Mario Pagan Restaurant

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TZ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Very good food, representative of the region. Would definitely go back.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, great food. Excellent service. Beyond expectations.

JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, elegant in a very subdued manner and quiet which we really appreciated. The whole experience is very pleasant. Perfect, expert service by a very friendly staff. The food is superb: we devoured the the homemade bread. We shared the Brussels sprout 1st course, followed by red snapper in a carrot passion fruit broth that was unexpected and delicious. My companion had the lamb shoulder which fell off the bone and managed to be a light dish in this tropical setting.
We loved the bread so much, they gave us some to take with us. There was not a single tourist in the restaurant on a Saturday night, besides us. And the restaurant was packed. The sign of a good restaurant.

R
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The app really works. We asked for a table for two, private and discreet, and we got it. Awesome services at the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happened to book a last minute reservation and was thrilled with how great the experience and food was. Could not recommend enough for a nice date night or if you're looking for a fancier dining experience. Food was delicious and creative, and the staff was attentive. Definitely worth trying!

BB
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant for consistent, flavorful, inventive food. The staff is always on point and it is great to see Mario.

CG
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance!!

T
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I go often to Mario Pagan and this time was a disappointment at the service level. The waiter was late in ordering refills, offering coffee or desserts. All through the night we had to remind what to do. He spent more time talking with everybody rather than taking care. The bar noise was awful, it felt we were at a pub rather than a restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 4 adults went to celebrate my husband’s 56th birthday. Food and service were excellent! The “bacalaitos” chips were awesome!! Definitely will return to try the rest of the menu. Fully recommended.

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

Ian es excelente!! Nos encanta la coctelería de Israel!!
Extrañamos mucho el risotto de queso de cabra :(( pero fuera de eso, todo esta EXCELENTE!

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OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Simple, well decorated space. Great illumination and table distribution.
Service was good, not extraordinary, nor friendly.
The menu is well balance with a creative international and “puertorrican fusion”
My plate of lamb was surprisingly too cold to serve. They immediately corrected the temp.
Dessert was great.
Prices are high but it is a nice place, great location, good food and a renowned chef has his name on it.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, as always! Highly recommended!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

After being seated, it took the waiter 15 minutes before coming over to the table. One of our appetizers never came out, and the waiter did not even realize it.

l
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service very good but time between small bites and main dishes, unusually long. Should improve that

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Amazing food! Great service!

OT
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service ok, but should be more flexible and at least try

A
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mario to the Max!!
Service is impecable and food is divine!!!

v
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Possibly the best restaurant in Condado.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Como siempre, excelente.

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MM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited with friends from Peru. It was their first time at Mario Pagan. After dinner was over, they now put this restaurant as their favorite in San Juan.

OM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food extremely good. What I expected of renown Chef Mario Pagán

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The bar service took almost 40 minutes to get ya one drink...they apologized because one of the two bartenders was on vacation!
Seems the restaurant is fully staffed, in fact it looks over staffed but extremely uncoordinated...before dinner we had about 5 different servers come and ask us for drink orders; our appetizer order was taking forever and we asked another of the many servers he asked us “who took your order because it never went in”...

Nonetheless, the food was delicious and on point!

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

Excellent service. The food and the drinks were outstanding! We were seated quickly and the menu was explained in detail, which made it easier for us to choose. The kalamata butter was incredible; so were the cochinillo rolls and the crab appetizer (sorry, forgot the name). Highly recommended!

CR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, recommended by a friend and we had a great experience. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. I am still dreaming about the rabbit ravioli and the chocolate souffle with the orange ice cream.

MM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for service and ambiance. The pork chop was not tender because it was undercooked. They had to bring it back to the kitchen to finish cooking. The appetizers and bread were amazing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son’s 17th Birthday!!

HD
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasamos una noche especial en este restaurante. El sabor y calidad de la comida son espectaculares. Servicio amable y profesional. Excelente ambiente.

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OT
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio. Comida riquisima

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JS
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered hamachi crudo, duck confit pionono, and samplers consisting of 6 bite size items. Maybe we did not review the menu carefully. But all 6 sampler items were deep fried, and we regretted ordering them. If one or two items are deep fried, it’s not as bad but all were too much. When we go out to eat we would like to order bunch of appetizers to share. I wished the restaurant would get more creative than serving all deep fried bite size items. We had another reservation but decided to cancel. There are tons of other restaurants in San Juan that serve fresh food packed with full of flavor without deep frying.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular, como siempre.

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OT
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, the service was good. Great ambiance, highly recommend. We will be returning..

H
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fine restaurant, excellent service and adequate wine list. On the trendy side, which seems to be required to be successful these days. The chef is very successful and deservedly so.

OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

La atención en las mesas puede mencionarse como la nota fuera de tono en la evaluación. El estacionamiento 4, recibimiento a la llegada 4.5, acomodo 4.5, servicio en la mesa fue algo lento, dejándonos sin atención por periodos más largos que lo usual en restaurantes de esta categoría. En una ocasión se ordenó algo y no llegó, el encargado de la mesa se excusó como que no había escuchado la orden. Obvio que si la hubiese repetido al momento de tomarla no habría ocurrido. La comida toda de altura, incluyendo bebidas y postres.

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

Excellent food and service.

G
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant!

However, it is unconscionable to pay a $6 valet parking fee for this type of high end restaurant. I left a tip of $70, paid a sales tax of 11.5 % ($40.66), and on top of that the parking fee... Not good...

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was extremely salty

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Tuna tartare, alcapurria & gouda bites were amazing. Excelent service and nice ambience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular como siempre...

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