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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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1 - 10 of 591 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food...by a well known Chef...although with plenty of fans, a little bit of work on service could bring new ones which are needed in the highly competitive restaurateurs scene in San Juan...

Thank Noelarnau
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Santaella certainly deserves to be on the top 5 restaurants list in San Juan. The food is extraordinary. It is also a local bar and gets quite loud, for some too loud so as to diminish the dining experience. The octopus and veal cheeks, as...More

Thank stevesottl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have been to Santaella twice now and we love it. It’s a great atmosphere and very upbeat, which is exactly what we like before a night out on the town. The people that hang out there are very social too. We...More

Thank djchadfox
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

I went on a Wednesday night, and you'd expect such a fancy rest to well, be full, but I was not expecting a "excuse me" to get through the door because of how crowded it was. Went for a business dinner, but ended up talking...More

Thank Alicia T
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Made a reservation for Santaella online based on TripAdvisor reviews. We were in San Juan for one night before our cruise. The restaurant was a short distance from the Marriott Stellaris but probably not walkable due to narrow streets. Uber fare was about $4. We...More

Thank adenny_wfu
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We asked for a tapas style diner and shared all sorts of appetizers. The flavors were great with some surprises. Ahi tuna lollypop, goat cheese quesadillas with honey and truffle oil and grilled octopus to name a few. The main dish was great as well....More

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing dinner, amazing service, great food. We had a wonderful time at the restaurant, had dinner »tapas style ». The food was great, the red snapper was delicious. A great place, do not miss it!!

Thank Sophie L
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Hip and professional all at the same time. Great vibe and absolutely exquisite food. Order the jalapeño margarita! We shared several dishes and desserts and wished our stomachs were bigger. All bites were “melt in your mouth goodness.” The staff kindly sang happy birthday for...More

Thank Sambachica
Reviewed 3 April 2018

The customer service is awful. Our group sat down and no one asked us what we wanted to drink, etc. When we did, because I went to the bar to ask someone to come to our table, it took more than 15 minute for one...More

Thank NOLA909
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Last two times the host has been making us to wait unnecessary more than an hour with several tables available, he just excuse his self , saying he forgot to let us know that the table was ready, he also gave us the coldest and...More

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28 June 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
elliot w
10 April 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.
Laleh D
30 January 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
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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