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El Patio de Sam

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Puerto Rican, Pub
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102 Calle de San Sebastian, San Juan 00901-1198, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1149
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
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177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

While touring old San Juan on foot we came across this neat place and popped in for a cold libation. The place is quaint. The service was good and the beer was cold and cheap. As tourists visiting a far away place, this became our oasis, to recharge for our walk back to the cruise ship. Nice. Neat little place!... More 

Thank SYPaters
Mexico City, Mexico
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The merit of this place is they serve food late at night. When we were back from Fajardo to Old San Juan around 9:30 pm, most restaurants, including those of our hotel were closed. We went here, because it was open. However the food was so so even for our hungry stomach, and more than $25 for a mofongo seemed... More 

Thank humble_drinker
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Whether you want to sample the local cuisine or are just looking for some comfort food, you will find it at El Patio de Sam. I have visited this restaurant many times and recommend it to people when they visit Old San Juan. The food, the prices, and the service are very good. Waiters are friendly and respectful. Do not... More 

Thank Victor B
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of beers to choose from if you like beer. Food cooked to perfection as you ordered it. Greeted with a smile and highly recommend you visit while in old San Juan.

Thank Lance6270
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

During my time Puerto Rico lost all its electricity so it was hard to find places to eat. Fortunately for us we found this gem in old San Juan. The sangria was amazing and it was Passion fruit flavored. The trifongo was the best thing I had my whole trip!! The service was amazing as well.

Thank Mari1230
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Had no idea how amazing the mofongo was here!! The service was excellent. Great place for the family. Will revisit when in Puerto Rico. P.s., my husband had the burger and he absolutely enjoyed as well.

Thank Sara S
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The waiter was very pleasant. Very helpful with my kids order.Food was good. Nice atmosphere. The portions are not a bad size.

Thank DionWit
Indianapolis, Indiana
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

If you are going to El Morro this is a great place to have lunch. Food was super delicious and reasonable. Try local cuisine or american food. Either way you will enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Thank klandaw
Philadelphia, PA
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here on a very hot afternoon just to have a drink at the bar and cool off. We actually passed up another place due to lack of air conditioning. The bartender couldn't have been more welcoming (so sorry I can't recall her name). She poured a great drink and even treated us to a small free sample... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Puerto Rican, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?