Aguaviva – What a meal!

My fiance and I were recently in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a few days. My fiance really wanted some fresh seafood, and the hotel concierge recommended Aguaviva, located on Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan.

Our server was Andrea, who was fantastic. She was knowledgeable about the dishes, not timid to give her own recommendations, and had a great sense of humor and was just very real. It always elevates a delicious meal to another level when you have a wonderful server.

We loved our meal – everything was delectable!  Check it out after the jump:


  • Pineapple Mojito – All I can say is OMG. OMG. OMG. I could drink 10 of these like water, it was amazing!
  • Watermelon Sangria – Apparently this drink has won local awards. It was good enough, but not incredible. We think it could be because watermelon is out of season.  Also, I think anything would have had a hard time living up to the glory of that pineapple mojito!


Where the magic happens!



  • Ceviche sampler – Aguaviva has several different ceviches. You can get one, or a sampler of 2, 3, or 4 different ones.  We went with the octopus/red pepper, red snapper/avocado, and grouper.  They come with tostones (fried plantains, salty).  All were so tasty!
  • Oysters on the half shell – I think they were blue point and they were great
  • Oysters Rockefeller – Prepared with pecorino cheese and spinach.  So buttery and rich. Amazing!


  • Grilled Dorado (mahi mahi) – Fresh and delicious.  Came with a celery root mofongo.
  • Seafood risotto with pan seared scallops – The risotto was a tad al dente as well as a bit salty, but it still was a very good dish, which I would order again. 

    Scallops and seafood risotto


  • I can’t remember what it called but it was a major chocolate occasion.  Basically a very chocolately dense cake, almost mousse-like inside, covered in chocolate flakes, served atop some white chocolate sauce.




The decor is cool, pretty casual and dimly lit yet bright inside because of the white theme. There are really interesting hanging lamps that look like jellyfish – and Andrea informed us that Aguaviva – which literally translates as “live water” – actually means jellyfish in Spanish.

We highly recommend stopping by Aguaviva next time you are in Puerto Rico!


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