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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
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is busy and very trendy. Everyone in our group enjoyed it except my daughter is gluten free. We spoke to our waiter and he assured us the items she ordered would be safe. With in hours she was ill. For a restaurant of this reputation they should take food allergies more seriously.

1 Thank amy631
Scottsdale, Arizona
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171 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Great vibe, can be loud, consistently a top 5 restaurant in San Juan. Not inexpensive, but pamper yourself and go. You will love it. 3 of us had the Sea Bass which was to die for, 3 Shrimp also very good. We were famished and shared a number of appetizers.

Thank Mark C
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance and service. The food was spectacular. I cannot say enough about the experience. The decor is modern and inviting. A must go for foodies.

Thank Berdy S
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Santaella is a great restaurant located in La Placita de Santurce, very close to El Condado. The ambiance at the restaurant is great. Simple but elegant. The food is excellent and the service attentive. A must go if you are in San Juan.

Thank K7189
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Delicious food. Excellent service. Sexy setting. We bought the chef's cookbook, too. Do not miss this restaurant if you visit San Juan.

Thank iama225secfan
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

First we ordered the Angus Beef, awesome! But you must like horseradish lover. Second we had the Goat Cheese Quesadilla ! Hummmm delicious! The third course was the Ahi Tuna Mini Tacos ! TO DIE FOR !!!!! Know we are having the Organic Beef Sliders. OMG 😍 delicious !!

Thank veckyschmerler
Hyattsville, Maryland
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

My daughter, a chef in Washington, DC, wanted to try this restaurant on learning that the chef had trained at El Bulli, the famous Spanish restaurant that closed a couple of years ago. We were not disappointed; every dish was perfectly prepared-- flavorful, fresh, and interesting. We shared several small plates--a smoky bean and chorizo casserole, hen of the woods... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

A group of us went for dinner late on Friday night. The atmosphere was extremely lively with almost nowhere to walk and people enjoying themselves all over the place. This is a contrast from other fine-dining places I have been to. Decor was nice as well with a view of several tropical plants enclosed within a glass wall. We ordered... More 

Thank FuzzBall25
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I go to Puerto Rico often. I always make a point to go to this restaurant because of its location. Very fun area to walk around before and after dinner. But primarily the staff is amazing, food is always consistent and incredible and the cocktails are the best I have ever had. They all have fresh herbs and squeezed juices... More 

Thank Shanan C
Farmington, Connecticut
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273 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

We enjoyed our lunch at Santaella after a morning trip to the El Yunque rain forest. We tried a variety of appetizers and entrees with each tasting as good as the last. We particularly liked the seafood dishes which were delicately spiced and served with local vegetables. We did not need reservations but weekends tend to be crowded.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Puerto Rican, International
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
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?