Fresh and local ingredients made this meal outstanding. The appetizers, main course and desserts were all fabulous. We encouraged a group of friends to try and and they reported it was the best food the had while in Puerto Rico. We look forward to our next trip so we can visit Santaellla again.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great environment
We're parents of young kids and don't go out often. We chose this highly reccomended restaurant for a date night with another couple. It was full, but we could still talk and hear each other, service was very good and food was excellent. Decoration is also very nice.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a night
We had such an incredible time here. Jaime was an amazing server with great knowledge and perfect english. Really blew us out of the water. The food was the perfect modern Puerto Rican fusion. Enjoyed the fully composed dishes so perfectly rounded and complementing. The wine list is on an ipad and very interactive. very helpful. While waiting for our table we found an great little cigar bar across the street. ask for Dani, she was great. AND a Puerto Rican Kareoke bar. perfect evening that the crew at Santaella (especially Jaime) completed. Cant wait to get back to P.R. Also Puerto Rican Restaurant Week was a treat. However they should really let the resorts and hotels know so they can share with guests. Thanks Jaime- come see us in Boston!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Staff very attentive, even though it was full, they were very diligent to accommodate the earliest. Although the reservation was for 4, ended up being 6 people and were seated without problems. The food did not disappoint us, the chef's eclectic style is wonderful, delicious and superb!!! The wine selection is very good and the staff is very knowledgeable.We will repeat again!!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Santaella was recommended by the chef from another restaurant we enjoyed in San Juan. Great menu, attentive service & in a neighborhood away from the bustle of old town. Located between the art museum & the Mercato.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Foie Gras, Live and Let Live
Delicate, soft, aromatic, heartfull, OMG, celestial!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is coming from a guy who is no stranger to dining at Michelin rated restaurants.
Quality of the ingredients are second to none, add a slight creative twist and you have a winner.
Every main ingredient was the star of the plate, why can't more chefs learn that?
Wonderful, memorable meal.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two of the desserts on the menu not available
Selected dessert took 25 minutes to be delivered
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Muy buen restaurante pero
Muy buen restaurante pero el "Happy Hour" de anoche me parecio una tomadura de pelo por no decir una burla pues la invitacion y mercadeo no especificaba en NINGUN lugar que serian solo 5 tragos confeccionados por los bartenders. Si los auspiciadores que aparecen son Ketel One, Ciroc, etc, etc pues lo que uno piensa/cree y/o se imagina es que estas bebidas con la mezcla de su predileccion son las que aplican a este precio especial pero lLAMENTABLEMENTE no fue asi.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little bit noisier than I would like it. It was packed to the brim with people.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual very good food. Guests
As usual very good food. Guests were all impressed. The veal brains and sea bass were superb. Electronic wine list is a nice touch.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Lunch!
Great for Lunch for Businees or Pleasure.
Always make a reservation.
The Menu changes and includes interesting items.
Will keep this on my recommend list.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the hottest restaurant in Puerto Rico.The best time to go is around 6:00 PM.After that hour it is practcally impossible to get a table.The best way to start is sharing different apetizers.My favorites were "masitas de mero",croquetas de prosciutto"tuna pinchos", morcilla eggrolls"and porkbelly sandwich".This food will satisfy the most sophisticated palate, As simple as it sounds,Santaella creates the perfect flavors that interacts armoniously with your senses.The Wine List deserves to be considered for an Award of Excellence by Wine Expectator,although most of the wines are from recent vintages.To compliment great food, there is a great personnel on the floor.Very warm and attentive.Definetely a memorable experience
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
An exquisite dining expierence was coupled with a helpful an unobtrusive staff, our food was served quickly with an elegant presentation that fit each of our equally delicious gastronomical delights. This place is recommendable to anyone with taste buds, if you ask them for their wine list they hand you an extensive collection displayed neatly in an iPad mini. Definitely a must-see!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dinner! Tuna skewers
Excellent dinner! Tuna skewers and shrimp mofongo were outstanding. One of my favorite places in San Juan
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and Service a real Gem in an Island that is known for it's outstanding Food!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance
Meet gourmet, haute cuisine food at a chic and modern location
Found in the core of Santurce. Highly recommended.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
good wine makes a dinner a feast
great domaine carneros wine (in fact the list to choose from was impressive)
food was absolutely insane! amazingly great! to die for!
