Santina

4.6
1091 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Santina is a coastal Italian oasis where people can drink and celebrate day or night in Riviera style. Located under the High Line in a glass box designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, Santina is light and festive. This iconic structure is complemented by handcrafted Murano chandeliers from Venice, and outfitted with lush orange and palm trees. With one step in, guests are immediately transported to the sunny Italian seaside.

The food at Santina likewise takes inspiration from the Italian Riviera, pulsing with bright and refreshing flavors with a gluten-free menu that highlights lighter dishes focusing on vegetables and fish. Santina's signature cecina, spaghetti blue crab and bass agrigento showcase its ability to integrate Italian coastal cuisine with modern culinary sensibilities.

Santina was named one of the best restaurants of 2015 by The New York Times, GQ and Bon Appétit, amongst other publications.

At Santina, it’s always summer.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday
Breakfast & Lunch: 11:45am-3:00pm
Saturday / Sunday
Brunch: 10am-2:30pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Tuesday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday/Thursday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Friday/Saturday: 5:30pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(212) 254-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Dan Haar
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Cross street
Gansevoort Street
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Parking details
The nearest parking garage is on Jane Street between Greenwich Street and Hudson Street.
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Public transit
The A/C/E and L trains are all located at 14th Street and 8th Avenue.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Santina is available for large party bookings and full restaurant buyouts. Santina can accommodate up to 100 guests for seated events and up to 200 guests for cocktail style receptions within the restaurant. Santina's patio can accommodate an additional 50 guests seated or 100 for cocktails.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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There were exactly zero restaurants we enjoy hanging out in Meatpacking until Santina arrived. Now there’s one.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1091 People Are Saying
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Average restaurant with a great location. Next to the entrance for the Highline and the Whitney.

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D
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I was underwhelmed by the food here which was disappointing because I’d heard great things. In my opinion, my starter salad was swimming in dressing which was also bland and my entree the swordfish also came out bland and very oily. I also wasn’t a fan of the preparation. It was a thin cut of fish covered in olives and beans. My friends got pasta and described their dishes as good not great. It was disappointing because our server was fantastic and the ambiance was great.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful and the waitress was attentive.
But, we were seated near the bar on a Friday evening and it was noisy and a lot of people were moving around us.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and drink were excellent!
Menu choices were interesting and uniformly delicious.
Staff was pleasant and helpful.
We were celebrating a birthday, something I had noted when I made our reservation but which was not acted upon by the staff. That left us just a bit disappointed to close out an otherwise wonderful evening.

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MR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here, and I was thrilled with the outcome! Wow! The food was creative and delicious, service fantastic! Will be back to try so many other items I couldn’t on the first visit. Well done Santina!

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was amazing experience, great location
nice view to meatpacking area
staffs were so nice and great
the italian pancake and resotti and french toast were amazing
i want to visit every sunday morning

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BB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in the city! A perfect blend of fab setting, delish food and friendly service. It’s bright and airy and perfect for day or night time dining.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Will definitely go again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good, but the fish came out cold and portions were not very large. Ice cream was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed in Santina. Coming from Miami and expecting a special dinner we were not impressed. We were seated in the overflow area which was exceedingly noisy and not very attractive. The main dining room is beautiful and we felt like outsiders looking in to see what we were missing. The server was short with us and did not explain the menu well. Once we got the food it was adequate but the main course was cold. Overall we were disappointed and won’t be going back.

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J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was pretty disappointing overall, despite prices that leave little room for mediocrity. Unfortunately, that’s what we got: mediocre food, presented in a mediocre environment, for fine dining prices.

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a
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Santina, so comparisons could be made. We were greeted warmly and politely by the hostess and led to a window seat next to the doorway, perfect for people watching. Our server, Melissa arrived at table promptly and was friendly, efficient and informative throughout. The cocktails were large and refreshing and my son thoroughly enjoyed his coconut iced coffee.The food was not as sparkling as I remembered from two years ago. Much of it seemed bland without the addition of the green salsa and chili paste we had on the table to perk it up. I was disappointed that the squash carpaccio was not available at lunch, as it was a highlight last time. All in all it was a good time, just disappointed that it didn't measure up to last visit's expectations. I think it's worth a visit at least once, especially if someone else foots the bill!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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b
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sat at the patio. Vibrant neighborhood. Pretty good food. Good value.

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TJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We ate brunch at Santina before going to the High Line. The ambiance was great -- bright colors and fun music. The vibe was like a Mediterranean beach resort in the 60s.

Service and food were both fine. My fiancé had the Amalfi Gold cocktail, which was tasty but came in a huge glass that was mostly ice.

We started with the avocado cecina -- it was a fun dish that comes on like a pizza stone with the topping on the side. I've never had cecina before and the taste was a little strange to me. The avocado was fine but kind of basic, so I think if I went again I would probably try a different flavor. We were given two sauces for the table (green and red) that are both very good, especially the green one.

