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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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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We had a high expectation on this visit to this restaurant. Service was very good. Food was correct, but, in our opinion too much food on each plate for a restaurant of this category. Is impossible to have 3 dishes. The best was dessert (that...More

Thank Josep S
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This is an unique local cuisine restaurant, Chef Santaella had created a nice atmosphere with his creative local Puertorrican flavors with a fine dinning presentation. The bartenders at Santaella are top notched and had won several awards, the decoration of the restaurant was inspire by...More

Thank ESegui
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

My lunch was so good 12$ for lunch special is more than fine, the food has a very good taste, ( local cuisine) in a great ambience. I've been there before and the quality was the same , even at night when is more crowded

Thank Anetipeti
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Was recommended this place from a colleague and it did not disappoint. The food and service were both excellent!

Thank garflee
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We've eaten at Santaella's several times since we first discovered it in 2015. We always make reservations in advance. We've had several items on the menu which we usually split so we can order more. We always order a bottle of Albarino, very good, decently...More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The meal was overprice for the quality, the service was to overwelming and pushing you out while you are spending. The head weater practcally askme to live withot finishig a botle of wine and did not gave the oportunity to continue ordering an after dinner....More

Thank rafa426
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This restaurant was full, but the food was not the best. I found most dishes oddly sweet (like the honey on top of the quesadilla. my husband's fish), but my shrimp in garlic cream sauce was so salty I couldn't eat it. The service wasn't...More

Thank Slatsy01
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We went for dinner here and to be honest I was rather disappointed. The service was fine, nothing special. The decor felt quite tired but it was ok. The food was average, it was prepared alright but there was nothing memorable about it (especially considering...More

Thank SSHK
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Sorry to hear that, but we appreciate your honest feedback and will work to correct those mistakes. Thank you!

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Booked a table here in advance of our trip to San Juan and so glad we did! The dining room is beautiful and a handsome clientele as well. Had to wait almost an hour for our table but had some amazing drinks at the bar....More

Thank 1ababychicken
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

We are so pleased that you enjoyed the drinks, food, and ambiance at Santaella! Hope to see you here again!

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Omg this restaurant is a must try if you are a foodie like me, we sat at the bar as there were no available reservations but we had a culinary experience to remember. We had way to many dishes because we wanted to try as...More

Thank Jeta19
Team-Santaella, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thanks so much for the positive review! Glad you enjoyed your experience at Santaella!

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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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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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