Zabó History

Zabó opened its doors for the first time in 1993, in an old mansion on Candina Street in Condado. Chef Paul Carroll established there one of the first restaurants in San Juan that left the traditional concept of large dishes and the usual sequence of appetizer, main course, accompaniments, and dessert. In Zabó, Paul introduced the idea of sitting on a balcony to relax with a glass of wine and share small plates, without falling into the excesses and without being intimidated by the menu.

Paul, a native of Boston and a hotel and restaurant management graduate from Boston University, came to Puerto Rico 26 years ago to learn Spanish. While working at the San Juan Hotel he became interested in cooking and began taking continuing education courses inspired by master chefs such as Julia Child, among others. It was thus that he began to learn from the cuisine of different countries, inspirations and to work the cuisine already known, but with his interpretation.

The original menu of Zabó was an offer not too extensive, but varied. Paul stayed true to the original concept until Zabó closed its doors in 2008. For Summer 2016, the developer Interlink offers Paul to reopen the emblematic restaurant. A few months later, on November 3, 2016, Zabó reopened its doors to the public on Condado Avenue in Condado, at The Wave Hotel.

Paul, faithful to the original concept, has adapted Zabó and has brought part of the history of the old house to a smaller but cozy space, which welcomes the diner and makes you feel at home with “comfort food” menu.

Zabó is now a place where you can leave you troubles at the door and take time to share food and share life.


  • Street: 76 Condado Avenue
  • City: San Juan
  • State: PR
  • Zipcode: 00907
  • Parking: Valet


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