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  1. Distance: 1.90mi

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  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

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Tapas (10)
People Watching (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (東京)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, service , etc....

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 (Caribbean)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food! The service was not as usual.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 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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·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 7, 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 7, 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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·Dined on January 5, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 3, 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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·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 27, 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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·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 17, 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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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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