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Roasted SeaBass over 'Batata' purée - Santaella, San Juan, PR

Santaella

4.8
4.8
3490 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (787) 722-7600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Chef José Santaella
  • Catering
    For Caterings, please contact: https://santaella.tripleseat.com/party_request/26218
  • Private party facilities
    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: https://santaella.tripleseat.com/party_request/26218
  • Private party contact
    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan
  • Cross street
    La Placita de Santurce
  • Parking details
    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.
  • Public transit
    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Large Group Prix Fixe Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes perfectly sized for your group. Select from a variety of dishes to create your custom Santaella 3-course prix fixe menu. Visit our menu section at santaellapr.com to view our group menu options or email us at reservations@santaellapr.com with any questions. Once booked, we will follow up with you to select desired menu. Group menus are required for parties of 11 or more guests. THIS EXPERIENCE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
    Large Group Prix Fixe Menu Photo

What 3,490 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

3,490 Reviews
  1. Juan

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing how consistent the food is at Santaella. Have been going for years and never disappointed. Excellent mix of locals and tourists and the best bartenders in Puerto Rico. Tough Reservation to get so plan ahead.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Tourist trap being charged for bottles of water not advised, very dishonest on that part. Waiter just kept replenishing our cups as if they have great service not knowing they are charging us per bottle + replenishing other tables with the same bottle, and they charged us per bottle. Water cost more than beer. 😠😤

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  3. Matt

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time in Puerto Rice. Amateur foodie. Loved this place. Could not say enough good things. You should absolutely try this restaurant.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food And cocktails were amazing !! I will definitely be coming back when I visit PR again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delish food, romantic and/or whimsical. Modern and tropical vibes. yet modern. Must try parmesan ice cream with tomatoes in balsamic vinaigrette, tuna starter and they're take on every Puerto Rican fritter.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Get a drink the apps were good! Main courses were mid.

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  7. EdwardG

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    La experiencia fue un poco desagradable. El mesero no dio ningún tipo de dirección. Hay una gran diferencia entre una persona que solo toma órdenes a una persona que es hospitalari@. Vengo de allá fuera y puede ser que esté acostumbrado a otro tipo de servicio, pero hasta en Guavate te tratan con mas hospitalidad que hace a uno sentirse bienvenido.

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  8. stephenb

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is over the top. One the best resturants in PR

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  9. Gabriela

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely wonderful experience at Santaella. We were celebrating our honeymoon and it was the perfect spot for our first night back in PR. We had the alcapurrias, pulpo, and bao buns - flavors were amazing, so were the portions. Drinks are also top notch. Although the food and drinks were incredible, our experience was made even better with the quality of service. Gabriel is wonderful. Thank you for a hospitable and beautiful time!

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  10. greg

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We love Santaella - the food and the service are amazing. But it seems that everytime we go we are seated in the bar area behind a wall. The main dining room is beautiful and one of the reasons we go. I’m afraid after several failed attempts to get good seating we won’t be returning.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Santaella using the Order Online button. Santaella also offers 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 4.8 stars by 3490 OpenTable diners.

Santaella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Santaella

219 Cll Canals, San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Cross street
    La Placita de Santurce
  • Neighborhood
    San Juan
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.
  • Public transit
    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Chef José Santaella
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (787) 722-7600
  • Catering
    For Caterings, please contact: https://santaella.tripleseat.com/party_request/26218
  • Private party facilities
    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: https://santaella.tripleseat.com/party_request/26218
  • Private party contact
    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611
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