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El Ancla

$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin, Seafood
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Avenue Hostos Final 9, Ponce 00716, Puerto Rico
+1 787-840-2450
11:00 - 10:00
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great dinner here and it started with empanadillas stuffed with lobster and shrimp. Trifongo, steak, and paella were all excellent

Thank Lou S
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was recommended by an employee from the Ponce art museum. It was good, it's right on the water and it's clean. We order the skirt steak medium, but it came well done. Still it was tasty. We also had the shrimp alfredo and it was great. It's right on the water so the views are great!the prices are... More 

Thank O-Town_TT_Travel_Guy
Dover, NH
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Our family wanted an inexpensive dinner, but still wanted some atmosphere- and we got it! We went to eat 30 minutes before sunset and got a table right away, on the beach, with a fantastic view. We ordered empanadas, tostones, and rum lunch. Yummy and quick. Very laid back. Bathing suits with coverups, locals, even a cute dog. Dessert was... More 

Thank SiobhanM
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

It is an excellent place to eat a snapper. I would say the best in the area. We went twice, lunch and dinner. The location outside is dark and isolated at nights, but I don't know it is really dangerous. Inside is quite and comfortable. My wife and friends also enjoy their meals.

Thank javiurda1
Rochester, New York
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99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Our group of 6 was getting tired and frustrated on a recent trip to Ponce when we got lost. This restaurant was there when we needed it. The service was good, the waiter very personable. Unfortunately it took awhile to get our food. Two of the party had whole snapper, it was good but very expensive. My mufungo was disappointing.... More 

Thank Christine H
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Second time I select this place to share with friends. We had two stuffed mofongos, a fried pork and chicken in mushroom sauce, and an octopus salad. All three were delicious. Service was attentive and corteous. Clean accesible restrooms. Calm and relaxed atmosphere promotes good conversation. Reasonable prizes. I keep this restaurant in my list of preferred sites in Ponce,... More 

Thank Alberto C
Crestview, Florida
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my family while visiting Puerto Rico, the "sorullitos" where awesome and the food was average. I has an average service, the personnel did not looked enthusiastic to serve.

Thank puertoricanmimi
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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122 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Ate there as part of a business event and was sorely disappointed with the food. They served a choice of chicken or fish and neither were appetizing. The stewed rice had no taste and the salad was stale. The service was mediocre. Not a place we look forward going back to.

Thank Maria C
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Service was OK, we had to call the server several times for water refills, and reminders. Lost of parking available. Food was hot upon delivery.

Thank Jose M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Last minute choice, and not a good one. Waiter didn't seem to want us to be there. Fries that were not cooked, the mahi mahi fish was overcooked (almost rubbery), it could have been anything. Another meal had to be sent back because it was wrong ! (and before you ask, there was only us and another table, so not... More 

Thank Antman1961

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Puerto Rican, Latin, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenue Hostos Final 9, Ponce 00716, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Ponce
  • Phone Number: +1 787-840-2450

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