Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize

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207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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International
CASUAL GOURMET FOOD IN THE HEART OF CONDADO

Balanced & mindful plates made with a Mexican heart and a "glocal" approach. Serving lunch & dinner paired with specialty wines, champagne & signature cocktails. Freshly baked pastries and cakes ready to eat or made to order by renowned chef Paulina Escanes. We serve Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
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vipOrlandoG
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Good service. Good deal to bring your own wine on tuesdays

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you so much for reviewing our restaurant. You are very welcome anytime.

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vipTango
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal, and our server Gabrielle advised us on what to get and it was all delicious, thank you! Also, the weather was iffy and we wanted to sit outside so Adi (sp?) reserved a spot in a more sheltered location. Thank you all for taking such good care of us!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 9 March 2020

Wow, thank you so much for this great review. And thank you for mentioning Gabi! She’s great!

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Gabriela
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

La comida tardó más de 45 minutos (eran 3 platos) tuvimos que hablar con la gerente para averiguar por qué se estaba demorando tanto la comida porque luego de tomar la orden la mesera nunca volvió a pasar por la mesa.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 9 March 2020

Lamentamos mucho que esa haya sido su experiencia. Los que estamos en esta industria sabemos la importancia de un buen servicio. Estas críticas no nos las tomamos livianamente. Nuestra promesa hacia usted es que discutiremos esto con el equipo. Ojalá un día nos de otra oportunidad, para que pueda ver que esto que sucedió fue una excepción.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pancakes by far.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 3 March 2020

Wow, that’s a bold declaration hehe!! Thank you sooo much for that!!

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Katy
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. My favorite margaritas ever! The dish with the catch of the day was very flavorful and the taquitos outstanding. Will definitely come back.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank you so much, Katy! We really appreciate your review. Hope to see you soon again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, warm personal service, nice vibe.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you so much for reviewing our restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavor. Good portions. Friendly staff. Highly consistent.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 3 March 2020

We love reading this! Thank you so much for writing a review for us. :)

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vipDinerPatron
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food fresh and delicious international flavored comfort food.
Burts with flavor and originality
Decor is basic but inviting.
Desserts over the top!

I would eat here weekly if i lived here

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thank you very much! You are welcome anytime. :)

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PLORTIZ1963
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. Service was too slow because the restaurant was so crowded. I will recomend it.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We are happy you enjoyed our food. We take every observation very seriously. Thank you for that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Exceptional service and ambiance. Best meal I had in San Juan in a very long time. Iva took care of us, and was wonderful! This restaurant is a must go-to when in PR. It does not disappoint.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 23 February 2020

Thank you very much for this review!! Those are big words. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Unspectacular...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. This was the best meal we had among all the nice restaurants we tried during our week in San Juan. The desserts were amazing! Get the al fajores!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 23 February 2020

We love hearing about experiences like yours. Thank you so much for posting this review.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent all around except for the service which could have been better by checking more often of we needed water or taking our dishes as we finish each course.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 15 February 2020

Thank you for posting your review! And for bringing the information to our attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfecf! Perfect balance of food quality, flavor, service, ambiance, and price. Will def return!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 15 February 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed our restaurant! Thank you so much for posting your review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for Valentines Day while we were visiting San Juan. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our waiter was Angel and he was fantastic. We had the bubbly cheese appetizer which I strongly recommend. We both had fish for our entrees. My wife had the salmon and I had the catch of the day. We both enjoyed our dinners. They were perfectly prepared, delicious to both the eye and palette. For dessert we had the white chocolate brioche. Get this, you won’t be disappointed.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 17 February 2020

We are thrilled you had a great Valentines Day with your wife. Thank you for mentioning Angel, he is a great guy and an excellent server.

