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Santaella

4.8
4.8
2785 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 65 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 722-7600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Chef José Santaella

  • Catering

    For Caterings, please contact: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • 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

    $120.00 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.

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What 2,785 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Puerto Rican

  • Caribbean

    Most Booked

  • Puerto Rico

    Innovative

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Grayues

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best time at Santaella. We were running behind and they were beyond lovely and accommodating despite a full dining room. Our waiter (cheeky?) was just beyond amazing. He made incredible recommendations, took such good care of us and introduced us to Chef Jose Santaella. We were there for my niece’s graduation so him going the extra mile beyond made our night. Now for the food! I genuinely cannot wait to come back to this restaurant as everything was delicious and flawless. We started with tuna lollipops (fresh and fun), pulpo (cooked perfectly and the chorizo with it -I could have eaten an entire bowl), and the Brussel sprout salad (fresh, amazing dressing and delish Brussels). We then moved on to our entrees. 2 of us ordered the sea bass (the most delicious sea bass I’ve ever eaten -fresh, flavorful and incredible) and the red snapper (beautiful and tasty). We ended with the Nutella sandwich and salted caramel pot de creme. Just when I thought I was full-we couldn’t stop eating the desserts. Everything was perfect-gorgeous ambiance, fun bar, great drinks but the food and the service is top notch. I can’t wait to go back!!!
  2. l

    localfoodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    It would be great to offer vegetarian options on the menu. Also, to have separate frying pans for seafood. This will allow allergic guests to taste fried appetizers from the menu. The white rice served was not fresh, something you notice on the first bite. Ambience was very nice. Good wine. Excellent service.
  3. s

    shansimp

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in PR
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this spot was amazing. From the appetizer to the main course meal……I’d eat this everyday if I lived here. The Boa Buns and Tuna sticks are the best for a light but very tasty start. The chilean Seabass was an absolute work of art. Five star review all the way!!!!!
  5. S

    Sydney

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santaella is a must-try restaurant in San Juan and definitely worth returning to over and over. The meal was fantastic, from the fresh seafood to the classic local dishes. The cocktails went amazingly with the food—try the watermelon mojitos and the perfect lady! Overall, we had an incredible dining experience.
  6. FF

    FranciscoF

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have nothing bad to say, service was very professional, food was spot on overall excellent!
  7. S

    Seba

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    Santaella is one of my favorite restaurants. I was disappointed, however, by the service. While the waiter was a nice guy, he did not actively look after our table, less so cleaning residues of food after our different courses (especially from dinner to dessert). We felt rushed.
  8. R

    Radairis

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday yesterday with my husband. It was recommended by my brother and his wife. Really packed. Very popular place. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated and it didn’t look like people wanted to leave lol. Food and drinks are exquisite. I went for the recommended options of our server Damian and he was not wrong! I really enjoyed everything and I would definitely recommend Santaella. The caramelized dessert was truly amazing recommended by our server Damian as well! Unforgettable evening, thank you!
  9. LB

    LisaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful!!! The vibe, service & food was outstanding!! Wish I had another night to go back.
  10. j

    jbird

    Tallahassee

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ok.. Escargot were the best we have EVER had! The tuna skewers were awesome. We were between the whole fish and the pork shank Chose the fish. It was good but wish we had had the shank. But it was less calories for sure! The wine we ordered was fabulous. Our waiter was exceptional!!! And all of the staff were great. What an amazing experience on our first night here. You have to go there!! YUMMY!
  11. SS

    SuzanneS

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    We were asked to leave to turn the table. We stayed 2 1/2 hours and spent $500.00 plus. We felt insulted. Waiter forgot to present my husband with a treat although I told him it was his birthday
  12. E

    Earlm

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second return to the restaurant was as memorable as the first. Simply exquisite. Service was impeccable
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to see old friends with amazing cocktails and food and the best ambiance.
  14. IR

    IdaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal from appetizers to main plates to cocktails. Service was impeccable and friendly. For me service can make or break a meal. Santaella did not disappoint. Valet parking a plus.
  15. A

