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“Best native food with a gourmet twist”
Review of Santaella

Santaella
Ranked #19 of 1,014 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International, Puerto Rican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: La Placita de Santurce
Transit: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
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
San Juan, Puerto Rico
1 review
“Best native food with a gourmet twist”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Great place for tapas with exelent wine list.
Prices on wines superb....
And tons of wines by the glass.
A+
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  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Vitialdo
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for a great review. We look forward to having you back here for some more wines. ¡Gracias!
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“Wonderful food and service”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I celebrated my birthday with a party of 10 at Santaella. The food and service was excellent! I would highly recommend this establishment. Simply put...delicious! And the ambiance is supreme.

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Thank delmin
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for a great review. We always appreciate being able to host birthdays given it's such a special occasion. We look forward to having you here again. ¡Gracias!
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New York City, New York
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“Dreams do come true at Santaella”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Have you ever experienced the door of a restaurant being opened and suddenly smiling faces, gracious caring professionals welcome you into a hypnotically sultry environment where there is one mission, to make your evening restorative with sumptuous food, thoughtfully selected wines and creative mixology who truly artists. Locals, travelers, the signal person on business or just a night of culinary healing, all are welcome at Chef Santaella's gastronomic heaven, Too many wonderful tastes to single any one creation. Very rarely do the culinary worlds collide creating inventive delicious food and drink wrapped with transformational service. The epicenter can be found in La Placita at Santaella. This restaurant sets a refreshingly new standard of culinary excellence, professionalism, warmth and caring hospitality in San Juan.

  • Visited November 2013
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you so much for that incredible review! We always love having you here at Santaella and we look forward to seeing more of you in the future. ¡Gracias!
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“Beautiful atmosphere, beautiful people, delicious food”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

I went to PR for my birthday with my girlfriends and decided on Santaella after reading the many reviews. Let me say, it did NOT disappoint. The interior was elegant and classic, the crowd was older and affluent- and many Puerto Ricans were there- which is a good sign. The only thing I was annoyed at was the wait time- I had reservations PLUS it was my birthday, but they had overbooked I believe and we waited standing for about 45 minutes (all seats at the bar were taken). It helped that all the bar tenders and waiters were beyond gorgeous though! When we were finally seated, we ordered about 4 appetizers (we were 3 girls) and it was just enough. Each plate was beyond delicious! For dessert we ordered their famous Nutella Sandwich which did not disappoint! The staff was very friendly ad courteous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a night out or a romantic date...exquisite.

  • Visited August 2013
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. We're looking into the service issues you have mentioned above about the wait time. We are glad you had an good experience overall. We look forward to having you back soon at Santaella. ¡Gracias!
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
“Loved it!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

I work in a prominent restaurant in D.C. and am very critical of food when I travel. The food at Santaella was beautifully presented and delicious. I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling into Puerto Rico.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Shelly S
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. We look forward to having you back at Santaella. ¡Gracias!
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