El Santo

4.6
912 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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.
What 912 people are saying
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MaryK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was smooth, the cocktail list very creative, and the food was well-balanced and flavourful.

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JosephC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service full stop!

Only improvement may be just my taste. Had a traditional dish which satisfied to 4.5 stars... maybe some more lime or salt but could be me.

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patrickm
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food. Not true Mexican (my wife is from Veracruz). But Mexican infused and it was fantastic

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vipkfnd
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The overall setting and ambiance is very cool and lively however the food was just meh. The tacos were very dry and we found the service was slow. Everyone was very friendly but we had to wait a long time to get our bill and any sort of drink refill.

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IvonneG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, attention was impeccable, the menu was spectacular

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IsabelleF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was friendly and helpful when I booked a table for 2 pm, but they neglected to tell us that last call for ordering is 2:15. Luckily, our group remembered to order our dessert and coffee with our meals, but we would have changed our time slot if we'd known the tight time frame.
Food was delicious, though, so would definitely return again!

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Patrick
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really good, more upscale but delicious. The Chile Relleno is a must. The drinks were excellent. The staff was very accommodating to us when we arrived and were kind enough to help seat us even when there was a booking error on my part. They were lovely.

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AlliJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I love this place!!! One of my favorite restaurants no matter what!
We did have 2 issues on our last visit though: 1) extremely slow service at times, specifically for drinks - it took us about 25 minutes to get our first drinks. This isn't the first time service has been extremely slow from the bar. 2) There was a problem with the sound system. When in the booths there is extremely heavy bass coming from the ceiling - sounds like a car outside with an insane boom box. You can't even really hear the music over it when there is heavy bass in the song.... HOWEVER, when we asked about it, the server did seem to be able to reduce the bass a bit... still... weird. And generally, the music in the place is always a little too loud for comfortable dinner conversation.

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LisaP
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service is normally outstanding . We just had a new server last night . Food was amazing as always

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Unfortunately second time there and the food was cold, but still tasty

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Sportygal
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to make a reservation for the dine out Vancouver. The dine out menu was really awesome, but we just went with our normal menu items. Absolutely love it here. Amazing food and we actually got to talk to the owner last night. Very kind man. Definitely coming back.

PS. Try the margaritas. They are amazing.

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DanielJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time going out and a friend of mine choose this place as a good place to go for dinner and drinks.. she was not wrong the food was delicious the service attentive and friendly and a all around great experience for us. Definitely wasn’t sure of the volume so made a reservation just in case it was only Tuesday but the place filled up quickly so I recommend making one.
Everything was very good and the smells and flavours and tastes made it a great night out. Will for sure be back and letting everyone know I had the chicken stuffed w chorizo with a corn and bean succotash and shishito pepper sauce sooo good.
Highly recommend checking it out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been looking forward to trying El Santo since we’ve had some friends recommend it to us! Chile Relleno was the recommended dish by our friends and we were happy with it! Barbacoa tacos were tasty as well.

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vipZentarsus
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and fun ambience. Will come back to sample their extensive Tequila menu!

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LauraW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dine out Vancouver menu amazing along with the regular choices. Staff and food always amazing

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TanyaM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried Brussel sprout tacos were incredible! Service was excellent. Knowledgable staff!

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CarolynH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Fran was excellent!
There was a very loud crowd in the private room and it made it hard for us to hear each other talk.

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KristinaK
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, unique take of Mexican cuisine and top notch service to boot! We love coming here and have never
left disappointed.

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JackieG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the service - everyone pitches in to ensure every diner has a good experience. Food is very flavorful and consistent in quality. Great tequila menu and fabulous spicy margaritas

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IceOnline
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and drinks. Servers were kind and atmosphere was nice.

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CarlosH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

1st time here, Ambience and decor was nice. Service was good. Food was a little bland, expected more flavor.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food! I wish I remembered our servers name but she was wonderful and went above and beyond. Best service I have ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, drinks, staff and ambiance

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AlanS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Food a little overpriced. Beef tacos too salty. Al pastor tacos were amazing.

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ClintR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service and a great atmosphere. Great place for a good evening out. Drinks are fantastic.

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Teresa
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

El Santo was overall great! Food and drink good however we found a little a the pricey side for what you are getting.

It was a nice time though.

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AColaco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Beautiful place. Good food. Server was very polite. They made all the arrangements that we asked for with respect to our babies.

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Terry
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Only OK food, but quite pricey. Appetizer was small, dessert was undercooked. Tacos were ok, but small and expensive for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly
Server was attentive and helpful- explained a couple items I had not realized what they were
Food was extremely flavorful- I had not been here before and was happily surprised by the different twists on the entrees and appetizers

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AndrewN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NYE vibe and atmosphere. The Pez Sable was amazing. Service was amazing for how busy it was

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great nite with great food and drinks

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xxxxx
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and soda is amazing. Portion is big for people who have small capacity. Two people ordered an appetizer and one dish of taco and some chiros and soda is enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, interesting Mexican food. Great cocktail list.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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JenniferL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely date night. Delicious tacos - both the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts were amazing. Yummy cocktails. Was relaxing and fun!

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Snich
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with El Santo menu, quality of food and excellent service! Highly recommend that you check out this restaurant!

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and presentation was very nice. I loved that the menu was unique and offered items you dont see everywhere. Some of the people in the party with bigger appetites found the portions to be on the small side, but I though they were fine.
Service was fantastic and the ambiance in the room was great!
Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch

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vipRossC
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends.

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Rushy170
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Have been here multiple times and all the food has been great. Highly recommend.

FAQs

El Santo does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

El Santo is rated 4.6 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.