de Santos - Manhattan
de Santos - Manhattan

de Santos - Manhattan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://desantosnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122069229x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday, Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00 pm - 12:00am


    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, International
  • Executive Chef: Angel Vela
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties available for up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: desantosnyc@gmail.com 212-206-9229 x
  • Entertainment: The De Santos musical program, created by in-house DJ and visiting DJs from LA, London, Mexico, Ibiza and other locations, scouts out a melange of melodies, ranging from lounge, shakin' swank, Latin flavors, bossa nova and world beats, setting the mood with an eclectic, international sound to compliment your dining experience. Then, as the night progresses, so will the volume as dance and house beats top off the evening.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue
  • Public Transit: A, B, C, D, E, F & V trains to West 4th St and the 1 train to Christopher St. Also the PATH train to 9th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from de Santos - Manhattan
De Santos is housed in a rustic but chic townhouse in the West Village where you can enjoy Traditional American, International and Mediterranean influenced cuisine from culinary genius Executive Chef Angel Vela. The dark wood and exposed brick dining areas are sexy and cozy. If you're lucky enough to get seated in the downstairs hidden jewel, the Janis, another ambiance will hit your senses as you dine with friends and family, breathing the same air as legends like Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. This secluded speakeasy rock n' roll room is also used for VIP's and larger private parties. The wide marble topped bar is a great place for a cocktail but comfy enough to stay and indulge in a full meal. French doors open to a large outdoor patio with exposed brick archway and awning where, when dining by candlelight you'll feel transported to the Mediterranean. Wednesday through Saturday late hours there's mixed music and surprises. Only at De Santos. Welcome.

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de Santos - Manhattan reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.8
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (33)romantic (31)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (19)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (13)great for brunch (13)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disapppointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my second visit to De Santos and I was highly disappointed with the service. It took our waiter 20 minutes to even acknowledge us. Throughout the meal he wasn't very attentive. I will consider not returning after this experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    ValFromParisVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was really curious to try this place based on the reviews. We came for brunch on Sunday and were a bit disappointed. I think the place became trendy and now has too many people. The service was not really good, had to call the waiters several time, they were not taking care of us, maybe too many customers but in that case they should hire more people. The food was just ok, several people ordered poached eggs, and they were ALL overcooked... I may try to come for dinner to see if the issue is only the sunday brunch. Too bad because the place is lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • De Santos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service on Saturday night was very poor, was disappointed in the quality of service we received. They dropped the check without us asking for the bill and just overall poor service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get a clue
    nyLF
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The wait staff were running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off. Service was very slow even though we were the only table. The waiter handed my mother her last soda with the bill after about 20 minutes. Men's room was out of order so I walked in on a man peeing with the stall open and door open so I locked the door while I used the rest room. After less than a minute there was an aggressive knock on the door so I unlocked it while I washed my hands; in walked another man who walked straight into the stall without closing it. Granted those patrons aren't the restaurants fault but nonetheless was not a great experience. No mention of the famous people who once lived in this space anywhere; such a waste.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre food, horrendous service
    KaitM8914
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After being seated, we noticed dirty water glasses, we were not greeted by wait staff and when we were they mumbled So badly we could not hear him. Our appetizers came before our wine was brought and we had to remind them we ordered wine. Food was mediocre at best. Food was served without appropriate silverware on the table, i.e. Steak with no steak knives. In an attempt to salvage the experience we ordered dessert which after 25 minutes was still not there. We told them to cancel and being the check when someone came over and said there was a kitchen delay. Not even two minutes later our waiter told us he never put the dessert order in. Overall poorly organized with terrible help.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    noodlesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a wonderful dining experience at de Santos. Impeccable service with a lovely waitress. Scrumptious food all around. Lovely, fun and warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dance floor or Restaurant?
    toasVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We showed up on a Friday night as a party of three. We loved the place but the music was far too loud. It was hard to have a conversion which includes talking to the waiter. The main courses were good (NY Strip Steak, Chicken, DeSantos Burger) and I loved the beet salad starter. For no extra cost my friend got the truffle fries with the burger and we got some extra truffle oil in addition. Great place but as mentioned before a lower noise level would be preferable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was super excited to try another West Village al fresco dining venue. The atmosphere is very intriguing and romantic. However, our server brought us the wrong bottle of wine, messed up the timing of courses, and then put our complementary round of wines that were supposed to be "on the house" on the check. I also had to teach him what a pepper mill was. I hope they were just in the weeds and this doesn't happen often. Not sure if I'll be back for dinner. I'd give the bar another go! Garden seating is precious real estate in this city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hp0014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Much to noisy To crowded to energenic to long a wait time for a table
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the most horrible dining experience
    2dine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have never been so disappointed about a place that I have been several times. The service was no existent. we had to order for a drink 4 times, for meat knives 3 times, for salt three times. The swordfish was inedible. There was a mistake in the check, when they came back, it was not our check. We notice that the serves were in a fight with two gentleman that might be the owners... Never going back or recommending it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • below average
    gnatp2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Server was unfriendly. We had the short ribs for appetizer, strip steak and pasta bolognese for dinner. Food looked nice on the plate, but didn't taste great. Also ordered a bottle of pinot grigio which came out quite warm. No point in going back for a bland experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for big brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a great time but there was no AC on probably one of the hottest days of the year which made dining not as comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't return...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was OK, but the service left something to be desired. The waitress took forever to get back to us each time. At the end, they ran my card 3 times, claiming that it was declined, but then the charge showed up on my statement 3 times. Then, they accidentally charged my bill to another guest in the restaurant by mistake. It was a mess and made the whole experience poor.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nycdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Ran out of mimosas for unlimited brunch, took over 30 minutes to get drinks. Espresso machine was broken and coffee took over an hour to get. After requesting basic things like salt and pepper we did not receive them. We complained to management and they gave us a discount, but it really put a damper on our brunch afternoon we had planned.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    PolzeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was perfect! Everything about this place was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great apps. Subpar strip steak
    mianVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Popcorn shrimp and lobster max were wonderful. 4 out of 6 of us chose the strip steak and all agreed that it lacked taste. Perhaps salt. Unless you smothered in bernaise. Disappointed w the taste of the meat by itself. Rest of the apps however were wonderful. The place also were stocked out of the house Cabernet that we selected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I live in the area and had always wanted to visit this spot. I had high expectations, as I do with most nice restaurants in the West Village. I was very disappointed. The service was absolutely horrible, we had to flag down the waiter to take our drink orders and then he immediately us if we were ready to order, and seemed aggravated that we weren't. It seemed like something was off, the wait staff was running around and completely uncoordinated, it made for an almost anxious ambiance. I ordered the lamb, which was recommended by the waiter. I could have made it at home. Nothing special or unique about it at all. Save yourself the trip and head to one of the other fabulous restaurants in the area!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, subpar service
    mb0508
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The ambiance of De Santos is great, and makes you want to stay awhile. However, I think the energy, attentiveness and kindness of the hostess and waiters could be improved. Good food - American with a Southern lean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Date Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have to thank De Santos for a fantastic date night out with my husband. We went there using a Gilt City voucher, which we had no issue using. Our waiter was adorable and checked on us consistently. THe manager was gracious and took great care to ensure his customers' satisfaction. To start, we ordered the duck tacos and the tuna tartare. The duck tacos were delicious and packed with crispy yet tender duck. The tuna was chunky and served over avocado. For entrees we ordered the duck and the mussels. My husband loved the perfectly cooked duck. My mussels were in a rich, frothy white wine sauce with plum tomato halves that added a nice pop of flavor. The lava cake was divine. Our cocktails were made very well. Def a place we'd return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    ZoefoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went here with a GILT voucher which was a great deal. The duck tacos and tuna tartar for appetizers were very tasty. The sword fish and steak for our main course was fantastic. The dulce de leche crepe for dessert was a perfect ending to the night. Cocktails were original and delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ACat
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Beautiful space, incredibly good food, great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Although De Santos is known for it's brunch menu, we came here for dinner and we're very impressed by the service/menu/ambiance. A great little restaurant for outside dining during the summertime. Very romantic for date night. The Beet Salad was probably one of the best salads i've ever had. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was outstanding and sitting outside was wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommended
    Guera84
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Amazing food, best truffle macaroni and cheese ever! super nice servers! cool place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with the Offie
    AffluentAdjacent
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Looking for a place for an office outing, we decided on de Santos after a coworker had been there previously. The restaurant, charming and only a stones throw away from the busy sections of the West Village, is on a quiet street and blends into the surrounding architecture seamlessly. The Food was amazing, starting with the appetizers ("popcorn" shrimp impeccable) through main course (swordfish and steak were fantastic). Our server was very polite and accommodating but also busy and sometimes missed little things (ex. taking new drink orders from some people at the table but missing others). Overall, it was a lovely evening for my team and the entire group left the perfectly lit restaurant with nothing but high praise for de Santos.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    PhillynNYC
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I went on a recommendation and the entire experience was fantastic. Ambience...wait staff...and the food...All stellar!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is a hidden gem in the West Village. I've been there for brunch and now, dinner... and I'm still in awe. Really great value for the amount of delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 450 reviews are from the de Santos - Manhattan reviews archive.
