Where to Eat in Culebra
Culebra may feel like a remote tropical island, but this archipelago 17 miles (25 km) east of Puerto Rico’s mainland has no shortage of excellent places to eat.
From gourmet seafood restaurants to come-as-you-are roadside kiosks serving classic Puerto Rican comfort foods, there’s something for every taste and budget on Culebra. Even if seafood isn’t your thing, you’ll find Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean cuisines represented there, too.
Here are a few fantastic local favorites:
Some of the freshest seafood you’ll find on Culebra is at El Edén, a simple but magical restaurant with impeccable service. The large menu contains everything from swordfish to skirt steak, plus staple island dishes like deep-fried red snapper and mofongo. But the lobster-based dishes, served with lots of garlic and creamy risotto, are the real house specialty. El Edén is very popular, so reservations are recommended.
You can feast your eyes as well as your taste buds on the magnificent seafood platters at Restaurant Caracoles, situated close to the ferry terminal on the water. Entice your taste buds with shrimp, deep-fried mahi mahi, grouper, filet mignon, and so much more, all served in exquisite and unexpected ways. Be sure to save room for the tiramisu for dessert – a favorite among the families and couples who visit here time and time again.
Look for the bright blue building right on the ferry canal and you’ll know you’ve found Dinghy Dock, a laid-back indoor/outdoor restaurant that is one of the the most popular hangouts on the island. Dinghy Dock specializes in Puerto Rican criollo (creole) cuisine, and the menu is packed with grilled meats and fish. A few standouts include swordfish, yellowtail, lobster, coconut shrimp, sirloin steaks, burgers, and BBQ pork spare ribs. The open-air setting makes this place a crowd favorite, and the adjacent bar is usually filled with locals and tourists alike.
Puerto Rican flavors meet Asian flair at this charming restaurant tucked into the hills near many inns and guesthouses. Gourmet dishes at Susie's include snapper fillet with roasted garlic cream, glazed lamb chops, fresh octopus salad, tuna sushi rolls, and garam masala-encrusted grouper with a tarragon, lime, and coconut aioli. Dine beneath the stars and delight in the unexpected fusion of these two cuisines.