129
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