Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant In Cayey, Puerto Rico – Honest Review (2024)

Puerto Rico is known for its Ruta del Lechón (Pork’s Highway).

PR 184 is the only access to the most famous roasted-pork restaurants of the island.

Many locals agree that Lechonera Los Pinos is one of the best restaurants in the area.

I’ve been to Los Pinos Restaurant many times so I can tell you all about it!

In this article, I will review Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant in Cayey, Puerto Rico:

What type of food is served at Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant?
Where is it located?
Is this a good restaurant for tourists?
Is it expensive?


What type of food is served at Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant?

Lechonera Los Pinos is a restaurant that emanates Puerto Rican culture.

In Los Pinos Restaurant you will experience the essence of Puerto Rican food.

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Roasted pork, also known as lechón, is a beloved traditional dish in Puerto Rico, often served during festive occasions like Christmas or family gatherings.

Lechonera Los Pinos’ menu consists of roasted pork, pavochón (roasted turkey), morcilla (blood sausage), rice and pigeon peas, Yautía (taro root), fried plantains, yucca, macaroni salad (Puerto Rican style), cuajitos, pasteles, Puerto Rican desserts, and much more!

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Traditional Puerto Rican sides include rice and beans, plantains, yucca, and root vegetables, which are often seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices.

One of their main dishes is rice with pigeon peas, roasted pork, morcilla, and macaroni salad.

Another favorite dish is Pavochón (roasted turkey with mofongo filling).

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Pavochon at Los Pinos.

Lechonera Los Pinos also offers a wide variety of beers and tropical drinks.

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The parking lot at Los Pinos.

Before you head out, make sure to read our guide about Puerto Rican Street Food.


Where is it located?

Lechonera Los Pinos is located on PR 184 road of Guavate, better known as Pork’s Highway.

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The Pork Highway is located in the mountainous region outside the city of San Juan.

PR 184 or Highway 184 is a rural road that connects the towns of Patillas and Cayey on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico.

This area is very frequented by locals, especially during the weekends and Christmas season. 

No visit to Puerto Rico is complete without driving along the Pork’s Route!

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The area gets crowded, especially on weekends.

If you want to know more about driving in Puerto Rico, be sure to read our article How Long Does It Take To Drive Around Puerto Rico.

Besides the delicious food of Lechonera Los Pinos, in this area, you’ll enjoy live music, craft stores, and a scenic view of the forest. 

Enjoy this video of Puerto Rico’s Pork’s Highway:

Due to its lively atmosphere, this route is also known as the “chinchorreo” road for many locals.

Chinchorreo is the Puerto Rican activity of hopping between multiple restaurants, bars, and/or food kiosks to eat, drink, and dance.

Below is a map of Lechonera Los Pinos:

If you want to experience Puerto Rico like a local, be sure to read this article in The Ultimate Puerto Rico Road Trip Itinerary.


Is this a good restaurant for tourists?

Lechonera Los Pinos is great for tourists! 

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Ordering is easy at Los Pinos.

Besides a quick and friendly service, you’ll enjoy great local fare and fantastic live music. 

It is definitely a great place to spend time with family and/or friends!

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Experience culture in the mountains with live music.

Below is a video of Lechonera Los Pinos:


Is it expensive?

Lechonera Los Pinos is a budget-friendly restaurant.

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Generous portions and low prices make this place a family friendly staple.

The portions are very generous too! 

The highest price in Lechonera Los Pinos is the big group orders or “family offers” in which up to 12 people can eat.

You can check their menu and prices on their page Lechonera Los Pinos.


Final thoughts

If you travel to Puerto Rico on vacation, Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant is perfect for a local experience.

Both the restaurant and its surroundings are filled with Puerto Rican culture.

Their cafeteria-style tables and affordable food makes it one of the local’s favorites.

In Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant you will enjoy amazing food, friendly service, and great music.

If you want to know more about Puerto Rico’s restaurants be sure to read our article about the 35 Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico.

Lechonera Los Pinos Restaurant In Cayey, Puerto Rico – Honest Review (2024)
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Dimary Hernández Soto

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I have lived in Puerto Rico my entire life. When I’m not writing, I work in the healthcare industry as a Quality Control Specialist. After Hurricane Maria, my teammates and I were responsible for ensuring that life support equipment reached patients in need around the island.

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