Puerto Rican Restaurants


California Puerto Rican and Caribbean Restaurants

Updated: 12/03/2014: Deleted Puerto Rican restaurants that closed down ūüôĀ

Here is the most updated list of Puerto Rican / Caribbean restaurants in California. Unfortunately we have seen many great Puerto Rican restaurants come and go in the past 10 years, so please bookmark these restaurants and check them out if you are in the area!

If you see a Puerto Rican restaurant (or a place that serves Puerto Rican food) that is not on this list, please email me and let me know, thank you!



Borinquen Soul
Borinquen Soul Borinquen Soul 123 reviews Borinquen Soul on Yelp
2020 Macarthur Blvd
Lower Hills
Oakland, CA 94602


N K.'s Review N K.
5 Stars

For a casual comfort food joint, this place gets 5 stars based on the friendliness of the staff and taste of food.

The place is definitely a bit run down...

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Yolanda R.'s Review Yolanda R.
1 Stars

I was soooo looking forward to some authentic PR soul food. As true Puerto Rican latina who grew up in Ponce PR and has been living the past 14 yrs in the...

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KevMo G.'s Review KevMo G.
3 Stars

I paid over $250 for party trays to feed about 10 people - and it fed about 10 people with minimal left overs.
My advice: order 10 individual rice plates....

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Marus Kitchen
Marus Kitchen Marus Kitchen 14 reviews Marus Kitchen on Yelp
East Oakland
Oakland, CA 94603


Erica R.'s Review Erica R.
5 Stars

Today my coworkers and I ordered the Tuesday special, Cuban sandwich, tostones with a special sauce, and vegetable soup. The food was delicious from the...

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Victor G.'s Review Victor G.
4 Stars

Maru's Kitchen booth was flying the puerto rican flag. other booths fly brazilian, guatamalean, mexican, san salvador, whatever foods they happen to be...

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Jon A.'s Review Jon A.
5 Stars

Thanks David for working with me at the last minute to create a unique menu that included all if the birthday boys' favorites!!! Your food was definitely a...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 389 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
401 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Cin C.'s Review Cin C.
5 Stars

Absolutely amazing!!! Not only was the food crazy delicious but service was also TOP NOTCH. They delivered to a group of us out in the Headlands and the...

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Pete R.'s Review Pete R.
4 Stars

Greasy, but good! Seriously, what should you expect from fried food? Tasty and hot.
Be prepared to stand in line to get in.
I don't think it's THAT great...

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Jingxi Z.'s Review Jingxi Z.
5 Stars

Omg I came here of all times while I was on a low-carb diet (#EDCbody) and it broke my heart to order a salad and watching massive plate after plate of...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 2477 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
901 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901


Letty H.'s Review Letty H.
5 Stars

I was very lucky to come here for Saturday brunch at around 11:30am with 9 people and there was no line! We were seated almost immediately, so maybe come a...

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Destiny B.'s Review Destiny B.
1 Stars

Full disclaimer: I'm not bashing Sol Food. I'm simply stating facts of an experience that occurred on a warm summer early Sunday afternoon, so I strongly...

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Denise L.'s Review Denise L.
4 Stars

Came here with the fam on our way to Graton and since we arrived by 11:30 AM on a Saturday, the place was a bit crowded, but no line to order.

My brother...

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Sol Food
Sol Food Sol Food 318 reviews Sol Food on Yelp
811 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901


CJ Z.'s Review CJ Z.
5 Stars

You have a nice feeling as soon as you walk in. Very bright & green indoors. I get a sense that the beach is just a few steps away! The chicken dish is very...

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Nathan B.'s Review Nathan B.
1 Stars

Oh man, the flans... Good god, they are absolutely terrible. Curdled, grainy, goopy, and an absolute travesty. It's my partners favorite thing to eat,...

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Courtney C.'s Review Courtney C.
5 Stars


THIS PLACE WAS AMAZING. I have no idea how I haven't had it yet - I have an aunt and uncle who live nearby who have always referenced it but...

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Sol Cubano
Sol Cubano Sol Cubano 258 reviews Sol Cubano on Yelp
5734 Watt Ave
North Highlands, CA 95660


Jessica W.'s Review Jessica W.
5 Stars

I have never tasted Cuban food and when i seen this place on Yelp i had to try it! I have only had Mexican, Puerto Rican and El Salvadorian. I was pretty...

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Mary Z.'s Review Mary Z.
4 Stars

This place rocks
Try the fish and the mayo sauce over rice. It's a delight
Also try the sangria

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Matthew K.'s Review Matthew K.
4 Stars

First experience with Cuban food was at this place. Almost everything on the menu is fried in some way, so if you have sensitive skin (like me) it can be a...

