The culinary options in Ponce are as diverse and refined as the city’s cultural attractions. Whether you’re looking for an ice-cold craft beer or a multi-course feast, you’ll find it in the La Perla del Sur. For a vibrant local experience, head to La Guancha boardwalk to enjoy Puerto Rican snack foods and refreshing piña coladas while strolling alongside the Caribbean Sea.
Here are some standout dining options in Ponce:
Lola Eclectic Cuisine
As the name suggests, everything from the interior décor to the Caribbean fusion cuisine at this Ponce Plaza Hotel eatery is eclectic. Ideal for diners looking for a cozy and private atmosphere, Lola offers excellent service and a menu that will suit everyone from carnivores to vegans. Some of the most popular dishes here include mahi mahi in lobster sauce, filet mignon, pistachio-crusted lamb rack, and duck a l’orange.
Campioni Pizza Birra & Tapas
Located in a well-preserved historic building on the town square, Campioni is equally loved for its casual, family atmosphere as it is for its tapas, brick-oven pizzas, and classic Italian dishes. To wash it all down, choose from a variety of craft beers, homemade sangria, and delicious piña coladas.
El Negocio de Panchi
Considered one of the best restaurants in the south region, El Negocio de Panchi specializes in gourmet Puerto Rican and international dishes with Creole hints. You can’t go wrong with the tapas and standard menu, but a hidden menu featuring chef specialties that vary weekly is where local diners know to look.
La Casa del Chef
Local art on the walls gives this eatery a bright, lively atmosphere, but the service and Puerto Rican haute cuisine are what truly set it apart. A few of the local-favorite dishes include lobster a la criolla, fresh octopus salad, and savory mofongo. Also on the menu at La Casa del Chef, you will find a variety of seafood and meat cuts as well as tasty homemade desserts.