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“Excellent Food and a Unique Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Caobo

El Caobo
Ranked #15 of 40 Restaurants in Culebra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Puerto Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol
USA
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113 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and a Unique Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

The food was great, and the owner who has received some negative comments in some reviews was very accommodating to serve us when we arrived not too far from closing time. The churasco and the seafood we had were excellent, and we had a lot of fun talking to the owner. There are only two or three tables here, and the food is quite local. This place does not attract a lot of the tourists, but don't miss it, and don't avoid it because it looks like a dive from the outside.

Visited March 2014
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Level Contributor
60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food with local flare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We finall went to El Caobo after living on Culebra for 1 full year and I was not disappointed with the food and the flavors. It is true that Marcos can be a little grumpy in the beginning, but man, get a few drinks, sit back, relax and enjoy the evening and you will get to talk to a cool man! He took our drink orders and we sat at the bar hoping to get a table to sit down. We ordered out food and were able to sit down.

We ordered the Argentinian sausage in wine sauce and also the egg rolls for appetizer. I must say that the appetizers were fantastic. For our main course I ordered the churrasco (medium) along with the rice and beans and a side of tostones. The meat was cooked perfectly (nice medium, which is hard to get in any other restaurant on Culebra) and the rice and beans had the delicious home cooked flavors. Let me explain that this is not a 5 star restaurant or food. This is just a home made dinner...comfort food. The prices are a little on the steep side (the whole red snapper was $25.00 so, I didn't get it). the tostones were home made and tasted delicious.

I recommend you go here to eat some comfort home made food. Just be ready to wait for about 1 1/2 hour for your food. Order a drink and try to chit chat with Marcos.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Avoid this place. Horrible food, worse service.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013 via mobile

Total dive. Which isn't a problem if the food/service or atmosphere is good, but it was horrible.

Owner was beyond Rude.

They also brought us two of everything we ordered and charged us wayyyy more than it was worth.

Avoid.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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arizona
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71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013

By far the best Puerto Rican food in Culebra. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We eat there every time we're in Culebra. Try the whole fish...it is amazing! I order it every time I'm there. The rice and beans are good too. I'm not too crazy about the chicken breast. It's good but the fish is so much better. Plan on a long wait. My husband and I usually bring our books and read while we're waiting. The owner is a character. It takes a little while for him to warm up to you but once he does, he'll tell you all sorts of interesting things about the island. Last time we were there we had such a great time, felt like we were visiting family. Love it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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new york, ny
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Diamond in the rough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

If you want really good food at a great price, try this place! Open Monday - Saturday. Make a left right before the playground (coming from the direction of the ferry) and it will be up the road on the right. We were the only ones in there, and the service was not fancy, but the food hit the spot. Delicious rice and beans, pork chops and plantains were exactly what we wanted! Cash only!

Visited March 2013
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