Niche Restaurant

4.7
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403 reviews
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$31 to $50
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International
The stone walls, wood finishes and lounge style seating give it a sense of being in a remote and rustic location away from it all with only 8 tables. It’s a cozy and romantic ambiance, perfect for having a unforgettable dinning experience. Marriage of French and PR flavors.

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Mon - Wed 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Sat 6:00PM - 6:45PM

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Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

PLEASE READ: Niche is a small French restaurant inside of the Acacia Hotel in the Condado area of San Juan. The space is very small and intimate, which is perfect for a romantic dinner. The owner greets guests upon arriving, and describes the specials. We (two people) started with a Filet Mignon Carpaccio, which was delicious. The main courses took over an hour, however the Filet Mignon main dish was cooked to a medium rare, when I ordered a blue rare, and the lobster was overcooked as well. The owner tried to embarrass me by finding a picture of a rare steak on Google and waving it around the restaurant with his flashlight on to show me what he thought was a blue rare steak. When the second piece of meat was delivered, it was cooked correctly, but his ego got the best of him, and he made every effort to ignore our two-top table in this small restaurant. The server told us she asked him to comp a glass of wine, or the filet mignon, and he refused. He then came over to our table after we paid and told us to never return. Unfortunately, this poor gentleman is very lost in his culinary career, and is obviously very angry and sad, meaning he should probably stay away from the service industry, or dealing with people altogether.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, we went for my birthday and everything was perfect and spotless. Thank you again, David, for making it a special night!

DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food. Great Service. Great ambiance.

A
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my 5th visit and the 4th time I enjoyed the tasting menu. The food was not as impressive as in previous occasions, but it was still very good, particularly when you take into account the chef’s hospitality.

The entry white bean soup was fantastic. The salmon tartare was bland for my taste. The fish was excellent. The duck casserole with “gandules” was good, but I was a bit full by then. The “soufflé-like” lemon cake was good/fine, but I would not repeat.

Overall I still consider Niche Bistro one of the best, restaurants, if not the best, in PR.

JC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I made reservations based off of the reviews and I was greatly disappointed. While the service was great, it lacked in the food area.
First off it was quite expensive. All the dishes were $30 or more and not worth it. Had it been worth it then ok. I ordered a skirt steak and my partner ordered a filet mignon. We both watched each other fight to chew them and get it down our throats. And yes we ordered medium rare. So it should not have been tough at all. One was even almost rare. I’m not sure what exactly was going on. They also charge for the bread for the table. Which I felt was ridiculous. A cup of coffee is nearly $5 which was no more than three ounces and half frothed milk. I would not go back nor recommend to anyone for that matter.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If not the best restaurant in San Juan or Puerto Rico, is among the best. Small but big in heart restaurant with a blend of French and Puerto Rican cuisine in the Condado area in San Juan, Puerto Rico. You can't go wrong. Making a reservations is very recommended.

WK
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a lil nook surrounded by higher end bottles of beverage right outta da barkeep's stellar cellar for you to salivate, gawk at , imagine like a Pavlovian, taint tried that one yet, lez see here, $39 plus $46, oh yea $60 on appetizers.... tis a baller's paradise. The solid wood tables add to the refinement, spatial planning here. The shape of floor and formal dining accouterments all combine , yes, it's humbling, their fusion.

A real chef , Sir David, sent out hors d'oeuvre -- tuna bites , Asian something or nother dripped on -- before our entrees after two well formed appetizers disappeared on a moment's notice. David's pad thai , based in a smokey foundation features a " vegan " descriptor if you roll with those ethics [a place adjacent to Rincon's postmaster competes with this essence but his harbors a dark n smokey undercurrent that competitor lacked. Both are mighty sweet, btw, be warned -- well suited for a Brazilian.
At the coffee houses, btw, I'm tagged Mr. Sin Azucar.

My entree, David's simplified retro hamburger. Well done & refined by French training, he slammed that icon right outta the ball park. Even the potato wedges have hints of turnip mixed in, I'd venture to guess.

Cuisine aside, staff here shine; young , polite , appealing, ready to bring it when not soliciting valet service out front. It's not that vulgar Badda Bing crowd we know from Tony Soprano's Jersey bar. Sprechen sie French? She'll do it with glamour just for you, and that's not all...

Their music after sit down, balanced, crystal clear with healthy punch of bass --someone on back-end placed a woofer hidden in its nooks and crannies.

