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“Where was the Spice ????”
Review of Ropa Vieja Grill

Ropa Vieja Grill
Ranked #59 of 1,095 Restaurants in San Juan
Price range: US$15 - US$35
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant had been recommended to us, so after a walk down one side of Ashford and back up the other to check out the options, we ended up in Ropa Vieja.

It was a busy Saturday night outside on the terrace, but inside the plain and sparsely decorated restaurant was empty and just as devoid of atmosphere.

We waited at the bar for a table outside, had a couple of cocktails and a couple of cold beers, which provided a challenge in itself, as apparently they had just had a delivery and initially it was stated that none of their bottled beer (no draught) was cold??

The day was saved when a few Corona's were found which were cold and after we were seated to eat, the subsequent beers arrived suitably chilled

Contrary to the atmosphere inside, the deck was busy and buzzing and a nice place to spend the evening eating and people watching.

The food however was something of a disappointment - having been highly recommended as an authentic Puerto Rican/Cuban venue, the girls found their "Camarones en Salsa Criolla Shrimp in Puerto Rican Creole Sauce" to be excellent in terms of the quality and size of shrimp, but disappointingly bland in flavour. There really was no expected spice to the sauce and very little flavour.

The "Costillas “St. Louis” con Salsa BBQ Jack Daniels (1 Lb.) St. Louis Ribs w/ Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce", were not so much of a disappointment, but again they were far from memorable.

Once we were seated at the table the service was excellent and with the atmosphere on the deck it was not a bad evening, but the bland shrimp, the inside space and the initial issue with cold beer I could only describe the visit as ok!

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Thank bluemingoodbloke
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had Sasha as our waitress and she was wonderful! The food was amazing and the pina colada was the best I’ve ever had!!

Thank Morgan C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying, if there is a wait for table, it is worth it. We had mofongo, churassco steak and ropa viejo. Everything was fantastic and generous portions. Wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable, very helpful with wine selection. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had dinner at Ropa Vieja which came highly recommended by our hotel and also other locals that we asked. Our server Ramone provided excellent service. I had mofongo for the first time and it was delicious. We also enjoyed the cornmeal fritters, rice and beans and yuca. Everything we ate was flavorful and cooked to perfection.

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Thank BeachLady80
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a late lunch. As always the food was good, especially the Masitas de Mero (Fried Grouper Chunks) and the Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken). An exception to the usually consistent good food was our favorite appetizers, the Churrasco Marinado en Jenjibre y Salsa Soya (Grilled Skirt Steak Marinated in Ginger and Soy Sauce). Although the marinade and flavor were as good as always, this time the quality of the skirt steak was not the fantastically lean skirt steak was have come to enjoy for years. Aside from that, we enjoyed a chilled bottle of cava, good service (Gracias Sasha!) and a lovely outdoor dinning experience in the heart of Condado.

Thank aescuderosuarez
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