try the daily croquetas...they just "melt" in your mouth
and the canapes and quesadillas are a must!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My star ranking speaks for itself. What it cannot reflect, however, is the exceptionally friendly but unobtrusive service at every stage of my visit to the restaurant. For a restaurant of such a high caliber this is indeed exceptional. Had I lived in San Juan this restaurant will become a regular destination, from a drink and snack at the bar to a special occasion dinner.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top restaurant in Puerto Rico
Santaella is a must if you are visiting Puerto Rico. The ambiance is wonderful, the food is consistently great, and it is a pleasure every time I go. Jose Santaella, the owner -chef has created a world class restaurant that shines as brightly as any of the best in New York, Washington , Philadelphia and many places around the world.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The closest experience to K0 dinning in PR with excellently priced wine list
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but slow service
I was surprised to see this restaurant packed on a Tuesday night. We were a group of six and services was slower than expected. There seemed to be more busboys than waiters and the maitre d just stood there. The food was really good, good portions, and had that puertorican taste with a modern twist.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall it was good, we had to wait 1h 30m at the bar, no organization at all. Its the 3rd time we go and every time is the same. New menu is good, ambience is happening, if you are a relax person you wont have problem if not you'll be a bit discomfort. A have to go place!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food but too much noise
We arrived at 7:30 PM to celebrate our friend's birthday. The service was very slow at the beginning, which we have never experienced before - and there were not so many customers when we arrived. After our food and drinks arrived everything else was ok. After 10pm, the restaurant shifted to a sort of noisy place (both patrons and the background music was way too loud). We would still recommend this place every single time.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santaella is my favorite!
Great food and ambiance. Great cocktails -- especially the watermelon mojitos and tamarind margaritas -- it's fun to sit at the bar and watch Mario Seijo Rivera work his magic!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Excellent ambient. Expensive but for been from the other side of the Island it os OK once in a while to go over budget.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, consistency
Very good food, through wine list, good service and great company..... Food and service continue to be consistently top notch
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't judge a book by its cover
It's set in a "not so good area" you had to buzzed into the place. I went for my birthday, stayed within walking distance . The food was great, I had the tuna for appetizer and the sea bass for dinner and it was amazing. Our server Luis was great, very attentive, made sure we were always good. Over all it was a great experience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend. We are from NY and flew to San Juan, PR for our 25th Wedding Anniversary! We had to bring our young son with us, who has special needs. They made sure that he felt right @ home. They even brought his food 1st, so he didnt have to wait to eat. This is a real hot spot, reservations are necessary. The food was fabulous, as were the drinks. The restaurant is beautiful and comfortable, and packed! Our waiter was very informative. We even got to meet the chef! All in all, a great experience...BRAVO!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and ambience. Great food; highly recommended.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let me explain why it is 4 not 5. The service is good but not exceeded. I reserved for my anniversary and birthday celebration, not even a nice greeting when we arrive, not rose petals in the table. Not even a romantic table..the rest was ok, the soup, the appetizer the champagne , the foods. The waitress are young, they try their best, but they need better coaching in terms of special events. Definitely go back
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I work in the restaurant bussiness for 20 years and my cousin have 22 restaurant, really was great. Congratulations!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excelent service , great ambiance
We had lunch here last Friday and had a very nice time. The appetizers portions are generous but the main dish portions of protein are in the small side.Every dish we had was delicious and the wine was a real deal.The service was flawless! So inviting . We are definitively coming back!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good meal, good noise level
First time at Santaella. I thought the food and signature cocktails were excellent, and I would definitely return. The service is not bad, but they seem to have a shortage of waiters (who are very knowledgeable), and many assistants (who aren't as knowledgeable). This caused some delays with drink reorders and getting the check. The food was presented at a very nice pace. It is possible this was because we were an English only table.......A very good experience overall
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the top restaurants in the island for sure. Can't help not going there every time I travel to San Juan.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Buena comida, demasiado ruido
Quedamos encantados con la comida y los cócteles. Sin embargo, el nivel de ruido hizo que en ocasiones tuviésemos que callarnos en nuestra mesa para dejar que pasasen los gritos de las mesas de al lado y luego retomar la conversación.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, but expect a wait.
