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Vaca Brava

29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good24%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
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“ribs” (23 reviews)
“bravas” (12 reviews)
“mofongo” (43 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

In Puerto Rico for the day and was told to come here for authentic Puerto Rican food. Started off with the best Tamarindo mojito I've ever tasted. Then a mouth watering abundance of appetizers and then a local pork dish in a plantain bowl. Couldn't...More

Thank SarahBraddock34
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Mid-afternoon and looking for a good late lunch. Beckoned in by employee. Seated ourselves. Off hours for meals and 2 different small tours groups were there. Staffing was limited. Atmosphere was great! Clean bathrooms. Fresh lemonade was sooo refreshing after all the walking. We have...More

Thank acdnh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tamarindo mojito is probably the best drink I've ever had! The service is excellent and the atmosphere is charming. Highly recommend!

Thank Kami K
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I were just walking around in Old San Juan, and decided we were hungry! OH MY GOSH! I was so glad we decided to stop at Vaca Brava! The service was just as I expected, we were on Island time, so it...More

Thank loutlawmorris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was good and the food was delicious. Must try the Kan Kan pork chop. It's big enough to feed 2-3 people.

Thank Maricela L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was going to another restaurant but a local lady on the bus told us to go here instead so we took her advice. Nice size place. We had drinks to start, get the mojitos very good and cheap. The supersize porkchop seems to be the...More

Thank sexysag1969
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at this fabulous restaurant which offers family style portions. We had the mofongo with fried meat and it was excellent. My son had their beef empanadillas which did not disappoint! They even had regular chicken strips & french fries for picky eaters like...More

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were hungry and wanted to eat in Old San Juan. Parking is a problem there. Look for the parking garage Paseo Portuaria to park and this restaurant Vaca Brava will be right under neath of it. We shared El Tendero which is a lot...More

Thank Aisha A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is really nice. The food was amazing. We were a group of 12 and ordered the tendedero which is a variety of beef chorizo Bbq ribs and chicken that is a sharing plate for about 6-8 people. The beef cuts were really really...More

Thank MaruSdeC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a place where locals might go and ended up here. Really excellent mofongo. We didn't have the steaks, but you select your own from the case and they looked great. The ambience is pretty rustic: picnic tables and noisy. All in...More

Thank klflote
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Ken J
9 March 2016|
Response from LHOcasio | Property representative |
Hi Ken, If we send the menu should only be called at 787-723-3700.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-3700
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Vaca Brava is fun and tasty! A unique puertorrican country style restaurant, focused on steaks, mashed plantains and other delightful local ingredients, this place introduced the elevated custom designed platters. That revolutionized the restaurant industry along the island and spread the word of mouth, calling the attention of the locals, as well as the international media.

Some of the dishes like "La Vaca Acostá" (The resting cow), "El tendedero" (The drying rack) and the traditional mofongo, amongst others, became famous and immediately long lines of diners were made to taste the innovative concept. Whole families ate from a single service; and singles like Adam Richman from The Travel Channel visited Puerto Rico to take on the "Vaca Acostá" Challenge, an 8-lb. platter of grilled sirloin steak and sides.
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