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Vaca Brava

$$ - $$$
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
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29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-723-3700
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ended up in Vaca Brava one night purely by accident. We were looking for a place with wifi to have drinks and dinner and work online at the same time. The decor is on point and the space is big. We were treated very well by the wait staff and they were accommodating to our special requests. i.e. seating... More 

Thank Pete P
Derry, New Hampshire
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mid-afternoon and looking for a good late lunch. Beckoned in by employee. Seated ourselves. Off hours for meals and 2 different small tours groups were there. Staffing was limited. Atmosphere was great! Clean bathrooms. Fresh lemonade was sooo refreshing after all the walking. We have learned meals take time in Puerto Rico, so enjoy your company. Heaping bowls of the... More 

Thank acdnh
About Restaurant's Favourite Review
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Came ti have dinner today with wife and grandson. Placed order and after approximately 15 minutes I waa told that the fish I had ordered was not available. Ordered different plate, waited an additional 40 minutes food had not come out. Requested check for what we had consumed. Manager came over and really gave no explanations. Horrible experience

Thank Rvelez194
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I come to Puerto Rico I expect to have some flavor in my food. I had high hopes for the Chuleta Kan Kan and was looking forward to it all day. The presentation was great however there was much to be yearned for in the flavor department. Talk about bland! The amarillos (sweet plantains) were dry and my extra... More 

Thank Inez I
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rib eye done well. I wish I can blink me one right now. They were so juicy and flavorful. Price was great so that made the steak that much better!!

Thank tdarosa1971
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The location is at the heart of old San Juan. So many restaurants are there. It was near 9:00 pm, the street is full of people and hard to walk through the crowd. It's like a carnival. The dish, a strange looking pork we ordered is so tasty!

1 Thank Sunflower S
Dickson, Tennessee
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My mother and I ate at this restaurant on a recent visit to Old San Juan. She was traveling in a scooter and there were several other restaurants in the area that had steps and were difficult to maneuver through. This restaurant is an easy walk from the cruise port with a ramp for those on wheels and rails in... More 

1 Thank mcclurkans
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They make a very tasteful and moist Mofongo! Great meats and service. The drinks are very good as well, try their Mojitos; they serve good drinks portions for the value.

1 Thank Camille R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here tonight at the recommendation of a couple of locals. It was outstanding! Our waiter, Jose, was super helpful. I have many dietary restrictions and he really did his best to by think outside the box and find an appetizer/side I would like, that wasn't too basic. There was also live music and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A friend... More 

2 Thank TruInfinitii
Lahaina, Hawaii
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197 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fun mix of good food and relaxed atmosphere. Its part bar, part deli. part back yard picnic ....most tables are large group type tables. The food is good, large portions, all at our table were satisfied ...but it was the flan that was the big hit! Some of the best flan we have ever had!

Thank Bill S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$40
Steakhouse, Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Recinto Sur Street | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-723-3700
Vaca Brava is fun and tasty! A unique puertorrican country style restaurant, focused on steaks, mashed plantains and other delightful local ingredients, this place introduced the elevated custom designed platters. That revolutionized the restaurant industry along the island and spread the word of mouth, calling the attention of the locals, as well as the international media.

Some of the dishes like "La Vaca Acostá" (The resting cow), "El tendedero" (The drying rack) and the traditional mofongo, amongst others, became famous and immediately long lines of diners were made to taste the innovative concept. Whole families ate from a single service; and singles like Adam Richman from The Travel Channel visited Puerto Rico to take on the "Vaca Acostá" Challenge, an 8-lb. platter of grilled sirloin steak and sides.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?