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Santaella

) #17 of 797 Restaurants in San Juan ₹₹₹₹ Caribbean, Latin,
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Went here for dinner as a table of 2 with my boyfriend on a Saturday night. We didnt have reservations but we were sat right down which was much appreciated because it was a full house 5 minutes later. The ambience was perfect with dimmed...More

Thank drn38
Management response:Responded 18 November 2016

Thank you so much for the review! We are happy that you enjoyed your night with us. Looking forward for your next visit!

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Along with Jaquita Baya... this is one of the top 3 restaurants for me. It is very expensive, but the food and ambiance make up for it. Cuisine is puertorrican fusion, after going there 4 times I haven't found something I disliked. ORDER EVERYTHING!!! And...More

Thank Gaby G
Management response:Responded 18 November 2016

Thank you! We are happy that you enjoyed your night with us. Have a lovely day!

Reviewed 21 October 2016

Went here for a business dinner (party of 7). Everything was excellent - from the Watermelon Mojitos to the appetizers, entrees and desert. Everyone raved about his/her food. Multiple dietary restrictions and preferences we accommodated without issue. Wait staff was attentive and timely. Would not...More

Thank georgian08
Management response:Responded 6 December 2016

Thank you so much! We are happy that you enjoyed your night with us. Looking forward for your next visit. Have a lovely day!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Santaella is a total trap for the narcissist and spendthrift. It is not authentic Puerto Rican cuisine at all and everything about this restaurant is about being seen and acting like you are important or wish to be. The food is decent, with the entrees...More

2  Thank Arturo D
Management response:Responded 6 December 2016

Sorry for your experience, but as you can see on the majority of reviews, people love our food and service. Hope you visit us again. Thank you.

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great creative cuisine combining local and international flavors. Worth its price. Nice hip place to have drinks and tapas.

Thank nachoSanJuan
Management response:Responded 6 December 2016

Thank you so much! Hope you visit us again very soon.

Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Wow! Fine Cuisine! Excellent attentions, services and better the food and flavors! You have to visit this excellent place!!!! Thank You Santaella!!!

Thank Randy P
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Started off great - arrived early received a friendly greeting at the door, checked in and found a nice spot at he bar, had a couple of delicious watermelon mojitos, and also tasted the espresso martini one the best I ever had...... The three of...More

2  Thank Robert M
Management response:Responded 6 December 2016

We are sorry for your experience. Hope you come visit us again and experience our new flavours. Thank you.

Reviewed 5 October 2016

The food and ambiance of this restaurant is outstanding. It maybe the closest you will come to a traditional puerto rican meal as possible. Located in La Placita (which is also a must see) the wife and I went there before mingling with the locals....More

1  Thank bigdaddycool492
Management response:Responded 6 December 2016

Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 30 September 2016

Thank God for this restaurant, it was one of the only places in the island of Puerto Rico where they were able to accomodate my vegan diet with no issues and no communication issues with my waiter. As soon as I explained i was vegan...More

2  Thank MoniScott
Management response:Responded 9 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

A dark place. My chicken was very hard. I have to ask for more water 4 times. In general, over spiced and to much oil for my taste. Dessert was excelent.

Thank Emilio d
Management response:Responded 9 January 2017

Thank you so much for the visit and the review!

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elliot w
What are the prices menu is blank
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.
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Laleh D
Hi-I'm from Farmington too! Is there a dress code? We have reservations for a weeknight. My friend & I are bringing dressy casual but nothing too dressy. Most of the restaurants we went to last time were very casual so we are paring down the # of shoes, bags & accessories this time!
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Cuisine
Meals
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
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
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
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