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££££Caribbean, Latin,
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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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 days ago

This is a nicely decorated restaurant. We enjoyed excellent cocktails here. However, the food was just average. We will give it another try in the hopes that it was an off night.

Thank nmjr11
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Its a cozy place.. semi high end. The service is impeccable. We were group of 10 on a weekend which is tough enough, but they accommodated us cheerfully. Food was to die for. Best Fillet Mignon and Lamb chops... Period! Appetizers were 7/10.

1  Thank Bobby V
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank You for your review! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 2 days ago

I've visited Santaella many times and I have to say that they continue their excellence in food quality and service. They've added some great new dishes while maintaining their signatures like the Ahi Tuna Pinchos, the Octopus and others...

Thank Carlos R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very Delicious resturant everything we had was great. would highly recommend this restaurant to people. Food was unique and great, cocktails were good seating was close but didnt feel super tight. Try it out if your in san juan, and the la placita is pretty...More

Thank Kdopp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had our first dinner at Santaella last night and it was amazing. It is located adjacent on a street that is adjacent to La Placita which is the old historic market in San Juan. It is a popular spot for nightlife...More

Thank jctnmtnman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our children are in their early thirties and late twenties and every time my youngest daughter comes home from the states she and her boyfriend love to come to Santaella because of the great vibe where they get to explore the new creations of Chef...More

Thank astridaponte1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fantastic restaurant. Didn't know what to expect and imagined that it might be too hip and cool for mid-60 year old patrons like us. Actually it was perfect. Very fashionable and cool but warm and friendly with truly engaging service. Most of...More

Thank hhxkekspktkdpe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

6 ⭐️’s! Get reservations as this place was hoppin on a Tuesday night ! We walked in to this packed restaurant with a beautiful decor and sophisticated atmosphere you could find in New York City ! Beautiful bar and a glass wall backlit filled with...More

Thank Trixtravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were planning to eat at Jose Enrique but after getting dropped off by our uber driver were told it was closed due to a power outage. The staff at Jose Enrique recommended Santaella and we weren't disappointed. I had a tasty sauvignon blanc and...More

1  Thank egslade
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite waiting a few minutes for our table after a long day of travel nothing deterred from the amazing food at this restaurant. Highly recommend the goat cheese quesadilla, anything with dates, the empanadas, the octopus, the fish. Everything was fresh and prepared to perfection....More

Thank BrissleGirl66
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27 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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