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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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Lutherville, Maryland
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The grilled octopus is amazing! We were not disappointed with anything we ordered from the menu. Great specially cocktails from the bar! Fresh seafood.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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. More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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492 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Based on TA reviews, my husband and I made reservations far in advance. After our cab dropped us off, we were seated at a small table and sandwiched between two tables of locals who were familiar with the restaurant and made an effort to make friendly conversation with us as the evening progressed. This friendliness truly enhanced our evening. Of... More 

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Kendall
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Puertorrican Gourmet anyone? This is the place. After you walk around Santurce and have taste of the Spanish rooted traditions of the Island at La Placita (Marker Square) , you will find Chef Santaella at his restaurant, offering the taste of the future. His menu is based on Grandma's recipes, reinterpreted to reach the level of International 'haute cuisine'. There... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there May 9 ;17, and not impressed. Had shrimp in creamy garlic, shrimp no better than something that a 15 year old could have whipped up with some flour, butter, garlic, cream and a wisk. Nutella dessert several steps below a pastry I could pick up at Starbuck's. Wife's dinner kind of in the same league so why bother... More 

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PR
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We keep going to Santaella. We like the food, there is always something new and the service is always very good. If you want to try Puertorrican gourmet food this is the place to go.

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Miami, Florida
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I brought a group of clients to Santaella on a Tuesday night. Nothing was less than perfect. I suggest you make a reservation and be ready to eat a lot. The service is friendly and fun. The owner/chef happens to be singing for a party that was there. That was a real treat. The restaurant is modern and trendy, in... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an five star place all the time... their unique main dish and starters are great. Make sure you make reservation because you might not be allowed to enter.

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Thank HMSG
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside it doesn't' say much from the outside. But once you're inside, the ambience feels like fine dining without the suit and tie. It's an expensive restaurant, but the experience is well worth it. Everything is good here, the appetizers, the entrees, drinks are outstanding. I would classify it as an special occasion restaurant.

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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review

Thank You for taking time in reviewing us. We are thrilled you had a great experience and look forward to your next visit. More 

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10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I went to Santaella on a Thursday night. Luckily we had made a reservation for 9pm because it was PACKED when we got there and they weren't seating non-reservation tables until after 10:30 pm. We got a quiet seat in the back, which was nice because it was very loud in the restaurant. We ordered appetizers, drinks,... More 

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ktoro, Owner at Santaella, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We strive to give you a much better experience next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, 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, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?