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“Go early and sit outside for a great dining experience”
Review of Jose Enrique

Jose Enrique
Ranked #32 of 1,007 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Located in the Placita de Santurce, the local farmers' market in the heart of San Juan and a very popular Friday night hangout among the locals.
ELIZABETH, NJ
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Go early and sit outside for a great dining experience”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The chef is fantastic - depth of flavor, everything cooked perfectly. Try the signature snapper. It comes with a great mashed white sweet potato and garlic. Previous reviews frequently complain about the wait. We went on a Tuesday night at 6 pm and were seated outside right away. At 7 pm, there were still empty tables. At 8 pm, the inside was loud and jam packed with people waiting for tables. Go early. Unless you are looking for a party atmosphere, sit outside. We love this place!

  • Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Best Meal in PR”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Amazing food and fun experience. Humberto was our server and don't let his laid back island style demeanor fool you - the guy KNOWS his food. He recommended everything we had: corvino (a sautéed white fish dish that came with taro purée and mango salsa), beef stew w white rice and tostones, and the chocolate dessert. Btw, the restaurant has no name. Just a bright fushia/pinkish-red building.

I almost ordered another order of corvino. Simply delicious and salted perfectly. The beef stew was homey and downright delicious comfort food. The chocolate dessert came with 3 kinds of chocolate:
- chocolate and white chocolate ice cream in a dark chocolate shell, a warm, buttery, and crispy-edge-but-soft inside PERFECT brownie w an ice cream I couldn't figure out, chocolate mousse. No words were exchanged during dessert - just in utter disbelief of how good each bite was.

Humberto even gave us and shared with us a shot of rum and this liquor that tasted like star anise (forgot name). I have two more days in PR. I'm seriously thinking of going back... For the fish.

P.S. Humberto in his humble opinion, thought that tourists shouldn't order stuff like steak and chicken. You're in an island. Try the seafood! If you're not into seafood, then try the Puerto Rican dishes like beef stew (not skirt steak where you can have at any steak house - or even at home). He is completely right IMO.

  • Visited March 2014
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North Plains, Oregon
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Finest meal we enjoyed in Puerto Rico”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Jose Enrique exists in an old house, currently pink, in the middle of the Plazita area in Santurce. It is unmarked. There are two seatings 6:30 and 8:30. You give your name to the hostess when you arrive. She decided if there is room for you or not. We got incredibly lucky, arrived about 6, and snagged the very last table in the first sitting. Food was absolutely delicious with lots of flavor. Meats, fish, salad, dessert, you can get it all here. Not cheap but not the most expensive we visited either. Bang for the buck, this restaurant is a bargain. Menus are written on white boards which the waitstaff move around as needed. They describe everything on the boards. We had a particularly charming waitress. The hostess taking names has the patience of a saint. We could see people trying to strong-arm her just outside the window.

Visited July 2014
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Long Grove, Illinois
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A True San Juan Dining Experience”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We decided to return to the Plaza del Mercado while in San Juan as we wanted to avoid tourist style restaurants. Jose Enrique was recommended to us by a local resident. Our experience was excellent. We were near this restaurant the night before however we missed it because there is no sign. The dining area is fine , however it was a bit crowded and stuffy. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was very good, however, we felt slightly rushed due to the many people waiting for tables. We sampled quite a few items as the menu changes dally. Everything was an excellent representation of Puerto Rican cuisine. I will be back.

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Tampa, FL
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

I will admit, the wait time was long (2 hours), but we went knowing it would be like this. There are many bars/people/etc in this area and we had cocktails and danced while we waited. Once we sat, dinner was amazing!! Our party of four all ordered different appz/entrees and all shared. Everyone's food was fantastic!! Highly recommend and will come again next time we're in Puerto Rico.

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