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Café Manolín

Caribbean Restaurant and Café$$$$
San Juan
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    Bryan T.
    "The skirt steak is amazing with rice and beans."(5 Tips)
    Denise W.
    "Delicious authentic food at cheap prices and large portions."(14 Tips)
    Carlos S.
    "Muy buena comida criolla (Creole food) y excelente servicio"(4 Tips)
    "native puertoricans"(4 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • casual
  • puertorican
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  • Xavier
    XavierSeptember 4, 2016
    Authentic P. R. food you can choose between seating on the bar with native puertoricans and share your adventures in PuertoRico, or seat on a table and just enjoy the best Mofongo in old San Juan.
  • Denise W.
    Denise Wei-VitalJune 6, 2014
    Delicious authentic food at cheap prices and large portions. Have to wait a bit to sit either at the counter or at one of their tables. Quick service friendly servers. Definitely check them out!
  • Jean M.heart icon on user image
    Jean McCarthyMay 4, 2017
    Solid, reasonably priced restaurant in OSJ. Great for lunch especially. Try their pique, it has great flavor with a little kick. Had the mero, it was very good.
  • Steven S.heart icon on user image
    Steven StapletonJuly 16, 2016
    Delicious, friendly, and local! Try the mofongo, empanada de pollo (breaded chicken), and rice with beans. The flan de queso is a must, especially if you like cheesecake!
  • kenn s.heart icon on user image
    kenn stonerMay 12, 2017
    It was a great local place with great specials. I had the whole red snapper. Someone else had the special "goat stew" and enjoyed it.(they like goat) You can sit at the bar and get served immediately
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    A Google User .January 11, 2017
    Very yummy, good service. Mofongo was delicious.Boyfriend had steak and enjoyed it. Local beer good. Another review mentioned fresh mango juice, it was tasty but from a can and you can buy in stores.
  • Kenly H.heart icon on user image
    Kenly H.May 23, 2015
    The breakfast sandwiches are great & super tasty, and best of all affordable. Lunch entrees are very authentic puertorrican food. Everyone should try the Empanada de Pollo. And try their beans too!
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuMarch 26, 2015
    A diner in the heart of old San Juan that serves up cheap and authentic local grub. Their hot sauce and green sauce go great with everything!
  • Tord S.heart icon on user image
    Tord SJanuary 7, 2017
    A great place for breakfast! The food was great and the staff where very professional and friendly. Tip: bring a sweater, the AC is at max power.
  • Francheska A.
    Francheska AlersAugust 20, 2013
    If you want fancy and overpriced, this is not the place to go. Get into the island mode, sit back, enjoy a cup of expresso coffee cup and have some breakfast. Prices are hard to beat in Old San Juan.
  • Green H.heart icon on user image
    Green HippieMay 10, 2017
    Cafe with authentic Puerto Rican food. Don't forget to try the yuca/cassava mofongo. Delicious!
  • Katherine B.heart icon on user image
    Katherine BApril 29, 2016
    Authentic, cheap and friendly. Good place to cool off and have a beer.
  • Brenda A.heart icon on user image
    Brenda AndrewsDecember 24, 2015
    The rice and beans were delicious; garlic shrimp was average, had better. Large portions,reasonable prices. Most seating is cafeteria counter style, which is kinda cool in an old skool kind of way.
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    SandeepNovember 5, 2012
    Cafeteria style. Extremely good food at really low prices. Try the sirloin steak with rice n beans or the grouper filet.
  • Gina S.heart icon on user image
    Gina ShugartsMarch 27, 2013
    It's always a wait but WELL WORTH IT! A local recommended it. But it's freezing in there lol...grouper is the best I've ever had
  • Esperanza G.
    Esperanza GaetanMarch 30, 2014
    I was a little disappointed this time around. I almost always order the milanese beef steak with "amarillos". They use the frozen kind, btw.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FraitesApril 20, 2016
    This dinner type restaurant serves good puertorican food. Order the mofongo with rice and beans!
