Noted as the oldest Puerto Rican restaurant, this dining operation claims to have first opened in 1848. Visited by locals and tourists alike, it ... More
Noted as the oldest Puerto Rican restaurant, this dining operation claims to have first opened in 1848. Visited by locals and tourists alike, it offers great service. Mallorquina specializes in authentic Puerto Rican fare such as Rice and Beans and Asopao, a heavy rice soup. The exquisite colonial ambiance is unique, and its centric location in Old San Juan makes it the ideal afternoon meeting location.
I went here a few years ago, had the paella, very small and not enough seafood, nor chorizo espanol, It was more like a rice and chicken but not authentic Spanish Paella. The place was so hot, and the service extremely slow, with our waiter being a stiff nose, non attentive and a bit pretentious. The waiter's attitude was as if I should be lucky I'm being attended to, since they were "busy." It is not a big restaurant and felt uncomfortable. Defenitely not a place to return. Overpriced relative to portion, lack of service. Clearly their focus is on marketing the History but fail to deliver the whole package one expects at this such well known restaurant. I felt it was in a so called tourist trap. I will never recommend it.
service was good, food was below average and overpriced. A plate worth no more than $6 was sold for $18. mojitos were $10 each. total for two plates and three drinks came to $70 plus tip. do yourself a favor and ask the locals where they eat.
We visited April '08, and I used this site to choose this restaurant. I have to say we were a little disappointed. The location and atmosphere were very nice. One server was nice, the other could have cared less and we saw him take a smoke break..(really appetizing).
Ok, for the menu. Asopao..this was featured as an entree, a "heavily riced soup prepared with peas, Saffron, Cilantro, Soffrito" with your choice of chicken etc. I ordered this as my entree, as it was listed an an entree. Hmm, I thought as I was eating it, this is just plain old chicken soup, and for $14.00! The rice was overcooked, there were maybe 4 peas, and some chicken. The others ordered the fried fish and hangar steak. Very average, nothing special. Too bad, was really looking forward to a more special meal.
First off, the atmosphere makes you feel as if you stepped back in time. The moment your hand touches the counter and look up at the menu, you are reminded of how good the Puerto Rican food is :) They have the best milkshakes as well. I had a milkshake de trigo, which was absolutely delicious! Everytime I visit Puerto Rico, I ask my aunt to take me there! It is a classic!
Visiting San Juan during a cruise with only 4 hours on shore we chose to have dinner here. We are glad we did. It was an easy walk from the port -- and from the Fort San Cristobal where we had spent the afternoon. Lovely interior, white tablecloths, huge antique mirrors, good service, authentic cuisine, good Sangria and wonderful mojitos! Moderately expensive [my in-laws picked up the tab -- so I couldn't tell you how much]. The only drawback was that the restaurant kept its two sets of doors open to the busy and noisy street. But we chose to see it as an addition to the local experience rather than a bummer. I wish I could remember the name of the seafood and rice dish my husband and I both ordered [he ordered the squid, I ordered the shrimp] but we both loved it. It begins with an "a" and is an authentic local dish. Wonderfully seasoned -- we both loved it. They also prepared a plate of assorted appetizers for us to try -- the sausages slices and the fried cod balls were delicious! We would eat here again.
Forego the overpriced new wave gourmet choices and take a step back in time to enjoy great food with professional service at fair prices. Not to mention a spectacular mojito. The lack of AC is really not a problem, we were there in July and it was fine.
If you are looking for old world charm, fantastic food, great service, in the Middle of Old San Juan, the La Mallorquina can't be beat. Many traditional latin dishes available here at reasonable prices especially for the kind of service you'll receive.
The decor seems dark but you feel as if this restaurant has remained trapped in time when you walk in. From the furnishings and the old Murals painted on it's walls you can see that not much has changed in this restaurant's 130 or so years.
There are plenty of ceiling fans to keep you cool inside. There is no air-conditioning so if you are looking to escape 95 degrees heat then this might not be the place for you. I don't enjoy sitting in very hot, humid places for long and found the ceiling fans did a great job at keeping me comfortable during my meals even during a 94 degrees afternoon!
I go back to Puerto Rico every year and never miss an opportunity to eat at La Mallorquina when in San Juan!
This place is memory lane to me. It was a rare ocassion to go there when I was a child.I remember having flan with ice cream. That was a real treat.Wish I could go back to Old San Juan one more time before it's too late.
I have been going to the Mallorquina since I was a little girl and the place was always filled with what I can only discribe as "magic". Now, I am all grown up and living in Texas. After all these years the food is still the best and you will never go wrong with just a simple mallorca (sweet bread sprinkled with powdered sugar ) and a cup of hot Puertorrican cocoa for breakfast. I give them a 10 out of 10.
The wooden bar and mirrors alone are worth the trip. Some of the waiters have been here since the reataurant opened . Have the black bean soup!!!!!!!!You can imagine yourself stopping here on your trip to town in your carriage many years ago.
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