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Santaella

4.8
2218 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

Experiences

  • Large Group Prix Fixe Menu

    $95.00 per personPrepaid

    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.
  • Christmas Eve Dinner

    $145.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    Join us for a special multi-course Christmas Eve menu in a delightful setting at Santaella. *HORS D'OEUVRES* ~ Ahi tuna skewers marinated in oriental spices ~ Crispy puerto rican blood sausage 'morcilla' ~ Goat cheese quesadilla, honey and white truffle ~ Bacon wrapped dates with pecans *FIRST COURSE* ~ Mofongo in pekin duck broth with tarragon *MAIN COURSE* (select from:) ~ Pork belly with pigeon pea rice, elbow pasta salad and green banana in escabeche ~ Salmon fillet asiatic-style ~ Chicken in smoked paprika cream sauce, root vegetable purée *DESSERT* ~ Chocolate tart with mint, vanilla ice cream
  • New Year's Eve Celebration

    $345.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Come celebrate in style! This New Year's Eve enjoy a special dinner with us. Includes 1/2 bottle of Champagne per person. One seating only staring at 8PM. Menu details coming soon!
  • Late-Night Santaella Bar Experience

    $100.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy our bar late-night until closing. Reservations include a per person Food & Beverage minimum. Parties of 1-2ppl: $100pp min. Kitchen Last Call 10:45PM, please order Food once seated. Bar Closes at 12:30AM. Available Thursday thru Saturday.
  • Krug Champagne Welcome

    $55.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    On a date? Want to make it special? We will welcome you and your significant other with a chilled 1/2 bottle of Krug Champagne Grande Cuvée Brut paired with our signature ahi tuna pintxos dish once seated. A half bottle (375ml) of Krug Grande Cuvée Brut is served per couple.
  • Champagne Welcome

    $10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Our signature ahi tuna pintxos served with a chilled Champagne bottle of your choice upon seating at Santaella. Champagne selection and quantity required via experience add-ons at checkout. Pre-order your Champagne now and save up to 40%. Valid for lunch reservations only.

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
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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2218 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass, filet, wine - all fantastic

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lido
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!

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Rain
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Tuna taco and goat cheese truffle oil quesadillas appetizers were excellent. Main dish snapper was nothing special.

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Zachary
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Umberto was phenomenal! Service was exceptional and the food was on point. Definitely recommend the skirt steak and avocado salad!

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vipEllayneG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

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vipelizabeth8
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our experience at Santaella started off perfectly: our table was ready within minutes of arriving, the service was attentive and fast. Our drinks and appetizers came out within a good timeframe, the server cleared the table and told us our entrees will be along shortly, then… nothing. For about 45 minutes we didn’t receive our entrees and the waiter went from being readily available to MIA. Our drinks were empty, not once did anyone come by during the whole 45+ minutes that we waited for our entrees. When our food finally came they left off one of the key components of the dish, i had to flag down the waiter who had to go back to the kitchen, eventually returning with a substitute item because they had run out. What happened to the fantastic service??!! The change in service ruined the overall experience a bit, as I would’ve ordered another drink and wouldn’t have noticed the delay to receive entrees had the service been better. For what it’s worth, the cocktails are fantastic and the food, albeit pricy, is good. Very nice ambiance as well.

JP
vipJayP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Snapper was good. Tuna crudo and ceviche were mediocre, too much sauce and could not taste fish. Ceviche full of sweet orange juice taste. Overpriced and service could be improved.

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GregC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. It's customer service never lets you down. The food was superb. And the cocktails very refreshing without being overwhelmingly strong.

JP
JoseP
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santaella never disappoints! Food and drinks are always spot on. The staff are awesome, they always make sure you have a wonderful time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Siempre consistentes

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vipJerry
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santaella is always excellent

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vipGormay13
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making my niece’s birthday so special. The food and service were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We were entertaining a client and the energy of the restaurant was very inviting. But it may have been a little too loud for business talk. The service was great and the food was exceptional! And the drinks were also amazing!

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vipJaybird
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will return in January. A fantastic dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing ! I love this place

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vipLukeSkypotter
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was very good but very long wait between appetizers and entrees. Great cocktails. Would recommend but budget 90 mins w waits. Maybe this was just an off night.

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Dissapointed
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The place is great! the food amazing! the waiter we had was a complete disaster, bossing us around, treating us badly and being insolent with us.

I cannot believe that such a person could be working at such a beautiful place. He emphasized so much in taking the orders for each person in strict military order of seating arrangement and then when the food arrived nobody knew where each dish went, a complete disaster of a waiter. When I asked him to take the order of my guest (a visitor from overseas) first before mine he told me that i had to give him my order first and I requested him to please be so kind to take my friends order first because I was not ready yet, he emphasized that I should be ready because he had no time to wait and he could not advance with the next person because I was not ready. I did not reply to him as I should because my family was there but for sure this is not the kind of person you need to be serving you in your restaurant.

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Margawil
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch was a great experience. Had previously dined and enjoyed the ambiance so much more at lunchtime. Unlike our dinner experience, lunch was relaxing, quiet, with a pleasant crowd and service was very friendly and attentive. We ordered different appetizers to share and all of them of them where delicious. The chicken popcorn and alcapurrias with crab are highly recommended.

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vipCheckplease79
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is out of this world and the food is divine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Apart from the garlic shrimp, which was salty, everything else was delicious. Too expensive however.

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vipISLD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, dinner and cocktails were amazing. Whenever we vacation in San Juan it’s a must! We were back for the first time in 2 years due to Covid and it was wonderful!

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MatthewV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of the best 10 meals I have had in my life.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and would definitely recommend this place to anyone stopping in San Juan. You would never guess that this place is there since it’a right next to La Placita. Amazing vibe, very laid back and chill. The food was phenomenal. I’m still craving the octopus and the drinks where good too!! I had the parchita. The service was great as well! Very friendly and attentive. Making sure I visit again the next time I come to Puerto Rico.

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vipVinu
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Pity kitchen closed early at 10.30pm and we were rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

50’s Birthday

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RebeccaC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the goat cheese quesadilla! Everything is delicious.

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Enjoy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic. A must in San Juan without being too pretentious, just perfect. The quesadilla is something very special, a meal itself and rich, but unforgettable. And of course the drinks, the bar seating really is seats to fine elaborate cocktail making.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT wasy my husband bday .. it’s was very nice ❤️❤️

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GrantH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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Keyla
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is beautiful, the service super nice and the food is amazing

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PedroC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Nice ambiance but very loud. Nice, not exceptional food. Good not exceptional service. They automatically charged 18% for tip for a party of three. Good service but not exceptional. The printout of the ticket did not match what we paid, but we were tired and with no strength to argue about the ticket.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. A bit too loud. Nicely decorated. Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipjcovM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most fabulous dinner last night. The filet was one of the best I’ve ever had. And amazing cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Santaella!!!! It’s our go place every time we go to PR! It’s a must!

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vipDidNotLuv
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal as always. Getting very expensive.

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vipseanc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Chew
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing environment, food, and service. The quesadillas are out of this world! They did ran out of some side dishes and substituted for others, however, the churrasco is advertised with Yuca tostones and it came with plantain ones (not told about this).

Drinks are the best here and watching the professional bartenders is a show itself.

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RyanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5