  • Loud and obnoxious
    UnlimitedLoudness
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I appreciate an all you can drink brunch and have gone to plenty in NY, but this place does not have their act together. Our table of 7 had a 2pm reservation, but still did not sit down until 2:50. Just like the Seinfeld episode, they know how to take reservation, but they certainly don't know how to honor them. The place was a loud and obnoxious nightmare. We went for a fun and good time, but it was just overboard. Every table was giving their best Sex and the City impersonation. "The bar" always seems to be backed up. How pouring a bottle of champagne and orange juice on top of that takes 20 minutes we'll never know. I, along with everyone at my table, will definitely never go back and will tell all other brunch goers the same thing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really disappointing service
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    our server took 20 minutes to get our drinks. then, after taking our orders, she never returned to our table until after the food had been cleared. We would have ordered more drink and food, but she took so long that we lost our patience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BeaSocial
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The service was exceptional and was very attentive as always. However, I think using a Gilt City voucher caused the staff to have a couple of hiccups. I didn't appreciate that after confirming my Gilt voucher with the waiter twice, he still gave us the bill with the full amount at the end. I had to remind him and it was corrected. Also, I remembered that dessert was included in the deal, however when I asked the waiter, he said that he was 100% that dessert was not included. So I didn't get to savor my sweet tooth at the end of my meal :( De Santos is my favorite restaurant in the West village and these little things are upsetting because I really do love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere and good service
    Kate
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great place to have brunch with friends however the food was a bit of a let down this time. Steak wasn't rare as requested and over easy egg wasn't!! Would still go back though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    it was a perfect evening! The greeting, the service, the food--everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Ckbravo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The brunch menu was delicious! Crepes filled with mushrooms, asparagus, goat cheese and spinach. Crab meat omelettes. Dolce de leche French toast. Etc. it was melt in you mouth good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    legourmand
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was moderate, steak had a fair amount of gristle on it. The two appetizers, the macaroni, and the popcorn shrimp were delicious. Our server seemed on his high horse, making another server get us bread after we asked for it 3 times (he offered bread initially). Cocktails sounded amazing but were underwhelming, not very alcoholic, and we ordered two different cocktails that tasted identical. The space was very nice and sitting outdoors in the back was much quieter than indoors. May go back again for a quick drink, but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was not impressed with this restaurant. The food was unappealing - the swordfish included a section that we needed to scrape off to the side that was not edible. Service was not attentive - when we brought this to the attention of the server, he essentially shrugged and made no offer to make it right.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service killed the dinner
    TorLH
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It took about 15 minutes from we were seated until the waiter found us still waiting at the table. After ordering cocktails it took another 20 minutes before they arrived. When the starters finally arrived more than an hour after being seated – thankfully – they tasted great. After the starters we were waiting again. And actually we waited so long that another waiter arrived asking if we wanted to order our desserts. Finally we had our main – and again – it tasted great. But they didn’t manage to serve the beer we ordered until we had finished. By that time we decided we needed to get out of there before they managed to destroy the whole of our evening. We left without having dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our server was inexperienced and tried to bring our cocktails appetizers and entre almost at the same time. We had a Gilt coupon and thought that might have been the issue. The manager came over at one point and apologized. Later on our waiter seemed to be getting a bit up to speed.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • decent place
    Niamh
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    wasn't blown away by the food- pretty average stuff. the only weird thing was all our food (apps and entrees) came at the same time so we had too much on the table at one time. and my friends dinner was cold, when we asked to heat it up they brought her a brand new dish right away which was also cold and left me wondering if they just have the meals sitting around in the back. probably wouldn't return for food, maybe a pit stop for a drink if passing through west village.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • standard good restaurant in nyc
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Overall I had a good experience...The food was pretty good for the most part. The brussel sprouts side was over salted. My only actual and slight issue was with the service…. I have Celiac disease, and I felt that the waiter was annoyed by my asking if foods have gluten, since its not always obvious what restaurants may use bread crumbs in various dishes. I realize that there are probably a lot of 20-something girls who have decided to go diets for fad reasons like paleo or vegan. For whatever the reason someone has a food restriction, they shouldn't feel that they need to justify themselves by explaining their disease/condition to sound like it is a legitimate excuse for asking potentially "annoying" questions.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant but not flexible.
    Wizaker
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The smells coming from the kitchen were amazing- the bar was decent and the food was in fact delicious. Nothing else was that great. We did the GiltCity coupon for 4 people. I know these things have stipulations and thats fine but I have food allergies and the restaurant was not terribly interested in allowing substitutions even if we paid extra. Not interested. So while we thought the place was cute, the lack of human perspective and the inability of the restaurant management to see a potential long term customer leads me to believe that we can probably find amazing food and drinks elsewhere. In a city where many bars and restaurants choose to use name brand and top shelf items in their cocktails- I was surprised at the well rack choices.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet