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Santaella

) #21 of 810 Restaurants in San Juan $$$$ Caribbean, Latin,
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 26 min
11:30 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

In a perfect world, I'd eat at the restaurant more than once a year. Even if we don't stay in San Juan, I find a way to make sure we dine here every trip. The goat cheese quesadillas are absolutely amazing. Be warned- the tamarind...More

Thank Michelle H
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

We appreciate all your visits dearly, Michelle! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Beautifully restored old space with an interior rain forest garden serving exquisite well prepared PR fusion specialties - great drinks too! Did make a reservation and don't know if we would have gotten a table had we not done so. Iwould recommend a reservation, especially...More

Thank vidalarn
Team-Santaella, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Santaella! Come again!

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Wow! This restaurant was recommended by our hotel (Skyer at El San Juan Hotel....thank you Sky!) I'm still talking about this meal it was THAT incredible. The pulled pork Empanadillas were to die for and the warm Brussells sprouts salad with White cheddar cheese, cashew...More

Thank AllieMAB
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

It was our pleasure to host you, Allie! We hope to see you again next time you visit Puerto Rico!

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

I was a little disappointed with the menu. The decor was wonderful as was the service. Went with my husband and a friend. I forgot the appetizer, but we had drinks, the snapper entree, pork shanks, and the Brussel stout salad. I had the salad...More

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

Thank you for the honest feedback. We hope to make it up to you next time.

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome! The food, atmosphere, and service was on point! Santaella is located right in the middle of the excitement of the placita! I had the pork shank which was huge and delicious! We started with the empanadas, tuna tacos, and Spanish octopus!...More

Thank Vbc123
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

It was our pleasure serving you! Thank you for the gracious review!

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We tried so many dishes and every one was amazing! Corpus, quesadilla, tuna, zucchini, fillet, sea bass were all amazing. Great flavors! Dessert was just as good!!

Thank rollindolan
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Always happy to serve you! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

What amazing food The drinks were awesome and the food was better! We are family style with a group of 7 and it worked out great. Every dish was fantastic! The sea bass, goat cheese quesadilla, ahi tuna,

Thank Tayloredmortgages
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We're delighted that you and your family enjoyed your experience at Santaella! A sincere thank you for the gracious review.

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Creative, fabulous, innovative food and drinks in a clean contemporary setting. Everything served was outstanding! The watermelon mojito tasted of fruit, not sugar, and the other house drinks were equally good. Every single bite of food was spot on, lovely to look at and better...More

Thank greagan
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We're glad you enjoyed the food, ambiance, and service at our restaurant! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 June 2017

Great , incredible food, A little pricey but awesome. Love their creative menu. Having a mixologist do your drinks was awesome.

Thank ltorres93
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

It was our pleasure serving you- thanks for the positive review!

Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

The grilled octopus is amazing! We were not disappointed with anything we ordered from the menu. Great specially cocktails from the bar! Fresh seafood.

Thank Lisa S
Team-Santaella, Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thanks so much for the gracious review, Lisa! Hope to see you back soon!

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AmyBethF
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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elliot w
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.
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Laleh D
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisine
Meals
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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