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Vaca Brava

29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
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“mofongo” (46 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate here the day before our cruise. Had Mahi Mahi, Mofongo, and brava fries, all very good. Restaurant was clean, staff friendly and very helpful as we did not know anything about Puerto Rican cuisine. Would recommend.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Mid-afternoon and looking for a good late lunch. Beckoned in by employee. Seated ourselves. Off hours for meals and 2 different small tours groups were there. Staffing was limited. Atmosphere was great! Clean bathrooms. Fresh lemonade was sooo refreshing after all the walking. We have...More

Thank acdnh
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never visited Vaca Brava before the hurricane and was very impressed by the quality of the food and the service. The chuleta can can and the carne frita are very good. Also the lunch specials are a good bargain for the amount of...More

Thank Pablo M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The resto is perfectly located in old san juan. The ambiance is nice and the place was packed with locals and tourist. The place was cool inspite of the power outage. The waitress was very nice, accommodating, and patient. We were a big group but...More

Thank Gene P
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We (party of 4) were boated to PR following Irma (before Maria) and decided to make the best of our time there and try a local restaurant for a meal out. While much of Puerto Rico was "closed for season" and no cruise ships in....More

Thank Susan N
Reviewed 22 September 2017

After returning from a Caribbean cruise, my wife and I found ourselves stranded on the island of Puerto Rico (courtesy of hurricane Irma) waiting to catch a flight back to the United States. We returned to Old San Juan with mixed feelings as this unexpected...More

1  Thank K A
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Truth be told, we visited after Hurricane Irma struck so we were glad to be able to eat here. We actually ate here twice in one week so that should help. The first night, we had excellent service and delicious food. The second night, we...More

Thank JSTrip_77
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We went for dinner, the host was very amicable, He was the one that invited us from the outside of the restaurant. Food was good, we tried the Mofongos and Steaks. the beers were really cold as we liked. Our waitress was very attentive too....More

Thank cvillaman
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Came for dinner. Many residents were closed because of power cuts from the hurricane and some appear be closed mondays. Big area, lost of park bench tables. Not very comfortable when the food takes so long to arrive and kids near us were too short...More

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We went for dinner here and unbelieveable very bad service. They lied about the steak price from waiter stated $25.00 then to charge $35.00 on the check. We asked for certain foods items such as salad and was told by the waiter these foods items...More

Thank 2017Ali
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Ken J
9 March 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 8 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-3700
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Vaca Brava is fun and tasty! A unique puertorrican country style restaurant, focused on steaks, mashed plantains and other delightful local ingredients, this place introduced the elevated custom designed platters. That revolutionized the restaurant industry along the island and spread the word of mouth, calling the attention of the locals, as well as the international media. Some of the dishes like "La Vaca Acostá" (The resting cow), "El tendedero" (The drying rack) and the traditional mofongo, amongst others, became famous and immediately long lines of diners were made to taste the innovative concept. Whole families ate from a single service; and singles like Adam Richman from The Travel Channel visited Puerto Rico to take on the "Vaca Acostá" Challenge, an 8-lb. platter of grilled sirloin steak and sides.
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