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Sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere. - Santos Restaurant, Luling, LA

Santos Restaurant

4.4
4.4
231 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Offering Southern favorites with Latin flavor, Santos (Spanish for “Saints”) is named after the saints of the River Parishes, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James… the birthplace of owners Buddy Boe and Executive Chef Natasha Clement.
Santos blends the flavors of south Louisiana with a Latin flair and attitude that is best demonstrated in our Tamale Lasagna or boudin tacos. Discover flavors from Peru and Colombia to Mexico and the Caribbean sitting on the same plate with a Creole or Cajun dish.​
Located in the heart of Luling, Santos is easily accessible from Interstate 310 and Highway 90.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Southern, Cajun

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (985) 308-0048

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Natasha Clement

  • Neighborhood

    Destrehan

  • Cross street

    Highway 90 at Interstate 310

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. P

    Penguin

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was our favorite restaurant in the area but quality seems to be suffering as is their business. Smoked salmon is our go to appetizer but the flavor and texture is not what it has been. And the bun for the burger was hard to the touch and dry. And an abundance of parking at 7:00 on Friday night was never the case since they opened. Quite disappointing this visit.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I was totally disappointed. We had gone several times before and liked everything, specially the food. We were in shock when we saw the menu! What happened. There are no entrees, tacos and burgers, no specials. What happened to the Santos we know and loved?????
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    We missed that the restaurant format had changed. No longer the fine cuisine. It's a pup food menu prepared very well. Would've been better if that's what we were expecting.
  4. VP

    VickiP

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I have always enjoyed Santos in the past. Last night they seemed to be lacking quality control. Foods were not properly prepared, burned and no buns for the burgers. There appeared to be one waitress who was also acting as hostess. I hope it was just a bad night and not a glimpse into its future.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having been in the restaurant business all my life, I tend micro analyze my dining experiences. Santos is my new favorite restaurant and was the best I’ve tried in a long time. Starting with ample parking, a clean and well maintained landscape, I entered to a smiling and friendly reception from the hostess. Our table was ready and we were greeted shortly after sitting. The ambiance was warm with background music audible but not overly loud. Our server was also friendly and smiling and I think she said Chelsea, but I’m not sure if my memory got that right. She was able to answer all my food questions, was very attentive but not obtrusive. Her timing of our courses(3) was seamless. We never felt rushed nor neglected. The food was impressive and delicious. All flavors were well balanced and no one ingredient over powering another. Each dish had layers of flavor from start to the finish. Perfection! Started with deviled eggs with crab! Yum! Middle course was a kale and quinoa salad also delicious. Best kale I’ve had in a while. Main course, I had grilled Mahi Mahi, with black beans and yellow rice. This dish really exemplified the Latin flair and was the perfect combination. My friend had crab cakes over pasta and was equally impressive. Portions were generous and I felt that overall, was a good value for the money. I could tell the food was made fresh with quality ingredients. I don’t write reviews very often but felt compelled to give this place a shout out. Kudos! My only regret was because of the foggy weather, I didn’t try any of the specialty cocktails from the bar. A few sounded really good though and I look forward to my next visit.
  6. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    My wife and I visited Santos on Friday evening. They were not particularly busy, especially for a Friday. The food was amazing, the service was lackluster, but the noise level was horrible. The dining room has all hard surfaces, which do nothing to mitigate noise. They had music blaring, and people trying to talk above that. My Apple Watch read constant levels above 90db, with spikes well above the 100 range, without anyone dropping a tray of dishes. This could be a really nice restaurant if they only turned down the volume.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother, sister, and I had a great experience. Everything was great! I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo of my entree. I had the ribeye, and it was delicious.
  8. JK

    JulesK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're never disappointed at Santos. The food is always excellent and the service is superb.
  9. N

    Nanajan

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The food was phenomenal and our server was on top of things and very helpful, yet unobtrusive. We brought another couple with us who had never been there and they were tremendously impressed.
  10. KH

    KimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a gem of a restaurant. The ambiance is very nice and the service is great. I’ve never had such unique food. It is hard to describe, but everything I’ve had has been delicious.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local place for date night or even a special occasion. I have been wanting to try their dinner selections and it did not disappoint! Top 5 of my picks for dinner now!
  12. a

    amaiza

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food is good but the appetizer and the mains dish tested the same. The place is really nice !
  13. JH

