About Nonna Cucina Rustica
San Juan, PR 00911
Nonna provides a unique ambience blooming with history where you can savor Italian classics dishes abundant with fresh vegetables, assorted cheeses, extra virgin olive oil and “live” homemade pasta.
The menu includes a selection of dishes ranging from antipasti, soups and pasta with a variety of meats and seafood. The pizzas are made with carefully selected ingredients including Caputo flour from Naples, Italy, extra virgin olive oil unfiltered and fresh mozzarella.
"La Nonna” was the precursor of this Italian cuisine where they used the best ingredients while preparing everything from scratch. It is a throwback to the traditional and rustic cuisine. We try to respect these methods and recipes from the past while integrating cutting-edge techniques.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Wed: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Saturday & Sunday Bellini Brunch 10am-3pm
Nonna Cucina Rustica Ratings and Reviews
Never again-the food was good but way too overpriced for the type and quantity of food. Smaller portions and the online menu advertises differently than actual menu. They were out of our wine choices, the service was nonexistent, we waited forever for our food, cheque, and change. I heard such good things, but I would never go here again.
Cute italian place off the beaten path with friendly and attentive service. Great flavors on the beef carpaccio. Other items seemed to be frozen or prepared in advanced and were not fully warm like the Arancini, tomato sauce, sausage pasta. Branzino was simple and good. There were a lot of big parties when we were there so perhaps bad timing but will not be going back.
We had a group of 8. 4 locals and 4 from out of town. We ordered multiple dishes and passed around. The gnocchi was the stand out dish that was enjoyed by all. The butternut squash soup and the squid ink pasta were awful and were not finished. Soup was bland and thick the pasta was tough and the shell fish was "fishy". Everything was salted with a heavy hand. I would pass on my next invite.
This was a very good choice for us on our last night on our last visit to Puerto Rico. After a week or so of wonderful Puerto Rican food, I can never forget Italian. I got the casoncelli which was great. My wife got the Branzino (sea bass cooked in parchment). She LOVED IT! It was by far her favorite meal in Puerto Rico! Fish comes with the head, tail, the whole cannoli... (Caution - watch the fish bones, they're small and while stealing a bite, I almost choked on mine). Service was exceptional.
One thing about this place, however, is they do sit the table next to you very close, which some don't like.
Worth a visit!
This was our first visit to this restaurant on our vacation to Puerto Rico. They make their own pasta so they were creative and delicious. Their prices are fair and their service is very welcoming. They seem to have a great following. We returned another night for a salad and their pizza. Their ingredients are fresh and good quality. Jan is very attentive and makes sure you are happy and satisfied.
I am one of the many rave reviews of Nonna Cucina Rustica on Open Table. This place is more than amazing; it’s incredible. They take great pride in providing freshly prepared dishes that make you want to come back every meal. We made reservations on our second visit to San Juan for Saturday brunch. And again it was one of the best meals that we had. You must try the Tiramisu pancakes. I cannot say enough good things about them. They are exceptionally good. This visit, I had the steak and eggs. I have never been a great fan of steak and eggs, until now. There is no comparison to the any that I have had in the past. These were by far the best prepared of any. You must go here if you are in San Juan. You will not be disappointed, trust me.
Myhusband and I received recommendation from hotel concierge,
it was our last night on the island.......we were very pleased with choice.
Wine list,friendly service,fresh madepasta.........fish was very well baked& goat cheese ravioli
delicious.........very unique desserts.
our server was not happy that night and not very enthusiastic with us. He took our wine order and came told us that they out of that wine and we order another wine after 15 minutes he came with first order he told they didn't have. My entrée was fantastic but not all felt the same of their order. Comfortable place but not my favorite.
Amazing italian restaurant near Calle Loíza. They make their own pasta so you get a very fresh flavor when your food is served. They also have a variety of plates in their menu, including a couple of risottos (the lobster & champagne one is my all time favorite). Try the arancini and the meatballs (polpette) as appetizers. Their ricotta gnocchi are so good and flavorful. They have a very small space and it gets packed, particularly during the weekend so I recommend you make reservations beforehand. They also serve pizzas; I've never tried them but some of my friends have and they love them. There's no parking but they have valet service, which has never been a problem for me. Service & the food in general are great so give it a try!!!
