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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 good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea bass” (42 reviews)
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CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$$$
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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Another restaurant highly recommended by the hotel. Definitely a must when visiting! This is difficult to get a reservation, but worth waiting. Across the street is another stop for bar hopping.

Thank jfspin
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

Thank You for your review! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed March 5, 2017

We had a fabulous experience at Santaella, beginning with a few of their signature cocktails, the Barrelito Daiquiri and Around the World. So good. We devoured the Goat Cheese Quesadilla and our favorite appetizer was a daily special, Calamari Fritti - grilled calamari in a...More

Thank Carinmaine
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

I had the seabass which was the best I ever had! So fresh and light! The staff was amazing! Very accommodating and friendly!

Thank NNCCMM
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

A good experience if you're looking for more upscale dining in the area. Had the empanadillas which were good, the salmon and sea bass which were both great. A tad salty but good flavor. Service was great at the start but became unattentive as guests...More

Thank Amanda F
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

I've had dinner and drinks in this place for a few years now. This place is still solid! Great cocktails, a great combo of local plates with a culinary spin. This is not the least expensive in the island but well worth it. I would...More

Thank Jessica S
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed March 1, 2017

Its a cozy place.. semi high end. The service is impeccable. We were group of 10 on a weekend which is tough enough, but they accommodated us cheerfully. Food was to die for. Best Fillet Mignon and Lamb chops... Period! Appetizers were 7/10.

1  Thank Bobby V
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed February 26, 2017

You can do reservations in the internet....but remember to do them. This place is always full of nice people, and the food, and service is excellent. Beautiful restaurant. Even though it was full our table was there waiting for us. There is parking around if...More

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ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant because family told me it was the ideal place to celebrate my birthday. They were right! The outside doesn't say much but the inside was elegant, beautiful and modern. The music and ambient was perfect for the occasion. We went...More

1  Thank Pedro G
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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Reviewed February 23, 2017

It was 5pm on a Thursday and my mother and I came in for dinner. We were casually dressed but the restaurant had many empty tables. They seated us in a crowded area next to the bar. They had great salads but we should have...More

Thank Lily D
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

Thank you for your time in reviewing us! We are sad your experience was not good at all, we hope to make it better in the future. We work mostly with reservations, I recommend you make them next time you visit us and request non-bar...More

Reviewed February 23, 2017

This restaurant is a must stop when in San Juan. Food is a combination of Puerto Rican with lots of influence from other countries. We had 4 different appetizers and they were all great. The Brussels sprouts were one of our favourites along with the...More

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ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

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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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elliot w
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Jessica S | 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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Laleh D
January 29, 2016|
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Response from lolinstar | Reviewed this property |
Elegant casual is OK. I might suggest no floppys.
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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, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
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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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