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Santaella

219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“sea bass” (45 reviews)
“veal cheeks” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Value
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LOCATION
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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1 - 10 of 626 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is perfect in every way. They offer valet parking ($7), exceptional food, excellent service, a great variety of drinks and an upbeat vibe. Great for having a nice dinner and then go have fun at bars nearby. Will definitely come back for any...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Louana B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing experience at Santaella! From the appetizer all the way to the dessert. The service was wonderful, the food was amazing - I'm still dreaming of their truffle mashed potatoes. Overall, I highly recommend Santaella! It's located in a nice area where...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jcast43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and our friends stopped by here on a cruise this week. The food and atmosphere was quite unexpected from the outside of the building. The service is great. Full bar. The risotto dish is very good and the sea bass is amazing. Definitely...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank katetampa09
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We came here with no expectations. Located in a great area with lots of cool bars and restaurants. Our night at Santaella was terrific. Wonderful, caring service by Sheeky!! Food was mostly very good to fantastic (the crazy salad was amazing)! Inventive, (and expensive) cocktails,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Sockster
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Very disappointed, went with girl friend, Santaella used to be a great atmosphere, romantic, great dress code from casual elegant to elegant, and what I saw this time people in shorts, tank tops etc, the food still very good but it’s over priced,if you want...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Pedro L. M
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Dear Pedro, We are very sorry to hear that your dining experience at Santaella did not meet your expectations. We do not have an established dress code, and we chose not refuse service to people because of how they dress. We get very busy during...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant that you can either go for dinner, tapas or drinks. It is fun , great ambiance and fantastic service. They have a great bar , and the cuisine is amazing. Plus you are in La Placita but more relax!More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank maribelcuprilldefust
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Hi Maribel, Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted that you had such a great time! If you want to know more about the restaurant and keep in touch, feel free to follow us on Instagram at @santaellapr. We look forward to...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

Is one of the best restaurants in the Placita area. Excellent food and excellent service. Price are high but according with the quality of the foodMore

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank afranco12016
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Hi Franco, Thank you so much for your review. We try to make every dish with attention to the smallest details, and we try to source locally, which puts us at a higher price range than our neighboring restaurants. We are glad you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Santaella is in a cool neighborhood! The service is impeccable and the food is excellent! Im not a snob at all but it seemed a little pricey. Be sure to review your receipt for included gratuity. Certainly worth going!More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ajm828
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Hi Alicia, We are delighted you enjoyed your dining experience! La Placita is an interesting neighborhood, with a lot to offer, and we are glad you had the time to explore it. We hope to see you again soon! Until then, feel free to follow...More

Reviewed September 20, 2018

Santaella is an amazing restaurant serving up delicious craft cocktails, inventive cuisine and terrific service. It's also convenient: It's located within walking distance to our hotel (The Hotel AC by Marriott in Condado).

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank EdSalvato
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Hi Ed, We are delighted you enjoyed your dining experience at Santaella! We hope to see you again during your next visit to the island! Until then, feel free to give us a follow on Instagram (santaellapr)! Cheers, Kristian

Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

By far, the "BEST" Customer Service and Freshest Seafood in Santurce, Puerto Rico. This 'elegant & stylish' establishment calls out to all types of guests around the world. Whether it's your average tourist or a local neighbor, Santaella welcomes all with open arms and warm...More

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank fdecourtivron
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Hi Hana, Thank you for such a wonderful review. Paola will be excited to hear that her service made your night, and we will make sure to tell her. How you felt is how we want every guest to feel like when they dine in...More

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MaggieMegG
June 5, 2018|
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Response from Carlos R | 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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AmyBethF
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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elliotw840
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
    (La Placita de Santurce)
  • Public Transportation: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan
  • Phone Number: +1 787-725-1611
  • E-mail
Description
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
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