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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House

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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster HouseOld Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House
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11 Beers
177 Ratings
Place Score: 83
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

202 Calle Jesus Tizol
San Juan, 00907
Puerto Rico
phone: (787) 721-2100

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Place added by: yobdoog on 03-07-2006

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Reviews by Redrover:
Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I was glad to able to stop and was really looking forward to some ales after a steady diet of Medallia Light (the ubiquitous PR Light beer). Situated in the old Federal Reserve building and close to the cruise ship docks, they are blessed with a good location.

As you enter, you see the hostess stand where they also sell pint glasses and stuff. The finishing tanks are directly to your right.

They have a two story space with a bar along the lower left. There are lots of tables as this is very much a restaurant. The look is a nice mix of modern with some cool touches form the buildings earlier life. I really liked that they had their regular customers’ mugs locked up in little wire and wood cages. This is the same thing they do at beer halls in Germany.
They offer 5 house beers and 7 rotating seasonal specials. I had a pint of the pilsner and a couple of pints of a very well-crafted APA.

Service was friendly and at an Island pace (I.e. they are not in a hurry, so just go with it..).

Food was fairly expensive but pretty tasty. I had a very good steak here and the other three in my party liked their meals.

This is well worth a stop If your find yourself in Old Town.

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Photo of knicks19947
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Luichi
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of BrewClint
4.13/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Just stopped by to try their Stout as I was craving a good brew after days of Rum and Watery local beers. I wish I was hungry as their menu looked very delicious.
$6/pint seemed like a deal to me considering American Stouts at a local store were about 2-3x the price they are in the US. Their other brews were a bit cheaper.
I'm a Stout Freak, so their Pilsner, Lager, and IPA didn't interest me.
You can see their tanks right in the middle of the bar area, as well as a couple coppers in their restaurant area. Bartender was great and offered an explanation of their brews.
A place I will definitely visit again if I make it back to Old San Juan, PR!
Keep up the great brewing there!!!

Photo of rafaelymartinez
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jophish17
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Made an effort to stop in while visiting San Juan recently - there was a festival going on, so this was a huge change of pace from the Gasolina and Medalla Light that was flowing in the streets.

Situated in Old San Juan, the Old Harbor Brewery was pretty typical brewpub inside - a bar with beisbol on tv, dining area, brewing equipment, and the occasional Bavarian flag or other relic. AC was probably the highlight of the space. It was pretty slow when we visited on Saturday at lunchtime, so we had very prompt service. Crowds began to build and I suspect it can be very busy on Friday and Saturday nights with cruisers in and out.

We decided to go with a sampler, which only included 4 beers on this occasion - a helles, a pils, a pale and a stout. None were beyond ok, yet very approachable for the uninitiated. I would have liked to see what they can do when not just aiming for the least common denominator, but no luck this time. Quality was ok - the pale had lost its edge (if it ever had one) as I suspect beer flows slow around here at times.

We tried a local pork appetizer that we liked but I won't rate a place's food on one appetizer. Prices were reasonable to me without knowing the local market all too well. It was nice to visit a new brewpub, but I'd probably visit a couple other places in San Juan on my next visit before revisiting Old Harbor.

Photo of Plissken
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of KRuscher81
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of flexabull
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Nice brewery located in Old San Juan. Doesn't have the charm as most of the buildings do in this part of town. But it's a nice open brewery, with a small bar to the side, plenty of seating, and large high ceilings.

Quality turned out to be pretty good. I really enjoyed the pilsner, also tasted the stout and pale and found them to be decent. Certainly better quality then the local mass produced beers like Medella Light.

Service was friendly and speedy.

Selection was a bit small. They had 5 offerings, lager, stout, pale, pilsner, and a seasonal beer that was a cream ale.

Food was ok, we had a pizza that was not bad, but not great.

Prices were fair for both food and beers.

Overall, a place worth visiting in Old San Juan. I also was pleased to find their beers for sale at a small Mexican Restaurant near the place we were staying.

Photo of M1ke
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Microbrewery cross with restaurant atmosfere, makes for good food, great beers and great times! The only one that will not have a good time is your wallet; tough economy means walk around and look for other bars in the area to get a cheaper buzz. All in all a good place if you don't mind paying a little extra for beer/food.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Very nice location and probably nice facility for Caribbean standards. The bar area was small with a decent amount of seating for the restaurant. The beers seem to have been given much higher ratings than they probably deserve. I was genrous with my reviews but yet I barely under rated most other reviewers. The bartender was nice but absent minded. One major plus is that this brewery bottles their beers for purchase which is uncommon by my expierience in microbreweries. Maybe the island is more run oriented. Pricing was too high by microbrewery standards. The types of beers brewed were broad which was nice as well.

Photo of obrike
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I was sitting at the lobby bar of La Concha Renaissance tonight and mulling over their beer choices after I had already ordered my drink. I noticed two brews from Old Harbor (Kofresi stout and Coqui lager) on the menu. Very excited, I made my order to the lovely server and was disappointed to hear the hotel has not had any Old Harbor beers on site for months. Still, the thought of a fresh craft beer over another Medalla overtook me and I was soon in a cab on my way to Old San Juan to visit Old Harbor Brewery.

A short 10 minutes later I was there and sitting at the bar. A live jazz band tonight, a couple of TVs with sports, and a fairly pricey menu of food, but the beer was reasonable for the island...5.50 a pint.

