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“Great place except Thursdays and Fridays”
Review of Santaella

Santaella
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Ranked #23 of 1,046 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, International, Puerto Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: La Placita de Santurce
Transit: Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16
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
Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

The food , ambiance and drinks are great but-
Santaella is around a young yuppie people hanging place. This area gets very crowded on Thurdays and Fridays. If you want a quiet good dinner dont go on these days. On the other hand if you want to have a great dinner with sone local socializing these are the days for you.

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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Thank you for your review! We hope to have you back at Santaella even if it's not a Thursday or Friday.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere, delish cocktails, affordable menu, and friendly service.The black truffle quesadillas are amazing .

Thank MLizasuain
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Thank you for your review! We look forward to having you back at Santaella.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We were a large party of 9 people, and we had a great time. We shared about 6 different appetizers, and all of them were delicious. Everyone in our group was pleased with their meals.

Thank hknudsen_24
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Thank you for your review! We're very glad everyone in your party enjoyed themselves.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

If you are in Puerto Rico you need to go to Santaella... The food is exquisite, the drinks are out of this world... Great place for dinner with friends... Don't miss it!

Thank Lorraine1269
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Thank you for a great review! We are very glad you enjoyed your time here at Santaella.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I have gone to Santaella several times over the past year. Without a doubt, this is the best Caribbean restaurant I have visited. The food and service at this restaurant are superb, and it is a "must" visit on your trip to San Juan.

Located in the Mercardo on Canals Street off of Avenida Ponce de Leon, the restaurant is spacious and beautifully appointed. The concierge and waiter staff are warm, friendly and very attentive -- but not an intrusion to a meal.

Jose Santaella, the chef, is brilliant and creative in his food. If available, be sure to try the sweetbread appetizer....just fantastic. The extensive wine list is great. The various fish selections on the menu are fresh and delicious. A varied selection of desserts rounds out a great meal.

Having had the luck to visit restaurants worldwide, this is a top choice.

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Thank Lance B
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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Thank you for such an amazing review! We are very glad to be a top choice among so other restaurants. We look forward to having you back here at Santaella!

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