Asere

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159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Asere is Fine Puerto Rican & Cuban Cuisine! Taken from the best influences of Spanish, African, French and Caribean flavors. Here, the old and the new Cuba comes to life! The elegance of the Caribbean"s Paris of the 50's (as Cuba was known) is showcased in a variety of elegant delights, while the local flavors of today's Cuba come to life with authentic recipes from underground world of home-based restaurants in the island. Asere is located in front of one of the most flavorful Farmers Markets in PR, Santurce's La Placita. The old Spanish architecture gives life to a 2 story building desingned in detail to let you live the experience of visiting the legendary Cuba of the 50's and the hidden world of today's Cuban underground fine-dinning culture. Asere in Cuban slang means "hello,my friend!!!" so come around to La Placita in Santurce and experience the best in Cuban cuisine, Asere!
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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was wonderful, we enjoyed our meal so much. I would go back if I am in the area

OT
Caribbean
169 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent empanadas and Vaca fritas. We enjoy our food each and every time we visit.

DS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great night thanks to our wonderful server,Erik. He took the time to explain everything in the menu and gave us great advice. The food was absolutely delicious and all the seafood plates were super fresh . We left full and very happy !

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great we let her take the wheel on drinks and food and she directed us to some delicious apps, entrees portions are pretty big and drinks are strong HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FOR DINNER+DRINKS

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went there to enjoy lobster and mussels but at 7pm they were out of several dishes on the menu including these two items. We ended up ordering beef and salmon because it was late and we did not want to drive to a different restaurant. What a disappointment

OT
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Must try the rope vieja and the best mamposteo I've had while in Puerto Rico! Finished dinner with the tres leche which is absolutely to die for!!

AD
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! Great area!! Love the outdoor street seating!! Food was A1!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️service was perfect!!..

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, friendly service and incredibly unique atmosphere!

G
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right in the heart of La Placita, this is the place to be for a fun evening. The live music from next door was the perfect volume, the food was great, and the vibe was energetic. We went back again for the Empanadillas they were so good!

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fathers day

CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had made a reservation at Asere for 9 people on a Friday evening. Upon our arrival, the host greeted our group and told us that they had a table set up already. She guided us to the second level of the restaurant and to my surprise, she wanted to seat our group on 2 small sofas with a small round table. I explained to the host that this was obviously not what I was expecting as I assumed we were going to be seated at a regular table. She insisted that they could serve food in this area, but I told her this was unacceptable. She then explained to me that all tables were taken and she left. I stood there trying to figure out what to do on a busy Friday night because I knew it wouldn’t be easy to accommodate 9 people at any restaurant in San Juan. I went downstairs and told her to cancel the reservation because this was unacceptable and all she said was “okay, bye”. The host could care less and was very rude, which was a huge loss for the restaurant as we were going to spend quite a bit that evening. The location of this restaurant is in such a crowded area of San Juan and the restaurant is very claustrophobic. Would NOT recommend to anyone looking for a place to dine in San Juan. We ended up at Metropol in the Sheraton Convention Center and the service and food were AMAZING! Go there instead of this place because you won’t regret it!

SD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Not sure what anyone would sees in this restaurant. Service was terrible, food was at best ok, and the noise level high. The waiter didn’t understand us, and I spoke Spanish to him. A ‘one and done’ place for sure!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

RD
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great service to begin with. Very very nice server. We went early 7:30 and he just got buried as it got busy

N
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place, but it's very loud, even by PR standards, and the valet parking is good but VERY slow at times. The food is excellent and the bartenders are fabulous!

M
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service as well I definitely recommend this place also amazing drinks

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great. Excellent location.

OT
Caribbean
169 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. We always get the Vaca fritas, rice, and black beans.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and vibe. We will be back again.

FF
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant, excellent service, amazing cocktails, good Cuban Food.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation with my family.

JM
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good food. We had a tropical ceviche and empanadillas for appetizers and both were excellent. My wife had a whole red snapper which was superb. I had ropa viejas which was tasty but a bit salty for my taste.
Our server was friendly and provided good service

LM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great option if you're in la placita or interested in checking out the area. Beware that sitting outside can be LOUD, I was sad that the upstairs patio was closed for an event so we were seated in front of the restaurant on the street, on top of the action (and noise) of la placita. I was with older family members and we regretted our decision to sit outside. Food is good, drinks are better. We loved the coconut flan and flavored mojitos. Happy that they were open on a Sunday.

