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What to Eat in Puerto Rico

Dining in Puerto Rico reflects the island's mixture of Caribbean, Latin, North American and indigenous Taíno influences. If you want to try something new, head to a fonda, or storefront eatery, along San Juan's Plaza del Mercado. South Fortaleza Street, or Calle Fortaleza — or even SoFo for short — is another dining hub with some of the newest bars and restaurants. The food on San Juan's SoFo is good at any time, but it's a special treat to try some during SoFo Culinary Week in June. That's when Calle Fortaleza is barricaded to car traffic and transformed into an outdoor tasting plaza that's popular with tourists and residents alike. If you're staying in the northeast, you can expect a quieter dining experience along Luquillo or Fajardo beaches. The atmosphere and clientele is more subdued, and the affordable food exceeds expectations.

No matter where you dine, make sure you get a taste of some of Puerto Rico's most authentic eats: asopao is a traditional stew often made with chicken or beef; mofongo consists of seafood, meat or vegetables atop mashed plantains; and lechón is smokey, roasted suckling pig.

Find the Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico

  • #1
    Asao Smokehouse
    #1 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 383 reviewsTripAdvisor (383)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
    PR-149, KM. 18.5, Int. PR-615 Intersection Road 615, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #2
    Fussion Restaurant
    #2 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 103 reviewsTripAdvisor (103)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
    carr. 149 km 18 Plaza bella vista Bo. pesas, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #3
    Casa Vieja
    #3 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 20 reviewsTripAdvisor (20)
    $ - $$ |
    Road PR-149 Kilometer 26.0, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #4
    Pollos Neco
    #4 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 19 reviewsTripAdvisor (19)
    $ |
    Carretera 149, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #5
    Algo Lindo Restaurant Bar and Grill
    #5 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 17 reviewsTripAdvisor (17)
    Carr #146 Km 0.2, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #6
    Ricuras del Mercado
    #6 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 10 reviewsTripAdvisor (10)
    Carretera 632 Km 2.2, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #7
    Don Carlos Retaurant
    #7 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12 reviewsTripAdvisor (12)
    Carreterra 149, Km, 12.1, Ciales Puerto Rico
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  • #8
    Rancho El Desahogo
    #8 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6 reviewsTripAdvisor (6)
    $ - $$ |
    Carretera 145 Km 0.9, Ciales Puerto Rico
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  • #9
    Abu Casona's Kitchen
    #9 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2 reviewsTripAdvisor (2)
    Latin, Spanish
    Carr 149 KM 18.5 Sector Jaguas, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #10
    Bohio BBQ
    #10 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2 reviewsTripAdvisor (2)
    Barrio Cordillera Carretera 146 Km, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • Willy's Pinchos "El Original"
    #11 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1 reviewsTripAdvisor (1)
    Caribbean, Puerto Rican
    Pr - 146, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • #12
    Arturito
    #12 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2 reviewsTripAdvisor (2)
    Caribbean, Puerto Rican
    Carr.149 km. 17.7 Interior, Sector La Linea, Ciales Puerto Rico
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  • #13
    Lacies Cafe
    #13 of 16 Places to Eat in Ciales
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1 reviewsTripAdvisor (1)
    Caribbean, Latin, Cafe, Spanish, Diner, Puerto Rican
    Calle Palmer #1 Esq. Ignacio Fernandez, Ciales Puerto Rico
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  • Cialenos
    Pr-149, Ciales 00638 Puerto Rico
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  • Down Town Bar & Grill
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Puerto Rican
    calle Palmer Esquina Betances #10 En el pueblo de Ciales, frente a la Plaza Pública, Ciales 00638-3217 Puerto Rico
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  • Posada Tierra Adentro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1 reviewsTripAdvisor (1)
    Caribbean, Puerto Rican
    Pr-149, Ciales Puerto Rico
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