This hotspot is located in the trendy district of SoFo, meaning South Fortaleza Street. This Nuevo Latino cuisine powerhouse offers some excellent ... More
This hotspot is located in the trendy district of SoFo, meaning South Fortaleza Street. This Nuevo Latino cuisine powerhouse offers some excellent Caribbean fare with a gourmet flair. One of the specialties is the deep-fried chicharrones over a bed of a fresh Caesar salad. The restaurant also offers a full bar service. The menu will change periodically. While a little bit on the pricey side, the uniqueness of the Parrot Club allows it to attract families and professionals as well as the tourists.
We were initially apprehensive that, given the decor and (high for San Juan) prices this was a tourist trap but the friendly service and great food was way beyond our expectations. Three of us had grouper poached in parchment with local vegetables -- perhaps the best fish I have ever tasted! Given the quality and portions of the food, it was well worth the price and a much better deal than the more-popular Aquaviva restaurant across the street.
2 of my girlfriends and i went there yesterday 1/11/10..after living here 12 yrs and hearing people rave about the place, we decided to go...the server kalvin went out of his way to make us feel comfortable,,great waiter, however,,we all decided to order salads,,highly disapointed. number one,,they were like child portions. I had a grilled chicken on top of mine,,w/no taste what so ever...will i go back? Hell no! we left there, and said to each other,,"so,where do you wanna go for lunch,,we were all still starving! and i am not a big eater at all! the place itself is beautiful, and the service was great,,but, the food! had better salads at wendys.
My fiance and I walked through Old San Juan looking for this restaurant. We found it down a cobblestone road and looked like any other shop on the street until we got in. There was music playing and plenty of seating for anyone. We got there the FIRST time and found out they only served appetizers until 6pm. We decided to sit at the bar and look through the menu. It all looked very good. We ordered the Parrot Passion that had Don Q rum, passionfruit, and orange liquors in it. Fantastic!! We couldnt even taste the alcohol, it was very fruity. We also tried the cocotini, my girl and I are not big drinkers but it was very good as well. It tasted like a coconut cream pie. Coconut rum, coconut cream and a little cinnamon and coconut sprinkled on top. After this we decided to stay and have appetizers. Good choice!! We had the veriden(sp) nachos, that had plantains as the chips, salsa, goat cheese, sour cream, and stewed beef on top. It was so tender like the meat in a pot roast. We then had the fried calimari which was great. Finished with the empandillas churrillo which tasted like sauteed steak in a pastry shell. Also for dessert, if you have room, the chocolate tres cake. Not to be missed. The appetizers were between 12-18$ but worth it. The second time we went we got the Parrot Passions again and they were still as good as before. The nachos and we tried the entrees this time. I had the seared tuna with a backbean sauce and another creamy sauce. Along on the plate was a type of pasta that sorta tasted like a dumpling that went very good with the rest of the entree. Generous portions! My girl got the steak and sauteed potatoes. The steak was so tender it melted in your mouth. She loved the taste of the potatoes because they were seasoned perfectly. For dessert we got two things and shared them. She got the guava flan with a guava stawberry sauce. I got the empandillas with a semisweet chocolate and drizzled with powdered sugar and strawberrys. The entrees were expensive 25-30$ but with the atmosphere, pillows on the benches and candles on the table and the lights down low it was very romantic but a little noisy. I didn't mind paying a little more for this experience. The waiters spoke English very well and helped us understand what everything on the menu was. They were always there to relight a candle on the table and to replace the water, silverwear and napkins on the table when they got wet from the glasses on them. The next time we come back, the Parrot Club will be a visited again!
I went to Puerto Rico during spring break with my girlfriend and while there we went to old San Juan. I could not find a restraunt that I wanted to eat at down there so I went to the Parrot Club. We had the red snapper and it was delicious. I've tried to duplicted it at home, but it's still not what I had in San Juan. You have to try it if you're in san Juan.
The Sunday brunch sandwich with eggs on top was outstanding along with the Empanadas and the cocotini was the best mixed drink i have ever tasted. It tasted like a coconut creme pie. Went down smooth and way too quick. I look forward to returning.
Staff was wonderful and the cocotini is one that you HAVE to try. The food was pretty good and the desserts were fantastic! The ambiance was great - we actually took photos! Pillows on the bench seats and bright colors added to the feel.
Not worth the wait
We made reservations for 8:30pm. We were advised to be there by 8:30 or we would loose our table. We got to the restaurant @ 8:25PM. We were advised that our table would not be ready for 30 min, but maybe less. We waited 55 min for a table.
The service was slow and poor. The waiter forgot a drink and a glass of water.
The food was poor. The "crispy" tostones were not crispy, but soggy and needed salt. Had to ask the waiter twice for the salt. The calamari were floating in rancid oil. My dorado fish was over cooked & dry. My wife's pork loin was fatty and not round, suggesting it was not pork loin.
My daughter thought the mofongo was great as well as the chicken skewers.
Will not go back!
For teh last couple of years we have visited Puerto Rico, about 2 years ago we discovered the Parrot Club. The 1st time we ate there we thought it was great!, little bit over price, but the food was great, so tasty and delicious. Last year in December when we went back the food and the service was so bad we sent them an email. The chef sent us an apology, we acccepted and went back twice just to confirm the food is place in a fancy plate, but there's no taste. If you feellike throwing away your money (in this economy) just visit the Parrot Club
Dr Andrew Humeniuk
I was walking around old San juan when rain started pouring down. I just happened to find haven at the parrot club. So i decided to have lunch. I had the BBQ chicken skewers with mofongo. Fantastic! Cleaned off my plate. I had a beer (Medalla, local beer) great, mojito ( great), and a piña colada ( I've had better). The beautiful bartender was attentive even when it was very busy. Host made sure I was being taken care of.
Would definitely recommend.
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