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An unforgettable experience #FlavorMeetsFire  - La Central by Mario Pagan, San Juan, PR

La Central by Mario Pagan

4.6
4.6
568 Reviews
$50 and over
Caribbean
Rediscover the bold flavors you love from renowned Chef Mario Pagán and get immersed into Puerto Rico’s roots and traditions as you join us on an unprecedented culinary journey that will ignite your palate.

La Central pays homage to a fundamental emblem of Puerto Rico’s history: “la caña de azúcar”, through the creative use of sugarcane & rum in its dishes.

The heat of the charcoal grill is palpable from the dining room in this open kitchen concept, where guests can enjoy a decadent tomahawk steak or a crispy branzino cooked to perfection over an open flame. La Central’s entrées are sizable, meant to be shared among friends or family with cocktails or a bottle of wine from the sommelier’s selection.

Chef Mario Pagán’s appetite for new techniques while staying true to Puerto Rico’s heritage proves that an upscale cuisine combined with fire are a timeless match worthy of your palate.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 998-9445

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Formal Attire

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pagán

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan

  • Parking details

    We have self-parking available at Lote Oeste and & the Magenta Lot as well as Valet Parking service for $20

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 568 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. l

    lenitox

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  2. PS

    PaolaSanchez

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nunca nos decepciona. Excelente servicio u comida.
  3. SH

    SaribelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fenomenal! El trato de maravilla y la comida Bien presentando, sabrosa y Buenas porciones!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, great drinks, amazing host, great ambience to celebrate wedding anniversary
  5. v

    visitour

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steaks in whole USA, served at wooden plates instead of Ceramic (Even Gordon Remsey Serves food at regular plates). Best taste, NY strip is delivered sliced as it should be in my opinion tastes better. My Compliments. Staff very nice atractive girls. Top notch place.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit noisy but everything else is outstanding!
  7. RM

    RafaelM

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service. Excellent drink’s
  8. ED

    EfrainD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THe chef was very nice . The brancino was so perfect,the optopus the best i ate in my life.
  9. II

    IreneI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida estuvo exquisita y la atención a otro nivel. Esperamos volver pronto!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduación Bachillerato (hija).
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Each dish uniquely flavorful, delicious.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service and food was great!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent…
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Los productos utilizados para la preparación de los alimentos es de baja calidad, la atención del personal es insatisfactoria. La experiencia fue bastante desagradable.
  17. A

    Auch

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Octopus spectacular, dessert exquisite.
  18. F

    Francheska

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio! Nuestra mesera fue extraordinaria. Nos recomendaba platos y tragos acorde a nuestros gustos y deseos de experimentar cosas nuevas y especialidades de ma casa. Comida rica! El ambiente es elegante y todo el personal es sumamente amable.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in town. Excellent service, food and atmosphere.
  20. MA

    MarioA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A spectacular night. The food was exquisite and the atmosphere very cozy. The treatment was incredible and I will definitely return.
  21. VV

    VanessaV

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Muy caro y poca comida. El ambiente excelente y el servicio también
  22. SS

    SergioS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente ligar recomendadisimo toque boricua y autóctono de su región encantado
  23. J

    Juand

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Will definitely come back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Anniversary Fish was salty Avocado and tomato had a very strange taste Rice was not what was expected Fried plantain where burned Steak was delicious Our server was amazing ! They are very well trained to provide great service and respond to all questions. Very beautiful location
  25. B

    Boricua

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. Music a little bit noisy but great salsa music
  26. RA

    RAMONr

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  27. HL

    HeatherL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Awesome wait staff!
  28. NS

    NelsonS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This is my second visit to this restaurant, my first was top notch. The second not so much. The place is still beautiful but the food was not. My drink was super and the appetizer was fantastic. My entre left a lot to be desired the steak was not up to Mario Pagan standers, the meat was not first quality. The most disappointing issue was the cutlery the knives that the had would notcut properly. After an exhausting time trying to cut finally made to the end. For the prices at this establishment these details should be addressed. A hugh let down from the first time. Mario you can do better.
  29. C

    Chino

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Go for drinks and tapas. Branzino for 2 might as well have been salt cured. It was well cooked well but exorbitantly over salted.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here.. food was delivered fast, good quality as the stamp that differentiates Mario Pagan. The host, and our server where super nice. Quality at is best in a very unique designed space. I always think it’s pricey but you get high quality products. Will come to this place many more times!
  31. BN

    BrianN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place for a romantic dinner
  32. RG

    RaquelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg if you have to try the octopus and the fish. It was worthy every penny. The resultant is well located and charming.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent food with great environment. Will definitely be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Recommendable!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff were excellent and food was delicious! Definitely will keep on my list of places to dine.
  36. OJ

    OJAP

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for tourists, friends or a special occasion.
  37. BM

    BrianneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ask for Jose if you wish to have an elevated experience. His service standards as well as friendly personality made our dinner exquisite. We had the New York strip and oysters Rockefeller and they were divine. Definitely a must try in San Juan!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday great event
  39. LF

    LuisF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Muy caro éramos 2 y pagamos 320 y la comida con poco sabor
  40. ZG

    ZeGutierrez

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    El ambiente me gustó, el lugar esta espectacular. Sin embargo la comida no me gustó. Había escuchado mucho del chef Mario Pagan, tenia otras expectativa. Ya lo probé pero no es un restaurante que volvería a visitar.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

La Central by Mario Pagan is rated 4.6 stars by 568 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 14 times today
Google Map for La Central by Mario Pagan

250 Convention Boulevard San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Formal Attire

  • Parking details

    We have self-parking available at Lote Oeste and & the Magenta Lot as well as Valet Parking service for $20

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Pagán

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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