El Santo

4.5
737 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
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.
What 737 People Are Saying
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4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Archer
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food and cocktails were awesome. Our server could have spoken a bit louder to the table since it was bumpin’ in the restaurant.

Additionally, when one of our tabled members ordered a beer it was delivered with an obviously pre used dirty glass with top to bottom stains from a prior drink. The glass was warm, so one could assume it had been through a wash cycle, and I understand sometimes a fluke item doesn’t always get cleaned as expected.

It was easy to fix, but the server should have noticed it was dirty before placing it on the table. Makes one wonder what else the server wasn’t paying attention to.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Part way through the evening it started to feel too hot. Was not overly crowded due to pandemic seating restrictions. Our group all ordered PESCAITO FRITO. We have all eaten at El Santo previously and agreed the fish was cooked longer than it likely should have been. Having said that It was delicious.

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vipKris
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch menu not available but our server was great in letting us some options resembling brunch. Delicious food.

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IrenaD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was slow, lots of servers, not enough cooks, our service was a sweetheart, margaritas were good and my meal was delicious!

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OccasionalDiner
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our local go-to restaurant, El Santo continues to please.
With Covid restrictions easing, it was more or less at full capacity and correspondingly quite noisy.
Food, drink and service were all top notch as always.

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TimB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time to El Santo in a month.
The food and service here are excellent.
I love the place!

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CarlaM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As always we love El Santo. Was a bit disappointed they removed Queso from the menu…and some drinks we used to love.
Some of the seating has plastic modded chairs which are very uncomfortable.
Grab a booth or outdoor table if you can! Recommend a reservation for sure.
Yummy tacos, cauliflower is my fave

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RyanK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only have I never had a bad meal here, I’ve never even had just a good meal. It’s outstanding food time and time again.

If you don’t like El Santo, it’s not them….it’s you.

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GretaT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous friendly efficient service! Good and drinks are always amazing and didn’t disappoint. Never rushed through a meal, never left too long. Outstanding experience.

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AnitaB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The drinks are delicious and the food was good too. My friends did say they felt the portions were a bit small. My chile Ronella was a decent size.

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JenniferH
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unexpectedly busy summer day, so the kitchen was a bit backed up. The host and server did let us know right away and were diligent about keeping us updated on the status of our food. The al pastor tacos were excellent. The manager comped the guacamole and chips due to the food delay, which was a nice surprise. Super friendly staff!

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DavidS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite place to go … the new menu is incredible. I love the bison tartare, and the cocktail list is to die for

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CathyC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is always great. The food is eclectic + always excellent.

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Eagleviewer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a beautiful restaurant. Everyone so cheerful and helpful. Food excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Anniversary dinner, special request completed and lots of staff wished us a happy anniversary and were very attentive.

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JeanineD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was great and food was amazing. A bit loud but other than that the atmosphere was great. Happy to be back to dining out!!

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JaneD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at El Santo, and it was an awesome experience. The food was amazing and flavorful, and the portions great. The ambiance is great, comfortable and chic at the same time. We'll be back for sure.

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Stefano
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious service was prompt . I enjoyed their version the Chilli rejeno not the typical preparation but delicious non the less.

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LeonaNewW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Brunch menu shows online; we reserved expecting brunch menu; not available, disappointing ...

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OccasionalDiner
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is pretty much our go-to local eatery. Went this time to investigate the "new" menu.

Found it's a good combination of an old menu and the one they have been offering recently. Much expanded range of tacos, but only one veg dish in the mains.

Starting to get busier and therefore noisier. Inevitable I suppose.

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Pescafoodie
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great time at this restaurant. Food is always tasty. It’s definitely western style Mexican food. Not really authentic. Still tasted good! Lots of options for tequila. Also they offered a birthday treat for me.

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cheechgirl
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food at El Santo is fabulous and so full of flavor.

The staff were very friendly and attentive while giving us space to enjoy our meal.

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Service was amazing! Definitely recommend.

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Foodies
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and service were excellent! Might be our new favourite Mexican food

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vipEvonneB
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food as usual! Great drinks and Service. We love El Santo!
Miss the happy hour specials though.

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Marie3825
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was really good! We unfortunatley were seated right behind a wall hidden in the back corner, therefore service in the beginning was slightly slow. It was also my sisters birthday, given why we were there, but nothing was done for it! Not sure if it was forgotten, but not a big deal. Food was great and prices are decent.

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cnagappa
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We're glad our favorite restaurant in New Westminster is open for business again, after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.

We had a great dining experience and the food was fresh, tasty and of high quality. The guacamole with the chips was excellent. I especially enjoyed my main course, the Chile Relleno. Others in our table ordered Tuna (Atun Almendrado), Duck (Pato con Pipian) and Wagyu Flank Steak (Carne Ahumada), which they said was excellent. The wine pairing was great too.

It was a totally enjoyable experience.

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vipSunny
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fusion style Mexican food, nice vibe and good location easy parking. Tacos and enchiladas were very tasty ,and spicy 🔥 which is how we like it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, cornbread appy was so yummy. I got the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts tacos, so good! Service was great too. Highly recommend.

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Tina
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious ! Thanks again for a wonderful meal on our date night. 🌮

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FortWest
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service & great atmosphere - we'll be back!

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KatieB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Small but varied menu with interesting and tasty dishes. Would like to see a couple more dessert selections.

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RossC
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Excellent every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The food wasn’t great. They didn’t acknowledge the reservation was to celebrate a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great place, food was so yummy, staff where friendly, and bathrooms where clean..

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KristinaK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Service from wait staff is a bit slow but the food is excellent.

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OccasionalDiner
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our first indoor dining meal at this favourite restaurant in about a year. Menu changes are great and the margaritas are the same! Quiet in the afternoon - couldn't get an evening res, so things are getting back to "normal".

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TimB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 2nd time at El Santo. Lunch was excellent. We had made lunch reservations and we sat in a booth. The food was tasty. We both had the chicken burrito. Very filling.
Our server was lovely.
Overall everything was excellent. We loved it. Thank you

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KatieB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great lunch, food was good, service was great. We love the modern take on Mexican food.

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SteveM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another amazing visit to El Santo. Such great service and staff. Alejandro the owner is one of the best if not the best in the community! Try the fresh guacamole and the newly added enchiladas. Delicious! The sangria and tequila flights are always our favourite. Thank you to El Santo! We loved our anniversary celebration.

FAQs

El Santo does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

El Santo is rated 4.5 stars by 737 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.