This is an excellent restaurant. The food and the drinks are amazing. Also very trendy now, which we love since we always meet people there. My only complaint, and I don't know if it can be fixed; is that even with a reservation, there's always a wait of approximately 30 mins. I usually don't mind the wait because I like having a cocktail in the bar first. But there's never a space in the bar to at least order a drink, even less to sit.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and awesome food
We went to celebrate my sister's bay. Chef José Santaella greeted us and even send us a special dessert to sing happy bday.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highly recommended! The appetizer
Highly recommended! The appetizer are great! Love those grouper fritters, great menu, great
Ambience and Outstanding wine list w a Bar to match.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and drinks
Appetizers are supperb specially the goat cheese quesadilla-very innovative drinks, the millionaire and the gin w lime and jalapeno syrup are outstanding- the nuttella sandwich dessert is pure sin- great bar scene for someone dining alone
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
You won't be disappointed...
You won't be disappointed... Creative and well executed food in a great atmosphere delivered with excellent service and accompanied by a standout bar. One of the best spots in San Juan...
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I found this restaurant on
I found this restaurant on Trip advisory since we where on vacation in Puerto Rico for my moms birthday and decided for Santaella to celebrate since there was a lot of great reviews and our hotel concierge also highly recommended it. The Restaurant is good the food is good but definetly nothing to write home about. the first night of our trip we ate at a corner restaurant close to the Marriott nothing fancy and their food was just as good or better. As I mentioned its a good restaurant but not really worth all of the hyped.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This might be the best restaurant I have ever been to. The food and the service were both spectacular. I had the tamarind margarita and my husband and I agreed it was the best margarita we had ever had. We had the sliders, lobster Mac and cheese and bread pudding dessert - all were absolutely delicious. Our server also brought us each a glass of complimentary Puerto Rican egg nog at the end of our meal that was also amazing!! A little on the pricey side but definitely worth it!!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great meal! Great appetizers and desserts. We were looking for local flavor off the tourist path. Could only get a 6:30 reservation on a Wednesday. There were only a few people in the restaurant for the first 45 minutes. As the room filled up the atmosphere got lively but remained pleasant. Wait staff was extremely nice and took time to talk and explain dishes/drinks all during the evening. Very relaxed. Best dining experience we had in PR.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
YOU MUST EAT HERE!!
We had one of the best meals ever at this really special restaurant in San Juan. We tried the specials and they were awesome! We ordered off the regular menu and it was terrific! Have one of the watermelon mojitos, no really, you have to have one. Just great, all the way around.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic dining experience
Fantastic dining experience in San Juan! Great service, food and wine was wonderful! Don't plan to walk around the neigborhood...just go there for dinner. Also note that restaurant may appear closed but just stand by and wait..they will open!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place for an exquisite Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine in a familiar high end atmosphere. The ambiance is outstanding and the service first rate. The food is tasty, presentation superb. I love the apetizers: the rulos de mocilla, the pastelillos de pulpo and las macitas de mero are out of this world. Every time I visit the Island a visit to Santaella is a must. The bartender prepares drinks that are not to be missed. The cucumber martini and the proseco are just two not to be missed. I find you get great food at good price in an intimate but professional environment. Santaella es un restaurante exquisito!!! were I bring my friends.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santaella is the best restaurant in Puerto Rico, enough said!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top 5 place for business meetings
This place provides excellent appetizers, great entrees and an ambience that make people wanting more.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading about the chef in food and wine, I made it my mission to visit the restaurant on my next trip to Puerto Rico. Located in the vibrant plaza of Santurce the restaurant did not disappoint. Although dining as a single I was greeted warmly and treated exceptionally well by the staff. A lot of care is put into their cocktails and the taste reflects the attention to detail. Food was outstanding, the only quarrel is I could not get the lobster Mac and cheese as a single. Next time, and there will be next time, I will bring someone for that experience. A great restaurant to look forward to on my trips to Puerto Rico.
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM