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Santaella

4.8
2250 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.

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 2250 people are saying
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vipTandD
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous meal with delicious starters and cocktails. The service was awesome. Highly recommend.

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vipAmazing
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Truly delicious food with top notch service.

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vipGrahamC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place with friendly staff and great food. The goat cheese quesadilla and pork shank were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend!

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TomF
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant we went to in San Juan. Great ambiance, friendly service, and lots of options if you’re trying to keep the tab reasonable and/or celebrate a special occasion. The quesadilla de ueso de cabra was the best quesadilla we’ve ever had, and one of the best starters we’ve had anywhere in general.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. We started with the chorizo empanadas which were just the right spicy and the crust was crisp and fresh. My wife had the Indonesian Fried Rice which was the best fried rice we have ever had. I had the garlic shrimp with plantain and yuca mash. The garlic cream sauce paired wonderfully with the mash. Finally we ended with the pumpkin bread pudding which brought the seasonal pumpkin flavor with a sweet syrup and left us with a smile in our bellies.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riquísimo!

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Rostam
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a magical place! I've been wanting to eat here for years after a friend raved about one of the goat cheese appetizers. Hands down one of the most magical meals of my life. Thank you Santaella!

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SpatzA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The entire staff was warm and engaging. The bartender made the best drinks and the food was delicious!

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BestQuesadilla
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious quesadilla, ever! The cocktails were creative and tasty. Our Sea bass took a very long time, but it was worth the wait. We would highly recommend this place!

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MarcosA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent place! Host may be interrupted to much to be a business dinner, but very courteous.

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vipNYCGourmand78
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks! Absolutely loved it!

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TonyH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We traveled from US for real Puerto Rican dinner experience. This exceeded our expectations!!

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vipAshleyP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

We had high hopes for this restaurant but unfortunately our food was not good at all:/ The ambiance is great. Super friendly staff. Cool vibes. Our food was over cooked and inedible. I think they just may have had an off night because reservations at this restaurant are very sought after!

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MLCF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my best meals in Puerto Rico. I highly recommend it.

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

Food was amazing! This will be a must stop every time I come back to PR.

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vipMiniG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, beautiful restaurant, attentive staff. Great with celiac and food allergies. Can't wait to go back.

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EdwardW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. All dining in the carribean will be rated against our dinner with you. Thank you

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Chris
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service. We can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Delicious, out of the ordinary, plentiful dishes!

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vipFoodlover
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Excellent food, service and ambiance.

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VirmaC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was expecting a very nice meal! But my filet mignon didn’t have any flavor, the server asked me if I wanted salt, pepper or “pique” and I said, let me try it! Apparently he knew, immediately I asked for salt. My husband lubina was awesome! Super flavory and the batata was very good. For me to pay a lot of money and I have to add salt is not a nice meal. I loved the ambiance and the emparedado de Nutella, the Sandia Mojito was awesome.

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vipLC39
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A few years ago a local businessman had highly recommended Santaella to me, going so far as to make me a reservation for that night. After that visit, I've been back several times and I cannot get enough! I don't think I'll ever go to San Juan without visiting here. On this visit, the tuna appetizer was my favorite food of the entire week long trip. I can't recommend it enough, go!

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AshleyL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful food all around. Burrata is to die for. Sliders are smooth a flavorful. Old fashioned was on point.

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Moscotron
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always Chef Santaella delivers. Excellent service combined with a beautiful décor ambience. It’s higher quality dining in Puerto Rico. My favorite restaurant. Kudos for the years of consistency & bar none service. Highly recommend. Try the goat cheese quesadilla! A must when in town. Ask Jonathan at the bar for a drink. In my opinion he is the best barman/mixologist in the Caribbean. I am dead serious about this! Awesome once again! Thank you ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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aidam
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaunrant in SJ - quality food, great ambience, excellent service - overall a 10!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food
Great Vibe

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vipNspneighbor1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow between courses and waitstaff had to be reminded several times. Was unapologetic and didn’t offer to make it right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

My partner and myself went with expectations to having a great night since it was our anniversary. We had booked our reservation for 9:45pm, but because of traffic we already knew we were not going to be able to arrive on time. For this reason we had tried calling the restaurant, sending emails and messages through Instagram since 9:15pm. Nobody answer. Once we arrived at 10:05 the bouncer told us that our reservation had been cancelled due to a “no-show”. We tried telling him that we called and nobody answered, his response was that it wasn’t his problem nobody answered…..

Having worked in the fine-dining restaurant industry I found this completely disrespectful towards us. We requested to speak to a manager, and nobody wanted to come out. After minutes waiting outside a gentleman came to the door and told us the same thing. That they were not able to seat us due to having their restaurant completely full. His response to us was to wait until 10:30 and maybe they could seat us. After arguing back and forth another gentleman, the manager, came to the door and told the other “manager” to seat us.

I have never experienced such bad manners from industry employees. I have been a client of Santaella for years now, needless to say I don’t plant on going back.

Santaella
Responded on December 8, 2021

We regret you had such a bad experience at the door and that it ruined your special occasion. Sometimes new staff gets introduced to the security team without the proper coaching and events like this may occur, we will be working with the team to remind them the correct procedure to deal with clients. Needless to say, we sincerly apologize. As a courtesy we would like to send you a gift card and maybe you can give us a second try. Please email us: kris@santaellapr.comm Feliz Aniversario.

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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular !!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

La comida siempre es excelente pero en esta ocasión el servicio fatal !

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual lunch. Excellent!!!

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viprachelh
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service, super organized reservation system, wonderful ambiance and most importantly, food to die for. We literally had the best tasting food we ever ate. And icing on the cake, their team sang happy birthday to my beautiful wife. I wish I could give them 11 stars!

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BradA
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was excellent. Very loud environment. Service was attentive.

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Rodrigo
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went there to celebrate our fourth anniversary, since we hadd been there on our very first date. The place was packed on a Wednesday. Coincidence has it we ended up in the same table! -- All food that was served was excellent. We ordered a bottle of champagne. Service was very good also. The goat cheese quesadilla with honey was spectacular! The pastel was also VERY good! One thing to improve is the entrance to the place, as there is no roof while you wait to be let inside. It was raining when we got there, and we were getting wet while the person at the front door held us outside while he validated our reservation. Our reservation was due in 7 minutes... He should have let us in, as a courtesy, while he checked our reservation status. Other than that, we will be happy to return any time. Recommended 100%.

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Pedro0
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit to this restaurant (our second visit was a total disaster due to bad food and horrible service) but we decided to give it a last chance. This time we were blown away by the quality and quantity of the food. Our main dish was the angus Filet mignon with corn rice, everything perfectly cooked and presented. Thanks to Gabriel for the excellent service. Overall the service was topnotch. The only negative point was the noise inside the estaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass, filet, wine - all fantastic

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lido
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!

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