El Santo

4.5
855 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.
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Doris
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has such a nice vibe! The lime margaritas are better than anywhere else I've tried. Modern design with great friendly servers!

Great job El Santo 👏 👏👏👏👏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice, fast service, great food, nice ambience.

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Vince
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food, great cocktail options and a nice atmosphere.

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vipSuleman
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - we got a table by the window and were moved to a booth which was much better - good lighting :) food was good lots of fun! Will be back again for the churros and Fish tacos

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Jeannot
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican flavours, superb service and overall wonderful experience.

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Anup
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our sever was fantastic, she gave excellent recommendations for cocktails and food and was very attentive. The food was outstanding and the restaurant was busy but a little loud.

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Brunchee
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb was delicious

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great contemporary Mexican food. Grilled Romaine was delish, as well as the fish tacos. Save room for churros and caramel ice-cream, you will love them.

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adaL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in New West! Delish food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and super cute place!

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RachealL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite time is brunch. Love everything about El Santo. Everyone is so professional and friendly.


Thank you.


Racheal Ligali/

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night out as usual. Food and service was outstanding. Only complaint is it seemed my entre sat for a minute or two under heat lamps before being served. The fat on my steak had started to congele but it was still delicious.

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HayleyR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were delicious, the food was phenomenal and our server was wonderful, very attentive & kind.

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DanS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Too loud, tables too close together, Enchilada’s were bland, service mediocre…no water refill.

Appetizers were good. Host was good.

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MonicaL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little loud but amazing food and service as always!

KD
KarenD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and the food is amazing as usual. If you are into tequila it's the place to go.

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byron
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

El Santo is a terrific place to meet friends for great food and drinks in a very comfortable environment. The staff are always cruising by your table to check on things and most importantly the food is terrific.

I love the place.

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Annie
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good. The server was attentive. No complaints! Great dining experience.

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justcuzitblings
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Every time we go to El Santo their portions seem to shrink and shrink and shrink. While I’m glad the quality is still good, I’m disappointed that everything is just getting smaller. They used to be delicious food for great value and now it’s getting pretty pricy.

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Natalia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed this place. The food was rich (as we expected) and delicious! And we loved the Latin music they played. Our waitress was also very attentive and friendly, and gave us excellent advice. To sum up, it was a great dinner choice for a Friday night!

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was horrible and bland. It was all one note. I would not go back here. They definitely made a mockery of the cultures food. The servers and service was very good. The drinks were very good. They need betters chefs.

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Sadie
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was a lovely evening, good service and four of the six dinners were greatly enjoyed however the two halibut dishes were very fishy tasting, over powering. Excellent drinks.

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VLee
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot in new west! Excited to come back and try more items on the menu.

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GretaT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and the best food! Thank you

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Beem
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

It's so noisy in this restaurant that you can't hear your friend across the same table!

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

Everything was fabulous…the server knew someone in our party did not like spicy food and was conscious in her recommendations! Wonderful margaritas and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service amazing.
First sat at corner with wall.. but manager and server moved us without asking to Center of room . Food was awesome , server was a star .. management always professional
Great gem in New Westminster

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RitM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience! The tacos were delicious.

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AndreK
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Would like to have some areas where quiet conversations can go on.

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DreK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Didn’t get her name but Service was amazing! Every time I’m in town I try to eat here as I love the azteca soup anytime of year and the tacos and guacamole are all delicious. The horchata was a little disappointing because it was a little watery but flavor was good. The dulce de leche caramel with the churros is so amazing I could have eaten it with a spoon. Always love the assortment of Mezcal and tequila and for something a little different having the mezcal margarita is a smoky treat.

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ihearttacos
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really good food and drinks. Love the ambience. The cauliflower and lengua tacos are amazing and the mezcal margaritas are great! If it’s super busy, expect to get kicked out; we had planned to order another drink after dinner and were told that our hour and a half was up, which was unexpected. It wouldn’t have stung as much if our wait staff had asked us if we wanted drinks earlier on. We sat with empty cocktails for 20-30 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is great! Made a reservation for Friday night.. We were seated promptly in a booth (as requested…so great they were able to honour my request). Service was fast & food was delicious. Ambiance was great. Overall fantastic experience. Will definitely be coming back.

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TanseyR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Great service. Take my advice- try the Brussel sprouts! To die for!

MT
MagdaT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant, friendly staff, fresh flavourful food!!!!
Have been before… will come again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Staff are the absolute best and the food is always delicious

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foodandfitsblog
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our tastebuds went on a trip to Mexico! We had the guacamole trio and the Chile Relleno and it was delicious.

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ManezhA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Server not friendly. Unable to explain the menu as it was our first time visit l.
Pricy but not balanced food. No salt in guacamole and bland

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sweeteats
Vancouver
48 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Get-together dinner with a friend. She eats mainly vegetarian so I joined her in a plant based meal. Chile Arellano was delicious,enhanced by a very flavourful Salsa. Cauliflower Taco was tasty though a little sweet for my taste. My friend,however,loved it. Cocktails were on the pricey side but probably in line with most current places. They were not only creative but also delicious.
And the multiple pages of spirit lists incl half pages of tequilas and Mezcals was crazy! Music ambience was perfect and our server was knowledgeable and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner