Whether you’re taking a potential client out for a power lunch, rewarding your team after landing a new deal or networking with power players in your field, you know the value of the right dining venue for business. These restaurants offer efficient and knowledgeable service, food that is designed to please the eye and the palate, and provide an atmosphere that’s both welcoming and impressive. San Juan has no shortage of outstanding eateries, but if your meal means business, we recommend these five can’t-miss restaurants.
As far as lunch and dinner go, locrio and la bandera are two dishes that can’t be missed. Locrio is a rice dish This elegant homage to comida criolla lands atop our list for a few reasons. With star chef Roberto Treviño, you’re in for a culinary treat. Treviño gives Puerto Rican classics his signature twist, often incorporating ingredients and flavors from around the world to elevate them. The results are dishes like chicharrón (fried pork skin) risotto with beef medallions and sugarcane-spiced seared tuna with savory churros made of malanga, a local root vegetable. Beyond the unique creations, the ambience sets Casa Lola apart. Set in a colonial mansion that was once the home of Lola Milagros Cedeño, the restaurant is broken up into several dining spaces occupying the various rooms of the house. For your board meeting or client dinner, nothing beats the private dining room on the second floor. The atmosphere and the food here are simply exquisite.
Take a stunning setting in the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, add a master chef who has competed on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef, and you’ve got Mario Pagán’s Laurel Art Bar. The fusion of local ingredients and flavors with French cuisine gives way to creations like their signature Chilean sea bass with yucca truffle purée in a port wine and foie gras reduction. Laurel created culinary works of art that complement the masterpieces on the walls.
For sheer old-school elegance, it’s hard to beat the white-curtained formality of Trois Cent Onze, or 311. Named for its street address on Fortaleza Street, this longstanding French fine dining institution is ideal for a private, more intimate meeting of the minds. While you won’t get to sample the flavors of Puerto Rico at 311, which stays true to its pure French roots, you will enjoy culinary artistry and gourmet flavor in a lovely setting. An additional perk is the wine list. 311 prides itself on its selection, which has been carefully curated from around the world and has earned the restaurant Wine Spectator’s award of excellence more than once. The sommelier will be happy to suggest pairings for your meal.
The location in the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, puts this Brazilian churrascaria within walking distance from the Puerto Rico Convention Center. But that’s not the only reason to dine here. Texas de Brazil is the ideal venue for anyone looking to indulge in a bout of carnivorous excess and revelry and celebrate with a large group. Choice cuts of meat, seasoned with coarse salt and expertly grilled, are placed on skewers and paraded before you by knife-wielding gauchos, who will carve you a slice tableside. The all-you-can-eat revelry doesn’t end until you want it to.
Before Casa Lola, there was Budatai. Roberto Treviño’s artistry of Puerto Rican and Asian fusion is one of the chicest eateries in Condado. The refined cuisine here includes ceviches (try the sake-cured salmon), shrimp dumplings in garlic sauce, churrasco with ho fun noodles, and other flavorful combinations. The large restaurant is always packed, so make sure to reserve in advance for a large party.
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100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States, 901, (1)(787) 721-5100
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