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Santaella

4.8
1207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Puerto Rican
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(787) 725-1611
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef José Santaella
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Catering
For Caterings, please contact: catering@josesantaella.com or visit www.josesantaella.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Placita de Santurce
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Parking details
Santaella has valet parking ($7) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.
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Public transit
Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
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Special events & promotions
Please inquire within.
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1207 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food and excellent cocktails. Would definitely go again.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The service is fine once you get past the host. The host took the people who arrived minutes before us without a reservation (he didn’t even ask if they had a reservation), then made us wait 20 minutes past our reservation time. He was not at all cordial. And even though we gave our name at the beginning, he never credited us for showing up. The food and service after that were fine, but it’s very overpriced, probably for all of the US government workers on a high expense account.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We found both the restaurant and clientele to be up scale.
There was an issue with our reservation, which was no fault of the management.
We wound up ordering and eating our dinner at the bar, enjoyed some stimulating conversation with other patrons at the bar, and had a very enjoyable evening.
Both the food and drinks excellent.
Definitely a return visit
Make a reservation well in advance.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Reserved one week in advance still had to wait fifty minutes. Service horrible..

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was very good and the place was highly recommended. Had a great time

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Authentic and creative cuisine from Puerto Rico with a fusion of the caribbean and mediterranean. Absolutely fabolous and great service!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing! Tuna pinchos, one of my fav. The snapper was incredible. Great service. Def a must visit in Puerto Rico!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Loved the recommendations and the attentions! 🙌🏼

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Spectacular. The best eggs bennedict I have had. Perfect hollandaise sauce

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best meal in San Juan. Ever dish was more delicious than the last. The best cauliflower I’ve ever had in my entire life. I mean it was cauliflower for crying out loud. It was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of my top 5 meals of all time! The filet empanadillas were perfectly crisp on the outside and the filling was amazing. The watermelon salad with goat cheese and pine nut oil was very refreshing. The Sandia Mojito was not too sweet and was full of fresh watermelon! Pork belly special was melt in your mouth greatness with a citrus vinaigrette to cut some of the richness! Warm chocolate cake was the perfect ending! A must stop in San Juan!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great service and food. Salted caramel pot de créeme may have been best dessert EVER

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a reservation for 8:30pm and waited aprox. 45 minutes to be seated. I was sitting in one side on a table of 6 and couldn’t hear the conversation of other side of the table. Too loud for my taste. The food was excelent; although it was a bit overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome meal!! We loved the empanadas, goat cheese quesadilla, and garlic shrimp!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A reservation was made for 9. We didn’t get offered a seat til after 10:30. This was disappointing. I ended up eating dinner at the bar. The food was good and the bartender was awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazingly delicious food! The ahi tuna tacos and sea bass were exceptional!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great place and food. Loved the location.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great service! Best food!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very Good PRican Food!!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This place is so good. Delicious cocktails and wine, AMAZING food, in a sexy party neighborhood around Plazita Santurce, where there is a gorgeous open-air market in the daytime and an all night party after sunset with live music and beautiful architecture, if a bit young and tipsy for us older folks ;) We had the red snapper fritters, the foie with quince and passionfruit - truly awesome - the pork belly and the veal cheeks, which gave me intense flashbacks to my grandma's sunday cooking and nearly made me shed a tear. And dessert! This place is can't-miss.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We made a reservation and had a great spot at the bar. We were very well taken care of by the bartender. We ordered a sushi special, calamari and roasted califlower dish. Everything was so fresh and delicious. My cocktail was a berry honey mojito- my first mojito and I’d say I’m hooked. Upon arriving by taxi the neighborhood was defiantly sketchy but there was a gentleman greeting you outside the restaurant with a welcoming smile and around the corner is a GREAT neighborhood for bar hopping and outside music. I danced with a local gentleman who was happy to accommodate this tourist.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent service. Professional, friendly and attentive staff. Top notch dishes. Balanced flavors. Nice ambiance. We had a professional chef in our party and we sent our compliment to the restaurant chef, who came out to greet us.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love it! Food is great, service even better.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excelente servicio, de las comida más deliciosas puertorriqueñas que he comido. Santaella es una experiencia gastronómica que siempre recordaré en mi primer aniversario.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great ambiance and food.. great for get togethers

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food was really great. The place was realle loud. People from the bar kept bumping with our table.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

One of the best meals in a very lo g time, great dishes with a combo of unexpected flavors. Service was great plates are substantial, some are good to share if you have appetizers.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Might be the best culinary experience of my entire life. If I could rate it 10+ stars I would. If you get a chance, the tuna skewers and the steamed buns with shrimp are amazing. May have been the most delicious things I have ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were a little nervous when we turned the corner in to the neighborhood but it is an oasis in what looks like a rather run down block. The cocktails were excellent ... the perfect lady and the one made with grapefruit juice... not to sweet. The food was excellent for brunch and the service impeccable. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Loved everything about it!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always excellent! The ambiance and food best in town.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great ambiance. A lot of food variety. Great cocktails. Really enjoyed the service and experience

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent service, and the food was incredible, the tasting was so good, thanks!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have been at Santaella multiple times and overall experience is of excellence in the menu, wines, drinks, and service.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Everything was great as usual. Best restaurant in PR.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We always enjoy our experiences at Santaella! It is a vibrant place with great energy. Never know who you will see - great people watching! But the star of the show is the food and cocktails... and, of course, the amazing wait staff!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and atmosphere as always! The most fantastic part of the evening was seeing a wonderful fried from Brooklyn who is now working at Santaella - Stephan.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The service and dessert were the best. The cocktails are Manhattan priced. The noise level is like a loud pub, the space is cramped.

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