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El Popular

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205 Calle Capitol, San Juan 00907-3026, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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192 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I visited El Popular last Saturday October 1, 2016. This is a traditional local criollo food Restaurant at La Placita de Santurce. We had been there many times. Whenever we want to eat real criollo food that is the place. Robert, the owner, have elephant memory, he remembered his loyal customers. He is always caring for whatever... More 

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Thank Aury D
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you want to go to a real local restaurant, this is the place. Minimalist but warrm, low cost and in the middle of the archifamous La Placita de Santurce.

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Thank Reneadorno
Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Traditional PR food. Try Mofongo and if you are a daring foodie like me try Gandinga. Cool place to stop while on the mercado

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Thank Sandra M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

This place had great food. We had the scrambled eggs with the coco pancakes and they were amazing. It's definitely fresh and filling. Although the sizes are not shareable for eggs they are simply great. We also tried the guava and tamarind mimosas. Which were good as well. Overall while in PR this is the one place to definitely try... More 

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Thank MARIAMKHAN08
United States
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Good food to discover the culinary roots of the Puerto Ricans. Heritage flavors from aboriginal, African and Spaniard.

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Thank Nallim S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

First time visiting this place. Once you entered it's feel like you are on a traditional 50's place. Great food and friendly staff. The food taste great. Definitely will go again.

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Thank epinero
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

We bumped into this restaurant by accident, but it turned out to be great. We ordered some fried chicken and the mofongo with chicken, delicious! It's a cute restaurant where you will find a lot of locals. The prices are good and the food is delicious. Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for some food and a... More 

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Thank Marije d
Albuquerque
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

Near the Placita del Mercado Santurce, this is a traditional little bar/restaurant with a limited menu of Puerto Rican dishes in the $9-10 range. Rice, beans, plantains, or mofongo accompanied by some sort of meat is what you get. I had the fried chicken which was delicious (no skin, cut up chicken piece with some bone - if you've had... More 

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Thank no_place_unlike_home
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014

Great food, awesome atmosphere. Always check the board for the daily special. If you want that special you had better get there early. We got the last two and it was worth it. I had the chicken stuffed with avocado and a side of rice and red beans... Delicious.... We were in and out in 45 minutes. Fun place to... More 

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Thank MurikaDiva
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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61 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Good basic Puerto Rican food at affordable prices. A good way to get the feel of the Placita de Santurce's great atmosphere. Sometimes it is hot inside so dress for warm weather!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Calle Capitol, San Juan 00907-3026, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan

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