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Gallo Negro

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1107 Ponce de León Ave.
San Juan, PR. 00907




TU – TH ▹ 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

FR ▹ 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

SA ▹ 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM




Gallo Negro

A spot in Santurce with an excellent ambiance, great food, amazing cocktails and a wonderful bar selection. Gallo Negro features a lot of fun things to keep it interesting and different on a daily basis.

Saturce’s Sibling-Power-Duo, John P. Mercedes (owner) and María Mercedes (chef) invite you to come on down and have a delectable experience at Gallo Negro!

Chef María Mercedes Grubb


A native of San Juan, María Mercedes Grubb grew up surrounded by her parents’ modest food vending business. María made a move and immersed herself in the New York City international culinary world where she worked in some of Manhattan’s leading kitchens. She worked for years under James Beard award winner Chef Gabriel Kreuther at the Modern, a renowned 3 star New York Times and a Michelin Star Alsatian restaurant. She was also part of the opening team at two major restaurants: Bar Basque, a restaurant focusing on Spain’s Basque Region Cuisine, and Maialino, Danny Mayer’s Italian restaurant in the trendy Gramercy Park Hotel.

María attended culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in New York City where she received the prestigious Outstanding Service Award. She also returned to the FCI in 2011 to serve as Sous Chef for independent events before relocating in Puerto Rico.

Here, along with her brother, she started UDC (Underground Dining Club), PR’s pioneer pop-up restaurant with an emphasis in seasonal cooking, international ingredients and cuisines and a communal table, designed for the guests that adventure into an undisclosed location.

Although she is still involved with UDC, currently you can find her at Gallo Negro in Santurce as the Executive Chef of her brother’s new venture, a restaurant and a whiskey bar. María’s food continues to focus on the use of freshest and seasonal produce with an emphasis on taste and whimsical composition and presentation highlighting perhaps unknown international ingredients and cuisines.

In 2019, Chef María Mercedes was nominated to a James Beard Award for Best Chef and was selected as one of the chefs leading Puerto Rico’s culinary renaissance by Food & Wine Magazine.


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  1. Isaac:

    I have mixed feelings writing something about this place because I don’t want it to become even more popular than it already is. Creative food and drink, welcoming/fun atmosphere, and amazing staff in a cool environment.

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 9:26 am
  2. Edwin González:

    Me ha encantado. Siento que estoy en NY! Ambiente espectacular.

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm
  3. Heidy De la Cruz:

    Nos encanto el ambiente, para mi bien urbano. Buen servicio y la comida nos encanto. Definitivamente tenemos ganas de volver.

    Posted on May 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  4. Mariela Garcia Davila:

    Nunca falla.

    Posted on May 13, 2016 at 8:08 am
  5. jeffrey Diaz:

    Good stuff in this place

    Posted on May 13, 2016 at 11:56 am
  6. Leilani:

    Excellent the best place to go in Puerto Rico! !!

    Posted on May 21, 2016 at 7:52 pm
  7. Agustín carrasquillo:

    De las comidas mas deliciosa que he probado !!

    Posted on May 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm