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  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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (9)
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Special Occasion (7)
Tapas (6)
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Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined 6 days ago

Best food and drinks in SJ. Thursday and Friday nights are hectic; Saturdays are more quiet.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Best wine and dine I’ve had in my life on a Wednesday night. Perfectly executed dishes.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service from our server. The food was delicious and came out fast.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Birthday party 🎉

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best food and drinks in PR

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always love this place! great food and awesome wine. 3rd time here and will continue to come back!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Best place in the island period!!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent service, food and ambiance. I'd return in a heartbeat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food and service. We were seated in the dining room, near the bar area. The bar was so crowded that people were standing right beside our table, making service difficult

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great ambiance with amazing food. The server was really cool and helped with other locations to check out while visiting Puerto Rico.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

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!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great experience. The services is exceptional.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants everytime i visit Puerto Rico , which is often. Loved the Cocada!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The only comment is that is too expensive , food is great!! But prices are too high 😉So you can only go on special occasions 😉

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good food. A little on the expensive side. Service so so.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a reservation and did not have to wait to be taken to our table. Even though it was a Thursday it was busy.The waiter was attentive and the food was good. The food had a modern twist to local ,classic dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Tapas, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great Caribbean inspired food. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Tapas, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Santaella was excellent, the food was amazing.. It always is!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We went here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was absolutely fantastic! The food, the drinks, the service...all indescribable!!! We loved every moment of it and cannot wait to come back!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Fantastic food quality as well as service. Highly recommendable

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Everything was perfect! Between the service, drinks and food. Everything was top notch. The goat cheese quesadilla was out of this world, and the espresso martini was the best I've ever had!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Love this restaurant. Always recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Was there with my wife for our wedding anniversary and the service and food was excellent! Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Wonderful meal, the morcilla bites out of this world. The chillo and octopus chorizo garbanzo stew fantastic! Unfortunately, the noise makes it next to impossible to have a normal conversation.

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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The noise level is way too high for a business meal but... it is always a huge success when we bring prospect clients. The food is superb, the service is awesome and the location is perfect to showcase our island.
Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent restaurant, it is a must. I will go back.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Everything was delicious except for my main course, the veal cheeks. The richness of the dish needed with a bit more pop to bring it up in terms of balance, gremolata, or just some lemon zest would've done the trick. Despite eating less than half of my dish and letting our courteous waiter know why I wasn't happy with it, it remained on the check.
Everything else was lovely.

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had a reservation for two at 6:30 PM and were seated timely. The ambience and good service is a constant at this restaurant. The food is good but for the price is not spectacular. They do have several appetizers that are different but there are other quite simple for this type of restaurant. In summary, Santaella's location is quite appealing since it is next to La Placita, service is always excellent but the food is not at the level the pricing suggests.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The service is excellent and the food is great! Highly recommended!

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Place is nice, good set up and ambience. Liquor at the bar, excellent selections all types.
Service was not on par for the price of the restaurant.
Food was prepared and served ok , nothing out of this world.
Looks like a trendy place to go, not a place I would have to go back to when going back to Puerto Rico because of the memorable food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was good, but not outstanding. The service was dotted with tolerance not excellence.
There are too many excellent choices in San Juan-loved Cocina Abierta. Tapas, great ambiance, seating not as close, food awesome.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Wasn't thrilled with the food for the price paid. The goat cheese quesadilla was the best thing I ate. Other than that everything fell flat. The shrimp mofongo dish didn't wow me and the lamb chops were OK. The bread pudding ended the meal on a better note but by then I was already less than thrilled with the dining experience.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Go where the locals that know go ...this is the place. The service was excellent. the wait staff knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Strongly encourage you to try the lamb...lollipops perfectly cooked.
Don't forget to save room for an after dinner drink or dessert.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This put Puerto Rico on the culinary map for me. The food is inspired, the chef is an artist and the service was wonderful. As a New Yorker, who has so many wonderful options to choose from in my home town, this was a wonderful find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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