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Vaca Brava

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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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New York City, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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27 reviews
16 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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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 

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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
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

When I go to a restaurant, one of the important things for me is the presentation. Here the presentation is aimed at people who like to eat excessively. The only thing I liked about the restaurant is where it is located. It has a country style, with a small stream, beautiful and located in the center of Puerto Rico. If... More 

Thank jeladeu
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

I love this place. Is so local and unique! The plates are huge and and food is delicious! I bring friends from outside of PR to this place everytime!

Thank Tesla09

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
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?