A few years ago, after returning from a diving trip to Desecheo with Taíno Divers, we stumbled upon Shipwreck Bar & Grill. After that first visit, we were hooked. Now every time we visit Rincón, we stop at Shipwreck has become a required stop.
Located in Rincón, Shipwreck is a pirate themed casual open-air bar and restaurant. The floor is covered in white gravel so ladies avoid visiting the restaurant in heels. The restaurant offers a varied menu with moderately priced items which include vegetarian options (appetizers range from $10.00-16.00 dollars and main courses from $10.00-$30.00). There are also blackboard daily specials available in addition to the regular menu items.
A few weekends ago, after a nice beach day with friends, we decided to head over to Shipwreck for a boozy early dinner and watch the Kansas City vs. Colts game. Shortly after arriving, we ordered a round of drinks, cuba libre’s for the boys and vodka tonics for the girls, as well as glasses of water. Disclaimer: If you order water at Shipwrecks, they will automatically serve you bottled water. If you prefer tap water, please tell your server.
Nothing says game day like some chicken wings, so to get started we ordered the Buffalo Hot Wings. The chicken was juicy, had just the right amount of spice, and the skin was extra crispy. Dip those babies in the blue cheese dressing and you got yourself a heavenly bite. They were so good, we ordered a second serving (YUM!).
Next up, we ordered one of our must haves every time we visit Shipwreck: Mussels in White Wine Sauce. They were simply spectacular. It comes with a side of bread ideal for dipping and soaking up the scrumptious white wine, butter, and garlic sauce. I have to confess that on occasion, I use the spoons that come with the dish to drink the remainder of the delicious broth like a soup (YUM!). But if you are not like me and want to keep it classy, just order another serving of bread and that will do the trick.
As our main course, we decided to split the Penne Pescatore (Shrimp, Scallops, Sundried Tomatoes and Vodka Sauce). This one is another one of my favorite dishes at Shipwreck. The shrimp was slightly overcooked; however, the scallops were glorious. The scallops seemed to morph in flavor and absorb the delightfully addictive vodka sauce. Overall, a great dish.
Shipwreck is a great place for lunch or dinner. The food is well prepared, tasty, and the portions are extremely generous (ideal for sharing). Insider tip: beware, their drinks are very strong, so plan accordingly. Also, don’t forget to ask about their homemade hot sauces which are available for purchase at the restaurant.