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Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine. Prepared with the freshest and most flavorful ingredients. Since our opening in 2003, we have been committed to offering our customers a unique Puerto Rican culinary experience with every visit. Over the years, we have created a warm and welcoming environment where our customers can enjoy good food, exceptional cocktails, wine cellar and live music all in one place.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Puerto Rican
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was slow but there were a few table sitting down at the same time as us so we get it. Food was not good. Shrimp taco with crab uses imitation crab was a big let down. Grouper filet was very dry. And plantain chips...were way too hard. Pork shin bone was good and well prepared but the sauce on pasta was too cheesy and heavy. Perhaps we did not order the right items but we did not enjoy our meal.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best food in the area!!! We are foodies and this was so good we went back 2 days later. You must try their pique (hot sauce) and the whole fried chillo (red snapper). We have been going to PR for 30 years so we have...tried many places and this one currently is the best one in the area hands down. I recommend you make a reservation during high season. Everything we had was good. The service was great too even though gets really busy. You do need to remember that this is a latin region so service is not the same zippiness as in NY or Boston. This is a place to relax, get a drink, get apps and enjoy the experience.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 23, 2024 via mobile

Authentic, cozy and fine service, we were happy to have found and tasted Puerto Rican dish, Mofongo from here 😊 along with a few other nice foods and drinks.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 22, 2023

Awesome food. Just loved it. The chicken gumbo was outstanding and really liked the chicken and rice too. Small place. Prompt service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 21, 2023 via mobile

The food was good. I had the pork shin with fettuccine which was amazing! Seriously melted in your mouth! My husband and son had meatballs on fettuccine which the meatballs were a bit dry, but the fettuccine was delicious and my other son had a...burger which was just ok he said. Bottom line, it’s a nice local place, get the pork shin with fettuccine 🤤More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 29, 2023

Small place but excellent food and service. Recommended reservation. Drinks are very good. ($$). Easy access.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 26, 2023

Service was horrible. Beers came out right away but for those of us drinking water or soft drinks we waited over 15 minutes. Then 45 minutes until appetizers appeared. Followed almost immediately by dinner where they forget to put in one of the entrees. That...took almost 10 minutes of waiting for the person who was still missing their food. Everyone pitched in a little of theirs and created a plate for the person with the missing entree. There was a table of 4 next to a table for 2 downstairs but they made us go upstairs and put us in a separate room where no one walked by unless they were leaving through the back door into the parking lot. And everyone that walked by left the door open after they walked through. So we had to get up and close it. The food wasn’t that great either. Never again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023

This was a horrible experience...we ordered the Kan Kan porkchops they were really hard...would never go back again...the owner was thier and didn't Do a thi g after I complain.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 24, 2023

Went for lunch with family, food took more than an hour. When asked waitress she became violent not a good experience. Don’t go here

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 1, 2023

The lobster was so tough that with a fork & knife I was still fighting to get it out of the shell. I was literally so tough I could hardly chew it. My husband had skirt steak & rice. He didn't eat most of the...meat out because he said it was grisly. He would try to chew & have to put it back on the plate. It took a VERY long time to get a check! Definitely would NOT recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 28, 2023

Sunday night. Not that busy. Waitress never came back to our table. Fries were soggy. Pork chop burnt. Our to-go order never came. Never even saw waitress for a to go box. Worst restaurant experience in my life. Not exaggerating when I say Wendys was...a better option.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 13, 2023

good food, well cooked and made. delicious. nice place. would go again. definitely a must. recommend to all

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 7, 2023

Food was ok. Horrible horrible waiter- we think his name was Pedro but not sure .he def ruined our dinner experience. We just left. Not once did he ask if we wanted water, how was the food, another drink. Never asked how our meal was....Didn't offer coffee or dessert. Just wanted to be done with his shift. Then he asked you want to leave a tip. We gave him 15% left the food on the table. What a horrible representation of hospitality at a restaurant. We told our entire 150 guest wedding party to not go to this place. Terrible service. Don't go will ruin your Puerto Rico experience. We will note that staff around him tried to pick up his crappy attitude. We left our food on the table that was left over and will never be back. I think we are clear it was a terrible mistake to go there. The worst. And to top it off totally forgot to take our discount off for the Wyndham hotel- clearly we were nothing but a bother for him. Big mistake with our wedding party. PS - my husband did want to mention the jazz band was amazing and the bartenders. So for a drink and fabulous music go for it. Bit that waiter ruined it to death.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 30, 2023

Don Pepe never fails to please us. The food is alwasys excellent and this time the service from Krizia was outstanding. We highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 30, 2023

Horrible experience. Food was cold; chicken tasted like it had been sitting in a refrigerator for days. Very overpriced. Service was slow. The drinks were not good either. So many other great restaurants in the neighborhood. Skip Don Pepe’s.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Don Pepe Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4