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“Good food / too much noise.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santaella

Santaella
Ranked #22 of 980 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, International, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: La Placita de Santurce
Transit: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
Description: Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor using many local ingredients sourced fresh from a farmer’s market only feet away. The space is one full of history where green, brown and wood tones décor the place. An interior garden full of native plants and trees such as papaya and ornamental bananas serves as the focal point of the main dining room. Offering a 75-seat dining room and a a 16-seat bar designed for guests to eat in, Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food / too much noise.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Was with my girlfriend to enjoy a special dinner , and this place came recommended the food and appetizers were great and so were the drinks but once the clock hits 10 or 12 the noise is unbearable , can't recommend if you think to go around nighttime.

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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry about the noise level. We look forward to providing a better experience next time. ¡Gracias!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Trendy in Santurce”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

A beautiful upscale restaurant near the farmers market. This was recommended my the people I was renting from. Great service, food was very good, great ambience. Up scale for San Juan.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Van K
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for a great review. We look forward to having you back here at Santaella. ¡Gracias!
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133 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Best Desserts EVER!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Having been to the fabulous Jose Enrique on our last trip, we wanted to try the fancier neighbor in this great area. Santaella did not disappoint (although I still rank Jose Enrique #1). The appetizers and desserts were the best part of the meal. We had amazing croquetas - bechamel cheese with chorizo, deep fried to crispy perfection. Next came the chorizo empanadas, salty and a little sweet. Finally, the pulled pork on a bed of crispy rice. A taste and textural delight. I had the baby octopus appetizer as my main dish and was surprised at how large it was. More than I expected. Tasty and juicy. Not rubbery, as can happen. My husband enjoyed his cod. The fish soup was on the spicy side. The best part of the evening were the desserts. We had a chocolate lava cake complemented with a vanilla ice cream that was out of this world. But the piece de resistance was the fried Nutella sandwich. It was truly divine. It was a bit on the noisy side but good ambiance for a fun night out with friends.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank DJMXX
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for a great review. We look forward to having you back here at Santaella for some more Nutella Sandwiches and to steal that #1 spot! ¡Gracias!
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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133 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Puerto Rico cuisine taken upscale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Cool atmosphere near the market - bustling with it place. Delicious interpretation of classic Puerto Rican food. Best I've found so far on the island. Cocktails inventive & based on local ingredients. Tuna skewers, croquettes, baby octopus, for apps. organic chicken, pork au gratin etc as mains. Be sure to come here if you are a foodie.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Margaret S
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for a great review! We look forward to having you back here at Santaella. ¡Gracias!
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“fun and lively place to eat delicious food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

You could walk right past this restaurant and miss the entrance. Once inside, we sat at the fun bar to watch the bartender shake our martinis to some lively music. We were seated shortly and ordered Empanadas and Grouper fritters for appetizers. Dinner was Sea Bass and Halibut. We enjoyed everything. Even though our reservations were at 8pm, I think the place gets even livelier later.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sorloff
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you for your review. We look forward to having you back at Santaella for some more Martinis! ¡Gracias!
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