It was in May 2002, after two years of planning, organizing, and finding a conveniently located commercial space, that Restaurante Raíces opened its doors.
With only $ 10.00 petty cash , eight tables and a limited service space, Nydia ( waitress ) and Chef Erick began what had dreamed and yearned for a long time... to open the doors of their very own restaurant.
Having in mind the love for our island, our customs and traditions was that we did our first decoration with native Puertorican crafts. Thanks to the great response we had, a year later, in May 2003, we inaugurated new facilities , decorated with the same thematic atmosphere and recreating a typical vecinity of 1940. These included a new bar called "The Chinchorro" and twenty three new tables. In addition we make our first hall in one for private activities for up to thirty people.
With great success we expand and open new facilities in Recinto Sur #315 Street in Old San Juan in 2006, with the same concept and a larger hall that accommodates up to 200 diners. We also have a small shop (Gift Shop ) offering guests who visit us the opportunity to buy Puerto Rican typical candies, and items with our logo, which can be a gift or souvenir of your visit to our restaurant.
To this day our restaurant has been visited by innumerable celebrities and obtained excellent reviews on local television programs such as "Desde mi Pueblo", "La Cocina de Cielito", "Pasaporte al Buen Gusto", and also internationally through the Travel Channel and its world-famous programs "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "Man v Food".
It really is a unique experience to visit this place that takes us back to our roots , our history!
Our staff awaits for you at your Restaurante Raíces!