A gorgeous spot to soak up the splendor of Old San Juan, the neighborhood's oldest tapas bar is still its tastiest and most authentic. The restaurant unfolds across the blooming terraces of the Spanish Colonial facades of Hotel El Convento, with a view to its historic courtyard and the action out on Calle Cristo. This is old school Spanish tapas akin to what you'd find at bar in San Sebastian, Spain: fat shrimp in garlic sauce, spicy papas bravas, Spanish tortilla, or fresh octopus ceviche. El Picoteco also serves complete meals, including a solid paella. The restaurant’s champagne-laced sangria is a whole other reason to come. A pleasant place for dinner or lunch, it’s also a great stop for a cold drink and snack during a break from sightseeing or shopping in the Old City.
San Juan› Restaurant
In El Convento Hotel, Calle del Cristo 100
Our Rating Neighborhood Old San Juan Transportation Bus: Old City Trolley Phone 787/723-9202 Prices Main courses $6–$32; paella $20–$35 Cuisine Type Spanish Other Reservations recommended. Tues–Sun noon–midnight
MapIn El Convento Hotel, Calle del Cristo 100 San Juan
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