La Central by Mario Pagan

4.5
341 Reviews
$50 and over
Caribbean
Rediscover the bold flavors you love from renowned Chef Mario Pagán and get immersed into Puerto Rico’s roots and traditions as you join us on an unprecedented culinary journey that will ignite your palate.

La Central pays homage to a fundamental emblem of Puerto Rico’s history: “la caña de azúcar”, through the creative use of sugarcane & rum in its dishes.

The heat of the charcoal grill is palpable from the dining room in this open kitchen concept, where guests can enjoy a decadent tomahawk steak or a crispy branzino cooked to perfection over an open flame. La Central’s entrées are sizable, meant to be shared among friends or family with cocktails or a bottle of wine from the sommelier’s selection.

Chef Mario Pagán’s appetite for new techniques while staying true to Puerto Rico’s heritage proves that an upscale cuisine combined with fire are a timeless match worthy of your palate.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 341 people are saying
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AlexisC
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good overall. Very happy.

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Ally
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service. Enjoyable atmosphere.

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CarlosF
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and tasty Puertorriquen-Cuban dishes modernized. Great service. Outstanding location.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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PedroC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

los aperitivos, los tragos y el servicio super. La comida, el steak boto todos los liquidos en el plato tanto asi que se salieron de la tabla y se deramaron en la mesa. la carne estaba un poco dura. por lo demas un exito.

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PuroOro
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Service by Allyson. Had a great time, Great menu selection

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The meat was overpriced without any side only for pay them,the ribs were scanty.The wines overpriced for 5 times. Mario Pagan is a better chef than he showed yesterday.He needs to make changes about the food an wines.I think is a tourist trap.

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was very great. The waiter was very attentive and answered all the questions.

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PedroL
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, outstanding food and excellent service.

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FernandoR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant!! A little above price, but totally worth it.

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Juan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

La Central fue una buena experiencia. Acgedor. Excelente servicio.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The cocktails and food were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, awesome food and excellent service!!

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LizetteF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was expecting more attention since it was my birthday. Also, the restaurant says formal attire and the majority of the people were dress very casual.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Makenzie our server was fantastic! Food was beautiful. They certainly spared no expense on the restaurant design. It was a lovely dinner. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The ingredients were fresh and clean. I thought the price of the wines were reasonable. The restaurant ambiance and decor are on point and gorgeous. Overall it was a great experience and I cannot wait to be back.

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EvelynS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Ribs were excessively greasy, appetizers are too small, specially the octopus, not shareable. Cocktails not out of this world. Prices are high for what you get. Therefore my rate for value.

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MagaliC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Not disappointing at all. Very pricey tho.

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Jossie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and ambience. I appreciated the vegetarian options in the menu, but the flavor left a lot to be desired. The cauliflower tasted great, but the texture was too soft and boring (if the cauliflower was sliced into thinner portions and better charred, the texture would improve and the flavors would be bolder). The native vegetables and brussel sprouts barely had any taste (again, charring them would improve this, plus adding more seasoning). I will say the warmed pineapple appetizer was decadent and truly highlighted Chef Pagan’s talent. I would still recommend the place to non-vegetarians, as I’m sure the meat options are great!

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Mory
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Desde el aperitivo hasta el postre todo expectacular

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Teresa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waitress was awesome. We had a 5pm reservation. I apologize I do not have her name and she told me too.
First time at Mario’s. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food outstanding. Extremely comfortable

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SofiaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and t-mobile it’s a nice place for dining. This tends to be one of the fanciest options there but great “foodie” food

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine puertorican food

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KarenM
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were vacationing in san juan- we had a great meat sitting outside on the patio and the service was great as well

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Vacation with family

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Place is beautiful and our server was great! However the food was below average. The appetizers were cold, drinks super sweet, main (filet & shrimp were ok) and dessert nothing special. I love Mario’s cooking but this place doesn’t taste the par.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to since I got here loved it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

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Rafael
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time and service. Good food. Bring Tea.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with this restaurant and will be back soon. Service was amazing, food and drink choices were spot on. Music was not over powering but a comfortable level where you can still have a conversation and hear people at your table and the server. Familiar flavors of PR food but with a flair that you can not duplicate at home.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food truly doesn’t worth the price here… waiters are very nice and the environment are good tho…

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HaleyH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service. The drinks and dessert were also really fantastic.

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MarqueD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, 3 of the 4 meals were wonderful, the ribs were over cooked. Octopus was the best I have ever tasted. Lobster cakes were underwhelming. We will return

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vipMichelleD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but way overpriced. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food was great except for the roasted vegetables.

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MarijulyO
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Branzino I ever had! The drinks were on point! I loved the music!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! She knew everything about the menu and gave us great recommendations. All the employees seemed to be in think. They all took great care of us. Very polite and with great manners and knowledge. Food was awesome! We liked everything we ordered. We will definitely be back on our next trip to PR

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fue una gran experiencia, mejor de lo qué pensaba. Nos encantó y pronto volveremos

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La Central by Mario Pagan is rated 4.5 stars by 341 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.