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Al Dente

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309 Calle Del Recinto S, San Juan 00901-1988, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-7303
12:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Haleiwa, Hawaii
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was looking forward to Italian food and excited to try this restaurant. Upon arrival, the hostess informed me there was a 30-minute wait. I agreed and gave her my name, then asked if I could use the restroom. She told me that I could not, as restrooms were only for "clients," and I wouldn't be a client for another... More 

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St. Petersburg, FL
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lunch special: chicken pasta alfredo with gorgonzola on the board outside caught my eye. It was nearly empty on a Monday afternoon so we decided to eat at the bar. Started with the antipasta misto as an appetizer (I always want more olives than I am given. These were served in a shot glass and mostly the small green... More 

Thank BooBooKatie
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just about all their fare is good, but as a spoiled globe trotting diner found their italian dishes to be just ok

Thank Coqui J
Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cruising before cruising from San Juan.... We had rage great fortune of dining with al Dante. The appetizer of risotto (fried) was great and the seared tuna was nice. The red sauce for was basic but nice. Would certainly go back if in old San Juan!

Thank Steve B
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For my taste, this is the best Italian Restaurant which is located in Old San Juan. As appetizer, the Arancini are spectacular. The white sangria is very good. The pasta al dente are great. They have a specials for lunch or late lunch with reasonable prices. Nice ambiance and Nikki is a great waitress!!! I highly recommend it. Buon Appetito!!

Thank carmenmulet
Palmyra, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We liked the food, atmosphere was good too, just feel that the tv adds are deceiving, never saw anything about $3 To $6 tapas. will def. go back tho

Thank Bruce S
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a slow Tue night. Nice ambience. Bread basket is 4 small pieces cut from a plain baguette...menu says you'll need to pay $1.75 if you want more. (If the bread was focaccia or REALLY tasted incredible I'd understand the upcharge.) Cesar salad, the usual. Baked ziti with sauce and cheese , very good. Special of the day gnocchi,... More 

Thank cotton_I_Jo
Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our recent cruise we met my sister and her husband in San Juan and after site seeing stopped at Al Dente. This was our second or third trip to the restaurant as we have been to San Juan a few times. Once again Al Dente didn't disappoint. Service and food were all great.

1 Thank Jfotogiz1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I finally had the opportunity to visit this restaurant. We loved the cozy atmosphere, the food was delicious and the service excellent. We recommend it 100%.

Thank Irsamir P
Princeton, Illinois
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This was an unexpectedly great Italian Restaurant. It was unexpected because it is in a very touristy area just a few blocks from where the cruise ships dock. We were in Puerto Rico for 6 nights and the Puerto Rican diet of pork, plantains, beans and rice, while good, should not be eaten every meal. We ate here for two... More 

Thank Jim C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 Calle Del Recinto S, San Juan 00901-1988, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-7303

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?