Barrachina

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Located in Old San Juan, just one block from La Fortaleza (the Governor’s Mansion) Barrachina restaurant has been catering to tourist and locals for over 40 years in the old city. The surrounding beauty of a colonial building over two centuries old with an interior courtyard and magnificent tropical foliage is the birthplace and home of the world famous piña colada, where don Ramon Portas Mingot, first made the famous drink in 1963. A visit to San Juan is not complete without Barrachina.

For reservations for the Flamenco show on Friday and Saturday evenings, please contact the restaurant directly.
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. The Pinia Colada was wonderful best I have had. We had the seafood specialty for 2. The portions was generous and the amount of sea seafood was perfection. The lobster tail was large to share. Our waiter was Caesar he was gracious and took good care of our dining experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night

LJ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience seeing the Flamenco show. We loved the food so much, we were so glad to go back!

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing especially the shrimp mofongo.....the pina colada was excellent

M
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place and reasonably priced. Excellent service and free entertainment. Pina coladas best I had in Puerto Rico. Cheers!

T
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was incredible and our food was just as good! Very impressed.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place--the pina coladas lived up to expectation and the paella was amazing! Thank you for the great experience!

MM
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Its a very nice place. Great service and the food is excellent.

BH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner & a Pina colada. Good,drinks & service were all wonderful.

OT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If you are looking for a homey environment, good food with great portion size and walking distance in old San Juan then this is the place for you!

s
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I think being the birthplace of the Piña Colada has been lost on Barrachina, as its distribution from your run-of-the-mill margaritaman machine severely cheapens the brand. I get it, you need to dispense copious amounts of the stuff to fulfill demand induced by the claim. Nevertheless, it brings it down to the level of tourist trap.

That said, we probably would have waited less time for a Piña Colada: it took twenty minutes to been seen by our waiter, and enough time to be overlooked by many others. Water was another ten, beer another ten after, food some time after that. The food was nothing special. Mediocre at best, sad at worst. I guess the positive is none of us got sick.

We spotted our waiter across the courtyard in the other “dining room”, so I’m guessing the poorly performing hostesses forgot to let him know we were seated. At least they were quick to put up their “only parties with reservations” after they sat some locals (parties of 2 and 8) ahead of other tourists who were waiting long enough to remind the hostesses they had been. So I don’t hold it against him, and we tipped customarily (18%).

There’s nothing special here, and I’m not sure why it’s on every cruise ship captain’s “recommended list”. But do come if you want to tell all your friends you came to the birthplace of the Piña Colada.

DF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

This was truly a disappointment. This restaurant was recommended by the concierge at our hotel, and I told them they really need to take it off their list. There was nothing redeeming about this experience.

First, the food. The coconut mahi mahi and shrimp: The fish was inedibly overcooked (I left all but one bite behind on my plate), and the scant sauce was sugary and cloying. The beef fajitas were forgettable. The children's steak was chewy and overdone.

Second, the service. We waited an inordinate amount of time for our disappointing food. Like, close to 90 min. Our waitress was sweet, but unapologetic - she had cautioned us not to order food that would have taken "35 min" - but kind of shrugged when we were 1h+ past ordering our food that was not meant to take longer. After a while, I told a manager I was getting set to leave and get my kids some pizza - after which, food magically and quickly appeared.

To their credit, they took quite a lot off the bill, which I really appreciated. But it stinks to have such a bad meal on vacation - they can't give me back my time, and they couldn't remedy the poor experience.

Do yourself a favor and skip Barrachina.

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

Service and everything eas beyond expectations,really only had one complaint and it was Pork was way too salty besides that food was amazing,Pina colada was the best i had and waiter went above and beyond with service

t
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went twice, tried Mofongo for the first time, not much to say. Went back for the paella, excellent

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waiter Edgar was fabulous! He did a great job. Food was tasty! The hostess wasn’t good. I felt they didn’t want to seat us because we were tourist even though I had made reservation a month ago. Her behavior toward us was so off putting I would not return. I think there are many wonderful places to go. I would recommend another place besides this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Do not recommend. Took an hour and half to get food it was cold and over cooked. I told the manager I refused to pay for the food and we got up and left. There were two other parties around us that got up and left with zero food.

