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Santaella

4.8
4.8
2704 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 52 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.
  • Happy New Year 2023 - First Seating

    $245.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for New Year's eve early celebration. First seating 5:00PM - 7:30PM (End by 9:00PM) MENU LINK > http://www.santaellapr.com EARLY DINNER: AHI TUNA PINTXOS rice paper crisps BACON-WRAPPED DATES with pecans EMPANADILLAS cream cheese & herbs MORCILLA crispy blood sausage, pique dip PASTELES chicken and yucca puerto rican pasteles COCHINILLO suckling pig, pigeon pea rice, elbow salad CHOCOLATE TART mint bark
  • Christmas Eve Menu

    $145.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Join us for Christmas Eve Dinner: MENU LINK > http://www.santaellapr.com CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER: AHI TUNA PINTXOS rice paper crisps QUESADILLA goat cheese, honey & white truffle oil BACON-WRAPPED DATES with pecans EMPANADILLAS angus beef & cream MORCILLA crispy blood sausage, pique dip MOFONGO in pekin duck broth, tarragon & sherry MAIN COURSE (select from): PORK BELLY in guava and red wine sauce, pigeon pea risotto POLLO chicken in sofrito cream sauce, root vegetable purée SALMON ORIENTAL salmon fillet with sauteed vegetables & noodles DESSERT: 'JUBILEE DE FRUTAS' tropical fruit jubilee with rum, vanilla ice cream

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What 2,704 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Caribbean

    Puerto Rican

  • Caribbean

    Most Booked

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rican

  • Puerto Rico

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Melody

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. I will definitely ve back. I'm writing more to reach 50 characters.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, creative dishes without losing the sazón of Puerto Rican cooking. Rafael our server was a gem. Make sure to order cocktails, some of the best in Puerto Rico!
  3. JN

    JesusN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and an even better service. Recommended!
  4. C

    Chef13

    San Antonio

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Superb food flavors, choices, presentation. Exceptional at every level. Entry from street very hectic and disorganized.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! Highly recommend
  6. c

    crippynyc

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular! Food and service were so terrific. The sea bass and crispy fried snapper were superb.
  7. SV

    StephanieV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Most of the menu items where not available. Only Fish was available at main course and for desert only one…. my husband and I only ate appetizers.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Thuringia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In my opinion, the best restaurant in PR
  9. e

    ekn214

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little neighborhood gem - outstanding food and energetic atmosphere. Great neighborhood vibe. Expensive but worth it for a celebration with good friends.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant always
  11. S

    Shopper1

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was superb! We’ll deserved reputation! Service was lovely!
  12. IM

    IreneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing... definitely a fabulous dining experience!!
  13. FR

    FRIEND

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food was good but not outstanding for the price paid. The service, however, was excellent.
  14. DG

    DanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was fantastic! Couldn’t recommend this place enough! If you want a higher end dining experience. Look no further.
  15. VC

    VeronicaC

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and definitely it was the best place for the occasion.
  16. M

    Matt

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, cocktails, and ambiance were incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
  17. n

    nnnn

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were very good, but the restaurant is really loud - lot's of large tables and people shouting at each other.
  18. l

    lido

    Caribbean

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Always amazing!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Came here for a birthday and a large group of people at a table nearby (early to late twenties) were walking around the restaurant in circles being loud and obnoxious, bumping into our chairs and simply being rude and inconsiderate. I will recommend against this restaurant to anyone who asks me as the experience felt unacceptable because of that group of people ruining our dining experience.
  20. GA

    GADAD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were fortunate enough to sit at the bar which allowed us to see the bartender in action. A true cocktail master! Food was excellent!! Will definitely come back.
  21. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing creative dishes with fresh ingredients and fabulous service
  22. AA

    AnnieA

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is excellent and so are the drinks. Our server was a bit distracted and the spacing between our tapas were lengthy.
  23. JN

    JeffreyN

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In town for one night, was recommended by Khalid made a reservation and ate at the bar. Although very expensive the quality food and service were very very good. Looking forward to coming back when in town again.
  24. AJ

    AndrewJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service Little too loud for a high quality restaurant
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Thailand

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is absolutely amazing with a great industrial modern vibe ! Flavors were some of the best we ever had and We will be back !!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food & service were amazing. A wonderful experience.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio y ambiente. Por otro lado la comida estaba sumamente exquisita como de como de costumbre.
  28. AR

    AgentRedhead

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in years! Everything was perfection. Enjoyed the empanadas, shrimp, and filet.
  29. AF

    AllisonF

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, wonderful food , ambiance and music in the background. Perfect night
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant! Beautiful, modern and authentic interpretation of Puerto Rican food taken to the next level. The cocktail program is divine. Bravo for Chef Santaella and his team.
  31. J

    Joed

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. Great and unique menu that was very good. Fantastic drink menu as well. It was a energetic vibe, it is loud but that did not take away from our experience what's so ever. Highly recommend. Also, they have vallet parking.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and fun cocktails! Great service. Will be back.
  33. LA

    LoversAndWarriors2

    Caribbean

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, bar service was on point, Ronnie was great! This will forever be in the rotation !!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a date night while in vacation and everything was great! The food was delicious and our server was amazing!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food and drinks were good, and easily sharable. Music was a touch too loud making it difficult to hear the waiter unless he was right next to you- that may have been due to where the speakers were located though, and we were at a large table. Location is perfect for after dinner walking around and getting drinks at the various outdoor bars on the adjacent streets.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Me gustaba más cuando la comida resultaba más creativa. Para un menú tan criollo, los precios están muy altos.
  37. MR

    MeraideR

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is AMAZING!! Best fine dining restaurant in Puerto Rico and many states!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived to a packed restaurant at 9:30pm on a Thursday. As our table was not yet available, the manager apologized and brought us a delicious tuna skewer appetizer and comped our two cocktails. The menu is small, but they do everything wonderfully. We had the empanadillas, angus steak and garlic shrimp with trifongo. All outstanding! Would absolutely recommend Santaella!
  39. JR

    JoelR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would recommend anyone to give a try high maintenance real pricey but well worth it
  40. RS

    RobertoS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The food was not on the level I remember when I visited last year. This time it was just OK

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 2704 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 52 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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