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Restaurante Picholo

$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Seafood, Puerto Rican, Latin
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Carretera # 681, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have the best relleno de papa I have had in 30 years. Chicharon de pollo is good and tostones. Had a cold lemonade on a 90 degree day super refreshing anf staff is friendly and welcoming.

Thank Raquel M
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Mostly seafood, tostones and rice with jueyes. Very helpful staff and courteous service. However, the decor of the restaurant is bare bones so this is not likely the best spot for a romantic dinner or special event.

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 December 2016

One of the core three dinner options in the Islote section of Arecibo, Picholo's offers a solid, though standard, menu of Puerto Rican cuisine. Like most restaurants in the area, menu isn't inexpensive for what you are getting, but if you are seeking a classic local meal selection this is a good choice. Mostly seafood and steak and mofongo (with... More 

Thank HumbleRumbleBK
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Good restaurant. They have a good chicken mofongo and churrasco plate. My wife had the mofongo and my dad had the churrasco. I can't remember what I had, so it wasn't that amazing. When we visited, there was only one server that seemed to be going from the main restaurant to the bar area, which is located next to the... More 

Thank Jose T
Seoul, South Korea
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538 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Close to the beach. Mofongo is the go to plate. Is delicious. Other Sea Food is available and tasteful

Thank Samuel D
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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449 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

More a Fonda than a Restaurant. Some people love it because the fish is very fresh and very tasty. They offer local specials. If you are picky in terms of ambiance, modern facilities, etc. this not your place. If your judgement is food taste go for it. You need a car in order to get there, but on the way... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

The Picolos Restaurant we went to is down between hwy 2 and the marina. The food and service are excellent. We went for lunch and ordered off the specials. Lunch was $7 each plus drinks and tip. The food was excellent. It reminded me of the old days. Muy Sabor.

Thank JibaroTraveller
New York
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Visited the restaurant today. My husband ordered rice, beans, fish with onion sauce and two fry small tostones... green plantains. In addition, I ordered a mixed seafood salad to go. My husband's lunch was a simple regular small portion service, and the seafood salad was about two to three ounces of onions and green peppers. The seafood you could barely... More 

Thank WSH-RH
Thousand Oaks, CA
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

This place has good typical food plus high end seafood. The customer base appears to be Puerto Rican versus tourist. If you order off of the seafood menu, it will be pricy. We did not, so I don't know how the seafood was. Two of the three wait staff did not speak English, and my Spanish is lousy, but we... More 

Thank conejomoon
Puerto Rico
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188 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

This place need more care and training to their employees and owners. The service is slow and not nice. The food is fine and average. The place need more TLC. Price if fine and average for a place like that. In general is a below average place with a bad and slow service.

Thank Abraham R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Caribbean, Seafood, Puerto Rican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera # 681, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Arecibo

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?