El Santo

4.5
815 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.

Experiences

  • Experience El Santo: Hispanic Heritage Month

    CA$18.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, el Santo is featuring our Chile Relleno - a fun version of a panela cheese and green rice filled Poblano pepper with salsa ranchera! This classic Mexican dish is also gluten-free and vegetarian and available throughout the month of October.
What 815 people are saying
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Anonymous
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing date spot! Great food, drinks, and service

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ArleneK
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food was excellent. I found it a little noisy.

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KimS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is great! I have yet to be disappointed! The atmosphere has a great vibe. 100% recommend!

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LisaP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a late sitting so some dishes ( their Huevos and the chilli relleno were sold out . They could tell I was bummed because that’s what I had come for . The tuna I ended up order was melt in the mouth tender and juicy and phenomenal ( didn’t love the corn flour gnocchi that came with it though … they were dense ) …. Fast forward…. When we went to leave they brought out a chilli relleno to take home ( they made one specially for me ) .Unreal restaurant , unreal service .
Thanks Alejandro and crew ! Lisa

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vipAbbyRose
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is fantastic. Very flavourful and unique recipes. Great service and tasty cocktails as well. Only downside is that it is very loud when busy and can be hard to carry on a conversation.

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GerriA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Great food, lovely writers and a fun atmosphere. Will definitely return

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datenite
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Santo is our favorite date night restaurant. We love the casual atmosphere - yet it feels special at the same time. Alejandro and his team always make us feel welcome and valued. As always we started with the tortilla chips and salsa trio - with a guac added in. Followed by tacos - Pescado for me and pulled pork for my partner.
Alas, we did not have room for the Churros!.

Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Been here many times. The food was very good this night , but the enchiladas were very, very spicy. The table next to us also told the server that their dish was too spicy. The service was a little sporadic - took almost 10 minutes to get an extra churro dip. Regardless it was a very good night out. No doubt the restaurant business has had to struggle to keep going. Our expectations need to shift.

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MirandaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Went specially for Happy Hour, we were disappointed when we got there to learn that El Santo is no longer offering it. I checked their website to see if something was said about them no longer offering it but couldn’t find anything about it.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delish! Service is always great!
One of my fav Mexican places for sure!

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DarrenH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service. You can tell the staff put a lot of effort and care into everything they do. And if you appreciate good tequila this is the place to go!

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TeresaU
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch eservation for 3 eas super easy to book. After some back-and-forth about dietary concerns, service and kitchen were kindly accommodating and patient with our questions. No alterations to their menu, but it was easy to make a choice to suit our needs. Holy dinah, it was phenomenal!!! Braised beef eggs Benny and pepper and onions Benny. Omg, the cornbread, delish. Every taste was sweet, soft and crispy and savory.
Of course we let our lovely server convince us to order the churros. We did and if she wasn't working, we'd have loved to have her sit with us to share them.
This late morning meal kept the 3 of us full very well into the late evening.
Great experience, thank you ElSanto!

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DanielleB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cuisine with the contemporary flavors of Mexico City. Loved the drinks, too, our favorite being the Old Fashioned!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, excellent food, great decor, lively environment
Next visit will try a tequila flight!

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ThomasP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, drinks good. Restaurant was fairly overcrowded, glad for the vaccine passports

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Jeannot
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service. The waiting staff are cheerful, helpful and knowledgeable. I love El Santo .

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Sebdan
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a fun atmosphere. From decor to recipes, everything had been carefully thought.

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Btmusicman
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, highly recommend the Vincente smoky drink.

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

Excellent food and service . A bit on the noisy side , was super busy but expected for such a good restaurant

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NicoleR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, ambiance great, excellent service

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EatingYVR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at El Santo. Service was attentive, and food tasted great.

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AandTfromCanada
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best service i have had in any restaurant in a very long time. Our group was taken care of so well from the planning and communication to preempting what people would need throughout the meal. Only issue we had was the noise level/acoustics in the place made it really difficult for conversation across the table

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MaureenC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful, delicious lunch for 6 yesterday.

The service was attentive and the food was terrific.

We will definitely return.

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StevenP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was a great meal. The service was good until the end when we wanted dessert. Our server basically forgot about us. We tried flagging her down and she never came. A busperson put new napkins and cutlery on our table, and we waited around 35 minutes before anyone acknowledged us.

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HugoSanchez
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The menu doesn’t have many options, the food was ok, by the way the service was good.

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SusanL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our server was really lovely and helpful - just ended waiting a long time to get the bill - so gave bit of a lower rating for that reason - food was fantastic!

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CalvinS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff great food but just a bit too noisy for me. It was other guest that were extremely loud. We could barely hear each other talk

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TracyP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing..noise level was too much could not talk

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Leesha
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good authentic food..great atmosphere! Have the churros for dessert!

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Robdubya
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was perfect in size and selection. A little bit pricey but definitely worth every penny for the quality received. Attention to detail with everything from the service, speed and food quality overall is the reason we'll be going back very soon.

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vipbossy
Vancouver
83 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good margaritas. Food decent. Came on a Saturday evening… Very noisy and boisterous but good atmosphere. Service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was not so great, my niece ordered a cheese quesadilla off the kids menu as she is 12 and the server gave her a hard time about it. She put her on the spot and said “that’s on the kids menu, how old are you”. I just didn’t think it was appropriate. Everything else was great.

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KathyB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love this restaurant! The service is awesome and the food memorable. Thank you for a wonderful evening out to celebrate our anniversary!

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TheKelster
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Thanks for a great evening!

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RichP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic place, we enjoyed our special occasion dinner there so much. Thanks!

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ChristianF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and Tacos.
Al pastor tacos was sublime
Churros dessert was generous and amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Tina
Vancouver
7 reviews