About El Asador
El Asador, where you can find the best seafood and meat cuts, as well as some Puerto Rican cuisine, has a prime location near Old San Juan"s entrance, and right in the heart of the Old City's nightlife. The stylish and exclusive décor of this Bar & Restaurant, accentuated by a magnificent interior patio, provides the perfect environment for a delightful, cozy and sophisticated experience. Whether you are looking for an early lunch, a romantic dinner, or even if you are looking to have a couple of drinks with friends, El Asador is your ultimate destination.
San Juan, PR 00901
Seafood, Puerto Rican, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Open seven days a week from 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Callejon de la Capilla
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
El Asador, where you can find the best seafood, meat cuts, and Puerto Rican cuisine has a prime location near Old San Juan’s entrance right in the heart of the Old City’s nightlife.
Private Party Contact:
a Private Event Coordinator: (787) 289-9966
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
El Asador Ratings and Reviews
I like that the tables aren't really close to each other as that means a little more privacy. The background music though was louder than I would have preferred.
The rest room was clean but needs more light.
The service is very slow.
The food is delectable at a very good price.
Dinner was to celebrate my wife's milestone birthday, a part of the plan since vacationing at Puerto Rico, Old San Juan. We made reservations, only to show up to an empty restaurant. That should have been our first clue. There is only ONE type of red wine and it is a house wine, $10 per glass. The waitress seemed more engaged with her phone than with our service. The meal was only meh.... we ordered the steak and baked potato... no butter, no sour cream, they don't serve that. Salad was awful, I have purchased better pre packaged from the supermarket. Overall, disappointed.
We went for lunch on a weekday and had the place almost to ourselves. I don't know why because the food was absolutely phenomenal. It was the best and freshest food I have had over three different trips to the island. We spent about 200 dollars, including tip for 2 appetizers, a salad, and three entrees. Complimentary mushroom risotto before the meal was amazing. Service was notably good as well.
We made a reservation, showed up on time and were immediately seated. Unfortunately this was the best part of our experience. The hallway we were seated in had way too much volume on the speaker above our table so we were near yelling to talk to one another. After 30 minutes a waitress came by to take our order. We were informed that several dishes contained items they were out of so we scrambled for replacements. We put our entire order in (ie drinks and food) at one time. We then noticed not one on person was eating. A table near us walked out, a table of six people seemed to be considering leaving and from our vantage point we could see the kitchen. Nothing was coming out in the way of food. After another 15 minutes of waiting without so much as a glass of water we left as well.
I understand restaurants working on "island time" but this was way beyond simply moving slower than mainland Americans are comfortable with in service. It was unorganized and no one seemed to be able to prioritize their work. The restaurant is beautiful and in such a great location. Some basic support of wait staff and kitchen help could make this a great place. Instead a half empty restaurant had people walking out. Ouch!
Horrible service. Took an hour to get drinks, and a hour and a half for food. By the time we got our drinks, the ice had melted and they were watered down. The side salads did not have dressing even after it was requested. Three different groups walked out during our span there.
Will never go back.
1. I set reservation for 7:00 pm on the Open Table app. They had no table for 7pm, so they leave us in the bar until 8:15.
2. Every drink arrive with 15 mins difference.
3. Appetizers arrive after 9pm.
4. Food have many inconvenients. The waitress came back several times to gives us the news they don't have the food we ordered. She last more than 20 minutes between every notice.
5. Food was good and at the end, they apologize and didn't charge for drinks.
We are giving one star in all required categories only because we never got to actually experience the restaurant other than passing it several times during our visit to Old San Juan. We received a call from the restaurant manager a few days prior to our confirmed reservation advising that the restaurant would not be open on the night we chose and they were therefore cancelling our reservation. We were disappointed and had to scramble to get another dinner reservation for that night. We passed the restaurant several times the night of our reservation and it was open so not sure why we were cancelled. It looks great from the outside and the posted menu looked very good as well. Would love to have experienced the food. Great location.
It is true that this restaurant only has 2 people on the floor, one waitress and one bartender that divides her time as bartender and waitress. However, we had no complains of the service. They were both attentive and we felt the service was very good.
