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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico (La Placita de Santurce)
+1 787-725-1611
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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Santaella is an upbeat, upscale restaurant with great modern interpretations of local classic dishes, very attentive service and a very good, eclectic wine list. I recommend Santaella for couples, business dinners or just a night out to enjoy the local energy.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Great scene, top notch service and excellent food make a potent combination. Do not let the shabby exterior and sketchy area fool you, this is a state of the art restaurant in a bustling area. I will return.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I have a VERY demanding job. Friday nights are to decompress for me. And I love to do it at Santaella. I get into the garage and Angelito is really glad to see me. Then the doorman, who rarely smiles, makes sure I get in safely (there's a step in the door). Jon, Mike and Peter are at the bar,... More 

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PUERTO RICO
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is a locally trendy restaurant. Reservations only. Bar business is strong I guess most people have to wait a bit to get seated. Some excellent tapas and well prepared main courses. My halibut was fresh and juicy, other had sword fish which was well prepared. Restaurant gets loud. Service is excellent. Chef and manager is always on top of... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

What a restaurant! From the drinks to the appetizers to the entrée... OMG ... All impeccable and delicious. We started with the hamburgers sliders, the goat cheese quesadilla, the Tuna mini tacos and we finished with the bacon wrapped scallop with foie grass. It was unbelievable! Now let's get down to business. The service was good. However, because I told... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

I was in charge of a group that visited Santaella on June 24, 2016. Santaella is warm and inviting and a very popular spot! In addition to the ambience, there is the wonderful food. We shared appetizers for the table and selected entrees from lamb to shrimp to chicken. The warm chocolate cake was one of the best ever. The... More 

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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

From the moment you walk in, the staff is there to service you with recommendations on speciality drinks, specials of the day and signature dishes. It's not a place to go if you are in a rush - the food is created as you place your order (especially dessert). The tomato salad with watermelon and Parmesan cheese "ice cream" is... More 

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New York City, New York
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

We had a business dinner at Santaella last weekend. The cuisine is largely Puerto Rican (so a bit heavy), but there are other fusion-type items that are also quite good. The 7 Layer Salad was a favorite. There is a dessert that is like a chocolate/Nutella grilled cheese that was shared by the table - mind blowing!

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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We had a great dining experience at Santaella while on vacation in San Juan. The ambiance of the restaurant is impeccable - very cool vibe. We had the octopus appetizer and loved it. I had the Pistachio Chicken and my husband had the salmon entree. Both were excellent. The best was the dessert - you have to get the nutella... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

I was on my 27th wedding anniversary and decided to go to this restaurant in San Juan called Santaella when we arrived I was greeted by the valet parker very nice person he even opened the door of the restaurant and that's when the horrible experience started. once inside the place was not full and there were tables available there... More 

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We are very sorry to hear about your experience at Santaella. You are welcome anytime, please give us another chance and ask for the manager next time. We are at your service. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, International, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
Description
Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor using many local ingredients sourced fresh from a farmer’s market only feet away. The space is one full of history where green, brown and wood tones décor the place. An interior garden full of native plants and trees such as papaya and ornamental bananas serves as the focal point of the main dining room. Offering a 75-seat dining room and a a 16-seat bar designed for guests to eat in, Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?