While Isla Verde has some excellent hotels, a fantastic beach, and a roaring nightlife, I haven't been as impressed with its dining options. Along the main Isla Verde Avenue, there's a notable lack of great eateries. And most of the good ones are found in the hotels.
Still, you do have some solid choices when you want to dine in this part of town.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Is it weird to follow one steak house with another? Perhaps, but you can't deny the quality of the products at Ruth's Chris. Even if they are relatively prevalent stateside, there's no harm in sampling the one at the Intercontinental Hotel in Isla Verde, where the Caribbean lobster surf 'n turf is a perfect pairing of sizzling filet with the buttery lobster meat found in these waters. Plus, the barbecued shrimp from the bayou are absolutely delicious, and the atmosphere has "classic steak house" written all over it.
Ceviche House is about as authentic a Peruvian meal as you'll find in Puerto Rico. Start your meal with a bowl of cancha, or toasted and salted Peruvian corn, and follow up with one of the variety of ceviches that give the place its name and its reputation. Eschewing fusion of any sort, the ceviche here is prepared simply, focusing on the fresh flavor of the fish or seafood and the tangy zest of lemon marinade.
If you want something a bit heartier, go for the pescado a lo macho, a massive plate that combines a large fillet with all manner of seafood heaped on top. It's a tasty, filling entree.
The most authentically Puerto Rican restaurant on this list, Platos, located at the Coral by the Sea Hotel, doesn't mess around. With its menu of mofongos, chillo entero and paellas (ok, a nod to the Spanish there), it focuses on island cooking. And the mofongo is quite good, if slightly on the expensive side for local fare.
Still, if it's pure Puerto Rican food you crave, Platos will oblige. It also has a menu of steaks, at steakhouse prices.