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) #21 of 810 Restaurants in San Juan $$$$ Caribbean, Latin,
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We've eaten at Santaella's several times since we first discovered it in 2015. We always make reservations in advance. We've had several items on the menu which we usually split so we can order more. We always order a bottle of Albarino, very good, decently...More

Thank Debbie B
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Its a cozy place.. semi high end. The service is impeccable. We were group of 10 on a weekend which is tough enough, but they accommodated us cheerfully. Food was to die for. Best Fillet Mignon and Lamb chops... Period! Appetizers were 7/10.

Thank Bobby V
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank You for your review! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meal was overprice for the quality, the service was to overwelming and pushing you out while you are spending. The head weater practcally askme to live withot finishig a botle of wine and did not gave the oportunity to continue ordering an after dinner....More

Thank rafa426
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was full, but the food was not the best. I found most dishes oddly sweet (like the honey on top of the quesadilla. my husband's fish), but my shrimp in garlic cream sauce was so salty I couldn't eat it. The service wasn't...More

Thank Slatsy01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner here and to be honest I was rather disappointed. The service was fine, nothing special. The decor felt quite tired but it was ok. The food was average, it was prepared alright but there was nothing memorable about it (especially considering...More

Thank SSHK
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sorry to hear that, but we appreciate your honest feedback and will work to correct those mistakes. Thank you!

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Booked a table here in advance of our trip to San Juan and so glad we did! The dining room is beautiful and a handsome clientele as well. Had to wait almost an hour for our table but had some amazing drinks at the bar....More

Thank 1ababychicken
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so pleased that you enjoyed the drinks, food, and ambiance at Santaella! Hope to see you here again!

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Omg this restaurant is a must try if you are a foodie like me, we sat at the bar as there were no available reservations but we had a culinary experience to remember. We had way to many dishes because we wanted to try as...More

Thank Jeta19
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the positive review! Glad you enjoyed your experience at Santaella!

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We were in Santurce and wanted to eat and I remembered this restaurant from my last visit. We were able to enjoy their lunch special, $12.95 daily meals- arroz con pollo was the meal when we went and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it. They...More

Thank Ili8
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you very much for the positive review! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I found this place by chance and I am grateful that fate was so generous. The food is imaginative and delicious, which is not always the case in current restaurants boasting creative chefs. From star to finish this place is great. Did I mention the...More

Thank Loyola1969
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

We are delighted that we were able to make your stay in San Juan that much more enjoyable! Hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

I left the discretion to my waiter to bring nothing but the best to the table. From the watermelon mojito to the goat cheese quesadilla to the alcapurrias - THEN the dessert (warm chocolate cake where the banana makes it perfection/best quesito around/coconut and almond...More

Thank Joanne M
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

So happy that you had a great time at Santaella, Joanne! Hope to see you again soon!

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28 June 2017|
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Response from vidalarn | Reviewed this property |
If you want to partake if all the activities in La Placita go Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - always a party especially Friday and Saturday after 830. A reservation any if those nights is a must and I think toured better off... More
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10 April 2017|
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Response from Jessica S | Reviewed this property |
I would say not expensive is you come from the USA but can get pricy for locals. Average high ... 18 to 35. On the other hand cóctails are around 15 per cóctails.
Laleh D
30 January 2016|
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Response from lolinstar | Reviewed this property |
Elegant casual is OK. I might suggest no floppys.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
    (La Placita de Santurce)
  • Public Transportation: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-725-1611
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Chef José Santaella has trained with some of the best chefs in the world, including Ferrán Adriá, Eric Ripert, and Gary Danko. His apprenticeships and successful catering career paved the way for Santaella, his signature restaurant in Santurce's La Placita Marketplace. The decor is rustic yet elegant, with exposed walls, Edison light fixtures, an interior garden, and a sparkling bar. Chef Santaella fuses local and international ingredients to perfectly execute Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine. The menu is dominated by tapas, which you can easily make into a meal. Favorites include the ahi tuna skewers, goat cheese quesadilla, 'alcapurrias' topped with crab, and foie gras terrine with fruit jelly . The cocktail bar is one of the best on the island, so don't leave without trying one of the concoctions by Santaella's mixologists. -Fodors
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