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219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
+1 787-725-1611
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Latin, Contemporary, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
219 Calle Canals | La Placita de Santurce, San Juan 00907-3021, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place for amazing drinks and the full mixologists experience. It's priCy but totally worth it. Definitely make reservations and try the perfect lady

Thank yhaidy R
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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.

1  Thank Bobby V
ktoro, General Manager at Santaella, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank You for your review! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Went to Santaella with friends for a night out. Its been a while since I visited but the place located in La Placita, has always been a popular place for Locals to come for appetizers and drinks at fair prices. Well, looks like this has...More

Thank Flower_bee3
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Wonderful, unexpected experience for my wife and I. Restaurant is located in working class neighborhood with no hint of pretense to it. Everything changed when we walked in the door. Beautiful feel and look, immediate and courteous attention. Wide menu selection -- go Puerto Rican...More

1  Thank richardclaypoole12
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Parking - they have parking for $7 valet if you like. Ambience - they had nice music, mostly a 40+ crowd, enough waiters to help with everything. Drinks - they have a wonderful cocktail list. My partner and I tried 3 of them and they...More

Thank Kazumoto N
Reviewed 26 September 2017

wanted to try an upscale restaurant but still get Puerto Rican food, the mix of old with new is perfection! the braised pork shank was out of this world! the crab alcapurias were amazing! I am very happy I went and the service was wonderful!

1  Thank thaddues63
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Jose Santaella is a must when visiting PR. He take our food to another level. Blood Sausage Curles, Pop Corn Chicken, Goat Cheese Quesadilla, (Serenata de Bacalao)Cod Fish Dish, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, Nutella Sandwich. Just to mention some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Thank margaretcH7095EI
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I love a good dinner and for my birthday, this was amazing!! The staff are friendly and helpful. The food out of this world. The "pastelon" was amazing! We order a lot of appetizers and everything was good. Drinks outstanding. Is near to the local...More

Thank wil9056
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a place to go for your Big Night Out - our tab (with tax and tip) came to over $200 for dinner and drinks for two. We showed up in jean shorts and were treated with equally excellent quality as any dressed...More

Thank Hannah C
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Wanted to visit Santaella for a while and finally went for my birthday. My expectations were in all time high!!! To the point: 1. Met my expectations. Love the experience, the decor and service. 2. It surprise me!!! The food portions larger than what you...More

Thank travelauditor
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28 June 2017|
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Response from vidalarn | Reviewed this property |
If you want to partake if all the activities in La Placita go Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - always a party especially Friday and Saturday after 830. A reservation any if those nights is a must and I think toured better off... More
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10 April 2017|
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Response from Jessica S | Reviewed this property |
I would say not expensive is you come from the USA but can get pricy for locals. Average high ... 18 to 35. On the other hand cóctails are around 15 per cóctails.
Laleh D
30 January 2016|
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Response from lolinstar | Reviewed this property |
Elegant casual is OK. I might suggest no floppys.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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