El Santo

4.3
167 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to el Santo, a restaurant experience that’s uniquely New West. This is a place for you to unwind. To connect with good friends over cocktails. To experience Chef Sam Fabbro’s sustainable menu. And most importantly, to leave satisfied and happy. Get ready to redefine everything you think you know about Mexican cuisine. Come in to our home, fellow luchadores. We’ve got something special for you.

We are excited to announced that el Santo was recently awarded best latin restaurant in Vancouver by Vancouver Magazine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm;
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(604) 553-1849
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Sam Fabbro
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One block away from both Columbia and New Westminster Sky train station
What 167 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was too expensive. I ordered the pork belly and the portion was small. The tacos we're ok but I left feeling still hungry for the amount of money I paid. The flavors we're good and presentation was pretty but I didn't find it particularly special.

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k
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always have. A great time here... food, service, decor are awesome. It wasn’t too busy for a Thursday evening... but we made reservations anyways!

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S
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The service was a bit slow at times but the server was friendly and helpful. Food was good and spicy. Cocktails were interesting and tasty.

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, food & drinks. But sooooooo loud - it was almost impossible to carry on a conversation and my ears were ringing when we left.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We found to food to be very tasty, the service was good but for me, the margaritas made the evening! Best ever.

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TP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The restaurant is great and in New West! The food and drinks are lovely, but the menu is hard to understand and the water servers don't seem well informed on the menu (such as, "what's the happy hour taco?"). The restaurant is beautiful inside.

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E
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. I’m vegan so options were very limited however staff appeared open to asking chef to modify the rice dish. I elected for th3 salsa trio and guacamole which were very tasty. The nacho chips are AMAZING!!!
Everyone in our group raved about both the fish tacos and the sangria!!
Recommended for a fun time and enjoyable experience.

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FM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there on a saturday night and the placed was filled with live jazz music, a birthday party, and good looking people out for a great night. Our waitress was very attentive and informative. The tequila and mezcal selection is extensive and amazing. The appetizers and tacos were well priced and delicious, but the trios guacamole was dissapointing as the flavours were not very distinc from each other. They were basically the same except for the different toppings (one had a couple pieces if diced mango, one had an orange slice, and one had pork rinds on top). The bone marrow appetizer was amaaazing; intensely flavourful. Downsides, I had to share, and also the wrap provided wasn't the best vehicle for the almost liquid bone marrow and juices.
10/10 would definitely go back.

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JR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and awesome service! We really enjoyed both the food and drinks.

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OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately, $20 brunch was a pile of double deep fried tortilla chips with small pork belly pieces so overdone they weren’t worth struggling to cut into. Have been to this restaurant twice too many.

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love this place! Great location in New West. They have an extensive cocktail list and the food has a modern take on traditional Latin fair. Fun for a night out!

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LR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is not a typical Amer-Mexican restaurant: no refried beans here! Outstanding, unusual ingredients and flavours. Must try.

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B
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great evening shared with El Santo. Such a great addition to New Westminster.

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F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and service bar none.
Highly recommend this restaurant!
Bruce

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've been here many times and it never disappoints!

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SS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at El Santo and I had great service and amazing food. Definitely will be back soon.

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m
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Cool & trendy spot, good buzzy atmosphere. The food was a bit mixed...the small plates we had were really good, the tacos were rather bland and lacked seasoning. Service was good, explained the dishes well and was always available when we needed something. Portions rather on the small side though, while prices are not...

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MT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, drinks, and live entertainment all made for a fun night out with some of my lady friends!

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CH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

El Santo is definitely the go to place in New Westminster. Have gone there for a guiet drink with my daughter, Mother’s Day, brunch & bigger get togethers & each time have thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food & relaxing atmosphere. Will certainly be back.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I was excited to try this place but was extremely disappointed.
The restaurant was very noisy - you can not hear your friends and the service was not good. Waitress didn’t come once to check on us. We had to raise our hands to order and get attention.
The food was ok but overpriced. Only 1 vegan options which is ridiculous for a Mexican cousine.
I would not recommend this place as it is not worth the price and it seems that the stuff feels like they are too good to serve the “regular people”

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WB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

LOTS OF FUN, WONDERFUL STAFF, GREAT FOOD , KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful meal and a perfect way to celebrate out anniversary!! Thanks to Alejandro,Liz and Ema!!

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L
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere! Would come again!

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L
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The changes in the menu were disappointing. This was our favourite place to go, but since changing/removing several of the tacos, we may not be back for a while. The cod one was amazing. However very few non seafood options for the other diner with a seafood allergy. The cachete taco has become basic at best. The guac/chips and guay margaritas are still great, but not enough in themselves to bring us back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great! Fast, friendly service. Amazing food. Best margarita. Will definitely be back!

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional!

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NB
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Still remains a victim of its own success, reservations made and were quickly seated. Hostess and all the staff very friendly, but due to the street festival and "pop up outdoor patio", the restaurant could not handle orders within the dining room in a timely manner. Only ordered tapas and taco's, yet the tacos took more than 30min to be served due to the kitchen being slammed by the patio, as stated by the hostess. Enjoy coming to El Santo from downtown, but not as frequently, as the location can't seem to handle itself as well as it could.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious! Great ambience!

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SR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time. Good food, great waitress. Some dishes a bit pricey. Tacos great deal and very good. Will be back.

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DZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. The food is presented in a fresh and healthy way. So great. Prices are awesome!

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

All together the experience was very enjoyable with a great tasting menu and a reasonable price for the great quality food you get.

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OD
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great as always!

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was okay, tasty, but waay overpriced for what you get and very noisy given it was a Monday night and only a few tables were occupied.
I got the fish tacos and though the fish was really good it was loaded with pickled slaw and just a tiny bit of fish. Expected really great margaritas... they were good, but nothing unique.

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H
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Went for Happy Hour. I chose the Pollo tacos which were 2 for $7. The tacos were very dry, had pickled veggies on it, no cheese, no sauce, no salsa or sour cream given. The Sangria was good, but fruit flies were constantly around our glasses. I wouldn't go back for the food as the regular menu was pricey. May go back for drinks?

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L
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We’ve been wanting to try this restaurant. Ambiance was great with live music. Food was delicious. My daughter ordered quesadilla from the kids menu which we thought was a little over priced. Overall, great experience.

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JH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

wine by the glass was fairly expensive .... entertainment great ... food was interesting and easy

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T
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

This is a very cute place and the food is good. i loved that you have live bands. My only complaint is that the panza con mole felt ridiculously over priced considering how small it was. It was the same size as the tacos but I would not spend 24 dollars on that.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is beautiful, thoughtful and thought provoking. 100% would go again.

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PK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Didn't enjoy it as much as previously. Menu has changed, didn't like it. Was WAY too noisy, had to shout to my dinner companion! Not planning to go back soon.

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was tasty, portions on the small side with no accompaniments. Risotto cheesy and delicious. Cornbread appetizer yummy but small. Tacos good but smallish. Service was good, lots of water refills and checking on our food. Small desert selection, we went elsewhere for that. I would recommend if you want something a little different than regular Mexican, but it wouldn’t be a place I would come to very often because of selection, and size of meal vs. price.

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