SS
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing and relaxing dinner! The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and we loved our pina coladas!

D
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Staff was totally overwhelmed. Host was rude. Seemed like a tourist trap.

TB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time the food was great, staff was great I definitely recommend

JA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was phenomenal the mofongo was one of the best I’ve had and trust me I’ve had plenty. The piña coladas is a must have even if it’s just one you have to try. I would have given it 5 stars but we made a reservation and checked in 20 min early just so they were aware we were there and even with that they forgot we was there I walked up 5 min after our reservation and the girl just forgot and then offered us a seat outside which we didn’t want but she said if we wanted to sit inside it would have been another 20 min wait. Beside that the wait was worth it great spot

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, son and I came here for my my husband’s birthday. We wanted to dine at the birth place of the pina colada! They were amazing, we ordered the lobster and chicken merchano. Everything was delicious, the ambiance is relaxing. Definitely recommended it.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Drinks was delicious food was mediocre

FS
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Grouper was very disappointing. Very mushy and grainy. More like talapia or flounder. White wine was initially served at room temperature. Not much interest from waitress. Very disappointing experience.

d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was ok but not the best in this category of cuisine. The waiter had a little attitude and the wait for additional drinks was unacceptable long.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Super slow service and food was not good. Drinks were good though

DO
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service AND fantastic Pina Colada's! A little noisy but lots of fun.

SO
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very meh. The appetizers were much better than the meal. Pina coladas were great but very heavy and filling. Grouper bites were the best thing of the meal. Our mofongo was tasteless and the skirt steak was tough, over cooked and covered with what tasted like canned brown gravy.
Our waiter was excellent and quickly brought food and drinks. This place is not worth their advertising.

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

Go see the flamenco show because it is worth it. Food was okay, but drinks were very good. Service was okay not impressive but still managed to get the food out.

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here and had a wonderful time!

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Fish was very dry, order was mixed up, dishes devoid of flavor. Decor was tired, place mobbed by cruise ship groups. There are much better places to eat in Old San Juan. Disappointed.

N
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

after reviewing this restaurants numerous on-line reviews, we decided to try it and were VERY disappointed with everything about the restaurant. The atmosphere was drab and uninviting from the minute we entered the restaurant, there was no "vibe" to the place; the food was bad to say the least. The pork chop was inedible it was so over salted and tough i could not cut it with a knife. The other two entrees and appetizers we ordered were greasy, so salty and without flavor. Contrary to their very visible on-line favorable reviews, I would NOT recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, this is a tourist "go to". All the food is fried and brown. Not particularly nice décor.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Old school restaurant. Claim to fame is the invention of the pinacolada on site. It’s a decent cocktail, if you like really sugary drinks. The service was average, the restaurant is a little dated but seemed clean. Did it once for the experience, no majorly compelling reason to return.

l
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome traditional place to go in Old San Juan with great food, drinks, and atmosphere. I suggest you make a reservation because it does get crowded. Overall great place to eat if you want a cultural experience while traveling

MM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was the best ever. Great food and great Pina Coladas.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Awesome food as always. Never a bad meal. Our entire party of 7 loved their dishes and the pinã coladas. Service was a bit lackluster as our server never informed us of the specials or asked if we wanted more drinks after our round of frosty deliciousness. I’m sure I would have had another and another!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

If it wasn’t for our wonderful server, Victor, I would’ve given a 1 star or less rating.

The restaurant had a sign up at the front that they were completely full and only accepting reservations, yet half the restaurant was empty. We had a reservation, but waited 10 minutes after we arrived for the hostess to come back to the front to seat us. It took over an hour for our meals to arrive and, when they did, they were all cold. My party and I ate maybe 2 bites of the food and couldn’t stomach any more. It was clear they were understaffed in the kitchen and weren’t trying to make up for that in anyway.

I expected my experience to be better based on the decent reviews this place had. The only bright side of this experience was Victor, who was incredibly apologetic and a very nice man. I would not recommend this restaurant to even my worst enemy.

S
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding snapper and very attentive staff. Would definitely come back again.

A
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Second time there! Food, service and of course Pina Coladas fabulous! A must try!

RF
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Rude host. Waiter was ok. Service was slow and food was bland and tasteless.

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