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“Best Service and Best taste in PR” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Manolin Old San Juan

Cafe Manolin Old San Juan
Ranked #24 of 929 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Cafe, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Best Service and Best taste in PR”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

I went to Puerto RICO on bussines last year about seven times. On our third trip we were told to visit this restaurant and we made it from that point on our home away from home kitchen (restaurant). I can't wait to go back to the island to go back to Manolin. Best price, quantity and quality for any budget.

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  • Dutch first
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

This place is a simple and clean one. You can taste puertorrican cuisine for a very affordable price.

Visited March 2012
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Bayamon,PR
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“If you want local none touristy Place MANOLIN is the PLACE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

I found Manolin wondering around the streets in old San Juan and OMGGGGGG I tried the "Chicharrones de Pollo"( fried chicken chunks) AMAZING!!!! and to top it all off!!!! MOFONGO ( deep fried plantain mashed)and for Dessertis try the 3 leches, its out of this world ......as a local for sure ill be coming back to this amazing restaurant .

Price:
I didn't spend more than 20 $ for my girlfriend and I so its good for the budget traveler!
Quality:
The food is authentic Puertorrican made with great ingredients GREAT SAZON!
Atmosphere:
This restaurant made me feel like if i was eating at my Abuelas house.

Hats off to Manolin!

  • Visited December 2011
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“Authentic Style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

We stopped in this little cafe on a whim only to find it packed but we got lucky and found seats at the coffee bar, had a yummy mofongo, great coffee and service, wish I was there eating now! Oh and go early they do not stay open late.

  • Visited August 2012
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“A must: great local restaurant experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

My wife and I first discovered CM over 17 years ago during a cruise stop.
Looking for places to eat in Old San Juan we found out its still up and running. The new and improved Cafe Manolin And is still a gem.
Can't say enough about the food. It's not too big a place and it's still where the locals eat. First come first served. Need a table? Join the in-promptu line formed against the wall and mingle until one becomes available. Another option is the long counter where service is even faster.

A true local good quality experience if that's where you are looking for.

Total check for 4 with two beers and sodas: $47 (w/o tip). By far the most economical and best meal we had during our 6 day stay.

Enjoy!

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