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Vaca Brava

$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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Carr. 771, km 9.3, Barranquitas 00720, Puerto Rico
+1 787-857-2628
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is outstanding for their meats. if your looking for the best steak on the Island, this is the place for you.

Thank Rafael R
Plano, Texas
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here at the recommendation of our tour guide. She picked a winner. Great representation of local cuisine and very good. The appetizer sampler came with Sorrullitos, alcapurrias, los pastelillos de Guayaba y queso and pasteles (traditional banana leaf Christmas dish (excellent & tasty). In addition, we ordered the "Texas" fries. For the main course, our tour guide... More 

Thank david r
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Vegetarians stop reading now. There are dishes here for you but Beef and Pork is king in the huge Old San Juan favorite. Now I'm a big fella and my cab driver from the airport told me if I wanted a great steak to come here. Well sure enough it was great indeed. I had a T-bone that was about... More 

Thank jayduck9
New Haven, Connecticut
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Old world recipes to love, just like grandma Nilla Zayas Torres used to make ! Rich in history,beautiful place.

Thank colonialnewhavenart
Belton, Texas, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Wandering thru Old San Juan we decided to eat here. Nicolas was our server and he went above and beyond, he brought us samples of Mofungo so we could decide if we liked it. He helped with recommendations of dishes to try, he was attentive and polite. He even recommend some local sites to see! I completely recommend this restaurant... More 

Thank Gross2013
Gassville, Arkansas
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I admit it was a large group affair, but it felt rushed and not well presented. The group was sited at long tables against walls and then asked to bring our plates to a buffet line. We either let the last person crawl over everyone and then they could go back to their seat easily or vice verse. The food... More 

Thank Nomibird
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Stopped in this wonderful restaurant on the recommendation of a former resident of Puerto Rico. We arrived by cruise ship and were there for the day. The walk was short and we saw charming local homes and local cats that the area is known for. We opted to sit at the bar where we order appetizers and drinks. Miguel, the... More 

Thank karen l
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

They are great..nice portions of food..quality nice service but it looks sloww but they ahd a lot of people pending...dont go with hunger and prepare to wait..

Thank cjcorcino
Rincón, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

The ambient and the location is awesome and worth visiting at least once. The food is average at best. We got our meat cold after waiting over an hour. The side are extremely small. I mean, we purchased a family meal and got a great portion of meat (cold and a bit chewy), but sides that only one person could... More 

Thank ultraj1004
Oak Grove, Missouri
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

We stopped here for lunch on a Sunday. We was there at 1:15 and got right in. Actually we were walking out the door about an hour later. We ordered a group meal. We are a family of four and felt like their was plenty of food . The fried plantains was yummy. We ordered a mix of beef, chicken... More 

Thank TnTDean

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Caribbean, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carr. 771, km 9.3, Barranquitas 00720, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  Barranquitas
  • Phone Number: +1 787-857-2628

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