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Vaca Brava

$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
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253 Recinto Sur | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I always hesitated in dining at Vaca Brava and well it happened. This is a “Viking style eatery”, servings are huge. I ordered what was supposed to be skirt steak, instead I was given a huge cut of flap steak. Very undercooked and something about the taste did not convince me. I had the manager come over and she repeatedly... More 

Thank Elias C
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dined together as a large group in a private room. Service was lacking as there did not appear to be systems in place or training for handling large groups. Lots of confusion, and food was mediocre. The mofongo was AWFUL, tasted rancid. There is a large quantity of food which can be good if you arrive super hungry, but can... More 

Thank Kimberly H
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So there are a lot of things that make up a good dining experience, La Vaca Brava has them ALL: good food, good atmosphere, good employees, good location, and good pricing. I often go there for happy hour to enjoy the mofongo dinner plate (very taste) with the "Mojitos" (served in a chilled classy glass). I recommend this place highly.... More 

Thank fernandoquinones67
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in Old San Juan where once was the Hard Rock Cafe, beautiful restored colonial building. Family share portions of grilled meat accompanied of tostones, fries or rice. Good for a curiosity visit, not a place to come back. Service is slow and the meat was cold,

Thank Hector P
Gatineau, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose to go here based on other reviews. We loved it! We went for dinner and it was great! I believe our servers name was Gabriel and the service was excellent. perfect timing and we did not have to wait for anything. Not sure why others had poor service. Yes the restaurant seemed a bit empty but there was... More 

Thank GCAnderson
Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a foody. So when I travel, besides the locale, I'm just as excited about trying out local eateries. Vaca Brava did not disappoint. It was soooooo good. I had the mofongo and if I am so fortunate to return, I will have it again and again. Love the consistency of the flavors, generous portions, and great staff. I felt... More 

Thank SBennett81
Viera, Florida
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a nice lunch, with an almost empty restaurant. Service was okay. We had wings, fries, and salad. The wings were crispy and fried, no sauce on them. We did not try the local food. It was on the expensive side, located right near the cruise ship port.

Thank Janie M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went in, excellent service. Food and drinks at a very comfortable price with the daily specials. Great ambiance music overall great experience. The fresh mint mojitos were the best!

Thank Eva G
Madison, Wisconsin
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411 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three couples stopped in for drinks and appetizers. We all enjoyed the beer and apps. We must have tried almost all the appetizers on the menu from chicken wings to mufungo balls, all were tasty. Carmen provided great service. The restroom entrances are interestingly named.

Thank Marie R
Willis, Texas
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377 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We played hard today and stopped in to grab a bite. We opted for the burgers and were surprised with how delicious they were. They were juicy and absolutely delicious and prepared to perfection. The cocktails were also very good. The food was excellent along with the service and drinks. We will be back.

Thank BedCab

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 60
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 253 Recinto Sur | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: 17877233700
Vaca Brava is a restaurant run with love and dedication.
In the you can savor a delicious Puerto Rican and totally creative food. Our extensive menu is divided into two parts ; To Eat Solito or eat together . In this Second we have a variety of dish where they can eat more than one person in some dishes consume up to 5 people. Among those dishes is La Vaca Acosta where you can participate in a Challenge that if you eat it you just pay you $ 100.00 .

Among the dishes to eat you recommend the Churrasco accompanied by delicious mofongo . Although our specialty is Beef , we also offer chicken, pork, and seafood sins .

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