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El Asador, San Juan, PR

El Asador

3.8
3.8
293 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

9:00 PM


Booked 37 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

  • Neighborhood

    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 293 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Puerto Rico

    Kid Friendly

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  1. KB

    KerryB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. AD

    AngelicaD

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. DS

    DanaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Do not go here. It was visually cute but nothing else was enjoyable. Our waiter was, I'm sure, overwhelmed, but it took almost two hours to receive our food. That would have been understandable if it had been good, but to be honest, it was not at all worth it. The green salad was basically what you might get at an Olive Garden, the risotto was inedible, like rice in alfredo sauce. The ceviche tacos were soggy but the fish was decent; it just was not worth the price.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and beautiful restaurant.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We went to El Asador for my friends birthday the food was okay didn’t have much flavor. And when we ordered the creme brûlée it was cold and definitely not freshly made.
  25. C

    Conor

    London

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    To say service is slow is an understatement. This was the slowest restaurant we experienced in Puerto Rico. The gap between starters and mains was about 70 minutes. The gap between ordering drinks when sitting down and seeing them was 20 minutes plus. Starters took about 30 mins more. On the positive front, the venue itself is interesting, it has a nice presence. I don’t know what the space was before it was this restaurant. The food itself was average, when I compare it to Prole, Meat Market even Eter they are all far better. If you want a very slow evening and you have time to kill, then this maybe for you.
  26. t

    thewidower

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good but service a little slow.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed it and it accommodated a large group us easily. The service was great and we’ll go back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We had our last dinner of a choir tour trip. El Asador was the only restaurant in Old San Juan that takes RSVP for a large group so we went with it. The service was unorganized, but the GM was very honest with us in the fact that they had a smaller than normal staff and more than half were just starting. The food was okay and they came out at drastically different time for our group; two people almost didn’t get their food. Drinks were good though. We got the entire section of the restaurant so we could really be ourselves, had some great discussions and even sang together to finish the trip, so the atmosphere was actually perfect and made up for the overall experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Sorely understaffed. We were seated then ignored, our waiter seemed rushed/stressed out. Ordered two appetizers, one came right away. After close to an hour without any sign of our waiter, I found another server to cancel that app and ask about out main courses. Lo and behold, a minute later, the missing (and unwanted) app appears. Our mains come out two minutes later, and while husband was happy with his, mine was over cooked and dry. Not worth the money even though they did comp us a glass of wine for having waited so long. I understand being understaffed, but perhaps limit the guests you take in an evening? Overall a very disappointing experience.
  30. A

    Amandaw

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    I would never return here. Poor customer service. Never received main course after waiting over an hour for food. They are very disorganized.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excelente los platos y al mesero por la atención y el trato.
  32. S

    Sarita2882

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Really lovely place in Old San Juan, lots of charm. Great for cocktails and apps, parties can fit as well. Food and service were good.
  33. M

    Mikal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Understaffed and the servers don't hesitate to tell you about it. Slow, forgetful service is the result. Mediocre food in a spectacular building located in a great spot.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. Very unorganized staff. Never brought things I asked for....Waitied 40 minutes to get our check to leave. Food was ok but service made it not worth eating there....
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere great!!! Food amazing!
  36. b

    bmoregal

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it here. The shrimp mofongo, pork chop and creme brulee were some of our absolute favorites. And the atmosphere is wonderful. Highly recommend!!
  37. MG

    MarkG

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good portions. Service was good for our party of 8.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at El Asador! The staff was so attentive and the food was delicious. We loved the music and the ambiance also. Would go back in a heartbeat!
  39. JF

    JaimeF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Very Good Food, The site is very nice but the service was not up to par with the expectations we had. Prices for Wine are a little bit off the norm. Lack of employees did not help much.
  40. g

    guyfromboston

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Apps and main course came out at the same time. Other than that, it was a good take and I would recommend it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized 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 3.8 stars by 293 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for El Asador

350 San Francisco St. San Juan, PR 00901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Callejon de la Capilla

  • Neighborhood

    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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