While visiting PR my friend and I ate at 4 different restaurants for dinner. This restaurant was excellent. Not the best out of the four, but it had some pretty stiff competition including Cucina Albierta which is owned by the same people. Good Italian food!
Duck ravioli appetizer was excellent. Entrees came before salad, but was corrected. Arugula salad was very good. Both entrees were fabulous - Paccheri with ragu and farfalle with Tuscan sausage. Chocolate cake was outstanding - nice and dense with chocolate frosting and hazelnuts served with hazelnut ice cream. Will definitely be back next time in San Juan.
An amazing surprise in San Jaun, found just by chance but returning again before we leave Puerto Rico. From the start the service was always present but never intrusive. The apps, drinks, and dinner all came at a leisurely pace yet never a wait and always prepared perfectly. Our server made great suggestions and helped to customize a dish for one in our party. He treated our 10 year-old like a young lady and all of his service was given with a personal touch. Desert was amazing too. Many locals as well as tourists that night. A nice sound level for quit conversation and lots of space between the tables. Noona's would fit perfectly in Boston's North End.
What I appreciated the most about my dining experience was the craftsmanship of the pasta. It was very fresh and well-cooked. Depending on the plate, the level of consistency was different according to the dish and it was always spot on. Next time, I will place an order for the uncooked pasta to take home.
This is our second visit to Nonna Cucina and once again the food and the service were outstanding. Located off the beaten track but just a short cab ride from the Condado or Isla Verde hotel area.
Not your run of the mill Italian. You won't find chicken franchaise or veal parm on the menu. Instead you will find dishes like lobster risotto with capers and fennel cooked in champagne broth or delicioys homemade pastas such as pasta dumplings stuffed with braised short ribs and sausage in pancetta, sage, and butter.
All of this in a small, rustic, cozy, welcoming environment.
Definitely worth the trip away from the hotel strip
My friend & 2 kids tries Nonna after reading the reviews on open table, we were not disappointed. The food was delicious, old school Italian pasta & risottos, good kids menu(2 little ones could share) so could the adults. The lobster risotto was amazing & love the cippola pizza. Its off the beaten path so the crowd is a nice mix of locals, tourists & families. Will definitely return next time in San Juan!
I visit Puerto Rico several times a year and love eating at Nonna Cucina Rustica which rivals any Italian restaurant in New York City with its original menu and atmosphere. Don't look for the common fare as all of the dishes on the menu are unique. Try the duck & pear ravioli (my favorite dish on their menu) and you won't be disappointed. The Branzino cooked in a paper bag is fabulous also.
Also they have great thin crust pizzas!
Food was great and our server was very helpfull in explainning everything. However, I found a piece of plastic inside one of my raviolis and didn't event get an apology! They tried to brush it off as a piece of onion, which it was obviously not and my dish didn't even had onions as one of the ingredients. An apology as well or at least a coffee or dessert on the house would have been nice. Totally dissapointed.
I used to recommend Nonna for brunch to everyone, they had the best french toasts and eggs bennedict I've had in San Juan. The quality of the food has decreased greately. The panettone french toasts used to be memorable because of the perfect consistence not the dried up mess I've tasted on the last brunches I've gone to. The mascarpone honey glaze wasn't appealing at all giving them a sort of coffeecake afteraste that ruined the experience. The eggs nonna benedicta used to melt in your mouth, when I had them the last time the black truffle fondata had a very grainy-sandy consistency and you couldn't even sense the black truffle, the bread was unsavory, flavorless unlike the dish I used to recommend to all my friends. The steak was a bit dry.
Aside from the food, the service was good, the waiter was very accomodating and responsive.
But, for those particular items, I don't think I'll be recommending it again.
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