I asked our server about “Danny’s International Restaurant” in San Juan Puerto Rico. She said that she believes its named this, due to people from the continental U.S. confusing it with Denny’s Restaurants. It was at least worth a laugh, but with further observation, I was amazed by how similar these two companies are. However, there’s not much “international” about Danny’s, as there’s only this location, which is in the Condado section of San Juan. Locals have told me this area is nicknamed “hotel row,” and with the number of high rise lodging buildings, that seems to be appropriate. Ashford Avenue, where this restaurant is located, is full of hotels, tourist based shops, casinos, and restaurants.
A dinner here was nothing special, but it is a value for families. My recommendation is to eat at one of their outside tables, if the weather is cooperative, as its noisy inside. The tables in the dining room are clustered close together, and with the added bar and televisions with sports events, you cannot have a conversation here. Its always busy, whether you go during breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. As like many other restaurants on the island, it runs on “Puerto Rican time.” You aren’t going to be greeted immediately, and you might just have to wait some time for a table. In that way, its a lot like Denny’s.
Thankfully, the food arrives quickly. I thought their bacon cheeseburger at $6.75, was a decent value, although its nothing special. It was cooked per my instructions, although the bacon was a bit too crisp, and the fries were what you could get out of a grocery store’s frozen food section. My wife’s garden salad was of a rather large size at only $7.00, and included plenty of fresh greens, tomatoes, onions, and choices of dressings. I liked the beers served in the cold beer mugs, although the amount of selections they have are limited to mostly basic American choices. Their wine list is limited to simple white and reds, but to their credit they do produce a “mean mojito.” That was greatly appreciated, and had plenty of rum mixed in for good measure.
Supposedly, Danny’s is known for their fantastic pizza. I wouldn’t say its worth a damn, as its overpriced at around $20 for a large. The crust was a bit soft, the cheese a bit on the light side, and the sauce indistinguishable from anyone else. I’d say its a little bit better than fast food pizzas, but not worth the high cost. Its boring, and although fairly large, I could eat one in a couple of sitting if in the mood. They do also offer a deep crust, but it didn’t look like anything I couldn’t order from any other pizza joint.
As far as service goes, I thought our server was kind. She was a very attractive and personable Puerto Rican young lady, who did check on us to make sure everything was right. I was impressed by how she had our carryout pizza, ready to go the exact moment we were ready to depart. She was attentive, even though a bit overwhelmed by a substantial amount of tables. It seems that Danny’s only has three or four servers, even during busy nights. If you have a family, they do have a kids menu, and this restaurant is a lot cheaper than the majority in the area. The address of Danny’s International Restaurant is 1351 Ashford Avenue San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907. They can be called at 787-724-0501, and are open most days from 7 a.m.- 1 a.m.