    JawnH

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started off with deviled eggs, then each had an entree. She had Latin-OODLES, I had fish tacos, both were tantalizingly tasty. We both had margaritas, very nice. Croissant & Cornbread Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche Whiskey Sauce finished our meal. Will be back for round 2 soon.
  14. MB

    MaryB

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten at Santos many times, and the food is always excellent!! I love the mix of the Cajun and Latin flavors, can’t wait to return!!
  15. O

    Ongelle

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Santos dining experience is a must! Chef Natasha outdoes herself with every visit. Tonight, we had the Heavenly Seafood Platter. Everything was fried perfectly and so light and crispy. The cornbread that comes with it is a bite of heaven for sure. For dessert, don't pass up the milk and cookies. The chewiest, most chocolatey cookies you will ever eat. Then you dip them in the warm "milk" and it's a party in your mouth. Our server was so sweet and professional. We love dining at Santos!
  16. PT

    PatrickT

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was good! Service was kind of slow. But overall good. The restaurant and cocktails are pricey.
  17. BS

    BeverlyS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We drove from Baton Rouge to Luling to visit this restaurant. It was worth the drive. The food was amazing, the staff was friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere was elegant but comfortable.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    We were the first customers in and had a reservation but for some reason they sat us right in the first table in the door. If my wife and I were not so easygoing we should have asked to move. Terrible table. Other than that this was our third time to eat there and the food always surprises us.
  19. TM

    TMajoia

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything about our meal
  20. B

    Bhen

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The cocktails and food were unique and exceptionally tasty. Travelled 33 miles to dine there after hearing about its history. The experience was worth it.
  21. MG

    MariG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s really a nice place and atmosphere with great service and the food was superb! Wish there was a location in Metairie or Kenner.
  22. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good, the Pain de Maix was a little too sweet for an appetizer, it would be much better adding some jalapeno heat into the batter along with the honey. Lomo Saltado was excellent, the Strip Steak very good, and the shrimp special a hit at the table!
  23. WE

    WandaE

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Destani was wonderful as usual.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Woke up the next morning thinking about it and wanting more!
  25. J

    Jane

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious!
  26. B

    Bass

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding. Highly recommend. Quick service. By energetic they mean loud. It was difficult at times to hear each other talking at our table.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was so nice. So pleased to have this establishment in St Charles Parish.
  28. TC

    ThomasC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoy Santos Restaurant as we come for dinner dates several times a month. The service is always top notch and the entrees are so devious.
  29. FC

    FernandoC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a beautiful thing to have to such a great restaurant with great food in our own backyard, and to those that live nearby, it's worth the short drive from anywhere. I would stack up this restaurant with any of the great ones in the jefferson and Orleans Parish areas, only thing I would advise is, come hungry and thirsty!!
  30. LL

    LloydL

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    When we arrived at the restaurant we were seated next to a group of loud people. This was not good. We asked to move and we did. The noise level was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. Food average not great. Very spicy. Would not go back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and staff was attentive.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, beer and atmosphere were all phenomenal! 10/10 would reccomend trying this place out!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat here often, the food is always great! The service is always with a smile,and the staff are friendly and well trained and it shows. The drinks are delicious and perfectly prepared. If you haven’t been to Santos it’s a must do. Best thing to happen to St Charles Parish in a long time.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu has been updated since we were in, and it was a great change. The crab cakes were excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and atmosphere. We enjoyed it!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food for steak night. Great bottle of wine and perfect chocolate martini. Service was excellent
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always at Santos, our meal and service was outstanding!We all loved the smoked salmon appetizer and my crab cake dinner selection was superb. I highly recommend this establishment.
  38. CC

    CajunConsumer

    New Orleans

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Food was very good with creative recipes. Service was slow; server was very young and inexperienced and rarely checked to see if we needed anything (had to flag her down twice). Noise level was very high - could barely hear our server or each other.
  39. KA

    KeithA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Made reservations before hand and when we arrived our table was ready with no waiting. Their specialty drink list is incredibly good. There were 6 of us and everyone ordered a different drink and were very pleased with our choices. They menu is another story. So many incredible dishes we didn’t know what to choose. With help from our incredible waitress we made our choice’s and were more than happy. We will definitely be going back. Incredible food and staff.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my BFF. Excellent service, food and drinks. Will be back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Santos Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (985) 308-0048.

Santos Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Santos Restaurant

12713 US-90, Luling, LA 70070-2200

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 90 at Interstate 310

  • Neighborhood

    Destrehan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Southern, Cajun

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Natasha Clement

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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