This is a traditional sidewalk bar-cafe that is located in the middle of Old San Juan on Calle Cristo. Its claim to fame is that the world-famous ... More
This is a traditional sidewalk bar-cafe that is located in the middle of Old San Juan on Calle Cristo. Its claim to fame is that the world-famous Piña Colada was invented there. Your knowledge of this makes for great bar banter with the locals. But in addition to the PC, other excellent drinks are available. Nice place to stop in for a 'attitude adjustment', with a traditional Puerto Rican beverage and perhaps some afternoon snacks. Barrachina serves mostly Puerto Rican and International fare.
We just arrived back from a trip to Puerto Rico. I generally never write reviews or comments on restaurants, but felt compelled due to the rude behavior of one of the waiters to one of my three daughters. We arrived at the restaurant and sat down for dinner, but one of my daughters was not feeling well. I proceeded to tell the hostess and waiter that we were leaving. After we left, my other daughter realized that she had left her purse and returned to the restaurant with other daughter who was not sick. Upon entering the restaurant, my daughter was given her purse, but my other 13 year old daughter was yelled at for leaving the restaurant and told that she should never leave a restaurant. For anyone to say this to a child and act in this mannter is totally unacceptable and grounds for termination.
we arrived in san juan on the 11th of nov. 2010. They are no from san juan but aguadilla and that's by way of san antonio, tx. Like us. we were onl y in san juan a few hours before we had to head to aguadilla due to the travel time and we it was already 2100 hrs when we arrived at barrachina. While walking up to the entrance we stopped to do the tourist thing and take a pic by the "best pina colada" sign when a car stopped and with a thick puerto rican accent, a man yelled, "don't just read the sign, go in!" so with that we went in and were immediately seated. i've been wanting this dish called mofongo since i heard it mentioned on sanford and son. I was told it was some sort of banana cooked with a meat and i began to feel queezy. The only time i eat bananas is just the regular plain jane way or in a banana split. I ordered it and it was the best bananas i ever had outside of in ice cream. My fiancee had pollo compestre or something and it was amazing! The best part of the event was the pina colada which i had virgin and she had "with a kick". it was well worth the stop there and we ate on the patio and there was a fireworks display due to the veterans day holiday so the fireworks were bursting overhead. :)
I visited PR with my husband last month and we stumbled on Barrachina. We ate there twice during our trip. The first time, I had a roast pig special, and my husband had some kind of chicken. Both dishes were FANTASTIC! We also got a carafe of Sangria which was yummy. They have a very good bartender. The second time....the food was just ok. I had shrimp and lobster stuffed chicken, and it was way over cooked. That night, it took over an hour to get our check. We literally watched an entire concert on the tv while waiting. If not for the tv, I think I would have been really upset. We finally saw the waiter and asked for the check, and he apologized and brought us free pina colada's, which by the way were AWESOME!!! That kind of made up for the long wait, but I did think it was strange to have 2 completely different experiences at the same restaurant within the same week. That's why I only rated it 3 stars, instead of 5.
I Totally enjoyed Barriachina restaurant during my stay in San Juan. It's not very visually pleasing from the outside, but inside I was served promptly, great selection of foods, I had the Mofongo de Yuca, con bistec. My partner had a Shrimp Scampi type dish, which was also delicious. The food was so freaking delicious, it was the best I ate the whole trip.
I brought my 2 year old daughter with me, there were booster seats available, and when my daughter knocked over her drink it was cleaned up with no fuss, and replaced complimentary. The Food was Delicious, and The pina Coladas were to die for!!!! mmm..mmm... good
Good Food... Fair prices... Kinda like a mid class restaurant back in the states...
We went to Barrachina in hopes of some good food and a Pina Colada and almost got into a fight! When we first arrived there was no hostess to greet us so we had to find a waitress to seat us. Then we waited for almost 20 minutes for someone to come over and even take a drink order. After watching other tables who came in after us be served we finally got fed up and proceeded to walk out. At that point the two waiters (one who was supposed to be ours I think) came up to us and proceeded to argue with us as to why we were leaving! Soon after that one of the waiters came up to one of my party in a threatening manner and the other waiter had to hold him back. The hostess was rude. Not one person apologized to us for making us wait so long, instead they treated us with hostility for walking out. I've never been treated so poorly. I would never go to this place and will tell everyone I know to avoid it.
When traveling, food is one of the greatest explorations. I ordered the Mofongo with seafood from Barrachina and it was so fantastic I took a picture of my dish so that I had the best memory of it and the person I visited with. Not to mention I drank nothing but pina coladas the entire trip. That Don Q Rum is what I order to have here in the states. You would only be luckier than you know to explore all of Puerto Rico.
The food was great & the service was wonderful! We ate at a couple of restaurants at our resort that were overpriced....Barrachina is reasonably priced and has wonderful food! We had steak & red snapper with creole sauce. Sangrias were wonderful!!
We came to Barrachina recommended by a local in the Courtyard Marriott. He informed us that the place was great. At first, we got there and the place looked wonderful. The greeter- seemed annoyed we were there and didn't even smile while seating us. The waiter kept asking us if we were ready to order when we just sat down. The food was ordinary, salty, greasy, and overpriced. The only thing that was good were the Pina Colada. If you are going to get good food for good price,..you might as well go to a small local place where the staff is at least happy to see you. I was disappointed with my meal there.
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