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Parada 22
Parada 22 Parada 22 812 reviews Parada 22 on Yelp
1805 Haight St
The Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117


Arturo F.'s Review Arturo F.
5 Stars

The generous, indulgent, yet balanced food at Parada 22 was a perfect comma without the coma on my "treat yo self" day. The price is decent, the ambiance is...

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Tika O.'s Review Tika O.
1 Stars

Service alone was crap-
One girl behind the counter on her cell phone, not helping anyone out.
Other girl sat my party of 2 on the counter top but cleared...

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Kathrin H.'s Review Kathrin H.
4 Stars

The place is very small but very good. The pork was cooked to perfection and tasted just like it did back when we were on holiday.
The chicken was also...

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Parada 22 POP-UP
Parada 22 POP-UP Parada 22 POP-UP 37 reviews Parada 22 POP-UP on Yelp
3296 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110


Alice H.'s Review Alice H.
5 Stars

For ~$15 a plate, this is the best meal for its value. If you like authentic Puerto Rican food, you will love this.

Pernil Asado is a great entree for...

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Jenna G.'s Review Jenna G.
5 Stars

SO good! Such an amazing hole in the wall place.

The ambiance is very casual/ diner setting and the price is pretty decent for so much food.

I got the...

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Sarah C.'s Review Sarah C.
1 Stars

Wasn't there tonight (a Friday)! Don't know if it is gone for good or just taking a vacation. I was a little sad...if anyone has more detailed info please...

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400 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Jay C.'s Review Jay C.
5 Stars


amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing everything about this place is amazing.

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Joseph S.'s Review Joseph S.
5 Stars

Amazing service and truly authentic food.

I've been here three times, always the same.

Excellent, friendly service
Amazing, authentic, Puerto Rican...

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Todd B.'s Review Todd B.
4 Stars

After coming here a few times; I finally decided to write a review.
I've always come here either not that hungry or partially hungry (I guess it's the same)...

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7931 E. Firestone Boulavard
Downey, CA 90241


pat h.'s Review pat h.
5 Stars

My son and I ate at their original location (pictures are on their web site).

All I can say is the food was DELICIOUS!!

I'm so glad that moved much closer...

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Anthony C.'s Review Anthony C.
1 Stars

Place doesnt seem to exist; too bad, they had good food at the other location. The night club they are suppose to be in is never seems to be open during the...

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La Puma Rosa
La Puma Rosa La Puma Rosa 1 reviews La Puma Rosa on Yelp
510 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802


Evelyn C.'s Review Evelyn C.
5 Stars

My family and I have always tried finding a joint that made homemade Puerto Rican food. I tried this restaurant when they were locate in Watts and I loved...

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5757 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Princess P.'s Review Princess P.
5 Stars

Delicious food, friendly fast service. I ordered the Mofongo with fried pork with a side of rice and red beans. I can't even tell you what that first bite...

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Leticia B.'s Review Leticia B.
3 Stars

As I'm waiting for my food, I figured I'd kill time by writing a review. Yeah, it has been that long. And no more than 10 people here. The appetizer took 15...

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Sandy M.'s Review Sandy M.
3 Stars

So this was my first visit, and I was pretty excited. ....as I'm Puerto Rican. We came at about 930 and we were the only table with the exception of 1...

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Baracoa Lounge
Baracoa Lounge Baracoa Lounge 248 reviews Baracoa Lounge on Yelp
853 Auto Ctr Dr
Ste F
Palmdale, CA 93551


Greg S.'s Review Greg S.
5 Stars

Alright, today's food adventure has taken me and the King of lunch time cuisine (Jimmy) to this nifty little spot called baracoa lounge. We were hesitant at...

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Moses F.'s Review Moses F.
5 Stars

On April 30, 2016 My fiancé and I decided to stop in and try some food to go. Being of Cuban ancestry, my fiancé was looking forward to having some...

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Bricia R.'s Review Bricia R.
5 Stars

My friend suggested we try the place especially since she wanted my stamp of approval. We both loved it soooooo much. I ordered the ropa vieja sandwich with...

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2649 W 1st St
Santa Ana, CA 92703


Nini F.'s Review Nini F.
5 Stars

Hands down best coffee and a non shop!
The expresso machine is so cute! And the drinks well those are a WHOLE different story! Mariachi Loco is so good!...

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Michelle R.'s Review Michelle R.
4 Stars

While having dinner at the Food Truck Haven, I came across coffee truck Frijolito. They said that they are a coffee truck with a Latin twist. There's not...

