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Santaella

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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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 13 January 2017

I was invited to dinner at Santaella Rest which I had read their reviews but never visited. Their menu had a variety of dishes to please everybody at our table and our waiter Giovanni was very knowledgeable of each dish we asked about describing their...More

Thank deltamy3
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 11 January 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our first visit! The drinks were flavorful and fun. The food was excellent! Service was great too. They called us cab and held umbrellas while we climbed into the taxi. GO! Enjoy!

Thank reneec2015
Management response:Responded 12 January 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review Renee. Hope you'll be back very soon.

Reviewed 9 January 2017

Santaella provides a great dining experience. The chef, Jose Santaella, is an experienced local chef who has trained in many excellent restaurants including elBulli. Reservations are recommended, although we were able to have a nice late meal for a group of 7 with one day...More

Thank robdelac
Management response:Responded 10 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 8 January 2017

This was a great experience from our cocktail at the bar to the desert at the end of our meal. We had just arrived in San Juan and had had reservations for months for this night. It did not disappoint. The vibe is sophisticated and...More

Thank shellking2016
Management response:Responded 10 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

After a wonderful wedding, the entire group went here to celebrate! The appetizers were amazingly good especially the tuna "on a stick" and goat cheese quesadilla; personally, I did not like the spring roll of blood sausage, but others did. I had the whole red...More

1  Thank C S
Management response:Responded 10 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

me and my family just stayed at the ritz Carlton in San Juan and this was the best restaurant of the week. their was a wide array of options from authentic empanadas to popcorn chicken. All the food was superb and their was nothing that...More

2  Thank Courtneydamico
Management response:Responded 4 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 1 January 2017

My wife have been wanting to dine at this restaurant for a while so we made the commitment that next time we visited Puerto Rico we would stop by. My wife owns Santaellas cookbook. So we decide to go for lunch. Needless to say this...More

1  Thank cuartobate63
Management response:Responded 4 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Busy and fashionable bar.. Had the ahi lollipops which is a nice thick piece of tuna on a lollipop stick in a light Chinese sauce. Was great ... Octopus was great and we had the garlic shrimp in a cream sauce ... The surrounding area...More

Thank Howie Z
Management response:Responded 4 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner. Marco is so wonderful and all of our food was phenomenal. Many food preferences were honored.

Thank stbrigid
Management response:Responded 4 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Where else can a truffled goat cheese quesadilla, a foie gras and a Japanese "crazy salad" share a table so gracefully? Get your reservation now!

1  Thank bbkal
Management response:Responded 4 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

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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
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisine
Meals
Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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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