For mains my fiancé had the pork jowl rice, which was just ok. It could have used more seasoning and maybe some kind of vegetable to brighten up its presentation. I had the Santina sandwich (an egg sandwich) and it was very good! It comes with spicy peppers and both sauces already on it. I would definitely recommend it for a brunch meal.

It was a little expensive but not more than usual for Manhattan. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to return, but if you are going to the High Line I think it's a good place to start.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Portions very small but tasty

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L
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Seattle and this is the second time we have been here. Excellent food and service!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brook is the perfect server.
Isabella is a welcoming hostess.
Tom is a terrific manager

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V
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and location, but terrible food. We ordered different starters and main courses on the table, nothing good. When we left we went to another restaurant to have dinner.

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

They ran out of half of the menu and we were left with not so great options. If we had known sooner, we wouldn't have stayed. It was very expensive for "good" food. Not sure if it was worth it and if we will return.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The frosen Aperol is the Best while waitting at the bar

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A
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We recently had dinner here. Do not come hungry - it is a lot of money for VERY little food. The food is tasty enough but the portions are remarkably small. The service was very good and our server could not have been nicer or more helpful and the room is pretty and also noisy. We would return for drinks or maybe lunch based on it's location in the meatpacking district and proximity to the Whitney Museum. More trendy and flash than substance but all in all, a decent place.

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f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible the service is excellent.bar is well stocked and battenders are friendly and fast.. Can't ask for more

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JD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch time. Bland food. 2 pastas and 1 rice, lacking flavor. No appetizer options. Overpriced. Great service, though. Would not recommend for brunch, I have not tried dinner.

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JL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wait staff ! We love dining here!

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding different tasty dishes and very good service including suggestions of menu choices.

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I went to Santina for the first time in summer 2017 and loved it, but my second visit in August 2018 was awful. The service was slow even though the place was empty and there were bugs EVERYWHERE! I was so embarrassed to have been the one to suggest this place for a girls dinner. The food was great, but overall very disappointing.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and creative, ample portions, decent service the only complaint was that it was a big restaurant but only 2 restrooms- there was always a line to get in.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Meh - was just OK

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JB
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Chelsea Dining Spot. Pallet pleasing authentic and fresh Italian gormet food. Outstanding customer service. A must dine experience whenever in lower Manhattan.

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p
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant atmosphere was beautiful and the staff was very attentive. Brunch selection was not that great but everything else was on point.

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent, service was fair. Staff not fully ready for the 5pm reservations.

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GK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the variety, preparation and presentation of the food. The squash carpaccio is outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly appreciate having staff members who not only know the menu, but can make recommendations based on what they have personally eaten. Our waitress was amazing and checked on us enough to be mindful of our conversation and when we were running low on drinks or when it was time to order dessert. The food was amazing! From the shared dishes to our main courses, each dish was flavorful and aesthetically pleasing. The drinks were balanced and the bartenders did not skimp on the alcohol. Truly a lovely night for sure. The one thing I would note is that the dessert menu does not have much there, but if you’re not one for desserts, then you’re fine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time! Very attentive service and delicious food.

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BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my faves in the city as it perfectly fits any occasion and it’s a friendly setting. It’s bright and airy for a day visit and works equally well for an evening. Consistently every time the hosts / hostesses are welcoming, there is no attitude and they set the tone for a great experience. Complimented by a friendly serving staff and delish cecina (with avocado is my fave), kale sunchoke salad, squash carpaccio to name a few this is definitely a fab place to be.

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NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food has gone way downhill in the past year, and the prices have skyrocketed. No wonder it’s easy to get a table. Service is still excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

1/4 of the menu was not available, which I think is very poor execution for a restaurant of this level. Everything we did eat was excellent, with the exception of the shaved veggie salad. Boring and poorly presented.

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c
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I've been to Santina a number of times, and have always been impressed with the delicious food but stunned by the price point for both the food and the drinks. Two drinks, an appetizer and a main - even just the fish sandwich - will set a single diner back by $100 or so. However, I've been willing to tolerate it because it's generally a pleasant experience. However, that changed when a friend and I went there for brunch this past Sunday (July 15). Our initial server was charming and attentive - a real delight. But when the restaurant got busy she was reassigned to another section and no server was assigned to us. We went 35 minutes without being checked in on by anyone, a streak which finally ended only when my friend got up and tracked down the manager (who had, incidentally, walked by our table, with empty glasses and no food left on our plates, several times without even a glance). I am willing to pay Santina's exorbitant prices for a first class meal with excellent service, but I am not willing to pay those rates to be ignored. Alas, although I do love their food, I won't be back again.

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i
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was delicious. One of my favorite restaurants.

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