The Tapas Bar and Restaurant $-$$
@ Casa Isleña Inn Carr. 413(int.) Km. 4.8 (on Antonio’s Beach)
Closed Monday Tuesday – Sunday - 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday & Sunday Brunch - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 787-823-1525 (no reservations but appreciate knowing if you are bringing a group)
Located inside the oceanfront Casa Isleña Inn, The Tapas Bar and Restaurant offers a diverse & delicious menu in an ideal setting. Creative cocktails, an extensive choice of craft beers and full wine list compliment the fresh, often locallysourced French, Asian, and Latin inspired tapas. Happy hour daily from 3-5. Weekend brunch features fresh squeezed orange juice Mimosas, and Habanero-laced Bloody Marys.
Tamboo Seaside Bar and Grill $-$$
@ Beside the Pointe Inn Carr. 413 Interior Km. 4.4
7 days a week Mon- Thurs. & Sunday - 12:00 pm - 12:00 am Friday and Saturday - 12:00 pm - 2:00 am 787-823-8550 (Food served until 10:00 pm)
Tamboo is a favorite place for visitors and islanders because of its location, food and fun. The breezy terrace is a great place to watch the surfers and whales (on season) while you have lunch or to hang out after a day at the beach. Tamboo was listed as one of the 10 Best Bars in America by Esquire Magazine. Live music and DJ’s after the dinner on weekends and open mike/jamming session of live music on Monday nights. The house specialty cocktails have intriguing names like “Sunsetrita” and a “Tiramisu” drink that could substitute for dessert any time. Try their award winning Bacardí Mojito (Best Mojito in Puerto Rico). You can go to Tamboo Sea Side Grill Restaurant just for the food! Lunch is casual with good sandwiches, salads and lighter fare. Lunch and dinner specials include the Tamboo Baby Back Ribs in a Guava BBQ sauce, Grilled Chicken Breast bathed in a coconut sauce and sprinkled with coconut flakes or a variety of fresh fish and seafood, pastas, salads, and even a vegetarian dish or two.
Rock Bottom Bar and Grill $
@ Casa Verde Guest House Carr. 413 Interior Km. 4.4
7 days a week 9:00 am until closing Casa Verde has a Colmado (small convenience store) Colmado hours: 9:00am - 10:00pm 787-823-3756
In the heart of Puntas off Sandy Beach, Rock Bottom Bar and Grill feels like a glorified tree house for big kids who love to party. There are tasty treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - classic bar food done right. The Rock Bottom Burger is a favorite. The Rock Bottom has a dish for every appetite and a bar tab for every budget. Home of the all-day-everyday $2.50 rum punch.
The Pool Bar Sushi $
Carr. 413 (Across from Pools Beach)
Tuesday Closed Monday – Sunday - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bar open 5:00 pm until closing 787-823-2583
The Sushi Bar is located in Pool Bar, but with separate service. There is covered or under the stars outdoor seating. Get your drinks at the bar, go to a table and choose from an extensive menu of Asian treats. There are all kinds of sushi and sashimi, lots of dim sum appetizers from egg roll to wakame seared tuna with wonton chips. There are two kinds salads with soy ginger dressings and a nice carafe of sake or a chilled Sapporo beer to go with everything. (The health conscious can try the organic green tea.) Pool Bar has always been a “happening” place. There is a large screen over the swimming pool showing the latest in surf flicks and often a jam session with local musicians. Fun, young, hip crowd.
El Flamboyán Restaurant and Bar $
Carr. 413 Camino Martillo Km. .03
Monday – Saturday - 4:00 pm – 12:00 pm 787-823-6614 CASH ONLY For twenty years “Flamboyán”, as it is affectionately called, has taken Cash Only. To have lasted this long with that policy lets you know how good the food is and why people think it is still a bargain. On the road down from the Puntas Bakery toward the beaches, under a beautiful Flamboyán (Flame Tree), this restaurant serves dinner only with a great variety of local specials including reasonably priced rice stews, specialty black beans, steaks and good fresh seafood. Happy hour from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and good parking. The owner and chef is Roberto Caro Carrera. It is old-time Rincón with really good food.
Ode to the Elephants $-$$
Calle Vista Linda Km. 4.3
7 days a week - 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 787-424-8707
Up the stairs at the Sandy Beach apartments, with one of the best views in Rincón, you will find the town’s eagerly awaited Thai restaurant Ode to the Elephants. Chef Kevin Ngosuwan, who learned to cook in his father’s New York Thai restaurants, oversees the kitchen producing specialties like Massaman Curry and Pad Thai. A fried filet of sole with a chili, scallion and Napa cabbage sauce served with Jasmine rice is a new addition to the menu. If you like skirt steak (Puerto Rico’s traditional churrasco), for a change try it with lime chili sauce, sautéed vegetables and served with sticky rice. Call for updates on credit cards and alcohol beverages.
Puntas Bakery $
Carr. 413 Interior Km. 3.2
7 days a week 6:00 am -9:00 pm 787-823-6240
Owners José Rodríguez and Vanessa Santiago are proud that the Puntas Bakery has found its way into so many blogs and journals of surfers. On #413 just as you head down the hill to Rincón’s great surf spots, “Parking Lots”, “María’s” or “Domes,” surfers stop at the Puntas Bakery to pick up breakfast or lunch. With a nod to the visitors, surfers and its loyal local clientele, Puntas Bakery has bagels, cappuccino, lattés and more. There is Wi Fi and a daily menu of good, hearty food that will keep you full and “stoked”. There are tables at the bakery if you want to sit down for a meal.
Reprinted from Buen Provecho Rincon, for information on more restaurants in Rincon, visit the Buen Provecho website and pick up a copy of Buen Provecho Rincon at local stores, hotels and restaurants.