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Naomi R.'s Review Naomi R.
5 Stars

I love latino-owned coffee shops. Frijolito's is one of the best coffee shops (trucks, I should say) that I've tried! They were at the Patchwork Festival in...

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Senor Big Ed
Senor Big Ed Senor Big Ed 285 reviews Senor Big Ed on Yelp
5490 Lincoln Ave
Cypress, CA 90630


Daye V.'s Review Daye V.
5 Stars

Se√Īor Big Ed was introduced to me as a child because my parents wanted me to have a taste for authentic Puerto Rican food, something in low supply on this...

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Victor C.'s Review Victor C.
4 Stars

Since this visit have been to Senor Big Ed's 3 times. Food has always been good and service not memorable in a negative way. So that's a positive.


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Victor D.'s Review Victor D.
5 Stars

This place is the bomb, been here 3x now.
Reminds me of my moms home cooking, being in OC for 2 and a half now it's pretty hard finding a authentic...

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San Juan BBQ
San Juan BBQ San Juan BBQ 230 reviews San Juan BBQ on Yelp
10203 Hole Ave
Riverside, CA 92503


John M.'s Review John M.
5 Stars

We went here today for a late lunch/early dinner. At 3:30 in the afternoon, the place was still hopping. Lots of take out orders too. We actually came...

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Angela A.'s Review Angela A.
4 Stars

Decided to eat here with my boyfriend after looking for restaurants on Yelp that were close by to the Tyler Mall. My boyfriend and I have never had Puerto...

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Frank M.'s Review Frank M.
2 Stars

I begrudgingly give San Juan 2 stars because the manager(?) genuinely seems like a nice guy. He knows who I am because of today's incident.

In short, we...

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Andrés Restaurant
Andrés Restaurant Andrés Restaurant 429 reviews Andrés Restaurant on Yelp
1235 Morena Blvd
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA 92110


Jeff B.'s Review Jeff B.
4 Stars

Great food..great prices.....good service
Combination of Empanadas.....off the chain amazing great....delicious garlic sauce
Ensalada Verde ... meh!

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Anibal O.'s Review Anibal O.
2 Stars

Very disappointing.... what is the deal with sprinkling peas on the dishes? Before you get your panties in a bunch, let me say that I am Puerto Rico, born...

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Erica S.'s Review Erica S.
4 Stars

I ordered (catering) here almost 6-8 months ago for a work event and I just so happen to be around the neighborhood today and asked if I were able to order...

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6163 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111


Aaron H.'s Review Aaron H.
5 Stars

I'm blown away by this place. Officially the best meal I've had in SD. When I come back soon to try other dishes, if any other dish is close to being as...

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Frankie G.'s Review Frankie G.
5 Stars

Cuban sandwich is a hell of a deal and very delicious. Very standard, no hipster twists here. Pork, ham, yellow mustard and pickles in well grilled pressed...

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Faye L.'s Review Faye L.
4 Stars

Friend recommended Tropical Star Restaurant some time ago when I was on a Cuban sandwich obsession. I had driven by this tiny restaurant so many times but...

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31 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Restaurants

  1. Rose m nieves

    Que lindo , This is great that you put together, this site for all of your Ricans . I have live in califorina, for 27 years and now I live in los vegas. I dont recall a puerto  Rican  restaurant in that area. Can you tell me if you know of a good one in vegas. Thank s and again keep up the good work.  RNieves

  2. admin Post author

    Hi Rose and thank you!

    There use to be a Puerto Rican Restaurant in Las Vegas called ‚ÄúEl Coqui Caribbean Restaurant‚ÄĚ but unfortunately they closed! ūüôĀ

    I will keep a look out for you for any Las Vegas or Nevada Puerto Rican Restaurants.

    Also if any of you know of any Puerto Rican Restaurants please let me know! You can post it here as a comment and I will add it to the page!

  3. Charlie

    I have been looking to do something like this but you beat me to it.  Thats great, because there are so many of us Boriquas in Cali.  From the High Desert, Victorville, Ca.

  4. admin Post author

    Hey Charlie! Thank you for the suggestion. Glad you could join us! We’re just getting started and I’m sure you can contribute a lot. Have a great week!

