Vaca Brava - Old San Juan

4.2
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19 reviews
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$30 and under
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Puerto Rican
Vaca Brava is the most famous Puerto Rican steakhouse that spice your experience with farm to table ingredients and the heartfelt jíbaro hospitality. The platters themselves are grandiose odes to local comfort food, chicken wrapped in churrasco, wrapped in bacon and smothered in cheddar cheese. Try it family style or go for it solo with classic dishes like mofongo with carne frita. Kick back with a refreshing flavored mojitos like mango, strawberry and the shockingly good apple. Reserve today!
What 19 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
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3.9
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4.1
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RB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Desserts must be improved. The main plate was excellent but desserts were not good

Y
Phoenix
60 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I don't normally badmouth a place but this restaurant was terrible. We sat and waited for good 15 min when I tried to get an attention of a server but was ignored. Looking at the menu, there weren't too many things we would've enjoyed because a lot of deep fried foods which we don't eat.

So we got up and left. No one even noticed nor cared.

D
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good and the service is what needs help. They are short staffed so there are long waits . If you go you have to go with a large group of 5 or more like we did . We were a group of 6.

Thank you

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with amazingly delicious food. Great service!!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

service was one of the worst i have ever experience
food was cold and greasy nasty

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

We were visiting San Juan and the restaurant came highly recommended by a friend. Wow! Great food! Ribs were amazing! Too much food. Can’t wait to come back!

LM
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. The empanada app. The chuleta can can. The rice manposteado was my favorite. Delicious food. Good service. I would definitely recommend

MP
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! The food was finger-licking good!!! The server was very nice and attentive.

B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

While the food was a good, the ambience and service were atrocious. We waited almost an hour for our food while the restaurant was almost empty, without being visited by our server. We came on the recommendation of a friend, but I would never return.

RB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go to with my wife and my 4 kids ages 9 thru 15! The kids (and parents!) loved the way the food was served- awesome presentation!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The music was fun and lively. The servers were ok. Friendly but not attentive. The food was ok. We had much better foods in old san juan that was slight cheaper. It was conveniently near our hotel, no more than a 5 min walk. if you walk towards the back of the hotel and up the stairs, it should be to your right.

CB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in San Juan for a cruise port and my friend recommended this place is was awesome very friendly and clean and the food was great !!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Not enough servers, long wait with plenty tables open. Very slow to prep food. And it was fine, but not worth eating again.

MD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Basic Tourist Trap. There are better restaurants in the area.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Most of the food was great however the chicken breast was chewy. Service was great polite and friendly but scarce at times.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Super salty food, one hour wait and horrible service. They just forgot about us.

DJ
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The churrasco dishes were pretty good but needed a little extra seasoning. We were expecting a little more of the "modern takes" on traditional Puerto Rican dishes but didn't quite see that on the menu. By the way, dress code is casual, not business casual as shown on the description.

B
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The quality/price ratio was incredible. The amount of food for 2 was overwhelming (we couldn't eat it all). The meat was fairly tender, cooked just as asked (medium-rare), and the wine list was very well priced. will come back with a much bigger appetite next time!

FF
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our second visit, one the best mofongo in old San Juan.