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Santaella

4.8
4.8
2515 Reviews
$50 and over
Puerto Rican
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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (787) 722-7600

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef José Santaella

  • Catering

    For Caterings, please contact: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • Private party contact

    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611

  • Area

    San Juan

  • Cross Street

    La Placita de Santurce

  • Parking Details

    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.

  • Public Transit

    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Large Group Prix Fixe Menu

    USD 110.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a delicious selection of dishes perfectly sized for your group. Select from a variety of dishes to create your custom Santaella 3-course prix fixe menu. Visit our menu section at santaellapr.com to view our group menu options or email us at reservations@santaellapr.com with any questions. Once booked, we will follow up with you to select desired menu. Group menus are required for parties of 11 or more guests. THIS EXPERIENCE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

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What 2,515 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Puerto Rico

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    Dined 3 days ago

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  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

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    VintageDJ

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    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Sat at the bar and had great service from Pedro. Drinks are incredible especially the Sandia. All the food has incredible flavors. The winner by far is the quesadilla, one of the best dishes of my life. The only little flaw was the reservation booking, underbooked the early seating, we could have been in and out with a table reso instead of the bar but still thoroughly loved everything.
  8. E

    Edgard019642003

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food as usual. Jonathan the bartender very attentive. The atmosphere and the constant quality of delicious food, it what keep me coming back . Grateful to have this kind of experience in a PR restaurant.
  9. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time here - first was 9 years ago and we were itching to go back. Did not disappoint!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santaella was amazing! It is a bit expensive but if you are going then you know and it won’t matter because the amazing food and service was worth every cent. Our servers were great and I think we asked about every item on the menu. There were five of us in the group and we each had something different from the pork to the fish, filet, chicken, and multiple appetizers. Everything was so good. The desserts were amazing too, we ordered 4 different desserts and agreed the coconut custard was superior! Amazing, we will go back in our next trip to Puerto Rico!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic. Hands down one of my favorite meals from our trip. Can’t say enough about how amazing the food was.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Definitely not the same vibe as we experienced eating here pre covid. The food and cocktails were still very good. We had tuna skewers, empanadas, salad, steak, and nutella sandwich for dessert. All were delicious. It was just not the same service or ambiance we expected from our previous experience. Having said all this we would still go back!
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    laszlot

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. The food, the service and the vibe. A hidden gem for sure.
  14. S

    Shao

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a highlight of my trip in Puerto Rico. Great experience with delicious foods.
  15. MM

    MindyM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal!!
  16. JM

    JanM

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the bar and had excellent service and good recommendations! The Oriental Salmon was outstanding! Definitely recommend this restaurant!
  17. r

    rosaleenh

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic on every level! The food was outstanding, tuna a must, seabass the best! Giovanni our server was awesome 😎
  18. C

    Cici

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing. We celebrate a 50th bday lunch and ordered a lot of items from appetizers and main dishes so all could sample. Everything that was ordered was savory and delicious. The tomatoes with parmasean cheese ice cream was a hit, grilled octopus, morcillas, lecon asado, chilló frito, camarones en crema al ajillo, desserts: pot de creme de caramelo and the cocada. Were all fantastic. We will definitely come back when we visit PR. Ps. Cocktails were also a hit!
  19. JP

    JorgeP

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Overprice. Restaurant is not fine dinning category. Food ok. Beverages average. Nothing outstanding. Place too noisy. Not as expected. There are better places in San Juan.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Santaella exceeded our expectations. Quality of food and drinks was impeccable. I loved my watermelon mojito and my partner and I shared the Red Snapper which was divine!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice business long lunch
  22. KL

    KevinL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, awesome experience. We enjoy our time.
  23. L

    Local1

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Great service and great food
  24. FR

    FelixR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Great food. Great location. Will come back soon!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience!! Excellent service, food and drinks!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space, unique menu, enormous portions, 5 star dining experience with excellent service. What a special night!! Highly recommend.
  27. NM

    NowMrsHartmann

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance - service were great but the real star of the show was the cocktails and food ! Had the goat cheese quesadilla - highly recommend! Had the tuna skewers which was the best tuna I’ve ever had and I live in Florida ! This place is a A must !!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maybe the best mojito I’ve ever had - and theirs is watermelon! Food was exceptional and service was wonderful. Highly recommend!
  29. s

    sarzie225

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is such a gem, so funky charming inside. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent. I recommend trying all apps/tapas. Specifically the tuna lollipops, sweet plantains, bao buns and shocking the rice and beans were just such a perfect side dish. The jalapeño marg was over the top.
  30. s

    samuelr

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic and very nice people, for me excellent always.
  31. s

    sariego

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From our server Rafael to every single bite of delicious food, perfection. Do not miss out on the best morcillas, the flavorful empanadillas filled with chorizo and pepperjack cheese, the fried calamari that is crispy outside and soft on the inside with a great sauce, the elephant garlic and potato soup to die for, the tuna pinchos, the ceviche, the filet cooked to perfection, the veal cachetes, all of it just so scrumptious. Watermelon mojitos which they also offer alcohol free to my personal delight and we ended sharing a dessert of French toast filled with Nutella served with vanilla ice cream. Whenever we are in Puerto Rico we visit Santaella, it is our favorite restaurant.
  32. d

    dinner42

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Loved every minute. Service was kind, detail oriented and attentive. Restaurant in Beautiful
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The drinks were good but I had really high expectation on the food. I ordered the chillo frito which okay. It came with tostones that were very hard which didn’t seem fresh. They didn’t offer any sauce. My husband ordered the fillet mignon with mushroom and he didn’t like it at all!!! For the price that we paid, it was not worth it. We got better food by Luquillo beach. Not worth going to this restaurant.
  34. OM

    OlesyaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The ambiance was not the same as before covid. Santaella is strictly a dining experience right now (now you have to reserve the bar too to get in) as opposed to it being a lively bar crowd mingling in the past
  35. DC

    DarrenC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places for a date in San Juan
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were phenomenal. Our server, Rafael, did an amazing job guiding us through experience. We felt right at home. Definitely a must!
  37. GM

    GermanMoyer

    Caribbean

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful special daily dishes!! I Yesterday for lunch had the Korean braised short ribs with cashew rice and kimchi with a fantastic Gin & Tonic at the bar!! What a great way for start the weekend!
  38. SS

    SamS

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and food. Service is excellent. A very nice change from the heavy food of some PR restaurants. Highly recommend.
  39. JM

    JamaalM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great ambience, food was delicious however the portions were small.
  40. I

    Icing01

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was very good, server was friendly and helpful with food choices. It was a tight squeeze as we had a large party whose chairs frequently abutted with our table. And a very loud group behind us. But overall worth the trip and would recommend if you are in the area.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Santaella using the Order Online button. Santaella also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Santaella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (787) 722-7600.

Santaella is rated 4.8 stars by 2515 OpenTable diners.

Santaella does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Santaella

219 Cll Canals San Juan, PR 00907

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    La Placita de Santurce

  • Area

    San Juan

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Santaella has valet parking thru Valera Parking ($10) and there are also two public, paid parkings nearby.

  • Public Transit

    Stop #19. Bus lines: A5, B21, M3, B16

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive Chef

    Chef José Santaella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (787) 722-7600

  • Catering

    For Caterings, please contact: events@santaellapr.com or visit www.josesantaella.com

  • Private party facilities

    For Group Dining Inquiries please visit our website at: http://josesantaella.com/

  • Private party contact

    Kristian Toro: (787) 725-1611

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