  5. Carlos Guerra

    I am so glad that we have this site because what has me baffled is our lack of restaurants but I think I know know why. My family frequented a restaurant in South Gate named “My Old San Juan” that had a fabulous cook.
    My wife and I frequented their establishment 2 to 3 times per week spending good money and would always leave their waitress a generous tip. One day I spoke with¬†the cook¬†who would often sit with her Patrons and hold friendly conversations. I suggested that she should add “Mondongo” to their menu. She was at first extremely resistant to my suggestion because she stated that she has owned restaurants for the majority of her life and as a cooks knows what sells.
    I told her that I was a successful business man and knew that “Mexicans” love “Menudo” in California and that our Puerto Rican “Mondongo” was a lot better then their Menudo which by the way offended my Mexican wife, until she tried our Menudo and agreed!
    I called the restaurant several times until they finally placed it on their Menu & painted it on their windows and guess what?
    They kept selling out of Mondongo and could not keep enough of it in stock how about that!!!  I know because I came and ordered some Mondogo and was told that they sold out, go figure. I know they will not give me credit for this but this is a true story. But they eventually close their doors because I was told the partners Allegedly could not get along?
    The moral of this story is Mexicans will love Mondogo in California, so sell it! Stop trying to sell them just Pasteles!

  6. Gina Bet

    Hello. I would really love to try Puerto Rican food. But I live in Los Angeles, do you know if there’s one around downtown L.A. or near because N.H. is a little bit far for me… Thanks

  7. Charles Batista

    Hey Gina, North Hollywood is only 15 minutes from downtown.¬† Go try El Mofongo on Lankershim.¬† You’ll enjoy it.

    Hey Carlos Guerra, que romance tienes tu con el Mondongo.¬†¬† ūüôā¬†¬† I’m glad you got to enjoy it if only for a brief time.

  8. Juan Ramon

    @Carlos Guerra – that is usually the case.¬† No se porque but we end up peleando por estupideces.¬† It’s too bad the restaurant closed.¬† Yo se they would’ve been sucesivo so tuvieron peleando or ser celoso.¬† I used to live in Oakland, CA and there as a puerto rican restaurant.¬† They only lasted tres (o cuarto) anos.¬† I don’t know why they shut down, but el unico restaurant puertorriqueno is in san rafael.¬† I know cause yo voy a dia de los muertos and then go out to eat with my friends.¬† Que lastima que no podemos a tener algo que dures.

  9. Mellowymala


    I went to CT, Bridgeport to be exact with my ex….I fell in love with this empanada looking dish. It had ground beef and cheese I believe. He took me to a littke whole in the wall that was like a takeout deli-ish place….Just wondering if anyone knew the name of this particular food. It was delish

  10. Carlos Guerra

    To Charles Batista and Juan Ramon : Charles, my family has to try Monfongos that you have recommended because it sounds really good!  In fact I will have to try some of the local restaurants mentioned on the CaliRicans.Com website.
    And Juan you are correct because our restaurants seem to start doing well and then close down for petty reasons and that is truly sad. We all know that our Mexican brothers love their Menudo and when the Mexican waitress of my favorite PR restaurant convinced the owners to put Mondongo on the menu they could not keep enough in stock but their response was that they could not sell their other products. Well raise the price of your Mondogo and make money that way! Oye mi gente what is going on!!!
    But like Charles Batista stated we have to support their restaurants but they also should listen to their clientele as well. Charles listed several positive suggestions on my blog on this website which if owners read their restaurant businesses would do better in my humble opinion.

  11. carlos

    I visited Sol Food in San Rafael…..very far from where i live (sacramento) but the food was off the hook….should definately take the drive

  12. Angel Rivera

    Hola¬†a todo mi Gente. I live in Buena Park, Califas And I just want to say that¬† “Senor Big Eds Puerto- Rican Reasturant¬†in Cypress CA ¬†is the greatest place¬†to eat your favorite Boricua comida. Soy Boriqueno 100% and single and is looking for that one special Foxy Rican who knows how to cook in and out of the kichen. ¬†My intentions are very sincere so I’am respectfully using this avenue to try and touch someones heart. Ckeck out my My Space or Facebook page and send me a message. Only serious ladys please apply. Ofcoure I am only praying for one. Happy New Year 2011, Lets start this new year and become Grand Parents together.¬†
                                                       Con carino y mucho mas.

  13. M. Vasquez

    I’m going to try Big Ed’s in Cypress tomorrow! I’m JapRican and since my grandmother in New York has been too ill to make pasteles I’ve had no recourse living in Orange County, for anything close to her pasteles. There’s plenty of sushi here but not enough Puerto Rican cuisine! Thanks for the lead.

