We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

El Patio de Sam

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
102 Calle de San Sebastian, San Juan 00901-1198, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1149
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 270: English reviews
Level Contributor
22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mofongo de Pescado or the fish mofongo was really good! The service by Victor was really good as he kept our glasses full and was not afraid to recommend food. A bonus was the food was great!

Thank Steven B
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, so I maybe very picky. The food was good. And the place smelled as though it has just had a cleaning. However I found the atmosphere lacking. The "club" music seemed very out of place, especially since our visit was very close to Noon. I had the mofongo with chicken. My husband had the house special, trifongo with chicken.... More 

Thank Lori M
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not visited El Patio de Sam in many years. I was quite disappointed when I visited last month. Restaurant was pretty empty. We ordered grouper that came with veggies that was okay, ceaser salad was huge but had too much dressing, lacked fresh parmigiano cheese. Mofongo was okay but not great. I found the prices quite steep for... More 

Thank Sonim326
Decatur, Illinois
Level Contributor
187 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in to El Patio for lunch in OSJ. I had been there a few years back with friends and wanted to revisit it for memories sake. The food and service there is good. There is nothing outstanding about it, but it is nice to duck in there and be comfortable after going to the fort.

Thank Diana R
Apex, North Carolina
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a late lunch on New Year's Day. Staff are helpful and bilingual. They had no unsweetened iced tea, so I ordered coffee and it was strong and delicioso! The tables under the sun roof on the "patio" are nice and sunny and quite lively with a mix of locals and visitors. The plantain chips are good, salsa... More 

Thank C S
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A family of 19 seated right away. Server was amazing, very friendly and helpful with suggestions on what to order. His recommendations of the Cuban and steak sandwiches hit the mark and with much surprise the pasta many of the party ordered was eaten up...nothing left behind! Would have liked a little more Puerto Rican ambiance but overall a very... More 

Thank yvettekent
Chelsea, Michigan
Level Contributor
62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped into El Patio de Sam after exploring OSJ for the first few hours of the day, and I was glad I did. It was a good experience and I enjoyed a nice casual lunch. I ended up ordering the ceviche, and it was not a disappointment: it was a good size portion, plus there were a few fried... More 

Thank psa2
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Was amazing time, thanks for the atention and excellent service, i recommend 100℅ plus!! Excellent location at old San Juan in the famous San Sebastian street!

Thank celeste m
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This is a good solid place. You can't go wrong here and the food was good. Solid menu choices and very nice service. I hesitate to score high as the food was good but didn't knock my socks off. I don't think you can lose here but you may not say "wow". We had the chicken empanadas (fried chicken, not... More 

Thank Jon Y
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Service and food delicious!! My friends went and we had an amazing time eating and laughing!! The staff was amazing the food very fresh and local!! Defiantely a must go!! BON APPETIT!!!

Thank Teresa B

Travellers who viewed El Patio de Sam also viewed

San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Been to El Patio de Sam? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Calle de San Sebastian, San Juan 00901-1198, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-1149

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Patio de Sam and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Santa Rosa, California
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from El Patio de Sam staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?