MH
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we've been to in a long time. The food is outstanding and the service is wonderfully friendly.

JT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend of mine was visiting from St. Louis. We went on Saturday night and loved it so much that we went back on Sunday night. Get an outside table and enjoy the nightlife and noise of La Placita while enjoying fabulous food and friendly staff. The bean dip with Taro chips, Pork tacos and Empanadilla de carne all rock. So good - we forgot to take photos.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only thing I was bummed about is that the rooftop deck wasn't open mid week. Food and service were amazing.

C
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Asere has a great ambiance. It’s a good place to go out to have drinks and appetizers but I would not recommend it for a big group. We went on a Saturday night with a reservation. It was really busy. We had a reservation for 8:30pm for a group of 10. We were running late due to traffic and spoke with the hostess at 8:33pm to say we were still enroute. (Note if you’re going on Saturday La Placita gets packed with people/cars, so come early!). We got there at 8:40 and though they didn’t admit it, they gave our table away by mistake to another group of 10. We didn’t sit down until 10pm. They did apologize many times and even gave us complimentary drinks. The staff was very friendly even in this situation and we were always approached with smiles. The food was okay and took a while for it to come to the table. I ordered the vaca frita and congri. The vaca frita had good flavor but was doused in oil and the congri was hard. I’m part of a Cuban family so my expectations were higher.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiting staff was excellent, food was of high quality and quantity, and the atmosphere was just what we needed to start our night in La Placita.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Spot in La Placita! Highly Recommend!

TK
New England
56 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a fun & energetic restaurant. They had a birthday party and a bachelorette going on. So, it was a great vibe.
Service was attentive and friendly. They kept checking in on us and refilling waters.
Food was good as well. We got the baked empanadas, they were yummy and glad that they weren’t fried.
All of our entrees were tasty homestyle meals.
Mojito was refreshingly good as well.
Overall, a great place to go if you’re in party mode.

t
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at ASERE is delicious. We brought a family of 4 to join us and we were all happy with our choices. The highlights were the empanadas, the tuna tacos, the pork leg and red snapper. The service is excellent and you get the flavor of PR while dining at The Placita.

TC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here while we were vacationing in Puerto Rico. Ionex was one of the best waiters we’ve ever had. You must have the Cubano spring rolls and the ginger Mojito’s delicioso we will be back 💕

M
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding. Smallish menu but every dish was absolutely delicious. Wine list was inexpensive and had good variety. Space was cozy and lovely.

t
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Asere before and always love it. The 4 dishes we had were all great. Pork chop with mashed potatoes, pork leg, roast chicken with chayote and rice and beans and chicken stuffed with sweet plantains. Service was good and a fun time was had by all.

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall amazing experience. Food was delicious and service was outstanding despite the restaurant being so busy. Would recommend and return. I had the half chicken. Amazing!
Appetizers were delicious with the pescado chicharones which were really good. Don’t leave the island without tasting this little gem!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my 30th birthday dinner, and sat outdoors. Restaurant sits right in the middle of the music and dancing of the placita. Excellent service, great food and impossible to get a greater feel of the local nightlife.

LE
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. We had wonderful wait staff who made great suggestions. The ceviche was very good. The main courses were ok. The octopus was a little on the chewy side and the pork belly was dry. The chicken with gnocchi was excellent. The cocktails were very good. All and all, I would highly recommend Asere.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

I
Des Moines
19 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with a group of friends. Drinks kept coming quickly, service was good and we ended up eating several appetizers, which were all amazing, one of which was a plantain cup with beef. We ordered several. I will definitely return soon.

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Perhaps i visited Asere with my hopes too high. This place came highly recommended so i was quite excited. The tacos fell apart as i picked them up, the fried cubanitos were greasy, and the pan fried steak had the texture of styrofoam. I hate to be so harsh, and i rarely am. But i was so disappointed in their food. I honestly wonder if it was an off night or if this is just something the locals have become accustomed to. I will say, the drinks were absolutely amazing, but i wish our waiter gave us a little more attention so we could have gotten them on time.

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