Fresh Caribbean seafood can be found at most San Juan Restaurants, but for a taste of something truly extraordinary only the best will do. Book a table at one of these imaginative seafood restaurants for an unforgettable experience.
Nothing exudes seafood and elegance quite like this unique, curvaceous clam-shaped restaurant perched delicately on a reflecting pool. Take your seat under one of the clamshell’s curving arches and peer out at the breathtaking view of the surrounding ocean. Despite the magnificent architecture, the real showstopper here is the food. There is no question that Perla is one of the best seafood restaurants in San Juan thanks to its decadent menu, which features dishes that are both delicious and beautiful. Start out with an appetizer of tender grilled prawns in a coconut curry sauce or a creamy, rich bowl of lobster broth. Seafood is a must for the main course, so try the pan-roasted sea bass served on a fluffy bed of truffle risotto or the more traditional seared snapper topped with a bright burst of pineapple chutney. Save room for dessert because you won’t forgive yourself if you bypass the chocolate soufflé served with house-made vanilla cream.
If you’re looking for romance with your dinner, book a table at Oceano, one of the most sensuous San Juan restaurants in a luxurious mansion on the beach. The sleek, modern oceanfront restaurant feels more like an exclusive club than an eatery. Grab a pre-dinner drink at the rooftop Luna Deck where you can enjoy a stunning sunset while you sample one of their signature cocktails. Try the Coral de Fuego, which as its name suggests, is a fiery red and orange mix of rum tinged with muddled oranges and cherries, or the 1800 Que?, a smooth and refreshing mixture of 1800 Silver Tequila with coconut water and pineapple juice. Head to dinner on the Moon Deck, where you can cozy up at a candle-lit table for two and watch the stars begin to emerge in the dark Caribbean sky. Start your meal with the Oceano Ceviche, king snapper marinated in a passion fruit dressing with crispy plantain chips. For the main course you can’t go wrong with the melt-in-your-mouth scallops served over a bed of sweet potato purée and topped with prosciutto di Parma. A romantic evening at one of the best seafood restaurants must end with a sweet dessert. Share the sumptuous Cuatro Leches, a decadent, creamy cake infused with brandy and topped with light-as-air merengue.
Home to one of Puerto Rico’s most prominent chefs, Santaella features local Caribbean flavors with modern flair, inside of a tropical jungle hideaway. It’s hard to take your eyes off the lush, green plants filling the view from the floor to ceiling atrium windows as you are seated in the, otherwise minimalist, dining hall. Start off with the Ahi tuna skewers drizzled in a spiced Asian marinade and pair them with one of their many designer cocktails. The hundreds of bare-bulb lights hanging above illuminate the colorful and refreshing Sandia Mojito, which is infused with watermelon, or the Tamarind Margarita, which includes Cazadores Blanco mixed with fresh tamarind juice and cinnamon syrup. For the main course, try the tender shrimp bathed in garlic cream sauce, served alongside a colorful mound of yuca mofongo. Cap off the amazing meal with the Nutella sandwich. It may sound simple, but the famous rich hazelnut spread never tasted so deliciously sophisticated.
Laurel Kitchen Art Bar
At the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in San Juan, the exhibitions aren’t the only art on display. At the museum’s restaurant, Laurel Kitchen Art Bar, chef Mario Pagan whips up breathtaking dishes that are both pleasing to the palate and to the eye. After a day spent exploring colorful works of art, stimulate the rest of your senses with the menu inspired by local flavors. Grab a table in the dining area filled with warm-wood and modern art accents, and start your meal with the creamy shrimp brulee with a crispy plantain crust. For the main course, try the tender Chilean Sea Bass drizzled with a rich wine and foie gras reduction. It’s almost too beautiful to eat.