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Mari
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experiencia inmejorable! Platos variados, servicio impecable.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 17 February 2020

¡Qué lindo review este! Gracias por tomarse el tiempo en escribirlo. Se nota que tienes el don de la palabra. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrive with no expectations, first time at the place and a couple of recommendations

Once we open the door a friendly face was welcoming us, one minute after we were at our table, and we meet EMMANUEL our waiter, so kind and friendly, professional and explicit , we just simply love his easy going explanations about everything dish and wine suggestions.

Emma left to place our order, and reappeared with 2 little glasses of red wine to try before order, to help us decide.

We ordered the Queso artesanal al horno and Torta de Elote Escanes for entree, main course Filet Mignon and Apple pie as dessert!

The food was flawless!

We were enjoying our dessert very in to it, when Emma appears to ask us how was everything, we where so happy! My husband was so pleased. Emma makes a stop and said! Omg that’s not your dessert! This is the white chocolate one, it was a mistake. But honestly we didn’t care was so delicious! I was trying to find the apple but it was insane good that I really didn’t care about the apple anymore.

At the end Emma removed one of our drinks from the check as a courtesy for the confusion with the dessert (totally unexpected and unnecessary) but we appreciate his honesty and great customer service.

See you soon Emma! New regular clients now! Hope you can read our review

Best wishes!
K & M <3 PRE VALENTINES DATE <3

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 15 February 2020

Thank you for posting your review and for mentioning Emmanuel, he is truly a great server. Hope to see you soon!

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LymariM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good ambiance, amazing service!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 15 February 2020

Thank you so much!!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very good. The ambiance is relax and enjoyable. The food was pretty good, everything was so fresh and a really good taste.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you so much! The team loves hearing good feedback. :)

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vipCitychick26
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Outdoor dining! Daily fresh fish deliciously prepared. The torta was amazing. Wish I had room for dessert!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 9 February 2020

Thank you so much for posting this great review!

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vipjrmontes
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

being at paulina's is like having a dinner party at home, everyone is so friendly, food is fresh and they are very accommodating to individual requests. Its our best neighborhood restaurant.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 1 February 2020

¡José Raúl! ¿Qué podemos decir de alguien que es parte de la familia? Gracias por ser una persona tan nice y por tomarte el tiempo en escribir este review. ¡Un abrazo!

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TaShih
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent value, wonderful food and beet sweet staff. Everyone working here is clearly happy. Great wine list and we loved our happy hour cocktails this evening. Terrific salads! Small plates are amazing. Saved room for desert on the second visit. Charming service from Emanuel. We were here in San Juan for 6 nights and ate here two of them, first and last. Would come back again in a heartbeat!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 5 February 2020

Thank you so much! And thank you for mentioning Emmanuel, he is a great person. :)

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Mojitolover
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friend’s Birthday Lunch!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you!! :)

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LambdaG
Houston
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far THE best brunch in Puerto Rico. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is chic, and the food I consistently delicious! It’s also a great value for the price point. Highly recommend!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you so much for posting this awesome review!!

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing. I died and went to heaven! Really the food is just so well done that is out of the common. They have many new and different plates every time.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank Karen! We really appreciate you taking your time to write this great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and service!!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you so much! :)

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GIOVIRD
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good and also the service. The only complaint is the long wait for our courses, but considering we were in no rush and the food was good, it was not an issue. I would not sacrifice the quality of food for faster service.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and for the review.

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StephanieM
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

READ THEIR RESPONSE! Was called stupid and then it was erased.
Can’t make changes in the menu without being charged extra I am in a keto diet so I cannot have rice or potatoes etc. and whatever change I would want to make it had an extra charge. I ordered the Churrasco and it was just OK it had a lot of fiber and it was kind of on the warm cold side. I went because my mother and my sister loved it but I was not impressed been there done that.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 26 January 2020

Que estupida..:. Our plates are designed in a specific way so our clients have a delightful meal. If it is your choice to make your own plate, we can do it with no problem but there might be a small cost involved because of the items been replaced and the extra time that our kitchen staff has to accommodate to you.