  • Giovanni O.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni OliverMay 13, 2016
    The daily specials and the Bistec Encebollado never disappoint.
  • Jeremy F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy FisherFebruary 23, 2016
    Great local spot. Churrasco with mofongo, rice and beans. Good hot sauce
  • Noel S.heart icon on user image
    Noel SotoJuly 6, 2022
    The skirt steak was tender rice n beans was the right portion the flan was great with coffee
  • Nick S.heart icon on user image
    Nick SeguinApril 14, 2018
    Great lunch spot. Low key. Good prices. Sit at the bar.
  • Tony A.heart icon on user image
    Tony AvellaOctober 12, 2013
    Great little place. I like the 50's look and the food was pretty hood AND CHEAP!
  • Vallyriheart icon on user image
    VallyriMay 26, 2023
    Local Cafe with good prices and portions. Check their daily specials
  • Amit G.heart icon on user image
    Amit GuptaMarch 30, 2016
    Cheap and delicious Puerto Rican diner. Wish I'd found this place on my first day here!
  • Vika 🤙🏻 J.
    Recommend mashed green plantain with shrimps inside! Very tasty and very local
  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia PittmannMay 10, 2014
    Great place to have lunch! Arrive early as they are not open for dinner.
  • Jeremy G.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy GrayMarch 23, 2017
    Yummy dinner breakfast at a low cost!
  • sophia s.
    sophia sDecember 25, 2013
    If you want good Puerto Rican food at great price, this is the place to go!
  • Jeremy Scott F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy Scott FosterDecember 14, 2014
    Cheapest and most authentic food in Old San Juan.
  • Daniel W.heart icon on user image
    Daniel WelchAugust 13, 2016
    Get the Mofongo with shrimp!!
  • Ivanheart icon on user image
    IvanAugust 8, 2014
    My favorite place to get breakfast on the weekends.
  • Umair J.heart icon on user image
    Umair JavaidDecember 12, 2015
    Best shrimp mofongo I've ever had!
  • Alejandro M.
    Alejandro MolinaNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to eat in all old san juan!!! Best food and prices!!!
  • Santiago Sheart icon on user image
    Santiago SFebruary 6, 2015
    the mofongo with shrimps it's really good
  • Armando E.
    Armando EmanuelliFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Famous for local lunch but breakfast is fast and good value
  • Christian R.heart icon on user image
    Christian RosaOctober 10, 2018
    Mofongo, rice & beans, amarillitos.
  • Markus N.heart icon on user image
    Markus NeuertMarch 4, 2014
    Everything is good ;)
  • Bryan T.
    Bryan TAugust 6, 2010
    Most everything on the menu is great and priced right. The skirt steak is amazing with rice and beans.
  • La Celestina
    La CelestinaSeptember 15, 2012
    Truly puertorican good food at a puertorican low price.
  • Wanda C.
    Wanda Cruz-OcoDecember 10, 2012
    Oatmeal is amazing:) just like grandmas.... PERFECT.
  • Ilyas B.
    Ilyas B.June 1, 2013
    Always busy. But always worth the wait. Get a mojito.
  • Tina C.
    Tina ChenFebruary 28, 2016
    Order a mojito, it's delicious.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RMay 14, 2013
    Try the mofungo relleno con pollo
  • Lillian B.heart icon on user image
    Lillian BonefontJanuary 30, 2017
    Good food and reasonable prices.
  • Tony C.
    Tony CorettoAugust 18, 2012
    Get the Churasco a la Parilla - fabulous!
  • Angie S.
    Angie SuperGirl MariaAugust 9, 2011
    My God the scrambled eggs with turkey is SuperFly...
  • Nancerellaheart icon on user image
    NancerellaSeptember 9, 2016
    Cheap and Cheerful!!!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WongMay 26, 2013
    Sit back and enjoy the non stop blast of the AC
  • yoheart icon on user image
    yoAugust 3, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    Overcook meat
  • Edgardo L.
    Edgardo López-LópezAugust 6, 2013
    Great and cheap place to eat!
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