Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Caribbean
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. San Juan
Chef José Santaella - Santaella, San Juan, PR
Lunch @ Santaella - Santaella, San Juan, PR
Roasted SeaBass over 'Batata' purée - Santaella, San Juan, PR
Perfect Lady - Santaella, San Juan, PR
Cocina Tropical cookbook Lobster Mofongo - Santaella, San Juan, PR

Santaella

4.8
4.8
3451 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card

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 3,451 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

3,451 Reviews
  1. FernandoO

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Alexander was an amazing waiter, making recommendations and suggestions throughout the night. Very happy with the service.

    Is this helpful?

  2. JenR

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service gracias Jean! Great food. Best pastelón period. And the foie was delicious too. Ambiance for young adults. Salsa music and nostalgia classics. I would only add more options for wines per glass. Other than that- perfection. Tks

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. The food was delightful and in a big portion. La serenata de bacalao y vianda exquisite

    Is this helpful?

  4. MA86

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant, the ambience is great, the vibe is fun, but since my last time the quality of the food has gone down.

    Is this helpful?

  5. AmandaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner! Everything was extremely delicious, the vibe in the restaurant was great.

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El servicio fue excelente, muy buen ambiente y comida deliciosa. Deben mejorar el servicio del Valet Parking atendiendo las personas por orden de salida, NO buscar los carros al azar. Ayer estuve mucho tiempo esperando mi vehiculo debido a que atendían otras personas estando yo en espera mucho antes.

    Is this helpful?

  7. ZIZI

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was top-notch in taste. Perhaps the very best out of our stay in PR.

    Is this helpful?

  8. MiguelIV

    Caribbean

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Santaella was wonderful, as always. Flawless service, excellent food and drinks and a greart ambiance. Definitely one of our favorites.

    Is this helpful?

  9. Wilson

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each plate was excellent and the time between them was good, my favorite was the dessert...spectacular

    Is this helpful?

  10. JacobB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the setting was a nice date atmosphere

    Is this helpful?

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!!! Delicious and perfect. The options were many, the cocktails were yummy.

    Is this helpful?

  12. Michellecl

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One word… AMAZING! Food was fenomenal and worth going back again.

    Is this helpful?

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was so great. The food was so of the best food I’ve ever had

    Is this helpful?

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comida exquisita. Lo mejor fue el servicio de Jan. El mejor. Regresaremos.

    Is this helpful?

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of our favorite meals during the trip. Drinks and food were delicious. The quesadilla and snapper were divine. The server was attentive. We’d highly recommend and go back.

    Is this helpful?

  16. Kyler

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Restaurant and great service! Staff is energetic and the food will leave you wanting more the next day. 5 Stars!

    Is this helpful?

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stopped in for a taste of Santaelle because it came highly recommended. We enjoyed the goat cheese quesadilla and the mini fish tacos with a glass of malbec. The food was excellent but for the price you won’t be walking away full unless you spend quite a bit of money. We went there anticipating that so it was not a shock. It was a delicious stop on our self-created food tour!

    Is this helpful?

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida divina ! La atención del mesero súper !! La ensalada de tomate con helado de parmesano divina !!

    Is this helpful?

  19. EddaG

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good for elevated criollo…I wish the menu would allow solo diners to try more things or maybe allow us to order half portions for some items ….the only rest I consistently recommend in PR!

    Is this helpful?

  20. josephr

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The was one of the worst place i attended here in San Juan the empanadas were great but restaurant has a total different menu than what’s listed on site and open table at night and is running at 30% . And you won’t know till you go order food and also at night only rooftop is open no dine. Go here with low low expectations

    Is this helpful?

  21. Emily

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were excited to eat at Santaella and we ended up eating upstairs at their sister restaurant, Azote, because Santaella is closed. The menu was different than what we saw online and the atmosphere was weird. For the prices on the menu, everything felt cheap from the set up to the decor. Especially with how exclusive they tried to be, making us wait on the street for a few minutes while they set up for us. The drinks and food were nothing special and overall felt like a scam. We tried five drinks and the pink lady was the best.

    Is this helpful?

  22. brock

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Definitely a must try.

    Is this helpful?

  23. Dani

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! A must try in San Juan. Everything was delish

    Is this helpful?

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo estuvo espectacular y el staff outstanding!!! Gracias!

    Is this helpful?

  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything and everyone was incredible. If you have the opportunity, do not miss it.

    Is this helpful?

  26. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Santaella is the best place in la placita for execellent service, luxury food and great service. Love it.

    Is this helpful?

  27. Mandee

    Little Rock

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, ambiance and service. A delightful experience.

    Is this helpful?

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Service was subpar. We waited 15 minutes for any server to acknowledge us and order drinks. Reservation was at 7:15. Our appetizers came quickly once our order was taken, but we didn’t get our entrees until 8:55. Server was nice, but not attentive. We couldn’t flag him down to order a second drink. We only ordered a second drink when our entrees finally came. The desserts looked delicious, but didn’t order any because figured the wait would be long. I understand island time is slower, but you should still somewhat expect to eat in a coursed manner, especially at this caliber of a restaurant. Food was great, but service overall made the experience poor overall.
    SantaellaResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your experience. We're glad you enjoyed the food but deeply apologize for the subpar service you encountered. Your feedback is crucial for us to improve. We'll address the issues you've highlighted with our team to ensure better service in the future. We understand your frustration with the wait times and lack of attentiveness, and we're committed to doing better. We hope you'll give us another chance to provide you with a more positive experience.

    Is this helpful?

  29. LindseyM

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vinemos a celebrar mi cumpleaños y todo el tiempo desde el momento en que entramos/nos registramos hasta el momento en que pagamos y nos fuimos fue una experiencia. ¡La comida era exquisita, el servicio era excelente y no puedo esperar a volver!

    Is this helpful?

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great rest our waiter was excellent with all the recomendations since it was our first time in Santaella.. we will be back soon!!

    Is this helpful?

  31. HeidiF

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location! Beautiful ambiance! Must try the Nutella sandwich….. amazing!

    Is this helpful?

  32. TonyL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved this place! Just be cautious with kids as they had a pasta feature so the waiter let us know they could make our child plain pasta but ended up charging $32 + $8 for a small side of Parmesan. Aside from that the place is beautiful, service was great and every dish was a hit (accept for the $40 plain pasta).

    Is this helpful?

  33. NickC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, what an amazing place, the food was incredible. Thanks for everything. Would 100% re visit.

    Is this helpful?

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Popcorn chicken is a must love it! The salmon dish is also good, and the escargot.

    Is this helpful?

  35. Courtney

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our food, waiter and experience. We will be back soon.

    Is this helpful?

  36. JorgeO

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food. Excellent! The service. Excellent! Would definitely be back!

    Is this helpful?

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience - lively atmosphere - great service - exceptional food.

    Is this helpful?

  38. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner. Best cooked octopus I’ve ever had.

    Is this helpful?

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service. Ceviche was one of the best we’ve ever had and the pastel on was fantastic too. High recommend

    Is this helpful?

  40. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cómo siempre.

    Is this helpful?

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 3451 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 59 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
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo