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Vaca Brava - Old San Juan, San Juan, PR

Vaca Brava - Old San Juan

2.8
2.8
153 Reviews
$30 and under
Puerto Rican
Vaca Brava is the most famous Puerto Rican steakhouse that spice your experience with farm to table ingredients and the heartfelt jíbaro hospitality. The platters themselves are grandiose odes to local comfort food, chicken wrapped in churrasco, wrapped in bacon and smothered in cheddar cheese. Try it family style or go for it solo with classic dishes like mofongo with carne frita. Kick back with a refreshing flavored mojitos like mango, strawberry and the shockingly good apple. Reserve today!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Puerto Rican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (787) 723-3700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 153 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

2.8
2.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.1Food
  • 3Service
  • 3Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

153 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved it! Food was great! Adults and children happy and full. We had to take the leftovers with us!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was great, kitchen was in chaos and we waited for the food for almost one hour. When the food came is was the worst food we had in our Puerto Rico. Never going there again!!

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  3. JorgeM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very loud, the music was blasting! Some plates were great (shrimp mofongo), others were overcooked (churrasco & Carne frita).

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente sabor, temperatura y costo por comida. Gracias.

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  5. ZuleykaG

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No bloquearon los dias del 31 para reservación y al llegar estaban cerrados!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Worst meal we have ever had in Puerto Rico. Vegetables were complete mush, cooked to the point that the broccoli had the consistency of mashed potatoes. Salmon was overcooked. No dressing on the salad.

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  7. BuzzBuzzard

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was VERY slow No sense of realizing we have hungry KIDS

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service took us >2 hours to get any food, some of the food was then cold. Would not recommend for anyone.

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  9. Traveler

    Las Vegas

    43 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Complete waste of time. We were trying to be patient, but it became a joke!! We waited almost two hours for our order. We finally received the appetizer, which was burnt and disgusting — how can you mess up French fries??!! After the terrible appetizer, we decided to leave before our entrees arrived. Only then did anyone pay attention. I feel bad for the hardworking waiters there. But it’s a poorly run place. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. This place doesn’t deserve your business.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    To start, we made a reservation. We ordered drinks to start and the drink menu is very limited. The frozen mango mojito was utterly tasteless. It then took almost 2 hrs for our order to arrive- this was with my husband & 3 teenagers. The server who took our order had vanished. We had to flag down different people, whoever we could. Even then, they forgot one of the entrees and I had to ask for it so my husband wouldn't starve. The Kan Kan was undercooked with chewy edges and the red snapper was overcooked & dry. Only my youngest was happy with his mofongo. 0,5 stars - we left cranky, unsatisfied and our evening completely wasted because it took 3 hours just for dinner, leaving no time for anything else...

    1 person found this helpful

  11. RenateS

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wir wollten mal die puertoricanische Küche testen und sind ins Vacation Brava gegangen. Die Portionen waren riesig und das Essen sehr schmackhaft.

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  12. Hindistyle1

    Orlando

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good. A little pricey and they didn’t have available some foods we ordered. Even service was above and beyond, b bby I don’t think we will be back.

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  13. LeonnaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good. However, service was substandard.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We booked a reservation through Open Table, but our table wasn’t ready until 30 minutes later. It looks like the restaurant was short-staffed. The intake process for seating customers was disorganized, with people crowding outside the door and no seating for waiting customers. The kankan and mamposteo rice was delicious though.

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  15. Anthony

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Primera vez que visito el lugar en esa ubicación. Realicé una reservacion para un cumpleaños y al llegar no tenian la reservacion registrada. No tenían donde sentarmos. Servicio fue con prisa, pésimo y no hubo seguimiento. Ni siquiera me ofrecieron postre, simplemente llegaron con la cuenta. Genuinamente sentimos que nos estaban botando del lugar. Se que atienden muchos clientes pero la gente los visita para tener una experiencia, no comer, levantarse he irse. Tienen que estar mas enfocados en el cliente o contratar más personal. No vuelvo al lugar. Trieste en lo que una vez eran a lo q se han convertido.

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  16. Rick

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! We had some issues with cocktails…some super strong and others very little alcohol. Staff did resolve. Fun, laid back atmosphere…just way too loud!!!