  14. melinda

    Hola Angel

    ¬†¬†lei tu comentario, interesante¬†se te oye sincero, yo tambien soy boricua 100% , no he ido a el festival de San Dimas pero fui al de long beach hace un tiempo, pero estuvo chevere…
    no vivimos tan lejos de uno al otro…

  15. Rafael Garcia Carrion

    Hello Borinqueno’s
    I live in the Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles and I make traditional Puerto Rican Pasteles. ¬†Pasteles in Spanish literally means pastry or cake. ¬†However, in the dialect of Puerto Rican, un Pastel is a Puerto Rican Tamale, so to speak, ¬†One has to have an acquired taste for this delicacy. ¬†The dough is made up with a mixture of plantains, potatoes and poi/tarrot root or as we say in Puerto Rico, to the best of my spelling ability, yautia. ¬† At home, my mother always made her pasteles with beef. ¬†I was in my thirties when I learned that most people eat pasteles with pork. ¬† So, I make my traditional beef pasteles and I will also make them with pork. ¬†My wife recently suggested I try shrimp. ¬†Guess what, it turned out pretty good. ¬†So I will make more shrimp pasteles. ¬†A co-worker is a vegetarian and so I am going to try pasteles with diffenet cheeses to see which cheese will blend well with the unique flavor and texture of los pasteles. ¬†My mother was from Yuquiyu (Luquillo) Carrion Mercado and my father was from Vieques, Garcia Rivera. ¬†They came to N.Y. in the early thirties and I was born in the Bronx. ¬† I’m a Vietnam Vet. My brother Greg is a Korean War vet. ¬†My brother Joe was on board a destroyer during the Cuban Missile crisis and my Tio Benigno was in WW II. ¬†I was looking up the Borinquen Post of the American Legion in Cali when I ran into this site. God Bless – California Ralph

  16. admin Post author

    Jose Luis, there is a great site I have purchased souvenirs from: Souveniles de Puerto Rico¬†http://souveniles.com Enjoy ūüôā

  17. Natie

    My family had a Puerto Rican/Mexican Restaurant in Pasadena, CA.¬† It has since closed.¬† I know there was a Cuban restaurant on Sierra Madre Blvd. cross street Michilinda.¬† Same shopping center as Albertsons.¬† However, I have not been there in a while since I moved away from the area.¬† I also remember there was a great Cuban/Puerto Rican restaurant in Glendale.¬† I can’t remember the name now.¬† If anyone knows about it, let us know.¬† I am in the process of checking with some friends that advised me of Puerto Rican restaurants in LA county. When I know I will definitely pass the word.¬† Thank you for doing this.¬† I am sure it is a lot of work.¬† I know I appreciate the effort you put into updating this website!¬† I am sure I am not the only Rican around here that appreciates it!!¬† Huepa!!!!¬† Thanks again!!

  18. Empanatie's :)-

    Ah Driante!!¬† I forgot to mention, I make killer Empanadas!!¬† I make them fresh to order.¬† I live in the San Gabriel Valley and deliver (in the San Gabriel Valley).¬† I make them with beef, pork, or chicken.¬† I also make veggie ones for our vegetarian friends.¬† If you want to order some, post a message here and I will check into it for you.¬† If you do not live in the area, I can ship them to you!!¬† I have shipped them to Chicago, New York, Maine, Oregon, Texas, and of course all over California.¬† For information, post a message to “Empanatie’s” :)~¬† I will follow up with you.¬† Que viva Puerto Rico!!

  19. Cafetera

    Here’s all the info, Porto’s actually has three locations, one in Downey, Burbank and the original in Glendale

    Porto’s BakeryPorto’s Bakery, 315 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203-2303
    (818) 956-5996  http://www.portosbakery.com/bakery/all

    Also, there is a Cuban Restaurant (as close to Puertorican food as you’ll get)¬†in Pomona: CocoPalm, 1600 Fairplex Dr.,¬†¬†Pomona, CA 91768-1237, Phone (909) 469-1965, http://www.cocopalmrestaurant.com

    Good food, and they have live salsa on Friday’s w/free salsa lessons.

  20. Mike

    Does anyone knows were we can get puertorican goodies (galletas, dulces, viandas, etc…) in LA? Una “tiendita” … Email me. [email protected]. Gracias a lot! =]

  21. Quito

    Tengo ya cuatro a?os viviendo en la ciudad de Orange, aqui en el county de Orange y solamente e conocido 3 personas de Puerto Rico, ya me estoy queriendo ir a otro estado por que la soledad me mata. Quiero conoser gente de Puerto Rico escribanme [email protected]

  22. Wanda Ramos

    I live in Merced, Ca. is there a Puerto Rican restaurant about a 1 or 2 hr. radius?

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