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Cafe Don Ruiz

Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-1462
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (36 reviews)
“iced latte” (8 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 18:00 Hours
Puerto Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came here three years ago on the last stop of an afternoon food tour. Last time we left with bags of beans and memories of some of the best coffee we'd tasted. This time we were anxious to confirm they were still in business. They...More

Thank J N
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

First time visitors to San Juan, wandered around the Castillo longer than we planned and feeling onset of hunger. We were it says here, 300 feet from Café Don Ruiz [looking around hopefully] . . . . We must have been amusing with our various...More

1  Thank Tom T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don Ruiz Cafe has the best Latte that I've had anywhere, including in PR and on the mainland. Their tuna sandwich and mango smoothy are also excellent. The atmosphere is warm and staff are very friendly.

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I just visited Café Don Ruiz and like my review title says, great place, good coffee, but all of this was eclipsed by the service I recieved from a young, skinny, blonde cashier who extremely rude. I ordered a latte, but told him that I’d...More

Thank gquilichini
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place for brunch and most of all a good cup of espresso....is one of the few places that I can drink mine without sugar and without burning my mouth...always perfect...thanks for great coffee...dont be shy, walk in and say hi to the Barista...

Thank ChefArthie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place is really cute! We stopped on the way to the castle and the AC and coffee we're on the spot It's inside what used to be a jail. The crew gave us a quick history while we waited for our coffee :) We didn't...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious coffee, nicely designed place. Caring service and delicious cake, really homemade flavor. Definitely a gem for coffee lovers.

Thank anadkd
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We stopped in the Cafe while waiting out a rain storm. This cafe was as charming as it always is and the coffee was consistent. Puerto Rican coffee is very different from what I'm used to, and this is a great place to get it....More

1  Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

The place is not easy to find. But it is worthy. Coffee and service is great. We even had a private live music show. Loved it

1  Thank Miguel A
Reviewed 19 January 2018

After my last review, which I had a bad experience, the guys/gals at Cafe Don Ruiz have excelled in their service and great coffee (it was always excellent). Great job people, keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank ricardo r
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Graham W
18 March 2017|
Response from CafeDonRuiz | Property representative |
Good afternoon Graham! Hope you're having an amazing experience in the island. We have gluten free and lactose free options in drinks but limited gluten free options for breakfast or lunch, just yogurts, chips and other... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 19:00
07:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cuartel de Ballaja | Norzagaray St. with Morovis St., San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-1462
  • E-mail
Don Ruiz is a specialty coffee shop & museum. We offer hot and cold drinks prepared by baristas, also, breakfast, lunch, pastries and more. Enjoy a puerto rican rum, craft beer, cigars, or a specialty drinks including refreshing fruit smoothies wihile you have a relax moment in our historical building. We are located inside Ballaja courtyard in front of "El Morro" Fort.
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