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Ranked #22 of 1,046 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International, Puerto Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

It's an amazing restaurant in an area called "La Placita". Out of all the restaurants in PR, I would hands down call this place one of the top 10 restaurant PR has to offer. No need to even think about it. If you try this place during your stay in PR, you'll probably visit the restaurant more than twice. The food is exquisite. The drinks are incredibly tasty with a splash of spice. The owners of the restaurant must have put a lot of time and money to develop this place. Highly recommend! Try the tuna screwers and the old fashion drink.

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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Thank you for your great review. We are very glad you enjoyed your experience here at Santaella. We look forward to having you guys back for some more drinks! ¡Gracias!

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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Had a great waiter in Luis who recommended most of what we ordered. We shared 3 appetizers: empanadas with chorizo, cheese & amarillos, octopus with chorizo & chickpeas & tuna on skewers. All amazing. For mains we all loved what we had:halibut, salmon, lamb shank & a cod fish. Again all amazing. We shared 2 fabulous desserts: the nutella special & the mango and pineapple crumble with ice cream. We all can't wait to return. As good as it gets.

1  Thank Victor B
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Thank you for a great review. We are very glad you had a good experience here at Santaella and with our waiter Luis. We look forward to having you back! ¡Gracias!

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Not only did we find the food and drink to be amazing, the locals and the owner and his staff are wonderful. We walked in Saturday night after being told via phone the restaurant was fully booked, but the bar is large. Well the bar was huge but the crowd even bigger! And attractive! It was a challenge to get close enough to offer a drink, but local patrons created space and bought us a drink to ensure that we had an enjoyable evening. The mojitos were just outstanding, each one hand made w precision.

We were introduced to the owner, a young, very personable, successful guy who oversaw the operations while enjoying his interaction w the customers.

After an enjoyable 45 min wait without reservations we were seated at a table and dined on the local fare, each dish was wonderful. And the Nutella banana dessert the best dessert we've ever had.

Great crowd, great drinks, great food, great evening. Don't miss it!

1  Thank Jeff S
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Thank you for a great review. We are very glad you had a great time here at Santaella despite the wait. We look forward to having you back for some more Mojitos! ¡Gracias!

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

First of all, all the waiters were handsome in their jeans and black t-shirts...yum. The small plates-every dish was delicious. The tuna, the popcorn chicken, the salads, the salmon dinner was generous and wonderful. The honeyberry mojitas and the mango tart to begin and end the meal made it my favorite meal on my vacation

2  Thank Franci S
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Thank you for your review. We look forward to having you back here at Santaella for some more Honeyberry Mojitos! ¡Gracias!

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Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

The tapas selection is great, we never had diner plates because we where full from all the tapas!!

Also great drink menu!!

1  Thank Maria-Bonnie C
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2014

Thank you for your review! We look forward to having you back at Santaella for some main courses this time. ¡Gracias!

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