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San Juan Cafe

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3314 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403-4116
+1 910-790-8661
Today
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Vaux-sur-Mer, France
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very good. They are so many interesting items on the menu. The ambiance is cute. On the other hand, the cocktails and wines are extremely expensive ranging from $9 to $13 which would be the price of a meal in many other places. I would not advise to go there to have a drink.

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Thank mapie654
Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to try San Juan Cafe after driving past so many times. Our dinner was on an early weeknight, so the place was mostly empty. There was a crowd up around the bar, who seemed like regulars. Our waiter was attentive and described several of the menu items for us. We ordered two different types of sangria. Our drinks... More 

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Thank Robert C
Wilmington, North Carolina
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We had the special tonight was pork tenderloin tacos with cheese and cabbage... there is a big selection of hot sauces to choose from!Quite delicious and very authentic!

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Thank ilmlunchbox
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We are from Puerto Rico and puertorrican dishes are excellent just as home. Dessert tres leche cup cake very good with twist. Margarita also good. Really very please with the place I realy recomend it.

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Thank Gilbert S
Wilmington
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I really enjoy the San Juan Cafe, both for the food and atmosphere. It does remind me more of places I have eaten at in the Caribbean than most other places in town. Had the fish tacos once (very good), and short ribs the last time. They were good but not great. Margaritas were very good!

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Thank Fotoefek
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

First the ambience, the music was Jazz not even Caribbean music. Then when we ordered the food, the waitress did not know chicharrones were which is a typical fried pork that is used for mofongo. Then we were told we could not have a Cuban sandwich or mofongo it was either or. Then we got burnt food, not even oyr... More 

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Thank Michael E
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I came here after ready some good reviews and I have to say that I can't be more disappointed. They call this place San Juan Cafe and sell it as authentic puertorican food and in all honesty, my German Rotweiler has more puertorican in his paws than this place. It feel so American that I wanted to leave. I asked... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

My fiancee and I just ate dinner here tonight. We were not particularly hungry having just returned from a trip to New Hampshire. We decided to come here before going home. I ordered Steak Mofongo and she ordered Ropa Vieja. The portions were more like a lunch size portion for both dishes with inadequate amounts of meat. This was very... More 

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Thank PJewett
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

They were a nice crew of people, in a well decorated restaurant but I asked for their soups and they said they have one meat and one vegetarian. Then when my friend ordered the vegetarian meal and soup, they found it contained PORK! There has to be a local problem with why everyone slips pork into meals on people, but... More 

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Thank A_Food_Snobbist
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109 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Wonderful food and atmosphere and the waitstaff was very friendly. Stopped in with some friends and we had delicious fried mashed plantains and an order of fried calamari for appetizers. I enjoyed the Lechon Asado and my wife liked her San Juan tacos. I had a margarita that cost almost as much as my entree (so beware!) but it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, South American, Puerto Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3314 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403-4116
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: +1 910-790-8661

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?