    Andi

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing and flavorful food. The menu is varied and interesting. Service superb! Alex was a Gem! Cocktails Spot-on!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    So good. Best meal in PR.
  17. J

    Jeff

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad I dined here while in Puerto Rico. Whenever I return, I will be back.
  18. KS

    KristinS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the food was absolutely incredible and the service was extraordinary. There were even great vegetarian options
  19. RJ

    RobertJ

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Sat at the bar and had a great experience.
  20. AP

    AntonioP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and cocktails. Exceptional service from all personnel.
  21. r

    richa

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service and cool scene. This is our second time going last time was 2016 and this was even better
  22. LA

    LoversAndWarriors2

    Caribbean

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous! This is a place for happy and beautiful people to enjoy fine cuisine. The vibe is love all around 💕✨🥂
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there at a friend’s recommendation. The food was incredible, very impressed! Will definitely go again! Don’t miss this gem!
  24. BW

    BrookeW

    New Orleans

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious drinks apps and food
  25. LC

    LuisC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio y atención.
  26. S

    Sunny

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. The service is on point and everyone is extremely friendly.. We always stop over In PR to go to this restaurant. 7 minute drive from the Vanderbilt.. Never disappoint’s
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time, Santaella is wonderful!!!
  28. RS

    RoyS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a party of 15, and our food quality, bar and service were outstanding. Food arrived promptly and hot, and was delicious. Portions are very generous! The dining room noise was deafening, though. Excellent experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced, not worth the hype
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Enjoyed the drinks and ambience. Our waiter wasn’t the best but we enjoyed our dinner.
  31. B

    Briana

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were great and inventive. My chocolate Negroni was delicious and perfectly balanced. We ordered more transitional PR dishes in Morcilla as an appetizer. It was a hefty portion for just two of us and first time trying it was tasty with the dipping sauce. Our snapper and pork shank were cooked to perfection and large portions. Overall we were really happy and fully recommend. Sitting at the bar was also a fun idea as the bartender gave us lots of local recommendations and was easily accessible and kept the drinks flowing.
  32. D

    Dracian

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to this restaurant many times and this last time was even better than all of the rest.
  33. R

    Rose

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit to San Juan and this place was recommended by our AirBnB host. Well, she did not steer us wrong, it was amazing! The service was excellent, the food amazing and the cocktails were fabulous! The place has a cool vibe and everything it has to offer will not disappoint, a must visit for sure when in PR!
  34. J

    Josea

    Caribbean

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why don’t my favorites!! excellent as always
  35. J

    Jillyskiing

    Key West

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pedro is beyond awesome!! Great food and creative cocktails!!
  36. W

    William

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All in all we enjoyed the food and service. The place is very busy and noise level could be excesive for some. There is no waiting area and this should be considered as a needed improvement, since the bar is also used as reserved dinning area.

    SantaellaResponded on January 6, 2023Thank you so much for your review and bringing the noise/waiting issue to our attention. Regarding your wait, our records indicate you arrived 1 hour ahead of your reservation time and were seated 10 min before your reservation time. We do not encourage guests to arrive too early since every space is reserved. Our average wait time is very low compared to scheduled reservation times even during the holiday season when people stay longer at their tables/bar. Hope to see you soon! Thks

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner for my birthday. Beautiful ambiance inside and very attentive staff. The food was spectacular. We were a party of 6 so we ordered a bunch of different items and shared. From the cauliflower to the popcorn curry chicken, everyone enjoyed each bite. Very unique dishes with lots of flavor. Would definitely recommend for a nice date night or special occasion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    All v v good, staff, service and food outstanding but toooo loud, tone it down please !!
  39. J

    Jorge

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Fantastic food, great ambiance, it took longer than usual for main course to be served, valet parking logistics are less than desired
  40. A

    Anna

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    They were out of everything we wanted but still charged for a bottled still water, without asking our preference. The hype did not match the taste at all

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 2785 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 65 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, 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: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • Private party contact

    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611

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