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  1. Distance: 1.90mi
  1. Distance: 1.90mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 1.90mi
  1. Distance: 1.90mi

About Santaella

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

219 Cll Canals
San Juan, PR 00907
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 5:30 pm

Dinner:
Tuesday – Thursday 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
La Placita de Santurce

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(787) 725-1611

Website:
http://www.santaellapr.com/

Catering:
For Caterings, please contact: catering@josesantaella.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

Parking Details:
Santaella has valet parking ($7) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.

Public Transit:
Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16

Executive Chef:
Chef José Santaella

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please inquire within.

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Santaella Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Tapas (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
People Watching (12)
Authentic (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This is our second trip to this place. Good veg option

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·Dined 3 days ago

Best restarant ever!! Great service! The food was perfect! My girlfriend and I had a great date night!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fun, Tapas, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food, great drinks, attentive service, but high prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently good food that challenges the notion that puerto Rican cuisine lacks inspiration. But expect to pay for it. Very happy to see that the quality of food has not been effected by the current challenges facing the island. This place is a rock and an inspiration

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

I apologize because I don’t remember the name of our server but he sincerely made the night memorable. He was accommodating in every way, never gave “no” as an answer for our special requests and was very helpful with suggestions after the restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Caribbean)·Dined 4 days ago

Friends meeting

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excelente food and Service highly recommend!! Love the crowd , great drinks and great bartenders!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nothing better!!! Make sure to try the Zandia Mojito.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A neighborhood gem! Great vibe! Great cocktails! Wonderful food!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A M A Z I N G !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The ambience was comfortable and all the food delicious. Don't miss the octopus plate and the camembert plate.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 3, 2018

They had great food, awesome drinks, and a great atmosphere. The variety of Tapas and different flavors was very good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great experience, great food, a little bit expensive lots of people. GREAT VALLET

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Holy Trinity great service, fantastic ambiance and an amazing cousin!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food! The cocktails are VERY good! The reservation system does not really work. Expect to wait atleast an hour from your reservation time. At the bar it is damn near imposible to get someones attention since there is at leas two rows of people between you and the bartender. Try to avoid peak hours for a better experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Don’t miss this place if you are in San Juan. Truly excellent. Menu is inventive. Tastes are fresh and distinct. Staff is professional and knowledgeable. Rivals any dining experience you might find in Manhattan or San Francisco. Thank you Santaella!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Es bien caro, pero excelente. La comida, el ambiente, el servicio de elegancia.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Nuestra experiencia en este lugar siempre es fenomenal, desde que llegas al valet parking, el servicio de los meseros, la comida, los mojitos de sandía, en fin todo es perfecto. Lo recomiendo con los ojos cerrados. Excelente para ir en pareja o con amistades.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The Food is Good but the Restaurant is overrated and expensive. Always full. Great Music and Ambience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was great!

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 (東京)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing food, service , etc....

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excelent Service as usual; Great food & ambience!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Acapulco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Todo bueno! Gracias.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food! The service was not as usual.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always eat here when visiting San Juan. Never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 12, 2018

No es la primera vez que visitaba el rest. Pero el viernes pasado la cantidad de gente que habia esperando por mesas era verdaderamente increible. Teniamos reservacion para las 730 y nos vinieron a sentar a las 9:15. No habia ni espacio en la barra para sentarse a tomarse un drink en lo que. Si no tienen espacio para tanta gente deberian bookiar menos.
El tema del valet parking tambien fue super tedioso. La comida es excelente pero sino me mejoran en estos aspectos no vale la pena ir. Por lo menos, nuestro mesero dio buen servicio.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Santaella was lovely as always, great ambience and amazing service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome food, service could have been a bit more on point but not a problem. Wine was a bit to cold for my taste.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I was expecting a lot more! Food wasn’t that great, we had to wait a long time for our table and the music was so loud that you couldn’t even talk. Very disappointed!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was best Puerto Rican cuisine we had on this trip. Very noisy with people having very good time. Service excellent.

Tags: Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent on every level, great food, drinks, ambience and location. A true eating event!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Food and service, excellent Restaurant!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service and the food were really beyond our expectations. Our waiter was always close by and helpful with the menu options

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excelente lugar para una cena con amistades o familia... No es recomendable para una cena romántica... La comida es excelente y el servicio de primera... Nos hicieron esperar por ina mesa, a pesar de que teniamos reservación, pero nos ofrecieron un aperitivo de cortesía por la molestia... El anfitrión puede ser un poco mas amable, fuera de eso, es ujn lugar bueno para una cena con amistades o familiares... No cena de pareja...

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always excellent food!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had a very good lunch , food superb, service there was only two waiters for the whole restaurant. It was okay. We ask for two different champagnes one didn’t have it and the other one was not cold. Overall good lunch with friends!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Santaella.... outstanding!... Wonderful, as always!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our table was delayed. Service was spotty.

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 (London)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent service and food! Really enjoy Santaella for a fun day out.

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