El Santo

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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
Welcome to el Santo, a restaurant experience that’s uniquely New West. This is a place for you to unwind. To connect with good friends over cocktails. To experience Chef Sam Fabbro’s sustainable menu. And most importantly, to leave satisfied and happy. Get ready to redefine everything you think you know about Mexican cuisine. Come in to our home, fellow luchadores. We’ve got something special for you.

We are excited to announced that el Santo was recently awarded best latin restaurant in Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine.
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VT
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very inventive food and cocktail offerings. Great Mexican roots with intriguing twists. Not your standard sangria, nor the salmon with mole and refried beets (yes, beets)! Delicious.
Service was good on a surprisingly busy Sunday evening. Our order got a bit waylaid, but staff was proactive in explaining / making things work out.
Noise level is variable, but you can usually still hear the live combo playing in the corner by the bar.
All in all a sucessful and tasty evening.

BM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service was great. We had a party of 8 and food was all hot and delivered together. Food was tasty. I find the tacos are the best value and very tasty. I do think drinks such as their margaritas are over priced. They come in such a small glass and lots of ice. Not worth the price.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great at suggesting and the meal was great

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this quaint Mexican Restaurant, great food, especially the triple guacamole dip & chips. Great service, will definitely be back.

TD
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good experience with the Dine Out menu. The only disappointment was the dessert - the sugar was burned on the Dulce de Leche pudding. It was not good at all and none of my party finished their dessert if they picked that one.

DS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Surprised upper class Mexican restaurant. Excellent service, very good food, A bit noisy at its peak but not overly loud you could't communicate comfortably. Will be happily going back.

JP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Great service...
Definitely will go back

RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly modern and compelling take on Mexican food. Excellent. Lovely room and great, friendly service. 6th visit, and it’s always excellent. Try the Salsa trio and the Chile Relleno. So delicious.

T
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I enjoy escaping to El Santo for a nice meal and friendly environment ❤️

JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing & portions were generous. Cocktails very nice as well. Service friendly and efficient. Highly recommended.

DA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had the Dine Out menu fantastic salad the seared cured duck was very good felt it could have been a little less rare. Drinks were a bit slow but the place was full. Once again we were very satisfied with our evening which was our Anniversary. We will be back. Love those soft velvety tortillas the best

KK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent! The dine out menu and plates were generous and delicious. Our only issue was that the service was a bit slow and we were placed at a table that cought a cold draft every time the door opened.

g
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Love the food, love the restaurant. Staff friendly. Great overall place to eat with friends and family.

ML
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Not what I expected out a Mexican restaurant in regards to dishes offered but both plates we ordered had great taste and presentation. Highly recommend this place.

KH
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was above..delirious foods

MD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing experience, loved the food, made great recommendations for my friends allergies

K
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

El Santo was fun and the food was unexpected. Fancy Mexican!

L
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive service and lovely live music in the restuarant... regular updates on menu to keep the experience fresh

s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit El Santo and we were impressed. Service was very friendly and helpful.
The Wagyu flank steak was melt in your mouth delicious.
I wish there were more restaurants like El Santo in New Westminster.

AA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative, interesting food. Excellent friendly service, although the food was slow to come.

C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just such good food. I had my husbands leftover
Fish taco the next day and it was insanely delicious .... even then

I also dream of churros. So so good

W
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The food was great our server was helpful and fun! Two draw backs 1) the lights are hung a bit low and I almost hit my head, but I am pretty tall. 2) there was a woman at a table in the other room and she was so dang loud! I thought they were having a heated argument but no she was yelling a joke! Really I’d go back again! It’s pretty good!

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Amazing food but overall high level of noise takes away from the whole experience

m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such an amazing dinner here Friday evening. Food and service were phenomenal. Enjoyed the chicken enchiladas and huevo appetizer, as well as a margarita, and everything was amazing. Service was also excellent!

WB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood Gem. Inventive Mexican cuisine. Good service. Nice space.

EI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! We'll be back again in a couple of weeks with friends.

CK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Found tha ambience to be very pleasant. The food menu small compared to alcoholic menu. A couple of the items were not available due to lack of chicken. Considering the very limited menu choices, when two items are not available, this can create a choice problem. The food was excellent but pricey. A simple risotto/mushroom dish was $18 for a lunch entree.

MS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to find such a modern yet cozy Mexican restaurant. It was quite a drive for me to get there from North Vancouver, but I would do it again.
The food/drink/server were all above my expectations.

JB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Santo is always great. Love this place and can't wait to go back!

d
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved El Santo. As usual the food was perfect and the service was great. Alejandro and his team always make us feel welcome. Thank you.

SR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is delish and the margaritas are even better. Lovely atmosphere however the live band, although good, was a bit too loud. It was hard to have a conversation at all when they were playing. Over all this did not spoil our dinner, it was a great meal and evening. We'll be back!

p
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was tasty, drinks were very nice. Best to have reservation if going in evening as gets busy. Wouldn't recommend sitting in tables near entrance. Line up gets busy and people are all over, not the best for dining ambiance. Also really loud in there.

SF
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Brought my daughter for her 21st bday, she already wanted to leave due to a very noisy group of ladies in an enclosed area. Food taste so bland. I ordered their special of the day duck wrap in tortilla and it was so dry and no taste. Everyone in my group of 6 didn’t like the food we ordered...but my mom liked their drinks. I guess it’s a place to drink and get roudy and drunk. Definitely not for family who wants to enjoy quality time. To top it all, my daughter did not order anything but their churros and it was so hard and sweet to her teeth. Value of food - better to enjoy Cactus club or Earls for the same price ! Will not come back for sure.

LS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love El Santos. Staff, Owner and food are all exceptional. I always enjoy the restaurant.

See if you can get him to make his mushroom dish... it's out of this world. And strangely enough the the El Santo Huevo was amazing.

Please support these guys... they deserve it.

CL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time in your restaurant with three different couple everyone loved it ❤️

SK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I made reservations a month ago for 6 for us. Instead of a giving us a booth or a table. We were seated on a high top table. If I wanted to sit at a table that was similar to sitting at a bar then I would not have made a reservations. We waited for a booth.

W
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

There was a Xmas party going on and the noise level was very high,the back room could have a better wall in between as we could hardly talk , the service was very good and the menu was designed to be a different type of Mexican food and fairly pricey but most restaurants are now .I made the reservation through open table and they were good at finding us a table , unfortunately right next to the Xmas party .

LC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really loud, but we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere! We will definitely come back (but perhaps ask to be seated far away from large groups. To be fair, it was likely a staff holiday party, so I'm glad that they were boisterous and fun. El Santo's would be a great place for a staff party!

WA
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food, well presented. Wine selection was quite good

RG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food since I was on Cozumel! And Kate, our server, was fantastic!