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“Next to Convention Center, average food, LOUD music”

Ficus Mexican Bar & Grill
Ranked #762 of 1,050 Restaurants in San Juan
Price range: USD 5 - USD 20
Cuisines: Mexican, International
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

How can I review the s place without eating there? 2017 Annual Private Schools Convention .... annual event..... kitchen was closed at Lunch because they did not have enough personnel. Absolutely substandard management. I am forced to eat nothing because of isolation of place.... PPPPPP Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Mr Torres, do something!. Sat on a chair with stomach pangs.... then went to workshop.... Ficus = Hunger! Avoid!!!!

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I came here for lunch with my coworker during our break from a convention. We had to sit at the bar because the server wouldn't go by our table to take our order or give us menus. When we finally placed our order we waited for 40 minutes only to be told that it was going to take another 20 minutes to get our food. We cancelled our order and returned to the convention. NEVER AGAIN.

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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Great service and atmosphere! We were in for a conference and we're looking for something close to hotel. Next to the hotel and was very fairly priced.

Thank Lloyd-Melanie B
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We came here after being frustrated by the lack of service at the Sushi bar at the Sheraton. What a difference. Servers were awesome - fast, friendly, and very knowledgeable - and the food was great! We will return!

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