El Santo

4.6
898 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 898 people are saying
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vipZentarsus
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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LauraW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CarolynH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service staff was great. Cocktails were delicious. A bit crowded in there when we left but good overall.

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LeonaNewW
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

way too noisy; this time server moved us from area that had been really noisy last visit to what was then a quieter area but it became very noisy too; conversation required shouting ... probably won't return

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LeeG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner before seeing the Latin band “Locarno” at the Anvil Centre (which is just across the road). Excellent service, outstanding unique cocktails, delicious food and lovely decor.

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NatW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was beautiful - great decor and atmosphere. The food was mediocre, the meat in both the tacos and entree were quite dry. The pricing paired with what we received was not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food from start to finish, lovely cozy, clean interior and a great cause!

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KenM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food as always, always enjoy dining here

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BrianD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks, tasty food...Pescado tacos are a favourite!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Santo never disappoints! Great service (from people who seem to truly care), good recommendations, amazing food. Great value, too. It’s clear that the owner, chefs, bartenders and the entire team put their hearts into it. The menu offers comforting as well as more adventurous options — and there are lots of little creative twists. We felt welcome, cared for, and never rushed. Thank you, El Santo!

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Tallguy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant in New Westminster that serves high quality food in a very nice environment with fantastic service. We don't eat out a lot, but for special occasions we do and have always had excellent experiences at El Santo. Just took my wife there for her 50th birthday and they made us both feel special, especially her and that was important. Along with really good food they have a huge drink menu with a large variety of different Tequilas which are fun to sip like a good Scotch.

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RichP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome holiday lunch for our office team. thanks for having us!!!

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KevG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have been to El Santo numerous times but this visit very disappointing. Food and service both below the normal standard.

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MelissaC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, but it took a while to get and settle our bill. But overall great friendly service and good food.

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LovesFood85
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Only downside is the 90-minute seating limit on prime nights but the restaurant offered us seats at the bar afterwards. Fantastic ambiance, great food and drinks. Highly recommend El Santo!!

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CarolD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Too loud! Other than that it was all good. Not sure any of us would return though because of how loud it was. Couldn’t hear what was said across table without shouting. Not a place to have a normal conversation. At least not where we were seated - at the back in kind of a separate room

FAQs

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

El Santo is rated 4.6 stars by 898 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.