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Santaella

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Sat, 3/23
8:00 PM
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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PARA PICAR. . .
12.0
Croquetas Del Día
croquettes of the day
14.0
Empanadillas Del Día
puerto rican turnovers of the day
9.0
Risotto De Orzo
orzo risotto with ham and corn
16.0
Rulos De Morcilla
blood sausage bread curlers, puerto rican 'pique' dip
17.0
Frituras De Malanga
italian chicken in pesto
16.0
Escargots
à la Bourguignonne
16.0
Steamed Buns
japanese-style panko-crusted shrimp, avocado and sriracha
16.0
Calamares Empanados Asiáticos
calamari fritti asiatic-style, mildly spicy
17.0
'Popcorn Chicken'
in agave and curry
19.0
Alcapurrias De Cangrejo Blanco
puerto rican grated green banana and taro root fritters with wild-caught white crab, herb salad
BARELY TOUCHED & SALADS. . .
16.0
Pinchos De Atún Marinados
ahi tuna pinxtos marinated in oriental spices, rice paper 'chicharron'
26.0
Ceviche
fresh hawaiian wahoo (ono) with citric juices with cilantro, pineapple and tomato, served with 'tostones'.
24.0
Tartar de Salmón
salmon tartare in citrus dressing + mango, cucumbers, ciabatta bread toast
9.0
Sopa Del Día
soup of the day
22.0
Ensalada 7-Pisos
7-layer salad with varieties of lettuce, tomato, sweet plantain, green peas, bacon, red onions, boiled egg, croutons + herb dressing
16.0
Ensalada Tibia De Coles De Brusela
warm brussels sprout salad with white cheddar cheese, cashew nuts, pancetta and arugula
16.0
Coliflor Asada
roasted cauliflower over goat cheese in jalapeño + roasted red pepper vinaigrette
FROM THE SEA. . .
35.0
Chillo Frito
crisp whole red snapper, herb chimichurri served with 'tostones'
33.0
Camarones Al Ajillo
shrimp in garlic cream sauce, plantain, yucca and sweet-plantain 'mofongo'
29.0
Filete De Salmón 'Asiático'
wild caught salmon fillet 'oriental-style over sautéed market vegetables
48.0
Lubina De La Antártida Asada
roasted antarctic sea bass, sweet potato purée, piquillo pepper and capers vinaigrette
MEAT AND POULTRY. . .
46.0
Filete De Res
certified angus beef filet mignon with roquefort cheese butter, caramelized carrot and mushroom 'aracinis'
34.0
Churrasco Asiático
asiatic skirt steak served with malanga'shoestring fires
27.0
Lacón Asado
braised pork shank caramelized and served with potato salad
32.0
Pork Belly
over root vegetable ápio'puree + orange vinaigrette, local white cheese
32.0
Honey Roasted Fresh Cut Organic Chicken
with mashed potatoes in truffle essence and asparragus
33.0
Cachetes De Ternera En Fricasé Criollo
veal cheeks in creole fricassee over root vegetable puree
per person19.0
Gratinado
au gratin pulled pork + mashed sweet plantain puree, varieties of cheese (minimum 2 persons)
POR EL LADO. . .
sides
7.0
Arroz Del Día
rice of the day (rice and beans, mamposteao, with vegetables)
7.0
Tostones
fried green plantains
8.0
Aguacate
fresh local avocado
7.0
Arroz y Habichuelas
rice and beans
7.0
Majado del Día
mash of the day
7.0
Amarillos
sweet plantains
7.0
Vegetales salteados
sautéed vegetables
7.0
Enslada de Arugula
arugula salad
9.0
Trifongo
mashed sweet plantain, green plantains and yucca mofongo
About
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
PRICE RANGE
$25 - $100
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The place was suggested by a couple of friends... they were correct, the atmosphere and the food was excellent. The parking is a challenge, although they have valet you have to give and pickup the car in the middle of a busy street. The personnel...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ellidramos
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the best meals I have had in my life. From the service to the food, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. I loved every moment in this restaurant I wish I could have tried everything on the menu. In summary,...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Leanna D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Puerto Rico and I have been to Santaella many times and I think I won't return. I entered the restaurant on a busy Thursday night and stood in line to tell the host that I had arrived for my reservation. I was...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Alexandra A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We already had reservations at Marmalade, 1919 and Océano and needed a recommendation for our last night. Our concierge at the Marriott recommended Santaella. We Ubered to the restaurant (by the way an Uber is a fraction of the cost of a taxi in San...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank rickr939
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here tonight for dinner. Would definitely recommend going here. The tuna tacos were excellent! Pork shank was great. Would recommend this to everyone!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank dixie28468
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our meal at Santaella was wonderful as the food, service and atmosphere were terrific. The mixologists deserve credit for a fantastic cocktail menu and the chef has created a menu with a great variety of delicious flavors. Overall, this is a great choice for dinner...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank EasyTraveler2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend and also everyone we spoke to about it. I would like to say, so we were walking out of the restaurant, because we had no made reservations, there was a cancellation. We were lucky! This place...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Sungr8t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really wanted to like this restaurant... The night started on a bad note when we arrived on time for our reservation and were made to stand in the doorway for 25 minutes waiting for a table. There were no seats at the bar so...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank NawlinsNewYork
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff was great, drinks were tasty. But the menu for what it was, it was significantly overpriced. The alcapurrias did not have any twist or improvement other than topping them with white crab, empanadillas were simple. I just don't think that they elevated the dishes...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank DoctorLexus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived today around 3:45pm and were promptly seated. Very friendly staff. Food was really good and the flavors were superb. Very good desserts. We had no drinks or alcoholic beverages. Waitress had some troubles taking our orders and in two occasions missed one item; I...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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MaggieMegG
June 5, 2018|
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Response from CarlosR262 | Reviewed this property |
I will dress Casual Elegant, the bar gets REALLY crowded after 7:30-8:00pm, so enjoy your dinning experience in a regular table. I would recommend a sample of both experiences since they have the BEST bartenders in the... More
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June 27, 2017|
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Response from vidalarn | Reviewed this property |
If you want to partake if all the activities in La Placita go Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - always a party especially Friday and Saturday after 830. A reservation any if those nights is a must and I think toured better off... More
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April 9, 2017|
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Response from jessica_cavallini | Reviewed this property |
I would say not expensive is you come from the USA but can get pricy for locals. Average high ... 18 to 35. On the other hand cóctails are around 15 per cóctails.
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