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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #15 of 618 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International, Puerto Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: La Placita de Santurce
Transit: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
Description: Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor using many local ingredients sourced fresh from a farmer’s market only feet away. The space is one full of history where green, brown and wood tones décor the place. An interior garden full of native plants and trees such as papaya and ornamental bananas serves as the focal point of the main dining room. Offering a 75-seat dining room and a a 16-seat bar designed for guests to eat in, Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food.
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We went on a friday night and the place was packed, so unless you're going very early or very late, you should have a reservation. Arrived there early so we headed to the bar to get some drinks. There were a lot of people and was a little uncomfortable, but the service was pretty fast. Our table arrived exactly at... More

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Naples, Florida
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204 reviews 204 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting San Juan this is a must do restaurant for drinks or food. The décor is Chic and Hip and this is a definite restaurant for any serious food lover. It is an upscale spot to be seen and meet in San Juan. The Bar is lively and the service impeccable. I will absolutely put this restaurant... More

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Encinitas, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This is a must-do for foodies. The service was wonderful, the food highly creative, and the room itself felt celebratory. The owner/chef's cookbook is for sale. We loved the hot coconut-almond custard.

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208 reviews 208 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

... despite we arrived in time - our table wasn't ready yet. The bar was already pretty full with other people waiting for their tables. We started with Honey Berry mojitos - special taste but very nice. We chose salmon and a nice filet together with a bottle of Argentinean malbec. The place was pretty crowded with people and it... More

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Long Island, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very trendy, noisy, but the food was great. Service excellent. Expensive. Food well presented. Nicely decorated. Has the veal cheeks which were so tender and tasty. Deserts were great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It is amazing how much flavor the chef puts into his food. We had the Octupus and Garbanzo cazuela and the Pimiento Cheese with Bacon Marmalade to start...YUM!!! My husband had the Filet Mignon with Red Wine BBQ sauce and I was fortunate to have the Veal Cheeks in Red Wine Fricasse. I will be thinking about that dish for... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great spot in a hip area. Because of frequent visits by governor and other high clientele, strict security is present. Other than that, great food and very classy bar and bar tenders. Definitely will go back to this awesome hot spot!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A wonderful array of unique and familiar flavors are combined to take you on a sightseeing trip for your tastebuds! This restaurant is a must while visiting San Juan Puerto Rico. Enjoy!!!

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San Juan, PR
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133 reviews 133 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We ate at Santaella last Friday; made the reservation 2 weeks in advance. Valet parking was easy and convenient. The place was mobbed; could barely get in the door, and when we were leaving, it was more even more crowded and could barely get out. Obviously very popular, but take note when you get a table, because the bar crowd... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Wow, hard to choose from all the appetizers, the alcapurrias, cheese balls and 'croquetas' were very good but the "hamachi" tartar was to die for. The main courses were generous portions. I had the short ribs and they were succulent, I don't eat ribs that often but I'm glad I ordered these. No calorie counting here, just enjoy the delicious... More

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Additional Information about Santaella

Address: 219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-725-1611
Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood, International, Puerto Rican

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