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As Puerto Rico gains popularity, so does the culinary scene. With a pretty wide variety of cuisine, you can definitely find a restaurant in Puerto Rico to fit your fancy. Though many are in San Juan, there are also some scattered around the island. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best places to eat in Puerto Rico:
1. Dragonfly. This Old San Juan restaurant serves up a mix of Latin and Asian cuisine in a crimson-colored dining room. You can dine on everything from ceviche to Peking duck nachos, along with sushi, fried rice and tacos to satisfy your fusion cravings.
2. Lima Restaurante. If you’re looking for Peruvian fare, Lima Restaurante is the place to go. With a whole portion of the menu dedicated to ceviche and tiradito, you can count on getting fresh seafood every time.
3. Marmalade. Another Old San Juan locale, Marmalade is a restaurant and wine bar with an eclectic menu. Chef Peter Schintler, who worked at the famed Le Cirque in New York, strives for the cuisine to reflect Napa Valley, hence the wine bar. Opt for the 10-course tasting menu for a bit of Marmalade’s top offerings.
4. Pikayo. It’s one of the more raved about restaurants on the island, and for good reason. Pikayo, now located in Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, is Wilo Benet’s flagship restaurant, serving up international fare with a Puerto Rican flavor — think truffle cheese “empanadillas” and foie gras with ripe plantains.
5. Aguaviva. A sister restaurant of Dragonfly, Aguaviva is the place to go for fresh-out-of-the-ocean seafood. Snag a seat at the raw bar and you can watch the chefs grab your oysters as you order them. The trendy restaurant is located in Old San Juan.