We recently stayed in San Juan and visited Ficus Mexican Bar & Grill. It is located just a stones throw from the convention center. The entrance confused us because it was clogged up with trash and cases of beverages, but we eventually realized it was the primary entrance (strange).
The restaurant is completely outdoors but almost all of the tables are under a large canopy type cover. We were seated quickly and ordered local beer. The selection of beverages is fairly typical for Puerto Rico - several American brands and the usual entries from the Caribbean.
We asked for and received tortilla chips that came with three different types of dipping sauces: a plain almost tomato paste dip, a spicy tomato/salsa dip, and a black bean type dip. The chips were fresh and the dips were pretty good. For main meals we had the standard Mexican entrees: Burritos and Tacos. The food was average - the outdoor seating made it pleasant.
But then, they had a DJ start blaring music so loud that you could not hold a conversation. This was in addition to music that the restaurant was already playing over the overhead speaker system. We requested (several times) that the restaurant ask the DJ to lower the volume, but that never happened. As a result we could not really hear each other talk, so we finished our meals, paid our bill, and left.
We went elsewhere for after dinner drinks (if the music had been toned down we would have stayed at Ficus).
If you are in the area and you are hard of hearing (or the DJ is not there) and you are OK with average Mexican food in a pleasant outdoor setting you might enjoy Ficus. If the DJ is active you may want to wear earplugs or dine elsewhere.
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