Really enjoyed the Kofresi. Liked the Taina as well...I believe this release was a brown ale. Wish I woulda got the sampler of all beers to try them all, but had to head back to the hotel in a sober state before work the next morning.

This is certainly a great place to visit for beer folks when on the island. It's hard to find decent beer anywhere here, and these guys produce a pretty good product. Skip the food if you're on a budget...just order more beer.

Photo of PRpitmaster
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

stopped in a few days ago to try their new Taina rotating beer, which was a Maibock, first pint that I got was served in a frosted pint glass which totally killed the head of the beer and made it impossible to taste for a few minutes until it defrosted. the second one was served on a room temperature glass after I asked the bartender to please not use a frosted pint glass, this one had a nice head, although still a bit cold coming from the tap, but definately more enjoyable than the first.

there is a pretty large dining room area, surrounded by the beer making equipment and exposed air conditioning ducts, pretty nice brewery setting. the bar is set up to the side, not much space around it, they have 2 large very nice 5 tap systems, that block the space between the bar and bartender, seemed pretty uncomfortable for them to serve our beers.

the ambiance is pretty tourist oriented (trappy) in the middle of the caribbean, as they have pirate statues when you walk in and hanging from the roof by the boil kettles, more suited for disney world than a brewery. also noticed various light fixtures that change color around the restaurant, kind of weird for a german style beer bar.

the beer selection is limited to the five brews they make: lager, pilsner, pale ale, stout, and the maibock.

although i did not try any food, the menu was just what you would expect from a steak house style establishment..

Photo of corby112
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

Old San Juan was the first stop of a cruise I'm on so my wife and I decided to stop by this place which was five minutes walking distance from the pier.

This is a brewpub with an higher end(read priced) dining area. As soon as you walk in their are table in front of you, a cooler of bottles on the left and a large selection of merch on the right. The had their logo on everything feom shirts to growlers to a large selection of glassware. It's pretty dark during the day with brewing equipment in the front left and center rear of the main dining room. Their is a very small bar on the left side of the room with probably eight to ten seats. My wife and I sat here to enjoy a flight of their five beers.

Unfortunately they only had three beers on tap and no guest taps. It's kind of disappointing for a brewpub to run out if two of their five beers with no backup batches or other beers. Even though they only had the three the bartender let us double up on two of them so we could get the flight. All three beers were mediocre so we passed n the chance to buy bottles of the other two.

Overall I would avoid this place unless you are eating there or going after ticks. There was only one other craft destination in Old San Juan and it was closed on Tuesdays, the only day we were around.

We didn't try any of the food. It is supposed to be good but the prices are high.

Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My wife and I visited this place while passing through San Juan on a recent vacation.

The atmosphere is very pleasant. We were there on a bustling Friday night and the place was pretty packed. Ordered the beer sampler and an appetizer. The beers were all well made and clean, but half of them were pretty uninspiring. Had the stout, the helles, the pils, the pale ale, the IPA, and something else I cannot remember. I thought the Helles was pretty great and the pils was mediocre and everything else was in between. Bought a bomber of the stout to go since they didn't have the helles in bottles.

The food was tasty but rather expensive. The beer was cheap enough though so if I ever went back it would be just to drink...

A worthy stop if you are in San Juan, but for a better selection visit Taberna Lupulo.

Photo of jettjon
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Visited twice over the week of 5/4/10 - 5/11/10 on my trip to Puerto Rico. To my knowledge, this is the ONLY brewpub in PR and one of the few places to get any type of beer other than the local macro-swill (Medalla) or Heineken. The wife and I sat at the bar on our first visit and ordered the 6-beer sampler including the seasonal "Taina" which was in this case a Vienna Lager. I'm not a lager fan, and the menu was dominated by them this season, also featuring a Helles golden lager, a stout, a pale ale, and a Pilsner. All of the samples were good with no off-tastes or surprises. My wife and I selected the pale ale and the stout, both of which were good; bombers to go are available as are growlers. Price for a pint was still 5 bucks as of May 2010; the sampler is 9.

The bar area is roomy, at least in the afternoon, with 14 seats and six taps. One downside is that the liquor is exposed to direct sunlight; when we mentioned this to the bartender she stated that the barstaff had complained to the owner several times but the owner wanted passersby to be able to see into the bar. Never mind, we weren't ordering hard liquor. The bartender seemed knowledgeable about the offerings and was friendly.

We didn't order any of the food, and without sampling the fare I will defer to others who claim that the cuisine is pricy and sub-par. I struck up a conversation with a local regular on our second visit who stated that he comes here to drink only as the food is overpriced and underwhelming. Pricy steaks and seafood dominate the menu.

The brewery setup is readily visible with tanks and piping clearly visible in three areas, two of them open and one behind glass. The dining area is spacious and open with plenty of room. The bathrooms were large and clean.

The location of this bar is great, just a block from the Old San Juan harbor and easily accessible from cruise ships. Old San Juan itself is fairly small, so it's not too far of a hike from anywhere in the city and is only about 10 blocks south of the famous forts. Overall, it's a great break from the light macro swill that dominates the island. Definitely a must-see for any Beer Advocate visiting Old San Juan.

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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House in San Juan, Puerto Rico
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.