The food on the other hand was disappointing... The only dish worth trying again was the mushroom risotto they brought on the house. The seafood we ordered was tasteless and rubbery and expensive for what it was...
The drinks were good. Perhaps this is the reason why the bar was full and the tables were empty... It's sad to see they have such a great spot in Old San Juan and they are not making the most of it.
Absolutely one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. The food is tasteless, rubbery, and served in inconsistent portions. The staff is unreliable. They do not check-in with the table and serve the food and drinks without a server's tray. Do not be deceived by the pictures and high rating. El Asador was a disastrous Saturday night dinner. No wonder the restaurant was empty on a Saturday night. AVOID!
Found this place on Open Table and really enjoyed it. A very nice find after a great afternoon roaming the streets of OSJ and the fort
Friendly service and good apps, we shared some items and have some drinks in the open air of a very nicely done space.
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The restaurant is not air conditioned, so we were trepidatious; however, there were ceiling fans and nice breezes. The drinks were delicicious--try the passion fruit punch-- and our shrimp mofungos were quite good, but enough for two people to share. Would recommend this as a good lunch spot in Old San Juan.
Yes we arrived right on rime and an hour eight before closed however one waitress came saying rhat only had two items available out of menu which ia quite good dor eaters no doe new comers in other words we never get the chance to be surprised by a new Asador improve creation but subtly expelled from the restaurant without having a bite.
El Asador is a very nice looking bar/restaurant. After that, it's all downhill. It took 1 hour for our food to arrive, and it was very underwhelming. Our group ordered Seafood Mofongo, Chicken Mofongo, 2 fish entres, and chicken Caesar salad. The salad was the only one with a positive review. And to make matters worse, there were only 2 people working the floor of the entire bar/restaurant! I heard them turn several dinner parties away (before we had received our food), saying "the kitchen is closed." This was on 12/29, one of the busiest weeks of the year! This is a nice looking place to have a drink, but there are much better restaurants in Old San Juan.
We were looking to get away from the rain, and saw people eating inside, in spite of a sign which said "waxing salon". The lunch turned out to be simple but perfectly cooked: grouper with mango/lemon sauce. We decided to reserve for dinner two nights later and had another wonderful meal. This is unpretentious Puerto Rican cuisine cooked perfectly; service was excellent both times.
By far the worst dining experience we had ever encountered. The service was TERRIBLE. We were a party of 8 with a reservation. We showed up on time for our 8PM reservation - our table was not ready so we stood around while they pushed 2 tables together and put plates out (meanwhile, the place was empty). The waiter was completely unfamiliar with the menu - couldn't even get the drink order correct. We were uneasy but decided to stay through appetitzers to see if it got any better. Some of the appetizers came out, some of them came out different than what was ordered and some of them didn't come out at all. We left the restaurant an hour and half later in search of a decent place to enjoy a meal. Truly AWFUL!
I really wanted to like this place. The menu looks delicious, and the place is beautifully done. But when you are out of most of your food, including the advertised prix-fixe at $23.50 and everything else on the menu, we went elsewhere. Be sure to check that they have food before going.
First the good news. The waiter was very nice and hard-working. Two of the three dishes we ordered were good. And El Asador is a charming looking tavern in a historic building.
Now the bad news. Waits are interminable, with several tables of clients leaving in the process. The prices are as high or higher than in some of the best restaurants in San Juan (like Casa Lola or Oceano). Water is served in plastic cups. Seating is mostly on picnic benches. There is only one, overpriced, red and one white wine by the bottle. The fried calamari were the worst I have ever tasted.
In sum, It's a good place to drink --at the bar, where you don't need to wait so long for service. But as a restaurant, it's a pure tourist trap.
This place looks attractive but please avoid it at all costs. The food is mediocre at best, especially considering the exorbitant prices, and the service takes forever. It took an hour and 15 minutes for us to get our appetizers. The fish was bland and overcooked and the pasta tasted like Chef Boyardee. The waiter spilled water on our table and never cleaned it up. Even the mojito, which they claim is the best in PR, is fine but not superlative.
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