They answer direct when asked about withheld prices, too. Most of the customers , alas & alack, were of the clientele that cares not so much about one's tab billowing up & outward, up & away like nimble kiteboarders show us as their wind picks up just out the doors toward the sounding sea.

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a recent trip to San Juan my partner and I enjoyed two outstanding meals at Niche Bistro in the Acacia Hotel in Ocean Park. The menu is eclectic and creative, and the dishes were presented beautifully. Outstanding and attentive service in a very chic environment, combined with the highest quality food made for two memorable occasions. Niche Bistro is a small hidden gem!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carolyn & I totally enjoyed our experience at Niche 8-27-2019, just prior to the arrival of tropical storm Dorian. Venue is small & very intimate. Entire staff was engaging and exceptionally attentive to our every need or whim. We were treated very well here....and all things food and drink were exceptional. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

Michael (Washington DC)

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb!
Romantic ambiance, great service and extra- magnifique food! A treat to your senses!

JH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent meal. Everyone was attentive and eager to please with any request. Chef David is charming and his recommendations were very spot on. Definitely would go again

j
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magic place
Superb!!!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place for a very special dining experience. Small beautiful restaurant with a superb attention by his chef and owner David.

E
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Food!! Love that place just it was a Sunday and the chef was not there and you can feel the difference, in the ambiance mainly! Not a big deal will come back any day for more Porcini Veloutè!!!!

JM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing!!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% recomendado, la atención excelente, las entradas, platos principales y cócteles muy buenos.

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DM
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite having trouble with elect power the service was great. I know from previous visits the food is amaizing.
Looking forward ri return soon.

OT
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was awesome!!! Definitely worth it

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very small restaurant so I would recommend reservations. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and chose the five course tasting. Everything was excellent. To the staff: well done!

RD
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in Puerto Rico by far.

p
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time al Niche, our best dinner at this place so far, everything was simply spectacular!!!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine! Five course meal was an experience!
Will be back for sure!

AC
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El restaurante es pequeño pero bien acogedor, el diseño lo ayuda a ser cómodo. Todos los platos, desde el aperitivo hasta el postre, son experiencias al paladar a otro nivel. Las atenciones del Chef Chaymol y la mesera Audely son el complemento perfecto para las 5 ☆. ¡Los felicito!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef David is amazing! Not only his culinary ability but even more so in service to his guests. Niche is a hidden jewel. Small location, perfect for a romantic night but also great for gathering friends. Will be back... for sure many more times!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food exquisite , ambience comfy, service excellent. Lovely restaurant for a romantic dinner or the perfect hideaway from the daily routine.

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

WE ARRIVED ON TIME AT 7:30 PM. OUR FOOD ARRIVED AT 10:00. TOO SLOW AND TOO EXPENSIVE. $17.00 FOR A SOUP!!!!

MP
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing is .that because the place is soo small, u feel the eyes of waiters on top. And also for the female waitress should reserve her comments on the prices

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

Awesome service and food. The intimate setting made date night special!

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and the food. Chef David Chaymol is an excellent host and makes you feel like family. Recommend it 100%!

V
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little place, the food was ridiculously delicious. The chef/owner and the staff were excellent. Try the 5 courses, definitely worth the price. The wine list was decent, I will definitely come back, highly recommended

FM
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent, impeccable service. Will continue coming here.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food, snobbish service, gorgeous decor

D
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing hidden gem! We are so happy to have stumbled upon this quaint and delicious restaurant. The chef visits each table and does a fabulous job explaining the dishes as well as wine selections. The food is amazing and we loved the atmosphere. Be sure to visit Niche!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice small restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner.

S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef David is so engaging and never fails to deliver on an exceptional dining experience!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and everything we ordered was delicious.

PH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit!
My fiancée is French, I am German, the service was high end, very knowledgeable with multi languages.

The ambience is very romantic and cozy.

The food is 5 Stars, could match with the finest French restaurants in St Bath!
Best restaurant in Puerto Rico

AB
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time and not the last! Tried the Carpaccio, Tartare and Camembert, all fabulous! Surprisingly still had room for one more dish and asked for the Ribs with Gnocchi. Delicious but huge so we had to skip dessert. Next time I'll start with dessert and work my way back.

PL
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiamce. Great food. Great service.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food, Service, Crew, Ambiance & Chef!
Highly Recommend!!!

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