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
San Juan, PR 00907
Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday – Thursday 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
La Placita de Santurce
$31 to $50
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For Caterings, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.josesantaella.com
Santaella has valet parking ($7) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.
Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
Chef José Santaella
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Santaella Ratings and Reviews
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.
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...
We sat at the bar tables which are very crowded into a tight space next to the actual bar. People standing (at the bar) behind my chair were spilling their martinis on me when other people would bump into them.
Our waiter, Alejandro, was over the top excellent! Food was good, the place was packed with the "see & be seen" crowd. We will be back (this is a favorite place for our Puerto Rican friends), but will sit in the dining room - not bar table next time.
Glad I finally made it to Santaella. The food and combinations are outstanding! We went there to celebrate my birthday. Service was friendly, and our server made some great recommendations, but the beginning was a bit slow. It improved as dinner approached. Loved the creative touches!
Arrived early for reservation. Bar area packed with no place to sit. Crowd was loud and rude. Food was okay but not as good as expected. Service was slow and non-attentive. A good choice if Marmalade and 1919 don't have availability.
Incredible, romantic dinner!! Santaella was some of the best food we've had in Puerto Rico since we moved here. The service was great. We ended up making friends with the folks sitting next to us and stayed longer than anticipated but never felt pressure from the server to flip the table. We may be coming back as soon as this week :)
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