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Santaella

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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico (La Placita de Santurce)
+1 787-725-1611
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18:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Chester, New Jersey
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172 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's down a little side street but there is valet parking. Nice size bar area, and the garden view is nice. The food is fresh, local and delicious. Lots of tapas choices - the grilled octopus was terrific, as was the butternut squash with lentils and pepitas. And probably the best bacon wrapped dates we ever had!

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Thank lele0820
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Thanks for the review! Hope you come back soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent restaurant. The service is outstanding: friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient even though the place is generally busy. Good vibe. Crowded, but not too loud. The specialty cocktails are original and delicious. The food is prepared exquisitely. Veal cheeks and pork belly salad were delicious. A must visit. Ask for Giovanni.

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Thank Matthew S
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Thank you! Come back soon! More 

Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place was recommended to us by friends and we're so glad we took their advice to dine here on our one night in San Juan. Every dish that came out was delicious. You could tell a lot of creativity went into the food and the presentation. The menu is a bit pricey but the atmosphere, service, and food live... More 

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Thank SuzInDenver
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Hopefully you will visit us again very soon. More 

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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was just amazing! It's a beautiful fancy place, but food is outstanding as well as the service. We were a party of 8 and all had different meals, from veal to meat and a couple of us that don't eat meat, had fish and octopus. All dishes were delicious! Appetizers were incredible too, don't miss dessert!

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Thank NATALI S
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Hello Natali and thank you for the great review! You are welcome again soon :). More 

Portland, Maine
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Puerto Rico for a week and wanted somewhere really special to celebrate a birthday. Through research on TripAdvisor and otherwise, this slightly out of the way place was suggested and did it ever deliver. Anytime we mentioned it to a local or Uber driver they all had the same "Oh, you will not be disappointed" reaction. We... More 

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1 Thank DankDrank
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Thank you for the great review! Welcome back soon :) More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely a fantastic place. The bartender was out of this world. Custom made drinks at a whim followed up by impeccable service. I wouldn't hesitate one second to recommend this place to anybody looking for a great drink and an even greater meal. A must for visit for any traveler. You must seek out Giovanni as a waiter if possible.

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Thank you for the great review! Welcome back soon :) More 

Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my husband for his birthday our server Giovanni was amazing! Perfect combination of friendly, funny and professional!! Food was amazing atmosphere cozy ! Bartender is top notch! Defiantly visit!!! Great experience !!

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1 Thank Rini L
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Thank you for the great review! Welcome back soon :) More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Santaellas is an elegant and lively place. The bar is the jewel in the crown, ask for the Old fashion or the Perfect lady and enjoy watching a barman making it for you, it is a pure joy!

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

Oregon
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218 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just had a very nice group dinner here, very nice food, since we were 7 we were able to try a lot of entrees, everything tasted excellent and service was very friendly and attentive. Restaurant gets busy offering a very good ambiance and music, great wine list as well. Restaurant is located at a nice area near other restaursnts,... More 

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Thank MEM22
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Thank you so much! We are happy that you enjoyed your night with us. Looking forward for your next visit. Have a lovely day! More 

Maitland, Florida
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't wait to get back here and we weren't disappointed. We had a watermelon mojito and a glass of wine. We couldn't resist the Bacon Croquettas to start which are soo good. Then we had a duck breast and a plantain and apple hash. Also we ordered a smoked pork shank in a delicious crusty glaze and a really good... More 

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Thank RobMaitland
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Thank you so much for the visit! We are happy that you enjoyed your night. Looking forward for your next visit :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Puerto Rican, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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
Description
Chef Santaella transforms what used to be his catering workshop into an architectural acclaimed space committed to offer a menu full of flavor using many local ingredients sourced fresh from a farmer’s market only feet away. The space is one full of history where green, brown and wood tones décor the place. An interior garden full of native plants and trees such as papaya and ornamental bananas serves as the focal point of the main dining room. Offering a 75-seat dining room and a a 16-seat bar designed for guests to eat in, Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?