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BrianneF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible 5-person dinner at Paulina Escanes - Gournamdize! Our waiter Manu was so attentive and had fabulous wine recommendations for us. The food was so fresh and delicious, and the drinks/wine selections were great. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a small group or date night. I would highly recommend the Queso Artesanal al Horno and the Torta de Elote Escanes as appetizers and the Salmon Siciliano for dinner.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Thank you so much for leaving this amazing review! And thank you for mentioning Manu (Emmanuel)! He is truly amazing. :)

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meredithc
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was horrible-food decent-our waiter never returned to after placing our entrée order. I had to go to bar to get refill. We ordered 3 items to share for dinner and the 3rd item never came. Would not go again.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are so sorry to hear about your experience. It is clear that our service broke down during your visit. We take your comments very seriously and will investigate the situation to prevent it from happening again. Please, give us a chance to make it up to you.

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vipRusPat
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our neighborhood go to restaurant. The selection of food is excellent and the service attentive. Be sure and save room for desert, it is fresh and great selection. I am partial to the carrot cake, often doing carry out.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Thank you so much for posting your review! We are very glad you enjoyed our food and the service. If there's something we can do to make it a 5 star review, please let us know.

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vipBruceNYC
Caribbean
31 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful experience. The food is so creative and fresh. Service staff knowable and fun. Paulina visits the table, a nice touch. There is indoor or outdoor seating. Our party chose indoor seating. Its quite noisy inside so next time its outdoors. Highly recommended

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

The team here at the restaurant is thrilled to hear such a good review! Thank you so much, Bruce!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best meals we had in PR. We ate here twice! Very pleasant staff and good atmosphere. Thank you!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Wow! Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We will let our team know you ate twice here during your visit to Puerto Rico. They love hearing good feedback. Take care!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good!! I was expecting a more spicy aguachile. Budín was outstanding!!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Hi! Thank you! We are happy you liked our Budin de Chocolate Blanco! Did you tried our chile de arbol hot sauce? If there's something else we can do to make it a 5 star review, please let us know.

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vipJenn
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, dinner and staff were all amazing! Lovely night on the patio.

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vipALDLLO
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The elote appetizer and bread pudding were delicious. The lamb, potatoes and vegetables were tasteless.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Hi! Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed our Torta de Elote Escanes and the Budin de Chocolate blanco.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and amazing service!

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Very happy for that! Thank you for the review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulina Escanes is always a fantastic experience! We invited friends visiting from NY, they were very impressed with the quality of food and menu options. Our waiter Santa was delight.

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markh
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrrated wife's 60th birthday. Staff acknowledged an email request by me to make the night "special". Was given complimentary champagne for our party of 5 and "fireworks " at dessert.
Staff was friendly and very attentive without being obtrusive. Food was very good with apps outshining the main courses by a hair. Only disappointment was the snook (fish) dish, more as a result of not caring for the flavor of the fish itself rather than how it was prepared and presented.
Overall a wonderful evening

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

Hi Mark! We are very glad you decided to celebrate your wife's birthday with us!! We take service very seriously and reading this make us happy. Hope to see you soon again!

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JaimeS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful place...
Beautiful Lady...
Beautiful pastries..

In fact this restaurant seems to be a clear extension of her owner elegance.
Been there just twice and everything went just right. Interesting selection of wines. Well design. Pretty uncommon and very ecletic and accurate. Ms Escanes pastries are just love at first sight. No words make honour enough to them. Prices are the tip of the spear of this restaurant. The relation between quality and cost are extremely balanced. Organic ingredients, good cooking technique and creativity all around the menu makes of Paulina Escanes a great contender in El Condado restaurant fare.
Highly recommended!!!
My best wishes of success for Ms Escanes and her staff!!
JSN

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize
Responded on 24 January 2020

We feel very proud you noticed the quality of our ingredients. Thank you for recommending our restaurant and for posting this amazing review. If there's something we can do to make it a 5 star review, please let us know. :)

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Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 415-9400.

Paulina Escanes - Gourmandize is rated 4.7 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

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