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El Popular

205 Calle Capitol, San Juan 00907-3026, Puerto Rico
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good42%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“steak” (2 reviews)
“mofongo” (4 reviews)
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Latin, Caribbean
205 Calle Capitol, San Juan 00907-3026, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to La Placita on a Friday night- it was like a huge block party with locals. Everyone was so friendly and we stumbled upon El Popular since I was hungry. The staff is tourist friendly and so helpful! We ordered the Empanadas de...More

Thank jblastravel
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This place has it all. Charm, history, service, great food and great people. I very much recommend the Arroz con Habichuelas y Bistec Encebollado (Rice and Beans with Steak and Onions) but pretty much anything here is good. I don't rate it higher because 1...More

Thank lrojeda
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I visited El Popular last Saturday October 1, 2016. This is a traditional local criollo food Restaurant at La Placita de Santurce. We had been there many times. Whenever we want to eat real criollo food that is the place. Robert, the...More

Thank Aury D
Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you want to go to a real local restaurant, this is the place. Minimalist but warrm, low cost and in the middle of the archifamous La Placita de Santurce.

Thank Reneadorno
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Traditional PR food. Try Mofongo and if you are a daring foodie like me try Gandinga. Cool place to stop while on the mercado

Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This place had great food. We had the scrambled eggs with the coco pancakes and they were amazing. It's definitely fresh and filling. Although the sizes are not shareable for eggs they are simply great. We also tried the guava and tamarind mimosas. Which were...More

Reviewed 25 April 2016

Good food to discover the culinary roots of the Puerto Ricans. Heritage flavors from aboriginal, African and Spaniard.

Thank Nallim S
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

First time visiting this place. Once you entered it's feel like you are on a traditional 50's place. Great food and friendly staff. The food taste great. Definitely will go again.

Thank epinero
Reviewed 28 October 2015

We bumped into this restaurant by accident, but it turned out to be great. We ordered some fried chicken and the mofongo with chicken, delicious! It's a cute restaurant where you will find a lot of locals. The prices are good and the food is...More

Thank Marije d
Reviewed 31 May 2015

Near the Placita del Mercado Santurce, this is a traditional little bar/restaurant with a limited menu of Puerto Rican dishes in the $9-10 range. Rice, beans, plantains, or mofongo accompanied by some sort of meat is what you get. I had the fried chicken which...More

Thank no_place_unlike_home
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9 May 2017|
Response from Aury D | Reviewed this property |
El Popular is a puertorican restaurant in La Placita de Santurce. They serves excellent local foods such as mofongo, rice and beans, fried chicken, and bistec enceballado.  The Menu is a variety of traditional food. The... More
Angel C
14 December 2016|
Response from Aury D | Reviewed this property |
Plaza del Mercado 205 Santurce Puerto Rico 00901 787 722 4653
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Calle Capitol, San Juan 00907-3026, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
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