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  17. Chanelle

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I would love to be able to give this place a proper review but I can’t. We made a reservation for 2pm (on a very rainy day), and got there at 1:55pm to be told we would have to wait 30-40 mins for a table b/c only one chef showed up. I had my hungry 7 year-old with me and the woman I interacted with wouldn’t even let us sit out the rain after we took an Uber to get there on time for our existing reservation. At the very least they could have called me in advance so I didn’t waste time making my way there. Very disappointing.

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  18. DemianE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good but the restaurant is very warm with no air-conditioning. My colleagues, and I were very hot sitting at our dining table. Also, we asked server to turn the music down as it was initially too loud for us to hear each other's conversation. I recommend the restaurant will be prepared to be hot if the temperature is really hot.

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  19. ClaudiaV

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible Experience Bad service Poor food quality

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  20. NancyF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was so slow, no ac and it took forever to get our food. I was disappointed as some food items were also out!

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  21. JennifferO

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El mejor comida de Puerto Rico que rico oh my gosh

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great. Fast and efficient service.

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  23. JessicaK

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This was our least favorite meal in San Juan. The food took a very long time but certain dishes came out cold. We did not have a very attentive server, one of the people in our group never received their drink, and a few of our dishes were simply not good. For example two of us split a meat trio, and while the ribs were good the chicken and steak were both very bad. I couldn’t even chew most of my bites of the steak. Another person in our group got the mofongo and it was almost inedible the pork was so dry. Pros: we were hangry on a Saturday night with a large party and they were able to seat us right away. The ribs were good. Cons: drinks were average, food took forever and was not good, and the service was inattentive.

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  24. CC89

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The best way to describe our experience is “meh”. Won’t return. Brutally slow service. Not island slow but painfully slow. Adequate food.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Decent food, nice service but ridiculously slow. Place is loud and the price of the meal not in line with the experience. It’s in a touristy area so keep expectations in line with that… meh

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  26. Medicano

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience with great food. Easy to find and near everything in the city.

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  27. Jerry

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Probably one of the worst restaurants in old San Juan.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deliciously prepared Puerto Rican meats! We sat outside which was the perfect ambiance being in Old San Juan. Would go back for sure!

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  29. ToddA

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new discovery in Old San Juan. Portions are generous. Food quality is great.

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  30. MarcelleD

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I arrived for our reservation, they said there was a 2 hr wait and their system wasnt working so they couldnt honor my reservation. They didnt even try to come up with a solution just ‘sorry its not working, nothing we can do’

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They did not honor open table reservations and asked wait 2 hours. Off course we left. Pointless to make reservations at this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. AmbarF

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only thing i would change is that the music was too loud. Could barely hear the people on my table because of it.

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  33. TerriB

    Tallahassee

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately we did not have a good experience. After being seated, we waited for 35 minutes before a server acknowledged our presence. The restaurant was not that busy yet we couldn’t seem to get anyone’s attention. When we were finally served our food was lukewarm. The vegetable of the day was actually cold, as if it had been microwaved but not long enough! The flavor of the food was good; I had skirt steak and shrimp. We are in San Juan a lot on business but will look for other options for dinner our next visit.

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  34. dancemom

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Get the meat on the stick! Wonderful! Great assortment of meat!

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  35. Kelsinsouthie

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Visited Vaca Brava for dinner while on vacation in Old San Juan. Unfortunately, our dining experience was less that expected due to the quaility of en

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent great time with friends

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charlie was absolutely fabulous. He made our first time there a memorable time. The food was delicious and the portion sizes are worth the price. Will visit again when in PR.

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  38. KristhiaG

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me super encantó la comida estaba bien bueno el new york steak

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, cooked perfectly. Service was shotty though. Server kept forgetting what we would ask for. Then would come back 15 minutes later like oh yea… but forget again. FroZen drinks came out completely melted.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nothing extraordinary. Waiter was very busy so did not check on us and it took awhile to get his attention.

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FAQs

Vaca Brava - Old San Juan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 723-3700.

Vaca Brava - Old San Juan is rated 2.8 stars by 153 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vaca Brava - Old San Juan

Recinto Sur 253, San Juan, PR 00901

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    San Juan
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Puerto Rican, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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