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Santaella

4.9
1993 Reviews
$50 and over
Puerto Rican
Chef José Santaella has trained with some of the best chefs in the world, including Ferrán Adriá, Eric Ripert, and Gary Danko. His apprenticeships and successful catering career paved the way for Santaella, his signature restaurant in Santurce's La Placita Marketplace. The decor is rustic yet elegant, with exposed walls, Edison light fixtures, an interior garden, and a sparkling bar. Chef Santaella fuses local and international ingredients to perfectly execute Puerto Rican nouvelle cuisine. The menu is dominated by tapas, which you can easily make into a meal. Favorites include the ahi tuna skewers, goat cheese quesadilla, 'alcapurrias' topped with crab, and foie gras terrine with fruit jelly . The cocktail bar is one of the best on the island, so don't leave without trying one of the concoctions by Santaella's mixologists. -Fodors

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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4.9
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Boricua
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great ambiance.
We will be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food Love the place

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vipnickstruereview
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food menu, and very friendly and informative server. I enjoyed the cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance!!

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vipAntonioG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Favorite Restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, magnificent food and a spectacular ambiance, great job!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible, we went there last night for dinner around 9. We had to wait ten minutes outside until our table was ready but it was worth the wait. One of the servers dropped off a tuna and sesame appetizer as compliments from the chef. We started off with cocktails which were fantastic and ordered the calamari and the empanadas. My girlfriend got the filet mignon and I got the pork shank. We ordered a bottle of Böen and loved the experience, ten out of ten would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is all that! Octopus, empanada, goat cheese quesadillas. Great dessert and con leche! Doesn’t get much better then this. Service was impeccable! My newest “best restaurant ever”

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb but overpriced

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance

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Comelona
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food beautiful presentation excellent service

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FranciscoEM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida, con un servicio eficiente en un ambiente amistoso.

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SophieL
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and delicious vegan options! Very good food

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BryanE
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, phenomenal service, drinks were awesome

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NaomiP
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service. The drinks were excellent as well.

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vipFoodiesSanJuan
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully original menu items. Great people watching. And our waiter, Umberto, was terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything start to finish was outstanding. Beautiful dining room, to die for cocktails and the meal excellent

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sherik
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service but so loud you can’t have a conversation without a teaming and very pricey!

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AlexM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch was fantastic. Perfect lady drink for the perfect lady set the tone. Great service overall. Amazing soup, empanadas, croquetas, and barely had room for the delicious shrimp with mofongo. Finished with a Nutella sandwich that the servers sung happy birthday to and felt like we didn’t want to leave! Also look at their Instagram you can see even Jimmy Fallon loved it.

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RJpr
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is the best in San Juan, the food is very good, albeit overpriced( $ 12 for a side of rice and beans) . The waitstaff is friendly and quick. There are better value options, but you cant beat their ambiance and energetic vibe.

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vipJayeyeyee
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santaella provides a wonderful dining experience. Everything from the service to the food was divine. The tomato salad with Parmesan ice cream was the most interesting and tasty appetizer! The red snapper is also a must try. We enjoyed all of our food and will definitely return when in PR.

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Edgard019642003
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico. Consistent great food. Not great, superb taste of flavors in the whole menu. Grateful to have this kind of restaurant in our island of Puerto Rico

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Silverdolfyn
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as well as the service were excellent. The atmosphere is very chic, perfect for a romantic dinner or for getting together with friends. We ordered the chorizo and amarillo empanadillas, they were so good we repeated the order. The seabass over batata puree was very flavorful, would definitely order again. This is a place I'm happy to visit again.

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Vivian
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service is excellent!

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NeftaliB
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best dining experience my friend and I have ever had. Our server Raphael was genuine, knowledgeable and we were blown away by the quality and creativity of the food. Everything was absolutely spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the dishes were super tasty and fresh and it was the best food I’ve had in Puerto Rico. Definitely try the Seabass. It is definitely expensive though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly art on a plate! Overall great experience and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter birthday

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall this was a lovely place. We had reservations for 9:15 pm and we waited till 10pm to be seated. I will go ahead and give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were busier than expected. Once we were seated they made up with excellent service and food. The tuna app was amazzzzzzing! The red snapper was delicious. My friends ordered the pork, the veal, and salmon and everyone agreed that their dish was excellent. I Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 4 items on a date night. It was all cooked impeccably with service to match. The cocktails were great as well.

MR
vipMarcR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our best dining experiences ever!!! Drinks, apps, entrees and desserts were all wonderful. Be sure to book far in advance...you won’t be disappointed.

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vipMick
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my son

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AaronR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Some courses were great (Seafood Salad, Sliders, Guava Bread Pudding). Some courses were bad (Quesadilla, Pork Shank Asado). Cocktails were good, but not worth the premium over other cocktail bars you could compare with.

All courses were very expensive. You get better value at other, more culinary and less ambiance focused San Juan eateries.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Puerto Rico ❤️

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vipDHSDHS
Caribbean
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in world. Must go.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Siempre la experiencia es espectacular. Probamos platos nuevos y quedamos encantados. La atención fue extraordinaria.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santaella and ruta del lechón are the only things we never miss in PR. NEVER.

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AnaM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!!!! Service & food are great!! Highly recommended.

FAQs

Santaella does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Santaella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 722-7600.

Santaella is rated 4.9 stars by 1993 OpenTable diners.

Santaella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://josesantaella.com/togo/Gift-Card-w-Envelope-p199754711.

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.

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