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San Juan Cafe

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3314 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403-4116
+1 910-790-8661
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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Wilmington, N.C.
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I've been eating here for years. Excellent food, excellent service and I support San Juan and their employees as they participate in the "day without Latinos/Hispanic" strike. You are valuable members of our community, we are better for having you.

Thank ILM1983
Louisville, Kentucky
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353 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

They get high marks from me for having a LOT of gluten free options, which is awesome. However, I didn't love my food, which is why the rating is just OK. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't super flavorful. I didn't think they were overpriced though,. I had a good size sandwich with fries for less than $10...

Thank efm16
Vaux-sur-Mer, France
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The food was very good. They are so many interesting items on the menu. The ambiance is cute. On the other hand, the cocktails and wines are extremely expensive ranging from $9 to $13 which would be the price of a meal in many other places. I would not advise to go there to have a drink.

Thank mapie654
Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We decided to try San Juan Cafe after driving past so many times. Our dinner was on an early weeknight, so the place was mostly empty. There was a crowd up around the bar, who seemed like regulars. Our waiter was attentive and described several of the menu items for us. We ordered two different types of sangria. Our drinks... More 

Thank Robert C
Wilmington, North Carolina
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We had the special tonight was pork tenderloin tacos with cheese and cabbage... there is a big selection of hot sauces to choose from!Quite delicious and very authentic!

Thank ilmlunchbox
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We are from Puerto Rico and puertorrican dishes are excellent just as home. Dessert tres leche cup cake very good with twist. Margarita also good. Really very please with the place I realy recomend it.

Thank Gilbert S
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I really enjoy the San Juan Cafe, both for the food and atmosphere. It does remind me more of places I have eaten at in the Caribbean than most other places in town. Had the fish tacos once (very good), and short ribs the last time. They were good but not great. Margaritas were very good!

Thank Fotoefek
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

First the ambience, the music was Jazz not even Caribbean music. Then when we ordered the food, the waitress did not know chicharrones were which is a typical fried pork that is used for mofongo. Then we were told we could not have a Cuban sandwich or mofongo it was either or. Then we got burnt food, not even oyr... More 

1 Thank Michael E
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I came here after ready some good reviews and I have to say that I can't be more disappointed. They call this place San Juan Cafe and sell it as authentic puertorican food and in all honesty, my German Rotweiler has more puertorican in his paws than this place. It feel so American that I wanted to leave. I asked... More 

2 Thank Berto P
Wilmington, North Carolina
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

My fiancee and I just ate dinner here tonight. We were not particularly hungry having just returned from a trip to New Hampshire. We decided to come here before going home. I ordered Steak Mofongo and she ordered Ropa Vieja. The portions were more like a lunch size portion for both dishes with inadequate amounts of meat. This was very... More 

1 Thank PJewett

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, South American, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3314 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403-4116
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-790-8661

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