Nestled in the middle of the Central Mountains of Puerto Rico, Utuado’s thick vegetation and wide rivers give rise to an abundance of coffee farms that you can visit. Check out Hacienda Café Gran Batey and others in the area.
When you get hungry, you won’t find luxurious fine dining in Utuado, but you will be treated to tasty local cuisine and a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere just about everywhere you go. Here’s where to eat when you venture to this scenic region:
You’ll be treated just like a member of the family at La Familia. This family-owned restaurant has great homemade pizza, seafood, meat cuts, and some of the best mofongo you’ll find in Utuado. La Familia is a perfect stop after a day of ziplining, hiking, and other adventures in the mountains. The service is fast and friendly, and the prices are affordable. Note that alcoholic beverages are not served here.
Hijos del Josco
This long-running local gem north of town affords diners with spectacular, up-close views of the Tanamá River. The pared-down menu at Hijos del Josco focuses on meat cuts, like churrasco and carne frita, but also offers a nice selection of traditional Puerto Rican sides and fun bites like punchy fish tacos.
At Bier Garden, the wide-ranging menu includes everything from excellent hamburgers to fish tacos or traditional Puerto Rican dishes. There are also tasty homemade desserts, a good selection of craft beers, mojitos, and other cocktails for non-beer drinkers. Enjoy your drink or dinner on the outdoor patio and listen to live music al fresco.
Andares Bistro Café & Pub
Located right in the town center of Utuado is Andares Bistro Café & Pub, serving Puerto Rican staple dishes like mofongo and tostones along with American pub standards like burgers and steaks. The drink menu is full of refreshing options, from craft beers to coconut mojitos